I stand looking in the mirror, my I-phone 6 leaning up against the counter of the sink as music streams from my Pandora station. I grab my contacts case and begin putting my contacts in my eyes. I plug my curling iron into the wall and let it heat up while I blow dry my hair. After a few minutes of drying my hair, I comb through my hair and grab my curling iron. I twirl the curling iron around strands of hair, let it sit for a few seconds, and then release it as I let the newly formed curls cascade down my face.
After curling my hair, I put away all of my supplies and shut off the bathroom light, but not before looking in the mirror one last time. On a good day, I smile and think to myself, I look pretty good today. On the not-so-good days, I mess with my hair and try to figure out what is making me unhappy today. And on those not-so-good days, I wonder if I am good enough…..; I wonder if I am worthy of being loved; I wonder if….
Do you ever feel like that friends? Do you ever feel like you are not good enough? Do you feel like there is never enough time in the day? Do you wonder if you are worthy of receiving love from that special person in your life? I know that I do! I think that I am not smart enough or pretty enough or (insert what you are feeling here) But the truth, my friends, is that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” God made us each with a purpose in life. But I so often forget that purpose and that promise in my life.
This last week a friend reminded me of the verse from Proverbs 31:10: “She is far more precious than rubies!” Or I love how the Message translates that verse: “A good woman is hard to find, and worth far more than diamonds.” I want you to know that today too friends! Yesterday I listened to author and speaker Cindy Bultema’s Monday Coffee Chat Periscope where she shared that we are good enough. We are enough. We are loved! We are worthy! We all have been given new names by God. I may not always feel it and you may not either friends. But today I am choosing to put on the nametag of “more precious than rubies.”
Rubies are one of the most beautiful gems. Yet according to Wikipedia, “All natural rubies have imperfections in them, including color impurities and inclusions of rutile needles known as “silk”. In other words, just like rubies, we all have our imperfections. Our imperfections might look like too much weight, grey hair, a wide forehead or whatever we are unhappy with about ourselves. Yet the truth is that God loves us with our imperfections and all! God doesn’t want our beautiful faces or bodies to be photo shopped onto the latest beauty magazine cover. God wants us to be exactly who God called and created us to be.
So trusting in that promise and knowing you are not alone, will you join me in putting on the nametag of “more precious than rubies?”
I am linking up with these lovely ladies today–Holly and Testimony Tuesday, Kelly and the RaRa Linkup, Jennifer Dukes Lee and Tell His Story and Holley Gerth and Coffee for your Heart.