This weekend, I am very blessed to journey to wild and rural Alaska with a group of 5th and 6th grade girls from my church. A team of women have come together with a passion for these unique and wondrous creatures who will become our next generation. We want so much for them and recognize that they are faced with challenges that we were not. We are especially concerned that they grow up loving and valuing themselves and accepting the differences they see in each other. We want them to see themselves through God's loving eyes and not through the eyes of a culture obsessed by outward beauty, designer labels, the cult of celebrity, and a constant push toward an ideal of perfection that is unattainable. Please pray that we will have a joyous time celebrating what God has created in each one of us. We are all so beautiful and so are you.
Look deeply today. See the beauty of all of the women in your life and in the world around you. Many of these women are struggling with hatred for themselves, for their bodies. Hold them lovingly in your heart. Tell someone that they are beautiful.