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I was talking to my Grandma on the way to work the other morning. It’s really the perfect way to start any day. Let’s be honest, Grandmas are the best. My Grandma will always be my biggest fan. I have distinct memories of walking into the house after playing four softball games in a day, covered in red clay dirt from head to toe, reeking of sweat, and upon greeting her, my Grandma says, “Oh don’t you just look beautiful! Look at you! You make sweat and dirt look good!”

How does she even come up with this stuff?! I would always reply, “I am not dumb, Gram. I look and feel disgusting, it’s okay, I am quite literally covered in dirt.”

But nowadays, I’m all for it. Calling Gram is speed dial for my biggest cheerleader.

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So back to where I started… I was on the phone with Gram on my way to work, and her parting words of wisdom to me as I walked into the office were, “Don’t let them make you dowdy. You just keep being you – glamorous and all.”

First of all, my Grandma is the only person I know who says the word glamorous, and I love it. She owns it. In fact, she’s the most glamorous woman I know. Her heart is glamorous and she knows it, because that is the woman God created her to be, and she embraces it with all of her being. (Proof is on the right)

There’s something beautiful here that I want to press in to a little further with you.

The essence of who you are, who God created you to be, is detached from the circumstances of your life. Your identity does not depend on a single facet of your life such as your job, relationship status, location, friend group, the clothes you wear, your Instagram feed, your profile picture, etc.

We’ve heard this before right? I can hear it now, “Yeah, yeah I know.”

But do you really? If you know it, are you living it? Are you living your life in such a way that reflects your identity as a child of God?

Do you believe that you, {insert name}, are a child of God? 

Do you believe that the God who created the heavens and the earth formed you and proclaimed you inherently good?

He desires nothing more than for you to embrace your quirkiness. Not because you think you’re the best, but simply because all that you are comes from God himself, and he doesn’t make mistakes. There’s not one single part of who you are that he deems less than beautiful.

So stop criticizing yourself, right now.

God loves the crazy, weird, over the top, messy, kooky, type a or b part of you. Every single bit of it is on purpose.

What I love about my Grandma is that I firmly believe she gives me the purest glimpse into how my Heavenly Father sees me. In her eyes, I am absolutely flawless, whether I am laughing or crying, in a ball gown or in my pajamas, covered in dirt or just out of the shower, nothing changes my identity in her eyes. She never worries about texting me too many times in row before I respond, and she could care less about how long her voicemail is (she just left me one right now, by the way) or how many times she posts on my Facebook wall, likes my photos, or comments on my friends’ pictures. Just look at my newsfeed, she’s all over it.

She sees straight to the heart, every single time. I have always been and I will always be her granddaughter, and she will always be my glamorous Grandma.

The same goes for you and God. In God’s eyes, you make sweat and dirt look good. Who you are is unrepeatable. So no matter where you find yourself today, whether you’re out with friends celebrating Friday eve or alone in your room wondering where you belong in this big world, (confession: I find myself more often on the latter end of that sentence these days with a glass of cab and a pint of coconut ice cream), rest in this simple truth:

You are a child of God, my friend. You have always been his child and you will always be his child, from now until eternity. 

That means we’re sisters, sweet girl – sisters in Christ.

“The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:16-17

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