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“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Many of us struggle with the concept of a beautiful life. We have faced struggles in parts of life that simply have not been beautiful. They have been downright ugly, marred by trauma, pain and often anger. TOO often we keep those scars from totally healing because we carry them around with pain and rememberings.
Beauty is often visualized as things it is not. Beauty is seen superficially as in eye color, hair color or numbers on the scale. Beauty is something we measure or weigh... be it physically or mentally.
It is best NOT to see beauty that way. When you have gone through struggles and trials in life, that point of grace between hurt and healing is beautiful.
Beauty is that place between the darkness of tragedy (the hurt) (the scar) and the light of joy on the other side (the beautiful healing).
There is a beauty to having lived a full life with ups and downs, pain and laughter, sorrow and smiles and scars. It is simply beautiful to have lived and developed an inner strength from your trials. You are a survivor. Living is truly beautiful and being part of this world is a gift.
God has plans for each of us. God also gave us the choice of what we do. Often it is our choices that bring us into the shadows, and sometimes it just happens with shadows and trauma. I believe we must be strong of faith to face what comes at us no matter how it occurs. Do not allow negative emotions to steal your joy. Find joy in the present.
Beauty is grace in motion. It can be as smile, a hug, a kiss, a pat, or a simple acknowledgement of eye to eye contact. There is beauty all you.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1: 2-4
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