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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eek! (02/25/10)

TITLE: Mirror, Mirror
By Sarah Elisabeth


Every female has experienced it at one point in her life. Sometimes it is early on in her teens; sometimes not until womanhood begins to blossom in earnest. But the day always comes.

She awakes one morning, and through drooping eyes looks at the reflection in the mirror and says, “Eek!”

So goes the plight of every female.

My loudest shriek comes the day I notice the red dots coloring my face. Where did they come from so suddenly? I poke at the newest pimple with a groan.

You are beautiful.

I smirk at the irony. “Yeah, right. Just try and make yourself feel better.”

The next morning nothing has changed, except the white is now red to match my endearing scar covered cheeks.

You are beautiful.

This time, a half smile curls my lips.

Lord, you know I do not have a strong desire for marriage, but would it not it be wonderful if someone special did say that to me in the morning? Me with no make-up, hair stringing, teeth yellowed, and eyes underlined with black half moons? Would it not be emotive if he told me I was beautiful in the morning? Glowing warmth fills my stomach, as my cheeks grow red.

I open my Bible and read as the pastor’s words flow into my ears. “You are loved, you are treasured, you are beautiful to God…”

His voice fades. No other words do I hear. I cover my mouth that drops open at the revelation. How deaf can one be to the Voice of the Lord?

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/05/10
This is positively priceless. It would make a great devotion or an article in a woman's magazine. I'd love to have every female who doubts herself read this.
AnneRene' Capp03/07/10
Cute story for all women. Loved the half curled Lip!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/08/10
Your story is too true. I can only imagine that each of us "girls" has felt particularly unattractive at some time. But I love your conclusion. Indeed, we are beautiful--loved by God--made in his image. Thanks for the reminder.
Brenda Shipman 03/08/10
I'm sure this would resonate with every girl and woman. We all need to see ourselves through God's eyes. So glad you do. Blessings.
Joni Andrews 03/09/10
I think this was a brave entry and well done.

One word that didn't quite jive was the word "endearing". I suppose it was meant to be sarcastic? but for me it wasn't the very best choice.

That last sentence is really powerful!

God bless you, Sarah! Thanks for your encouragement. :)
Beth LaBuff 03/09/10
Perfect title! You have a fun beginning that unfolds into your beautiful message. I like this!
Leah Nichols 03/10/10
Your point is wonderful, and needs to be shared, for sure. I thought it a bit short - like you could definitely spend more words on this one. Were you practicing present tense? You kept it well throughout the piece. I also thought the conclusion cut off too quickly and didn't hit me all that hard. Your approach to the topic is certainly unique, though - one I didn't think of. Well done!
Phee Paradise 03/10/10
It's a wonderful message, told within a story I can relate to. But I would have liked you to dig a little deeper - tell me more about the scripture and God's love.
Connie Dixon03/10/10
What an encouragement to women everywhere. What does it matter when you are a daughter of the Lord.
Carol Slider 03/10/10
I think everyone can relate to this (in the morning, and at other times, too :). I always enjoy reading what you write! Good job.
harvestgal Ndaguba03/19/10
Wow, this was good. I really enjoyed it. What a blessing to see yourself as God Sees you.