“I’ve struggled with my self-image since I was a young girl. While the prettier girls made easy friendships, I was the chubby, lonely one crying into my pillow, praying one day that I’d fit in. Even though that girl was long gone, my lack of confidence stuck with me into adulthood. I had a career, great friends, a beautiful family and I’d even lost some of the weight. Yet I still found it hard to look in the mirror and love what I saw. I felt empty. Even when I prayed, I felt disconnected. God, why don’t I feel happy? Am I worthy of Your love? my spirit cried.
“One day while browsing a local thrift store, I came across a vintage self-improvement book. It was worn, obviously well-used by someone else who needed a boost. That evening, I took the book and went to relax on the back porch. While reading the first chapter on exercise, I noticed something jotted in the margin. Exercise your heart by doing good for others…nothing will give you a healthier glow. In another chapter on dieting, she wrote, Nourish yourself with love and laughter. Fascinated, I read the margins instead of the text. Happiness is a choice…give that gift to yourself and never let it go.
“As I read each page I felt a warm sense of love fill my heart and radiate outward, warming my whole body with light. When I got to the final page, the last entry said it all. You’re beautiful! God makes no mistakes…see yourself through His eyes.
“I felt like I was radiating beauty from the inside out. Just then, my husband walked out on the porch and saw me smiling. ‘Is that a good book?’ he asked.
“Incredibly grateful that God placed it in my hands I replied, ‘It’s truly divine!’”
—Danisha Jones, 47, Mobile, AL