Behold-Her Beauty presents: “There is Beauty in Becoming” by Susan Davidson. Even in the hard things and suffering, when you can barely pull yourself together, there is beauty in becoming.
There is Beauty in Becoming
I was asked to write a blog post on beauty. Simple enough, I thought, but as I sat down with pen in hand, I struggled to find the words. Suddenly, I became aware that I didn’t feel so beautiful just below the surface of my heart. “Surely, I would be the last one to participate.”
The truth was that I was having another day dressed in a tee shirt and jeans and donning a messy bun. Another day, my face looked disheveled by running mascara from crying rivers of tears. Another day of feeling like an old pair of work boots left to labor in a field of hard things.
Life can be full of less than we had planned for ourselves. Sometimes, all our plans for a happy and prosperous life can fly out the window and are replaced with unexpected hardships. A bad diagnosis. A financial setback. A rejection.
Then, day after day, hard things can bring all our inadequacies and weaknesses to the surface. Soon, we focus more on our flaws than all the areas where God has polished and refined us. Then, one day, we look in the mirror and only see ourselves as undone and less than comely when measured against the seemingly endless perfection of the Proverbs 31 woman and all the other picture-perfect lives of a sea of women on IG.
Sometimes, amid hard things, it is easy to forget who you truly are and need God to remind you. He took notice of a beloved daughter’s frazzled heart, then “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” (Song of Solomon 2:4 KJV) He invited this lowly girl from her field to come and take a place at His very table.
He then gently led me to another field—a field found within the pages of Songs of Solomon. Here, we read of a great love story between King Solomon and the Shulamite woman.
This lowly woman would have been the last woman you would have thought to have captured the king’s heart. When we first meet her, there is nothing at all glamorous about her, for we find her working in a field that is not her own. Her fair, delicate skin was gone, for she had spent hours laboring in the sun. Gone were her fancy footwear, for she would need a different pair of shoes entirely for the field where she toiled. Gone was the perfect hairstyle, for no doubt stray hairs fell loosely around her face as she wiped the sweat from her brow in the heat of the day.
Amazingly, despite how she must have looked, she still had caught the eye of a King. He was mesmerized not by the fair, delicate maidens from the countryside but by this humble woman who worked tirelessly with her hands.
God was using this unlikeliest of love stories to remind me of some things I had forgotten.
We don’t need long flowing dresses or the finest attire to capture God’s heart, for we held His undivided attention before we were born. (Psalms 139:13-16)
We don’t need every hair in place to get his attention, for He already has the very hairs of our head numbered. (Mathew 10:26-31)
We don’t need to strive for perfection to win his affection. He loved us when we were sinners and gave his only son to cleanse us from every stain of sin and shame. (Romans 5:8)
We are never expected to be flawless and always put together, for it is in our weakness He is made strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-11)
God’s love for us never changes. He loves us on our best days but just as much on the ones we try our best and fail.
God sees us as beloved and beautiful because when He sees us He sees Jesus. He never sees us as an unfinished work but a finished one because of Jesus’ perfect work on the cross at Calvary.
It is in Him we discover there is beauty even in our becoming because even in the field of hard things and suffering, we are becoming more like Jesus. Whether we find ourselves in a field or on a stage, we can never be any more beautiful than that. When we seek God with all our heart, we, too, capture the very heart of a King.
It is in Him we discover there is beauty even in our becoming because even in the field of hard things and suffering, we are becoming more like Jesus. – Susan Davidson #beauty #transformation #sufferingTweet
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MEET THE AUTHOR – Susan Davidson
Susan Davidson is a girl who believes that hard seasons and the rugged terrain of life can only make us stronger and more like Jesus when we strap on our grace boots and keep walking in obedience. One of her favorite verses is Ruth 2:16, where Boaz dropped Ruth handfuls of purpose while gleaning in a field of leftovers that changed her life forever. She has learned that when we keep showing up in our field of obedience with a heart to serve others, God drops us our own handfuls of purpose that will also change our lives.
She is a devotional writer who has been featured with Proverbs 31 Ministries in the devotional books entitled Clear Mind, Peaceful Heart, and Hope When Your Heart is Heavy. She has been a guest on several podcasts, including Chats from the Blog Cabin and Mom’s Grab Coffee. She has also been a guest writer for several websites, including Rachel Adams Love Offering, Her View from Home, and Titus Two. When not serving in her home field, you can find her sipping on her favorite cup of coffee with a good book in hand and on her website at https://www.ruth216girl.com. You can also find her on her FB page at https://www.facebook.com/ruth216girl and IG, sharing the good news of Jesus.
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Behold-Her Beauty seeks to help women see themselves as God’s beautiful daughters.
My whole life changed the day I realized that God sees me as His beautiful daughter. Not the distorted, flawed images I perceived, nor what others thought of me, and especially not what the world told me.
The benefits of seeing ourselves as God’s beautiful daughter are revolutionary and freeing. We no longer find our worth and approval in the world because God values and loves us.
Today, right now, know that you have permission to be beautiful as you embrace your already God-given beauty and live as God’s beautiful daughter.
- We are God’s masterpieces. God created each of us, His work of art, in Jesus Christ for good work, which God prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).
- God made you in His image. “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NKJV
- God chose you; you are His treasure and the apple of His eye. “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV
Embrace your God-given beauty and live without shame, bitterness, and self-condemnation.
I have put together 10 ways to reclaim your God-given beauty.
Start today by meditating on the Scripture in each declaration section. I like to write the Scripture verse in my journal and then pray about what God is teaching me. Then, do one of the action steps in each section.
You have permission to be beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and our Beholder is God.
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