God-Given Radiance: Part 1

Hey guys!  I have written a four-part blog about how I became makeup free.  I feel like this is a cool story to share because it not only shows how God completely changed my heart about my appearance, but also how He comforted me through my insecurities related to makeup.  This is my personal journey and happened in conjunction with a mission trip, which I think largely made it possible for me to get to this point.  I want to make it clear that I do not condemn or look down on makeup use at all!  I plan on occasionally putting it on for formal events and such.  I just am not using it to help my self esteem anymore.  I do not think that anyone should be ashamed of wearing makeup.  I do, however, want to share this story because God showed me many wonderful things through changing my heart to be cosmetic-free and others may be inspired to do the same.  Whether you come out of this blog series wanting to wear makeup or not, I merely hope that you enjoy hearing how God taught me and worked in my life.  Thanks for reading! 🙂

God-Given Radiance:  Part 1

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve opened up a Word document and just set out to write.  In high school, I could (and would) spend hours a day just typing away at computers, writing stories and never finishing them and blogging about whatever drama I was incurring at that time.  Since I graduated high school, I have all but lost my ability to write—something I can only attribute to the now lack of teenage angst in my life; but c’est la vie.

My friend Tiffany decided to quit makeup at the beginning of the summer.  It was something I definitely admired in her, and when I praised her willingness to be cosmetic-free, she asked me to text her every once in a while to make sure she was holding strong.  I did this for the short time I had before I left for my summer mission trip, but I felt somewhat conflicted about what to say.

What I wanted to text her:  “You are so amazing for being fresh-faced this summer!  I am so proud of you.  You are really worshipping God by letting His creation be exactly as He created it.”

What I actually texted her:  “I love you and your God-made beautiful self!!”

Why the difference?  Well, as much as I desired to send her the first text, the implications that it was praising God to not wear makeup made me feel guilty that I was wearing makeup.  I didn’t want to feel like I was worshipping God less just because I was wearing makeup!  At the same time, I really did admire her ability to go cosmetic free; being a chronic makeup wearer, I have forever struggled with seeing nothing but imperfections in my natural face.

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  (Psalm 37:4, NIV.)

[Read Part 2 here!]

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