Love Is – Day 4

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Love is Day 4

Love is staring at your reflection in the mirror and admiring every blemish and scar. It is affirming that it does not define you but bears witness to your experience and growth throughout your life’s history. Love is stroking your wrinkles, love handles, stress marks, and burns and acknowledging that life has happened then appreciating that life has happened. Yes, life has happened. You have lived. You have matured. You have changed.

Love is admitting that you have been to the top of mountains, stumbled through valleys, fallen off the precipice, and even hidden in some caves but have found safety in the oasis of knowing that your life matters. Your body tells your story. It bears the commemoration of your past activity – one that you need not be ashamed of. Your scale and bra size feed superfluous tales of faulty identities and deities. Do not allow the numbers, the colors, the shapes, and the sizes that you once defined when you were little to define you now that you are older.

Look into the mirror and focus on your reflection. See what beauty truly looks like. It is the joy that exudes when you raise your hands and mouth in laughter. It is the eyes of hope as you raise your head to the sky. It is the smile that can change the mood of those in your midst. Your lips speak whatever is pure, excellent, and true. Love is accepting that you…yes, you are beautiful!

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You are beautifully made with such care. You were framed with the knowledge of your end even at your beginning. You were built to endure whatever you will encounter.

My dear…you are enough. Love is acknowledging, believing and appreciating that you are enough. Despite your loss, despite your gain…you are enough. You are clothed and fashioned in much regal splendor and glory. Adorned with grace and wisdom. Your purpose and your praise precede you.

Be vulnerable enough to wear your heart on your sleeve. The world needs more women who are bold enough to  wear their heart on their sleeves. It is not a sign of frailty but of freedom. It is one of the most ravishing pictures of beauty.

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Look up! Look into the mirror and see what God himself sees. Love what He sees. His thoughts concerning you are precious because you are precious. So, many see you as rough hard impermeable rock but Love sees you as a diamond built to stand in the midst of constant testing. Love longs for us not to lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

Do not let the condensation from your tears blind you from seeing who you really are.

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When one does not know the worth of your treasure, many may abuse it like trash while others view it as baggage. Treasure is always priceless to the owner yet worthless to the buyer if he/she does not know its worth. Do not nip, tuck, and augment the real you.

Love insists that when you come to the mirror, you reflect who you favor. You are a phenomenal woman.

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  • AJ @ NutriFitMama

    I’m loving these “Love Is” posts. So inspirational!

  • Another beautiful, inspiring post Kimberly. Your words really can make the difference to someone’s day. 🙂

  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    I love these Love is posts that you are doing. This one is my fav so far

  • Sandra Litcher

    Absolutely beautiful! Love this post!

  • Jess

    So beautifully written. I really enjoyed this post – ‘Love Is’ posts are a really good idea! x

  • Carrie

    This is such a powerful message! I think it’s so important to share these ideals with all women, young and mature.

  • Chrissie

    What a wonderful post truly powerful & inspirational

  • such a beautiful post! its a great and important message

  • I love this. And yes, when you realize your worth your whole world truly does change! I will definitely have to check out the other posts in this series.

  • Danielle

    Beautiful post! Definitely something I needed to read…thanks for sharing!

  • Maria Davis

    This was beautiful, Kim!

  • Saving Common Cents

    This is such an inspiring post. I feel more confident and worthy just reading your words!

  • Britney

    I love this! Nothing like learning to love you for you and not for what the world wants you to be!

  • Sarah Louise Zerbe

    Great post so many women need to read something like this.

  • Beautiful message. So important to value your own beauty and love yourself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Yet another beautiful post! I had emergency gallbladder removal surgery in 2012 and I struggled so hard after because all I saw were the ugly scars that were left behind. I felt damaged, tainted, and it took a good long while for me to realize that I was still beautiful and loved. Thank you for sharing these words of love… they truly are touching my soul.

  • Very inspiring! Something I don’t think to do very often. Thanks for sharing!

  • LOVE this post! So beautiful and beautifully written! I have a two year old daughter and since she’s come into my life I have really focused on my body image and trying to see embrace the imperfections. I want her to have a good role model and great self esteem.

  • “Your scale and bra size feed superfluous tales of faulty identities and deities. Do not allow the numbers, the colors, the shapes, and the sizes that you once defined when you were little to define you now that you are older.” Damn, I love that so much. Beautifully written and absolutely true. I suffered from an eating disorder for many long years and, since becoming a mother, have finally learned to appreciate my body for all that it has endured and overcome. Thank you so much for sharing this; there is such a need for more voices talking about loving and accepting your body.

  • Natalie Peters

    “Love is admitting that you have been to the top of mountains, stumbled through valleys, fallen off the precipice, and even hidden in some caves but have found safety in the oasis of knowing that your life matters.” So beautifully written and so true! I LOVE this post. Thank you so much, Kim. You’re beautiful, inside and out.

  • Great post, I love this focusing on loving yourself!

  • Kasi Perkins

    Nice post! Very well written, and I know it will encourage everyone who reads it. Stay beautiful and blessed!

  • Thank you so much for the uplifting post! Too often I compare myself to the super model on TV and feel worthless. Thank you for this! Beauty is not skin deep, it’s in your soul.

  • Jamie Yonash

    So beautiful…we are made in the image of God! We are all beautiful in His sight!

  • Beautiful 🙂 I especially love that first photo! Thank you for sharing!

  • I have been reading in Colossians how our image is being renewed to that of our Creator, and I see it when I look in the mirror just the way this blog post describes.

  • What a great reminder to love yourself inside and out! Thank you.

  • Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com

    This is beautiful. This is a very uplifting and inspiring post! Thank you.

  • Kim, this is such a strong message and this exact topic has been on my heart lately. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Adriana Martin

    Very deep message thanks for the inspiring article

  • nmhutchison

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Wow, this is so good and such a powerful reminder that, despite my imperfections, I am God’s creation. And, the three most instrumental words in a human’s vocabulary: I AM ENOUGH. Thank you so much for writing and sharing this post, I need to put it on the fridge and every surface of my home as a reminder. Blessings to you!!!!!

  • ginabad

    Can I just tell you that this is about the 5th post I’ve read related to this topic – one that I am struggling with? When the Creator speaks, He KNOWS how to get your attention! Thank you, this is so beautiful. And thanks, God, I hear You 🙂

  • Jessica

    Love it! I really think we women/wives/moms NEED to read these type of posts. We are so inundated with perceived perfection and trying to be more that we forget that we really are enough…just the way He made us.

  • Beautiful & Inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • Love it. Great article. . engaging ….I can related to this topic.

  • Sharon Ulery Ruggieri

    Aw…that made me a little teary eyed. Don’t we all forget to love ourselves as the gift God made us from time to time. *sniff*

  • Jen

    I’m so thankful for the promise that He will complete my work-in-progress! One day I will reflect Him fully. And for today, I know He sees me just as you described. 🙂

  • Kim, I have truly enjoyed this series thus far and this post in particular! I appreciate the reminder to love myself more and to remember that I was made in His image! xx

  • Such a great uplifting message. Thank you for your great words.

  • Kim I am loving your message about love…I am challenging myself to be brave enough to wear my heart on my sleeve.

  • Love for me has always been this mythical thing. It held no bearing on whether I appreciated myself or my self worth. This has opened my mind up to view “love” from a different perspective.

  • SpaceshipsLaserBeams

    I can’t love this post enough!! What a great message. Never sell yourself short.

  • Agata Pokutycka

    Such an enjoyable post. Love should always start from within.

  • Lisa Rios

    Pretty good write-up, I just love it. I agree very much that Love has to start within our-self first, which in-turn gives a better exposure on giving it outside. Thanks for inspiring.

  • Love this. Loving yourself is so important, until you love inwardly you can never really love outwardly with all your heart. I find that when I start to doubt myself that it impacts my friendships, relationship and family ties. When I love myself those relationships flourish too.

    A life lived without scars and wrinkles isn’t a life fully lived 🙂

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  • Cassandra Vincent

    I appreciate your words of wisdom and healing! This love thing is so huge. Love truly covers a multitude!