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The "I Am Beautiful (Inside and Out)" Challenge!

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Hello, Lovelies. Today I’ve been thinking about true beauty and how much we try to cover it up. So I have a challenge for all you ladies. The challenge itself lasts five days, but you can continue it as long as you wish.

Day 1:

Most of us have had negative things said to us in our lifetime. I’d actually be surprised if one of you hasn’t. Often times, we are not even safe in our minds, because we are our worst critics. Today is about changing the way you feel and seeing yourself in a new light.

First, I’d like you to get a piece of paper and write down every mean thing anyone has ever said about you and everything you dislike about yourself (physical or not). Leave nothing out. When you’re done, I want you to thoroughly dispose of that list. (Rip it up, burn it, etc.) It, along with every negative thing on it, is no longer a part of your life. It no longer exists. Gone.

Next, I want you to get out another piece of paper and write one positive thing about yourself. Put the piece of paper somewhere where you will see it regularly. Make it a point to read it on a daily basis. In addition to this, look in the mirror and remind yourself you are beautiful as you are, even if you don’t feel like it.

Genesis 1:31

Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good!

God created you just as you were meant to be. Remember that. He is pleased by you, so why shouldn’t you be?

Day 2:

Today, I want to challenge you not to wear make-up. Shocking, right? It shouldn’t be. Too many of us use make-up as something to hide behind. We need to start accepting the fact that we were made beautifully in God’s image. We have nothing to cover up. Instead, we are to clothe ourselves in love.

Colossians 3:14

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Pull out your list and add yet another positive thing about yourself.

Day 3:

In addition to not wearing make-up today, do not style your hair (No straightening/curling/crimping). Go for a more natural look today. Instead of focusing on you outer beauty, reflect on your inner and spiritual beauty. What Christ-like qualities do you possess? What do you need to work on? Don’t forget to continue to add to your list.

1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Day 4:

One known characteristic of Christians is their willingness to serve. This selflessness is a big part of our God given beauty. It’s about us caring for and loving others as Christ loved us. I’d like you to make today about serving others. It can be little things (such as cleaning the house) or it can be big (serving food at a homeless shelter). No matter what you do, make sure your focus today is solely around love and peace. Again, skip over applying make-up and hair styling. Use the time you would’ve been getting ready to do something for someone else. Strive to be Christlike.

Mark 10:45

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Day 5:

The last day of the challenge is here. Your tasks are very simple. First, I’d like you to pull your list back out and read over it. Remind yourself that each and every one of these things are true. Tell yourself that you are beautiful, because you are. Next, I’d like you to tell each and every one of your loved ones one positive thing about them that you love. Let’s work together to change how we view people. Instead of seeing faults, let’s celebrate what defines us.

You may be relieved to know that you can begin wearing make-up and styling your hair again, if you wish. But I hope from this you’ve learned that you truly do not need it.

Lastly, I’d like you to memorize this verse:

Samuel 16:7

People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.

Remember this when someone insults you, for God sees your true self and that is where your value is held.

I hope you enjoyed this challenge and gathered much from it. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences, ladies!

God Bless and stay beautiful! (:

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