For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. (NASB Psalm 139:13)
As I was putting away laundry the other day, I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. No make-up, hair pulled away from my face...I looked ugly. I felt ugly.
Then I remembered how God made me, that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that I'm fearfully and wonderfully made.
After that, I looked at myself and knew that I'd been crafted with love.
This made me think of our stories. Perhaps they're considered ugly (rejected). Maybe they're not perfect (don't follow writing "rules") But think about how you wrote that manuscript. Think about the love and the wonder and the awe of creating a story from your heart. Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.
What is one part of your body that you think is beautiful? What about your first manuscript?