The Word Weaver
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Deb Weaver
Do You Know That You Are Beautiful?
by The Word Weaver, Deb on March 15th, 2018

​As I sat before my open Bible one day, I felt the whisper of God asking, “Do you know that you’re beautiful?” 

It was an uncomfortable question, one that I kinda wanted to brush off and avoid. 

Over the past several years, I’ve come to increasingly believe, savor, and rest in the personal, passionate love of God.  He’s helping me to grasp that He delights in and rejoices over me—Me!—of all people, at all times, whether I’m a mess or not.  And it’s true for you too; you are the special apple of His eye!  It’s an amazing, life-altering, wondrous truth. 

But this—being considered beautiful by God—I wasn’t so sure about that.  

​And yet…

Psalm 45:11 is an Old Testament wedding song and also a foreshadowing reference to Christ the King.  Jesus calls His followers—the Church, corporately and individually—His bride.  So let’s accept that He’s saying these words to us:  “The King is enthralled by Your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.”  (NIV)

My heart beat a little faster as I reread the verse.  God really thinks I’m beautiful. He doesn’t think I’m just okay.  Or that some days I look good.  No, God sees me right now as I am, and He is enthralled by my beauty.  What?! Doesn’t that almost shatter your mind? 

Think about it.

Our Savior Jesus Christ is staring at us passionately.  Picture the look on His face.  He is not bored, angry, or indifferent.  He’s not looking past us watching for someone more interesting and beautiful.  He’s gazing at us with unabashed, unabated, unrelenting love.  A smile is playing around His lips.  His breath is caught.  His intensely personal look radiates His esteem.  He’s trying to catch our eye.  He wants us to know that we reside in His view and that He wants what is best for us.  He’s waiting, willing us to look up at Him. Captivated.  Enthralled.   

Overwhelming, right?  Personal.  Passionate.  Vulnerable.  Unnerving.

My response was to drop my eyes.  To duck my head in insecurity or deflect His gaze in shame. The intensity of God’s passion for me felt too much.  In those moments, my view of myself and my sin eclipsed my view of Him. 

But as I sat in His presence over the next few weeks, He reminded me of Scriptural truths: 
  • “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”  (Romans 8:1 NIV)
  • NOTHING separates me from the love of God in Christ Jesus.  (See Romans 8:31-39)
  • His love is wider, deeper, higher, longer, better than I can currently grasp.  (See Ephesians 3: 16-19)
  • “His words evoke her beauty.  Everything He does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness.”  (Ephesians 5: 26-27 MSG) 
  • I am chosen, holy, belonging to God (See 1 Peter 2: 9)
  • He cherishes the unfading beauty of my inner self (See 1 Peter 3:4)
Journaling helps me process life with God/ Excerpts used in The Word Weaver blog post
​Increasingly, I’ve begun to ask Him to enable me to believe and receive the truth that He is enthralled by my beauty and that our deepening relationship makes me even more beautiful. 

This is an excerpt from my journal:

“Help me to truly, deeply grasp Your love, desires, and perspective.  I am Yours.  I am beautiful in Your eyes.  Open my heart and eyes to how personally You enjoy, appreciate, see, and hold me.  May I sense and experience the passion of Your gaze and Your care. 

By Your grace, may I not:
  • Duck my head out of insecurity
  • Deny it out of false pride or worry over what others might think
  • Reject it from unbelief
  • Ignore it out of shame. 

As I humbly live in You and nakedly lift my eyes to You, Your Word, Your Spirit, and Your loving graces, may I:
  • Accept, embrace, and believe the wonder of Your unconditional love, unending grace, and unrelenting passion. 
  • Recognize and return Your look in increasing vulnerability, unabashed gratitude, and wholehearted surrender.

May this passionate communion with You mark my life with absolute joy and humble confidence—regardless of circumstances.  May it radiate Your Son as I awaken each day to bask in the radiance of Jesus’ loving gaze of truth and grace.

May it not be marred by my efforts and striving, perfectionism or people-pleasing.  Instead, may it spotlight the inner transformation that You are accomplishing within me. 

I bow before You and honor You, My God, My King, My Love.  Speak; Your servant, Your child, Your bride listens.”
Scripture Psalm 45:11/ The King is Enthralled with Your Beauty
​The second part of that verse urges us to honor our King.  How do we do that?  I’m sure there are many ways to do so.  These are the ones that come to my mind (not in any order):
  • Spend time reading His Word
  • Believe what He says
  • Listen for His voice
  • Grow in gratitude for every thing
  • Slow down and savor His presence
  • Delight in Him!
  • Journal our thoughts in conversation with Him
  • Accept and ponder His goodness and love
  • Love Him back
  • Respond to His truth
  • Obey Him
  • Talk with Him throughout the day
  • Love those around us just like He loves us
  • Worship the King!
Opening our hearts/ Questions for the soul in this Word Weaver blog post

​What about you?  

Do you know that you’re beautiful? 

It is my hope that you’ll prayerfully read Psalm 139 and then consider the following questions.  Reject shame in this space.  Just answer before the Lord who loves you and who is enthralled by your beauty. 

May it be an open, honest, sacred interaction:
  • Do I understand that Jesus Christ not only knows and loves me, but He likes me too?  He delights in my uniqueness and personality.  He loves being with me.  *If you struggle with believing this, ask Him to help you to accept it, believe it, relish in it.
  • Do I know that He is enthralled by me, by my beauty?  *Ask Him to show You what He sees.  Listen for His answers that reveal truth.
  • What is one way I could honor Him?  What small thing would show Him that I am reveling in His thoughts toward me?  How could I express my love back to Him?
  • What if I dared to take God at His Word?  What if I truly believed it?  What if I grasped it with every fiber of my being?  
What if I met my Savior
​Let’s walk forward in the eternal light of His love, secure in our beauty and utterly satisfied by Jesus.  We are His!  He is ours!
 
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Posted in My Journey with God, Tapestry of Truth: Scripture Insights    Tagged with Beauty, God's Perspective, Believing God, Relationship with Christ, I Am Beautiful to God


6 Comments

Jolene - March 15th, 2018 at 6:41 AM
Oh Deb, the way you wrote out Jesus looking at you (and me) with delight and pleasure really moved my heart. Thank you for this. I have a similar struggle and God is so patient to keep revealing His love and joy. I loved how you journaled out that by His grace you would not duck, etc. It's so intentional and specific. Thank you for sharing your words with me. You have encouraged me to smile back at Jesus this morning.
Deb Weaver - April 3rd, 2018 at 3:02 PM
Oh, He is so, so patient with us, isn't He?! Amazing love!
Sue Tell - March 15th, 2018 at 6:53 AM
Hi Deb, you know that is also a scripture I ponder regularly. Amazing, isn't it. Thank you for sharing your personal results of believing these words. So helpful.
Deb Weaver - April 3rd, 2018 at 3:06 PM
Thank you for reading and responding regularly, Sue. This Scripture is precious!
Julie - March 15th, 2018 at 10:49 AM
This so spoke to my heart today. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I would love to see you speak to the Women of Journey next year more on this one subject. Why is it so easy for us to forget how much we are loved when it is the one thing that we crave the most?
Deb Weaver - April 3rd, 2018 at 3:07 PM
That's a good question; I'm not sure I know the answer. How kind of God to persistently, patiently, passionately pursue us.
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