She means REALLY, not SURFACELY (the operative hidden word there being FACE). Because there have been many moments where I haven't been genuine to someone's face... given service while judging, that kind of thing.
During those times, I am more prone to judging myself.
As I've written out my amends and God has made it very clear that I and my body need to be at the tip top of that list, it's been incredible to watch the direction He's taking me. As I love myself truly and take care of myself carefully, I am more open to loving OTHERS truly and taking care of them CAREFULLY, MINDFULLY and from a healthy place.
My 30th birthday was yesterday, and I used it as an opportunity to make amends to myself. I bought a new pair of tennis shoes. I bought a pair of pants that fit RIGHT and that are new (as opposed to my usual purchase from a thrift store that fit "pretty good"). I bought some new underwear and a tube of the GOOD foundation I normally pass up because it costs too much and buy toxic foundation instead (cheaper!) I stepped into a salon for the first time in two years.
My entire paycheck (granted, my paychecks are cute and tiny) went to amends, and a large portion of my next one will as well.
While Danny and I grocery shopped, I put in more greenery. God has made it crystal clear that Alicia's body needs stuff from the dirt.
A few years ago, I had originally planned to spend my 30th in a salon all day -a ONE TIME BIG EVENT where I got a massage, a mani/pedi, a facial, a cut/color/style, brow wax, make-up... then I wanted to buy a new outfit and head out for a dinner date.
But you know what matters to me now?
NOT a once time big event, but a true, deep shift in beliefs and perspective.
So my bed has stayed made.
My room has stayed clean and peaceful.
I've purchased beautiful songs on iTunes that continue to feed and enrich my worth.
I eat better.
I move more.
I have spent time each day with my bare feet on God's earth, soaking up the purity of His lovely creation.
I talk with God, and I ask Him if the key to His Omniscience is simplicity? He doesn't answer. He wants me to search more.
This shift and change has been gradual, and it has STUCK. I know it's time for these amends -they are not a one-time event that will repeat in 10 years when I realize my shoes are taking in water and the elastic on my clothing is shot.
It's just a tube on foundation.
It's just a pair of jeans that like my body.
It's just a bra.
But oh my gosh -the messages those send are priceless.
It's crazy to see how important balance is -how I could take buying things to an extreme, but how I need to smartly care properly for myself as well.
God is guiding these amends. It's not enough to SAY "I'm sorry" to myself. I need to change behaviors, and I find that I can not do it alone.
But He leads, He guides, He walks beside.
I have a stout pile of crap -old make-up, towels, shoes... that I'm ready to burn. It's time to send big messages back to myself, it's time to get rid of inner chaos and ask God to replace it with clarity.
If I can see myself from a third-person perspective, if I can see and believe in my worth, light, identity, and divinity then my good choices become simple.
In turn, and in God's beautiful way, I turn that Seeing Eye onto others.
The Next Thirty Years will have their storms, and God and I are building a shelter within my being.
It is sacred ground -holy, holy, holy.
One good choice at a time, line upon line, day upon day, we are building a liberating shelter.
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah
I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart