Day 13 – More Mirrors

I think it’s safe to assume that you have attended a carnival or fair at some point in your life. I’m from the great state of Louisiana, and there’s a festival for everything: frogs, rice, boudin, yams, cracklins, goats, crawfish and so much more. We enjoy eating and celebrating life in Louisiana. After indulging in all that yummy goodness, you often feel stuffed, uncomfortable, and good for nothing more than sitting around or taking a nap, but there’s so much more to see and do.

After visiting all the food booths, I used to enjoy going into the house of mirrors as a kid. It amused me to see my friends and me in distorted bodies — sometimes plump and sometimes uber-skinny.  Fortunately, those mirrors were created for entertainment only — not as an accurate picture of yourself.

Unfortunately, many of us see ourselves through a distorted looking glass. We see imperfections and multiply them. Whether you realize it or not, you do it every time you apply a filter to a picture of yourself. Snapchat much? I know it seems harmless to do this, and you realize it’s for entertainment purposes only, but the more you do it, the less satisfied you’ll be with the person staring back at you in the mirror. It’s a slippery slope. Eventually you succumb to the comparison trap, and your covetous nature kicks into overdrive. You want Michelle Obama’s arms, Halle Berry’s body, Angelina Jolie’s pout, and Jennifer Aniston’s locks. Fad diets, plastic surgery, and hair extensions are easy to access — further tethering you to the world. We go to great lengths at times to improve upon God’s handiwork. I’m guilty too! Whether it’s a Snapchat filter or something more extreme and permanent, we’re all guilty.

Today, I challenge you to look in the mirror and embrace the person staring back at you. Smile at her, love her, and pray for her. Find a verse or two in scripture that reinforces God’s assertion that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Share it in the comments, and pray God’s word back to him. Do it out loud so that you, too, can hear the prayer for the woMAN in the mirror. May blessings abound! <3

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15 Thoughts

  1. Thank you for challenging me to find this verse –
    Ecc 3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time.He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

      1. Psalm 46:5 New International Version (NIV)
        5 God is within her, she will not fall;
        God will help her at break of day.

        I adore this verse. It reminds me that if God be for me??? It does not matter WHO (or WHAT) is against me!! Because He is faithful…I can go forward– maybe with a bit of pee running down my leg– but forward I’ll march nonetheless! 🙏🏽🙌🏾👏🏾🙏🏽

  2. Reblogged this on fiercefabulousfunny and commented:
    I’m reblogging this today because I feel it’s an important challenge. I spent much of my young adult life battling anorexia and bulemia. The person I saw in the mirror was fat, imperfect and ugly. The truth was I was not any of the the things I saw in the mirror. I’ve been in recovery since I was 36 years old. I’m 52. While Im no longer a practicing anorexia/bulemic, i still battle many insecurities. I accept this challenge and hope others will do the same.

  3. Thanks Michelle for taking us on this interesting and insightful journey,
    So we do not lose heart, Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
    It seems as we get older, as the physical body fades, what is inside gets stronger and brighter,

  4. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

    There must be others, but this is the verse I memorized and helped my children learn for school. It resonates in my heart.

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