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The Gift of Beauty

By Sandy Cates

Have you ever heard this one?  Pretty is as pretty does, or beauty
is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone?  Well, we all have,
and it used to make me want to scream!  When you are a young
girl, and all the world is judging you by the way you look, you tend
to hide a bit from the scrutiny. 

I thought that was grossly unfair, for all this talk of beauty within, I
just wanted it without.

Looking in the mirror, I would judge every flaw and try to cover all the
imperfections.  The day I found makeup, was a pivotal day for me.

And so became my obsession with the canvas of my face.  I did
have an artistic bent, and this was my way of expressing myself.
On to the day with Cover Girl!  The irony of that name fully noticed
by me.

Never would I leave the house without my "face" on.  I envied
Jane Jetson for her space age, go through the machine, daily
routine.  So quickly was she ready to make an appearance.  I
would agonize for an hour or so.  Checking mirrors and downtown
plate glass windows, to make sure I was presentable.  Nothing
out of place to make me stand out and reap a rejection.  What
was going on in my head that made me so acutely aware of me?
Conscious of myself, self consciousness, shyness.  All terms that
speak of the outward residing so completely on the inside.  How
many years did it take for you to be comfortable in your own skin?
The freedom I imagined it to bring was heady.

In my 20's I met an older woman who became a "mother" to me.
She was such a beauty!  Even with all the lines of life and the
crinkles around her eyes.  I loved that dear woman.  She had this
youthful giggle and always a smile playing at the edge of her lips.
She had lived and suffered and loved and now became my mentor.
When I confided my obsession with having to look perfect all the
time, including the hating of my picture taken, or a glance of my
reflection, which always made me think, is that really me?  She
responded with this.

"Sandy, when you look in the mirror, from now on, I want you to
say out loud to yourself, 'Thank you God, for the gift of beauty'". 

Oooookay I said, thinking to myself, where did she come up with
this stuff?  But, wonder of wonders I listened to her.  She always
gave such good advice, and she had a good track record with me,
so why not?  Even though I felt so foolish talking to myself in
the mirror!

Over the course of time, a transformation occurred.  It was so slight,
it was not noticed till the work was done.  One day while getting
ready, I just looked at myself and thought, you know, I accept
you!  I cannot pick you apart anymore!  My skin became my
home, not just a house.  It was the nicest feeling I have ever
had.  To be comfortable with me.

A wonderful freedom came to me that day, one I have had to
keep up with, since I am a "home" owner now.  The within
became the without and it was good!  As I became less aware
of my imperfections, less conscious of myself, I became more
fully me.  Now those phrases I always heard and hated
became the truth.  I believe I was lit from within during this
transformation time.  People even came up to me and said,
"There's something different about you".  Now there was the
proof of the pudding!

I like the me I am now, granted, I have my days.  But I accept
who God made me to be.  In loving myself, I can truly and
openly love others in my life better.  This was no selfish act,
it was the most loving thing I could do.  God doesn't make junk.

Thank you "mom" for helping me to look like my Father!

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to
become children of God, even to those who believe in His
name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."  John 1:12,13

Sandy Cates

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Sandy lives in MO with her husband and son.  Loves anything crafty and artsy, and still loves
to turn sow's ears into silk purses.


Creation Q & A

Q: Dating Methods -- Are they Reliable?


A: First of all most dating methods do not show that rocks are millions
or billions of years old. You see, there are many ways scientists can
try to age-date things. Actually, most dating methods that scientists use
give results far younger than evolutionists need. All dating methods involve
something that changes over time. For instance, radioactive Uranium, over
time, changes into a form of lead. Therefore, if scientists assume 1) they
know how much was there at the beginning; 2) this rate of change has not
been disrupted through time; and 3) there's been no contamination, they
can calculate how long this has been happening. This is how they get
millions of years. But all of these assumptions have been shown to be invalid.


Not only this, but other dating methods--such as the amount of salt

transported into the oceans, or the amount of helium built up in the
atmosphere--indicate that the earth can't be billions or millions of years old.


All dating methods are fallible, but God's Word, beginning with Genesis, is infallible.


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Thought For The Day

"A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel."

Verse for the Day

"...pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank him for
his answers. If you do this you will experience God's peace...His peace will
keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest." --Philippians 4: 6,7

Kid's Thought For The Day

"Crying gets you more attention, but not more friends."
Parent's Thought For The Day

"Happiness isn't having what you want, it's wanting what you have."

Coach's Thought For The Day

"A good coach can humble you without humiliating you and encourage you
without flattering you." -- Michael T. Powers

Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day

"If complex organisms ever did evolve from simpler ones, the process took
place contrary to the laws of nature, and must have involved what may
rightly be termed the miraculous." R.E.D. Clark, Victoria Institute (1943), p.

Writer's Thought For the Day

"What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has
got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece of writing one has
ever done, and yet have absolutely no place in the  manuscript one hopes to
publish." --Thomas Wolfe

Deep Thought For The Day

"I had to write my own self help book, because reading someone else's seemed to defeat the purpose."



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My mom kept blubbering, "What song is that?" I don't know how you did such a
beautiful job with the video in such a short time. I really appreciate your doing it so
quickly. You have a wonderful gift, and I thank God that you are using it to create
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I love. Your video gave us one of our most lasting Christmas memories! I hope yours
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