Day 2: Acknowledging the Wound
~... He made us accepted in the Beloved.- Ephesians 1:6
This meditation for day two talks about wounds. Every woman, who is afraid to call herself beautiful, has been wounded. we avoid beauty, because we are protecting ourselves from pain and hurt and rejection. We believe the lie that we are not good enough or pretty enough, so we'll never be accepted. Beauty is supposed to hurt, but not in the way we think. It hurts because we have to face the fears and rejections, like pouring salt into that wound we've received that we have fought so hard to close. But deep down inside is a little girl, who just wants to be told she's beautiful. So Ginger gives us a little help. Luke 18:16 says, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of God." She encourages us to take that little girl on the inside to Jesus and let him show us who we are beautiful to Him, and ask Him to show her love and beauty and the God who will always call her beautiful.
Q; Ask God to heal my wounds.
A: I grew up surrounded by sisters. And each and everyone of them is beautiful. But sisters, we all know can be mean. And I had my fair share of the teasing comments, as I'm sure I too teased them. I am built very differently then my sisters. So when I began the changes into womanhood, I remember the teasing comments from my sisters, telling me I was fat, because I had a shape to my body, because I had hips. That I was ugly because my nose was long and narrow. And so I constantly compared myself to them. They are all thin with dark hair, some are tall and slender and some are short and thin. And here is me, the blond with the hourglass body shape and funny nose, the one they refer to as the chubby one. I spent day after day, wishing I could be skinnier,or that my nose would be different. Its trying to go through life comparing yourself to others and wishing you could look different. After graduating high school and moving away from home and then coming back I started hanging out with girls and we'd go out to the bars and whatnot and I get men telling me that I'm sexy, but they don't realize, that I don't want to be sexy. I want to be told I'm beautiful. Sexy is overrated and an overused term. I want to be seen as a beautiful woman. These are my wounds. It hurts to talk about them here, in the open where all can see, but even as writing these words here, I know I'm giving this wound to God, and I know He will help the little girl inside, who just wants to be beautiful, to find that beauty in Him.
~ In Jesus I'm healed and unconditionally accepted.
Along with the 28 days of cleansing, I have also started a new face cleansing that is an ancient biblical regime.(Sorry my mary kay lady! trying something different for a month!)
My morning and evening face cleansing.
Step 1: wash and exfoliate
Rich Milk wash.
1 cup powered milk( Ginger likes Meyenberg goat milk, I use just powered milk. look for something that has fat in it)
1 cup quick cooking oats.
blend together in a food processor until very fine. When using it to wash, take a small amount of mixture, like a teaspoon or so, add enough water to make a paste (i just do this in my hand) and scrub your face with it. Rinse and pat dry.
Step 2: nourish and plump.
Apply 1-2 drops of honey to wet finger tips and massage into wet face. Do not rinse. Pat dry.
Step 3: Moisturize and protect.
Olive oil moisturizer.
Place 2-3 drops of extra virgin olive oil onto your palm. rub palms together and pat your face gently( i massage mine into my face.)
After only doing these steps last night and this morning, I can already feel and see a difference. My dry skin that I have been trying to get to go away on my face has disappeared and it feels softer and the honey tonic makes your skin glow. its weird I know, but it honest to goodness glows. My face looked like I had put on a highlighter and blush after I had washed it. After putting on my makeup, the glow still peaks through!!