One of the worst things you can do when you first wake up is check your social networks. Today that is exactly what I did. As I read posts about engagements, new babies, and relationships I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of loneliness. What really set me off was a tweet from a local fragrance shop suggesting what to get your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.
As I got ready for my day I allowed a feeling of inadequacy seep in. I made a mental list of things wrong with me that would add up to why I’m single for this particular V Day:
-As I washed my hair,” It must be my hair, it’s not long enough or thick enough.”
-Brushing my teeth, “They aren’t white enough.”
-Getting dressed, “I’m not stylish enough. Not to mention these pants need to be about 10 sizes smaller.”
Instead of destroying my self esteem with this list I should’ve started my day reflecting on Christ and spending time in prayer. Was I not made in the image of God? This morning I clearly had forgotten that.
Someone (or several someones) knew that I had forgotten that I was the daughter of a king, because they left a reminder in my living room. As I opened my bedroom doors (like the ones from Save the Last Dance) I see posters hanging on the opposite wall of my living room. They said this: “Susie Q, you are beautiful and loved!” Attached was a note from my roommate explaining how she knew I had been having a hard time, but there are a lot of people who are committed to reminding me how loved I am. So, my friends are getting together and giving me fourteen days of love. I definitely cried a little.
With the note was a bag of goodies (perfume, chocolate, soap, and homemade lotion!) with a letter from my friend Emily. It was such a blessing to be loved on and the new homemade spray lotion was a great way I can show my body a little love! It’s chock full of yummy natural oils and it’ll be especially nice to use during this winter when the weather drys out my skin.
In light of today’s gift I want to share a recipe for a great homemade body scrub. I gave this scrub out for Christmas and everyone has said that they love it. One friend even asked for the recipe, which is one of the best compliments you can get! It’s really easy to make, safe for your skin, and you can pronounce all the ingredients!
Here it is: 1 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/2 C coconut oil (melted and cooled slightly), 1 tsp vanilla extract, and
1 tbls vitamin E (you can buy this by the bottle in the vitamin section)
Just combine everything and store in a sealed container. Use it when you wash your hands or in the shower. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling great!
I’m so blessed to be reminded that I am loved not only by great family and friends, but by our Heavenly Father!
Be encouraged and reminded by 1st Corinthians 6:19-20:
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
With love, Susie Q