Natalie Grant shares “The Real Me”
Do you speak more negatively to yourself than you do to others? What are some negative statements that you could turn to positive ones? This is a touching song from Natalie Grant, “The Real Me.” The video includes the lyrics. We hope it is comforting to you. She wrote this after recovering from bulimia.
Christina Aguilera sings “Beautiful”
This pop tune may sound familiar but the lyrics may have passed over you. Christina sings of how you can feel beautiful and then someone says something about your looks, and boom–you are crushed. This song is a reminder to not let the words (or looks) of others get you down.
For those of us with chronic illness this is a nice reminder, as we can feel good about ourselves and the the “look” or raised eyebrows of one person can hurt so badly.
Nichole Nordeman says we are all beautiful
Even if you don’t feel beautiful, you are! In this song, “Beautiful For Me” artist Nichole Nordeman tells us just what God is assuring us (via a Veggie Tales episode too)
Johnny Diaz sings, “More Beautiful You”
Many of us women grew up with high expectations when it came to our looks. Maybe you spent an hour curling your hair or getting mascara on every single lash. When you have strived to be beautiful at all time– and suddenly you lose control because of an illness, it can be devastating.
Perhaps even if you are hitting middle age, you still despite how your body looks because of your illness and are still struggling with expectations you placed on yourself many years ago. I think you will like the lyrics.
Plumb sings “Beautiful”
Who knew there were so many songs about being beautiful–on the inside!? In this one, Plumb sings about how a husband feels when he sees his wife–in the morning without the makeup, when she is running late, when life gets busy with work and you are passing each other in the living room. Still, he looks at her and says she is beautiful. And Plumb knows. . . as a Christian artist she has lived many years with anxiety and physical conditions–as well as a 6-month separation from her husband.
Kellie Pickler asks, “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful?”
Some of are carrying around the baggage of not feeling like we measured up to someone we once loved. It could be a high school crush or an ex-spouse. Kelli reminds us all at we are beautiful and we need to let these men–and their lack of appreciation for us–go.
Hyland reminds us there is “Beauty in the Broken”
If you are wondering if you are still lovable, because of your scars (of any kind, spiritual, physical, emotional), you are! The group Hyland sings how there is beauty in the broken and that your brokenness can literally make you more lovely–to the right person,
Candice Glover sings “I am Beautiful”
The lyrics of I am Beautiful are lovely, as if a woman is dating someone who doesn’t appreciate her and yet she knows that God says she is beautiful and deserves so much more.
Steven Curtis Chapman reminds us what is really important in “One Heartbeat at a Time”
This song is for tired and worn out moms who have not necessarily “let themselves go” –they are just too exhausted to care. If you are a chronically ill mom, you will be able to relate with this video. The song reminds us of what is really important–and it’s not our beauty regime.
Mandisa imagines, “What if We Were Real”
Sometimes we use our clothes and makeup and fixed up hair as a way to prevent people from wondering what is wrong with us. When we look pretty good, people don’t ask about our illness and then give their advice. We use it as a shield. Mandisa wonders, however, what if we were real and shared how we really felt? What if we decided not to keep it all inside and hidden?
You are beautiful! Truly! MercyMe sings “Beautiful”
No matter what you have done or not done, who you are, how you think you have failed or disappointed the Lord, He still looks at you and says, “My child, you are beautiful.” Take a moment to sit back and just listen to this song and remember. . . it’s not just a song. It’s a message God is reminding you of today. As the lyrics says, “you were meant for more than this.”
About the author:
Lisa Copen is the founder of Rest Ministries and she lives in San Diego with her husband and son. She thinks she is qualified to write about body image because she struggles with it herself! She is constantly trying to find the balance between desiring to look good (and be as healthy as possible) and knowing God loves her just the way she is. She has had a constant battle with her weight due to prednisone and pain of rheumatoid arthritis that makes even walking difficult and she thinks God should increase the calories burnt from fighting chronic pain.
You can see the books she has written, including, Why Can’t I Make People Understand? at the Rest Ministries shop.
View all posts in this series
- 4 Struggles A Chronically Ill Woman Has About Her Body Image - July 11, 2013
- Self-Esteem and Chronic Illness: Where Does Faith Come In? - July 17, 2013
- Do You Want to Be Beautiful? Video Reminder - July 18, 2013
- Are We Stylin’ Even Though We Are Ill? - July 19, 2013
- Am I Vain if I Am Stressed Out About My Appearance From Illness? - July 23, 2013
- Are You Able to Laugh at Your Own Body Image? - July 25, 2013
- Songs to Remind You That You are Beautiful! - July 29, 2013