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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: A word spoken...
By L Hutcheson
11/12/05


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Beautiful…

Beautiful…a word not spoken over me by my father as I was growing up…a word I longed to hear, as every girl does. But my father was emotionally wounded and unable to give such compliments, no matter the reality.

Beautiful…a word my mom spoke over me when I was in middle school… She said, “Your curly hair is ugly to you now, but one day it will be beautiful. You will be so glad that God gave you the hair He did.” She was right.

Beautiful…a word cruelly spoken over me by a man with whom I was intimate with, but not married to... He said, “You look beautiful…in the dark. Everyone looks beautiful in the dark.” And then he laughed, amused by his own humor. I was far from God and the pain was deep.

Beautiful…a word spoken over me by so many people I have known in my adult life, and yet it is a truth that has been hard for me to believe. “Don’t you know how beautiful you are?” It has taken many years of God’s healing grace in my life to bring me to the point where I see myself as He has made me…beautiful outside and in.

Beautiful…the word Jesus, my Husband, my Love, my Savior, my Friend, has spoken over me, through the Song of Solomon and other love letters in the Bible that He has written to me (and to you). And now, after all these years, I am really starting to see myself as He sees me…His future Bride and someday Queen. Beautiful.

Beautiful…the word I use to describe so many things around me…the sunset my Father makes for me to see as I am driving home, the night sky that takes my breath away in its enormity and majesty, the smile of a little baby, the contagious laughter of a child, the fight for life in a friend battling a horrible illness, the hope that wells up in my sister as she expectantly waits for God to fulfill His promises to her, the peace-giving wisdom that comes from saints who have walked many, many years with God. It is all beautiful to me.

Beautiful…


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Cyndie Odya-Weis11/14/05
very nice! A beautiful reflection! Beauty is a gift from God- do not let anyone or anything tarnish the beauty you share with the world!
Helga Doermer11/14/05
A word with many meanings, you've captured the nuances here.
Phyllis Inniss 11/15/05
A word spoken in jest or in truth can hurt painfully. God, however, heals all pain and allows us to see beauty around us and that makes us beautiful inside. Well written.
Beth Muehlhausen11/17/05
Thanks for ushering the reader into your private reflections and thoughts. You can identify and appreciate true beauty because of your various life experiences - both good and bad. I enjoyed this!
Dan Louise Mann11/21/05
Congratulations on your win this week in the Editor's Choice. Nicely constructed piece. Kudos to you!
DeAnna Brooks11/21/05
Beautiful ... a reflection of His glory, you. Congratulations, Lisa. So many of us share your story, and find it hard to believe the beautiful we are, yet looking in His eyes, we see it. God bless.
Laurie Glass11/21/05
Creative and very nicely done. Congrats.