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Wednesday, December 09, 2009

A friend of mine (thanks, Stacy, if you ever see this!!) sent me a media file titled The Invisible Woman. I realized how invisible I've felt at times in my life... and how much of my life I've spent wishing I WAS invisible because I didn't love what I looked like and was so certain nobody else could love what I looked like, either. In both of those cases, I never, not for one moment, escaped the loving gaze of my Father God. He doesn't look upon me because He has to, either, out of some sense of obligation. He looks upon me in total, complete love because He totally and completely loves me, no matter WHAT I look like or how I feel about how I look. Isn't that something?!

Today my husband joined me in attending my water aerobics class, as he sometimes does when he's home for his two weeks off. The folks there are so awesome. It's really a sweet and fun place to spend time. As I was doing the grand new routines one of the physical therapists helped me devise (and she's not even part of the Wellness Center staff, bless her heart!), my husband wades over to me and tells me: You know, with that ponytail and those cheesy Christmas earrings (Okay, they ARE cheesy, but I like them!! They're little dangly gifts wrapped in red, green and gold.), you're kinda cute! Huh? Me?? CUTE??? Mind blowing. For my husband to just blurt something like that out, something spontaneous from his heart, in a pool full of people, knocked my socks off (you know, if I'd have had socks on in the pool). I am so blessed with a husband who is actively involved in my journey into healthier living. He is such a cheerleader for me and his excitement about the changes in my life, in my body is contagious. I thank God for him. I truly do. He often comments on my hard work, my dedication to this great work happening within me. He tells everyone we know how proud he is of me and I just melt every time he does. But to tell me I'm cute? Wow. Just WOW! That did more for my momentum, for my self-esteem than I can express. I'm not invisible to him. And I don't want to be, either. THAT'S a real miracle!

Ever look at someone and think: They sure do look nice today; I like that sweater he has on; she has a new hairstyle and I like it? If so, TELL them. A kind word of genuine affirmation goes a long, long way.

Here's the link for the Invisible Woman clip. I dedicate it to you, my fellow masterpieces, who are ever under the watchful, tender, eye of our loving Father who gazes upon us and says in all truth: It is good.


I love y'all lots and lots.

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  • JUST4ME927
    Though I'm reading this one month after you shared it, you have to know that it is a word in due season, and it's timing (for me today) is absolutely and supernaturally perfect. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
    4221 days ago
    Wow, I saw the video and felt like crying.
    I've been feeling INVISIBLE most of times, but God saw me and he's not the One to let me down.
    He's never abandoned me.
    Thanks for sharing, it was just lovely of you and a GREAT GITFT.
    Love emoticon
    4222 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2010 5:23:18 AM
  • no profile photo CD4376424
    Our Father doesn't look at us the same way the world looks at us.
    When God looks upon us, He's seeing us as the finished product!!:)

    Loved this blog post of yours, Missy.

    And it is, such an incredible feeling, isn't it, when we pause for a moment and consider the depth of God's love for us. He knows and understands how and what we are feeling and thinking about ourselves. Nothing is a surprise for Him.
    He knows us better than we know ourselves.
    After all, He's the One Who created us, and He loves us just the way we are. emoticon
    4226 days ago
  • no profile photo RODEORHI83
    This is a great post! It is so easy for us to feel invisible. Sometimes it is on us to let our own light shine through to be a beacon for ourselves. Of course, easier said than done, but something important. emoticon
    4236 days ago
    That was wonderful & by the way YOU are Cute! Thank you for posting this.
    4236 days ago
    Thank you for the link, it was really uplifting ... and I know how it feels. I hope you have a Merry Christmas ;)
    4238 days ago
    I can relate to wanting to be invisible at times. It's how I grew up--where it was safer to be invisible. But I didn't have an awareness of my Heavenly Father's love for me, no matter how I look. thank you for sharing your joy with us, you cutie!
    4247 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1068501
    You are cute! And you are so lucky to have a man at your side that is willing to support you through all you've done and then just pop up and say.. you're cute! You are truly blessed!!

    I know what you mean about feeling invisible. I've spent many years wanting to be invisible. Thank you for sharing.

    4247 days ago
    Thanks for sharing ,it was very well put.
    4248 days ago

    Truly wonderful and many thank you's for sharing the link as well.

    Hugs & Love!
    4248 days ago
    Missy, I love your blog, your positive attitude and your husband. You are blessed to have such a wonderful guy. I love the invisible woman video also...I have been there!! I think we all have been. Great blog and thank you for sharing part of your life with us. AWESOME!!!
    Blessings and hugs,
    4250 days ago
  • SJG1953
    Missy, that is just wonderful! It was a blessing to hear about it too. Yes, our Heavenly Father DOES look at us with love. That was something I needed to hear today. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Shirley
    4250 days ago
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    Missy ~

    I agree with Bill – you are cute! I see & hear Jesus in you through your smile & through your sharing!

    I believe that we married twins! emoticon We, blessed beyond measure gals, who have been honored with such godly men as our spouses have so very much to be thankful for, my sweet Sister!

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    4251 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2009 1:06:31 PM
    Thanks Missy for sharing your wonderful husband with us!!
    I too was invisible in my first marriage...but not so now! Praise the Lord that He gives us the right one!!
    The video was a great blessing!
    4251 days ago
    Ok, I think I am in love with your husband!!!!!! lol Really he is so sweet. I love your positive attitude. I am going through a phase of feeling invisible. This helped alot. Thank you.

    Oh, by the way you are GORGEOUS!!!!! emoticon
    4251 days ago
    AAAH. That's so sweet.
    4251 days ago
    emoticon Missy, Bill's a wise and perceptive man, because you are very pretty! I'm sure you looked really cute in your ponytail and little "present" earrings, too. I'm pretty impulsive when it comes to complimenting people on a day-to-day basis. If I see a woman with a beautiful haircut or pretty sweater, I'll tell her how great they look...even if she's a perfect stranger. It's a fun habit, and what's neat is knowing you probably won't even see them again, but they know someone appreciated something lovely about their appearance. We all love that! emoticon Susan
    4251 days ago
    Wow that was a great you tube...I love Nicole...I have seen her at the Woman of Faith Conference...she is great!
    Cute eh...gotta love that Captain Cookie...lol...
    You are cute...I thought that the moment I looked into those beautiful eyes back in the summer...but your new photo shows much more confidence, and confidence is very attractive!!!
    4251 days ago
  • SUSAN134
    Missy, Bill is a sweetheart! You are both blessed to have each other. I know well what you mean about the invisible woman and I love the positive spin you put on this!

    Hugs to you kiddo!
    4251 days ago
    What a great hubby Missy! He is definitely a keeper.
    4251 days ago
  • LINDA25427
    Very cute that is so sweet that your husband is that way . emoticon
    4251 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5468515
    What a heart-warming story! Give your husband an extra kiss and say it's from me!
    4251 days ago
    Missy--what a great blog! Your husband sounds like such a sweetie!

    And you are so right about feeling invisible at times, or wanting to feel invisible. But it's so true that our Heavenly Father who made us, looks on us with love.

    What a blessing this blog is!
    4251 days ago
    That is great!!!! What a testimony. Also I loved that video, thank you for sharing it!!! Very powerful stuff. emoticon
    4251 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114015
    Missy, THANK YOU for this story! You have a real KEEPER there, but I also have one so I can recognize one easily. I don't believe there are that many left in the world (or at least it seems that way) so we need to really take care of them the way they take care of us. I want you to know he was RIGHT! You ARE kinda CUTE (even more than kinda) and I thank you so much for being who you are and for sharing the Invisible woman...I am passing it on and also saving it. emoticon
    4251 days ago
    Missy your husband is great, and I agree that we should always tell people when they look good.,
    4251 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5142827
    Point taken, I need to compliment my wife more. Thank you Darling, that was a wonderful blog.
    4251 days ago
    Attaboy, Bill! emoticon

    My sweetie does and did the same kind of encouragement: this morning I was struggling to do push ups, he encouraged me to not give up, and said by the way you have a cute butt... HA!

    And the video was lovely -- I'm an art historian and she spoke the truth, the builders and artisans working on the cathedrals put in amazing details that only God could see. In all that we do, even our nutrition and exercise, to God be the glory!
    4251 days ago
    awww glad to hear ur hubby so sweet
    mine is the same way, he brags to EVERYONE how proud he is of me and how much ive accomplished and is my biggest support
    4251 days ago
    Sincere compliments go a long way toward making others feel better. So happy to read that Bill is working out with you. I hope his health continues to hold. Best wishes for you both on this journey. -- Lou
    4251 days ago
    I couldn't agree more! When you receive such a compliment from your husband, it means EVERYTHING! Yep, we've got keepers!

    Love you!
    4251 days ago
    Awwwwww how sweet of him. It is nice to have our personal cheerleaders, our DH it does mean more than they might know, I have one too who is also on the journey, together we have lost a small adult. But when he gives me that look, its a melter.
    You are one lucky woman and he is a lucky man to have you. Keep working on your masterpiece, its is very special.
    4251 days ago
    You made me think of when Clarice tells Rudolph that she thinks he's cute and he goes jumping off and flying through the air :) You are so blessed! Merry Christmas! emoticon
    4251 days ago
  • SCORPION1352
    Missy you and I have a couple of keepers for sure. Your so lucky to have man that is on your side all the time. I know the feeling. Sometimes I just look over at him and thank the Lord for the gift of this man in my life.

    Have a great day
    4251 days ago
    What a special moment that was!! It's always a pleasure to read you writing about Bill. You two truly have something special.
    4251 days ago
    Well how sweet..it is really hard to actually find an other half in your life..so you got to cherish it!!
    4251 days ago
    Awww, how sweet is that!!! There is nothing better than being called cute by your honey! I totally agree. I make a point to tell people I like their shirt or that color is really flattering if I feel it because I know getting compliments are so few and far between for most people. I've even told guys I know "not to get weird but what kind of cologne are you wearing?" if I like something I smell. I remember passing a lady in a store and her perfume reminded me of my great grandma. I wish I would've asked her what it was. Meant to tell you, love the latest pic. The hair color really suits you!
    4251 days ago
    i know the invisible feeling
    4251 days ago
    Oh Missy! What a blessing!! First, thank you for reminding us how God truly loves us NO MATTER WHAT! Secondly, wow! what an incredible blessing for you to have a husband who is so extremely kind and supportive. Just reading that made me smile. I can share in your excitement and pleasure. ty tyty I don't get a lot of that here, but your experience made my day! thanks for sharing!

    "We are His workmanship created for good works in Christ."
    4251 days ago
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