By Rodetta Cook

Rodetta Cook has been a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. She and her husband, Ron, have actively served the Lord together in ministry during the entire time and are co-founders of Care for Pastors. She understands the expectations, loneliness and how hard it is to find balance in ministry as a pastor’s wife. Rodetta also leads the pastor’s wives initiative at Care for Pastors called The Confidante and ministers to hundreds of wives each week. She strives to share blogs with other pastors’ wives that will help them in their ministry walk.

    True Beauty

    Monday, June 16, 2014

    I want to remind you of a truth that you may sometimes forget “You are fearfully and wonderfully made.”

    Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

    Our society is so messed up in that all we hear is you must look a certain way to be beautiful. I want to remind you God made you in His image and He does not make any mistakes.

    If I could hold a mirror in front of your face and your heart today, I imagine you would be quick to point out what you might call “flaws.” You would tell me what you’d like to change or how this or that could be a bit better.

    We live in a world that tries to define beauty. But I don’t believe beauty is meant to be defined.

    Instead it’s meant to be found.

    And it can be, if only we have the eyes to see it. Next time you go to the mirror, will you do me a favor? Instead of looking with eyes that are critical and comparing, look with eyes of love and grace.

    Then go out and do the same for your sisters. Look into their eyes and tell them that they are beautiful. Look into their hearts and encourage all that is lovely and true. Ask God to help you see this world and those in it from His perspective.

    Instead of looking into mirrors to see what we wish could be different, let’s become mirrors for others that reflect God’s love and grace.

    You’re made in the image of God and you are truly beautiful! Let’s make a concentrated effort of finding beauty not defining it and share that with others.

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