I went to a retreat this last weekend. God really spoke to me.
It was after the service. I had just...well, let's explain a few things. My best friend, we'll call her Draco, is prone to migraines with noise and lights. It pains me so much to see her that way. We went outside for the noisy part of it, which came before the singing, by the way. I was begging God to take her pain away, to give it to me, and he did. So I had the worst headache while I was singing, but the happiest grin on my face.
The preacher spoke on 2 Peter 2, about foolish men who draw innocent and unkowing people-new to the faith-into sin. Afterwards, he gave us a choice-we could head back to the lodge, or stay and pray. I chose to stay.
Me and Draco were both praying. She leaned over and whispered, "What can I pray for you, [Aay'liah]?"
"I always feel so...unwanted. I just...I feel like I'm not good enough." I sighed, a tear dripping down my cheek.
And she prayed for me.
Only a few minutes later, I gasped. Draco looked over at me. "What?"
"I was praying...about feeling insufficient...and God spoke to me. He...He said to me, "Daughter, you are beautiful."" And the tears poured out.
Draco smiled as I leaned against her, crying tears of joy. "You are, [Aay'liah]. You are. You're a princess."
And He gave me a mandate. He told me to never let anyone feel that she is unimportant.
Girls, I'll bet that you have all felt that way on time or another-insufficient, unimportant, unbeautiful. But you are. I'm not just saying this. It's so true. Don't look at other people and say, "I'll never be as pretty as she is. Or as talented. Or as popular." If you ever feel that way, examine your heart and see if there is any ugliness that needs to be thrown out-greed, grudges, envy, etc. And then remember: Each and every one of you has a special place in God's kingdom.
You are beautiful.