Beautiful For Me

by Ashley on October 22, 2012

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One of Bethany’s favourite things to do after watching a movie is to let the credits roll and dance along to the music they play.  She takes such great joy in swirling and twirling around the living room that we can’t help but let her and more often than not I find myself stopping whatever it was I was doing just to watch her.

A few weeks ago, when the VeggieTales movie Sweetpea Beauty ended and the credits began to roll Bethany jumped up and began to dance.  When I lifted my head from the huge mass of dough I was kneading to watch I realized that the song she was listening to had words, and that those words were incredibly powerful.

I rewound the DVD twice to listen to the song and then hit iTunes to download it.

As I listened to the words of Beautiful for Me over and over tears filled my eyes.  How many times have I looked in the mirror and shunned what I saw?  How many times have I begged God to make me “thinner”, “prettier” – different?  How many times have I wished to be someone else?  Dreamed of being something better?  Missed the whole point entirely?

This song gave me such a clear picture in my mind of God and how He feels about us, about me.  When she talks about how God smiled the day He made us, I started thinking about when my girls paint a picture.  How proud of it they are, the look on their little faces when they hold it up to me, beaming from ear to ear because to them it is so amazingly beautiful. Then I started thinking of what their faces would look like if I used the words I say to myself on them….”It’s ugly“, “You should hide it”, “That’s gross”.  They would be crushed, devestated and their faces would crumble as tears would begin to fall.

What if that’s what I make His face look like?  What if everytime I look in the mirror and loath what I see, my heavenly Father’s face falls, His heart breaks and tears begin to fall?  What if we decided to see ourselves the way He does, the way we see our children’s art – as Beautiful masterpieces made for His glory, and to shine His light and beauty?

I’m playing this song on repeat around our house.  Our girls are already well on their way to learning the words and I pray as they smile and sing along, that the message sinks in deep.  That as they grow up, they ignore the voices of this world and listen to that of their Father.  I pray that not only will they want a “heart that’s captivating” but that I will too.  And that in His eyes we will truly be “something to behold”.

BEAUTIFUL FOR ME Lyrics
Nichole Nordeman

Every girl young and old has to face her own reflection
Twirl around, stare it down
What’s the mirror gonna say
With some luck, you’ll measure up
But you might not hold a candle to the rest
“Is that your best?” says the mirror to the mess

But there’s a whisper in the noise
Can you hear a little voice
and he says

Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Oh
‘Cuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful for me

If it’s true beauty lies in the eye of the beholder
What my life and what’s inside to give him something to behold
I want a heart that’s captivating
I wanna hear my Father say

Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Oh
‘Cuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful for me

Close your eyes
Look inside
Let me see the you that you’ve been trying to hide
Long ago, I made you so very beautiful
So I ought to know you’re beautiful

Has anybody told you you’re beautiful?
You might agree if you could see what I see
Yeah
‘Cuz everything about you is incredible
You should have seen me smile the day that I made you beautiful
You’re so beautiful
Beautiful for me
So beautiful for me
Has anybody told you?

Erica October 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

Beautiful, talented song writer. I enjoyed reading the lyrics, thanks for sharing this beautiful post.
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Brandi October 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

What a beautiful song with such powerful meaning! I’ve never heard of it before and thank you so much for sharing :) Such a great message!
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Journeysof TheZoo October 23, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks for sharing this message. You’ve made me take a closer look in the mirror. Everyone is special and beautiful irrespective of what other people think.

Besos, Sarah
Zookeeper at Journeys of The Zoo
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pam October 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

So beautiful! I think this is something so many of us struggle with. I must play this for my teenaged daughter.

SnyMed October 23, 2012 at 11:31 am

Thanks for sharing that song, it’s beautiful! How lovely that you tracked it down so you could enjoy it again.

Jenna
http://www.snymed.blogspot.ca

SoberJulie October 23, 2012 at 4:01 pm

This is powerful, I’ll be sharing with my daughters and never stop Veggie Tales early again
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ashley picco October 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

what a beautiful post – thank you so much for sharing those lyrics

Paul's Schuck October 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Very nice! I like your analogy to the painting your kids do. If you look at it like that, and then you also think well how does my opinion of self impact my kids? There is only one alternative. Respect and love yourself.
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jodi shaw October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm

This post brought me to tears (literally) as I have a tough struggle with my appearance, my looks especially now that I have a shaved head which I did to combat the lice my son gave me on my birthday. I just turned 39 and feel old and tired and down and after reading this I feel kinda selfish now, never realizing perhaps I’m making God sad. Your post is a true inspiration not just to young girls but women everywhere!
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