Gorgeous, gorgeous girls love their body. They love their shape and their curves. Their love their eyebrows and the shape of their lips and the way their ears stick out. They know that bloated stomachs and smile wrinkles and acne and B.O. are normal. They feel confident with their stretch marks and their body hair. They don’t tear themselves down, they build themselves up and fall in love with every wrinkle, every crevice, every mark on their body. They don’t compare themselves to others because they know that everyone is beautiful in their own way. They don’t let the number on the scale have more power over them than the words of their Maker and they see the beauty in their body and in all that it can do and they know that they are fearfully and wonderfully created.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls love other people. They speak words of life and words of love and words of hope into their friends and their family. They encourage one another with kindness and compliments. They lift up other girls and remind them of their beauty and their strength and they courage. They notice the little things about the ones they love the most and they go out of their way to make others feel special. The foster good relationships wherever they can, with their sisters and their friends and their family. They love fiercely and without limits, they love as best as they can because He loved us first.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls laugh loud and smile big. The giggle at their own jokes and glow just because they’re happy. They dance in the golden sunlight and spin in the rain. They sing their favourite songs in the shower and turn their music up loud in their headphones. They cry and they break but then they piece themselves back together again. They put one foot in front of another and keep going, even when they don’t know if they’ll be able to make it through the day. They dance when they can in the difficult seasons of life but other times they can barely crawl, and they know that’s okay too. They keep swimming even when they feel like they’re drowning. They smile through their tears, and sometimes they don’t, but they know that however they feel, they are never, ever alone.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls move their body. They wake up and stretch or run or jump or dance. They do star jumps and squats and they walk or jog or run or sprint. They feel their muscles tighten and loosen as they bend and stretch and twist and turn. They wiggle their toes and move their arms to remind themselves how free and alive they are. They are thankful for the blood running through their veins and the oxygen in their lungs. They turn up their music at 1 in the morning and throw a dance party in their room. They head to the gym because they want to, not because they have to. They run a 5k not for how it will make them look but for how it will make them feel. They do what they can, they listen to their body and are thankful for all that it can do. They walk through parks and cities and neighbourhoods and forests and admire the beauty of the creation of with they are an essential part.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls care for their mind. They take a day off when they know their mind needs it. They are not afraid to sit in the quiet and reset. They journal what they are thankful for and take walks in nature. They know there is no shame in asking for help and that that doesn’t make them weak. They know that they are strong and brave even on the days where the scars seem all too obvious and it’s near impossible to get out of bed. They know it is okay to hurt and to cry and feel broken. They know that growth is normal and beautiful and that healing is never linear or straight forward. They are learning more and more about how they are incredible and resilient and so loved by the Creator, no matter how they feel.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls cultivate a life they love. They get up early or sleep in late. They drink coffee and water and juice and eat all their favourite foods without counting the calories. They go out for dinner three nights in a row because it’s so fun to be with their friends. They work hard and relax well and love it all… even the mundane and the boring and the every-day-average. They flourish in their singleness or work hard in their relationships. They learn to love the little moments and they see the beauty in all kinds of things. They know that their best is always, always enough, and they stive to cultivate beauty in their life and live out everything they can so that it might glorify the Creator.
Gorgeous, gorgeous girls love God. They raise their hand in church or get down on their knees in the privacy of their room. They yell their prayers from the rooftop or whisper them with a trembling voice and whatever strength they have left. They get up early to spend time with their heavenly father or squeeze it in last thing at night. They praise Him even when it hurts. They lift their prayers even when they’re not sure He hears them. They trust Him as He calls them out upon the water and they know that His plan is far greater than their own, that His timing is perfect. They know that there is grace on the good days as well as the bad days, that there is forgiveness and freedom in Him. And most of all they know that no matter where they have been or what they have done, He loves them just the same.
YOU are a gorgeous, gorgeous girl. You are beautiful and unique. All of your body and your mind and your life is utterly and completely gorgeous. You are radiant. You are stunning. You might stumble or fall or break but that makes you no less perfect in His eyes. You are known and you are seen by the Maker of the moon. You are fearfully and wonderfully designed and created by the One who hung the stars. Most of all, dear girl, whether you believe it or not, you are SO loved beyond measure by your Heavenly Father. YOU are a gorgeous, gorgeous, girl.
P.S. Thank you to a few of my favourite gorgeous girls who let me use their pictures to make this post so beautiful xx