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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing with us and for doing such practical and prayerful work in your community.

    I love how different versions of the bible have different ways of saying the same thing. Recently, I’ve also been taken by Ephesians 2:10, but I read ‘We are God’s work of art’ and I love that translation. I try to remember it throughout my day, when looking in a mirror or dealing with something tough. It is hard to always see this truth about me, but being God’s workmanship/work of art and looking for it in other people helps me. Thank you.

    • Gillian – thank you for sharing that translation . What a fresh reminder to see ourselves as His absolute masterpiece – no mistakes.

  2. Jen,
    Christ died and paid the price so that we could walk in freedom from our sin. But, how many times do we/I allow myself to remain shackled to my shame and guilt? God doesn’t love deserving people. There simply aren’t any. He only loves sinners. He loves them SO much that He gave the most precious thing in His life to set us free…He gave His Son. Pausing to really take in what that means today. This is unconditional love. God sees us through the blood of Christ and, to Him, our image is pure, unflawed, perfect. What a beautiful thing you did for that woman. Thanks for taking the hard road that leads to sharing Christ’s love with others. Beautiful!
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

    • Yes!!! We are created to love as absolute free daughters but yet we continue to carry weight we were never meant to.

      Thank you for sharing, Bev.

  3. I Am A DAUGHTER OF THE KING. I AM BEAUTIFUL. It does not matter what the World and it ways think of Me. All that Matters is what God thinks of Me. Same goes for YOU. YOU CAN NEVER STOP GOD LOVING YOU. Go on Youtube type in the words Father’s Love Letter. It will tell you how much you are LOVED IN GODS EYES. IT WILL TELL YOU GODS TRUE MIRROR IMAGE OF YOU NOT THE WORLDS. That they tell you. That you have to look this way. Go on this diet. To look this way pay this amount of money for botock. Or this amounts of money to have your teeth whitened. I belive that is wrong in Gods eyes and waist of Gods good money. Especially when you stop and think about it in this way. God see you as already BEAUTIFUL. YOU DON’T NEED TO CHANGE A THING IN HIS EYES. HE MADE YOU JUST THE BEAUTIFUL PERSON YOU ARE. There are people in the world ill and they have all the money in the world and they give it up to make themselves well. It not going to make them well. So would God not want you spending his money he has given you on something you don’t need to spend it on. When he God see you as a BEAUTIFUL CHILD OF HIS ALL READY. You can instead put it into God work were he willing bless you for doing so. Like helping People less well of in countries where they have very little. Like no food or clean water. Or to help Christian get the word of God into Countries where People in world don’t here God word. Not spend it foolishly. On things that you don’t need to spend it on. Look at yourself in Mirror. See what God is saying to you. Through his Holy Spirit. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER EXCELLENT READING TODAY. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxxx

      • Thank you Jen for replying to what I said. I love your writtings incourage. You are such a wonderful writter for God. My God continue to you to write for him to bless others to grow through you. Through you and what you write and also using his word. God bless. God bless you incourage. My Love and prayers are with you all for this fanatic work you all do. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little xxx

    • Thank you, Michelle. When I wrote it, I didn’t know it was going up on valentines day but it’s all about His love. ❤️

  4. Your post moved me too tears. I’m wondering if you know, did Yolanda came to accept Jesus? I pray that she did and can see herself as His Beloved Daughter.

  5. Jen,

    Thanks for sharing this story again. Bless you for following God’s lead & talking to that woman. Everyone needs to hear the truth that we are unconditionally loved. So much so that God gave His ONLY son to die a horrible death to save us from our sins. How often & quickly do we forget that? Society tells us we have to look a certain way & if not then we don’t measure up. The opposite is true in God’s economy. He loves us no matter what our past says about us. More people, especially women, need to hear about the love & caring of God. They need to be told that no matter their circumstances they are wanted & loved .

    Blessings 🙂

  6. I recently sold my home of 18 years (the death of my husband made it no longer affordable) and moved across country. The mirror in my new bathroom shows my body down to my hips, while the mirror in my old house only reflected to mid-chest. With all other implications, this more complete view of my overweight body has significantly changed the way I feel about my weight. I now feel both encouraged to change my eating habits, but also a deeper connection to my path of aging. I’m frightened and angry and sad. I’m also more committed to my profoundly increasing faith and desire to serve God. I write loving notes to myself and tape them here. My mirror reflects my body AND my heart and reminds me that God sees me and loves me in every season of my life.