What A "Great Nose" Can Do

Bethany Baird 02/04/13 | Twitter: @girl_defined
Category: Myself ; 19 comments

noseCandace is a beautiful and vibrant young lady. She is well known in her church for her contagious smile and joyful attitude. One Sunday, as Candace was sitting in the back row of her church, her pastor asked the small congregation to share one thing that they were grateful for. Candace leaned forward and caught the attention of her pastor. He motioned to her and asked her what she was grateful for. Candace looked at her pastor with a really big smile and said, "I am so grateful that God has given me a really great nose."

Everyone in the congregation knew exactly why Candace was thanking God for her nose. They had known her long enough to understand.

Candace was born with an extremely rare disease called Tetra-amelia syndrome. That means that she was born without any arms or legs. She is now in her early thirties, and she still has no idea what it's like to wrap her arms around someone or to walk or to write. She has lived her entire life in a wheelchair with people constantly assisting her with her every need. Amazingly enough, Candace made a choice to use her disability to serve God and advance His kingdom through sharing the gospel.

Candace enjoys going to big stores like Walmart and parking her wheelchair right outside the front doors. She catches the shoppers' attention going in and out and calls them over to talk. She says that "most people feel sorry for me, so they all come over when I call to them." She then asks them to pull her Bible out of the back pocket of the wheelchair and has them place it on her tray in front of her. Candace then uses her nose to flip through the Bible and takes the person standing there through the gospel story. When Candace told the pastor that she was grateful for her "really great nose," she was referring to the fact that she is able to use her nose to turn the pages of her Bible and share the love of Jesus with others.

When I heard the story about Candace, I immediately put myself in her shoes. Would I be thankful if God had allowed me to be born without any legs or arms? Would I have used my disability as a tool to share the gospel? I imagine that Candace has her hard days. I'm sure she has had thoughts of what life with arms and legs would be like. But despite what life would or could be like, Candace has her heart in the right place. She has chosen to use the life and body that God has given her to advance His kingdom.

When you think about your own life, are you thankful for the nose, eyes, lips, height, hair etc., which God has given you? Are you thankful for the way that God has chosen to design you? Like Candace, we have a choice to make. We can either choose to be thankful for what God has given us (whether we like it or not), or we can whine and complain and wish things were different.

God's definition of beauty is so much different than the world's. He says that "charm is deceptive and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD shall be praised" (Prov. 31:30). He designed every feature of your body on purpose and thinks you are beautiful the way He made you. He is looking for willing girls, like Candace, who are thankful for all that God has given them and are willing to use their life to serve Him however they can.

Are there any parts of your body that you need to thank God for? I challenge you to make a list of all of the features/aspects of yourself that you dislike. Write them all down on a piece of paper. Then write this verse below them: "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13). After you've written everything down, read Psalm 139:13 out loud and tell God that you are choosing to believe that He designed you the way He did on purpose and for a specific plan. Go through each one of the features you listed on your paper, and thank God for each one of those. Whenever you are tempted to whine or complain about any of your features, stop and remember that verse. Remember that God is your Designer, and He thinks you are beautiful just the way He created you.

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    camille
    Encouraged
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 2:08 am
    I am so inspired by Candace's story. I was born with a birth defect called bi-lateral cleft lip and palate. It causes there to be a split on both sides of the mouth affecting the palate, nose, teeth, speech and the overall of appearance of the face. I have struggled for years with asking God, WHY? Why did I have to be born this way, what would it have been like to be "normal", so to say. Though I was born with a defect that affects the mouth and speech, God blessed me with the gift of singing. I am thankful for this gift, but I struggle with getting up in front of people, all eyes on me, and singing. I just want to get past the fear of people and their opinions and allow God to use me in whatever way He wants to. I am so encouraged by this post, thank you for sharing her story. Today I am choosing to be Thankful for all of my imperfections, and asking God to help me see the beauty that He sees in me. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank you :)
    Cheyenne
    re: camille
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:29 am
    hey camille,
    when i read your comment, i was so excited! our family fostered a chinese boy with a bilateral cleft lip and palate. he was sooooooooo cute and sweet.... he is now adopted into a family in Spain. I pray that someday he can, like you, choose to thank God for the way he was made, even though it meant he was abandoned as an infant. Yet, he is now chosen, first by God, then by us as a foster family, now by his adoptive family. Don't be afraid. use your gift! If anyone judges you for the way your mouth looks, it's not your problem. you can't help it. What you can do is show the world that you are not ashamed of who God made you. I think kids and people with cleft lip are adorable, and im sure you are too. :) God bless you as you sing for him!
    heart4missions
    @Cheyenne
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:41 am
    Hey! I saw that you said your family is a foster family. I am so thankful for families like yours! My family is in the process of being licensed to foster kids, and we are nearing the finish!!! My heart is so for these kids, and I'm thankful that you all are reaching out to them :) <3
    Christina
    My Body
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:08 am
    I used to be upset about my body and it lead to eating disorders and overly excercising, being paranoid to have the perfect body. My body is perfect, for me. I am the way that God wants me to be, and i've realized that more and more. So many of my friends and posts that are posted and the Word has been helping me to see this. I am the way i am meant to be, and i'm thankful for that! Thanks for the post!
    T
    Beauty
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 12:42 pm
    Reading things like this always makes me so ashamed of how often I complain about my body. One of my most common complaints is about my short legs. So what if my legs are short? At least they are completely functional and get me where I need to go without the help of others. I hope I will be able to keep things in perspective and be totally happy with the way God made me because His design is perfect. Who am I to criticize?
    Jenna
    @Camille and book suggestion
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm
    I am praying that you can overcome your struggle with singing in front of people (it is totally possible with God!) and I want you to know that you are an inspiration!! If I saw you sing, I would be so inspired. Hang in there and know that God is smiling on you.

    Also... one of my favorite books of all time is "You Are Special" by Max Lucado. It tells the story of a woodworker who created wooden people and loves all of them, just the way they are. Check it out!
    Mattea
    Thankful and reply to Jenna
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:52 pm
    I feel so thankful that God blesses me with health and strength. I actually am getting over pneumonia and I am just thankful that I have a family to take care of me and a God who heals!
    Jenna, I love that book, You Are Special!! The movie is great too!
    Thanks LYWB!! :)
    Kayla
    Re:
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 7:51 pm
    I just want to say that I am very thankful. God is so good, nomatter how any of us look, talk, walk, etc. God made us, and we should never criticize each other or ourselves about the way our bodies look. :) Thank you for the great reminder LYWB!!!
    Elisabeth
    Re:
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    The Book "You Are Special" by Max Lucado is a really great book. It puts things in perspective.
    By the way, thanks for the post!
    Vanilla
    Thanks for posting!
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:13 pm
    This story was really inspirational. What a creative way to use her body! Candace sounds like a wonderful lady and it will be great to meet her when we're in heaven.
    Jenna
    Re: Mattea
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    Wow I did not know it was a movie! That's awesome.

    Praying for a quick recovery!!
    Camille
    RE: Cheyenne & Jenna
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm
    Thank you all for your encouraging words, they are appreciated. @ Cheyenne I am so thankful that there are people like you in the world who help those children that are in need. It's so wonderful to hear that he has a loving family to support and take care of him. Being born with this birth defect is not easy and I know that he will need the support of a loving family. I can't imagine where I would be if it had not been for the God and the beautiful family he blessed me with. Thanks again! :)
    a person
    promise
    on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10:57 pm
    Hey, so I have this problem. I promise my friends I'll do all this stuff for them cause I think I can [but in the back of my mind I'm like "can I do all that?" but I push it aside] and then I end up forgetting about half of it cause I have a lot of friends and it can be hard to keep track of all I said I'd do. even if I write it down cause I loose the paper or something. I recently agreed to do something with a friend on impluse, ya know, like right after I said yes I was like "I dunno...." cause it's such a time consuming thing that could go on a really long time. I guess I could do it but now I don't really want to that much. I can't tell her no, she's relying on me now. How can I catch up with all I've said I'd do? When I try and start doing it all I do a tini bit and feel all tried and go do something else, which sounds bad, I know my yes should be yes and my no should mean no and I shouldn't make promises I can't keep, but it's not like I meant to backout on them, or told them I'd get it done really quick. It's hard to keep up with people when you don't see them a lot. I love my friends, and I don't wanna let them down, but at the same time, I think I already have by promiseing to do stuff I can't pull through on, even though I want to, I just dunno if I can stretch very far. Basically, could you pray that I'll pull through for them anyway? I don't wanna diss them, ya know?

    So yeah, make sure if your friends ask you something or you offer to do something for them you consider weather you actually can handle it all or not. It's okay to say no, and it's better to say no right away than waiting cause you're afraid of hurting them and then telling them later when it's too late for them to get someone else to help.

    The things I'm talking about are smaller things, not life or death type stuff, just for fun projects, but a promise is still a promise, so it's still important. Just don't make the mistake I did and stretch yourself too far, you can only do so much at a time and still do a good job of it.
    andrea
    amazing and inspiring
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:21 am
    so beautiful!!
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @a person...
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:49 am
    I've just prayed for you...that God will teach you through the things you are sorting out in your mind right now. I pray God will honor your desire to do as He has instructed His children..."let your yes be yes and your no be no" (James. 5:12) and help you fulfill the promises you made to your friends. Blessings to you.
    Sarah, with the LYWB team
    @Camille...
    on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm
    Bless you, sweet Camille! Thank you for posting and letting us know this post encouraged you! Just to let you know, I'm adding my prayers to Jenna's, praying the same! And rejoicing in the Savior for His love and care for you, which makes us love and care for you! Blessings!
    RK
    Thanks :)
    on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 6:32 am
    Really this is a great help. I am short, maybe 4"11.. and i look like an anorexic though i'm not. its just that i am petite. There's a lot of disadvantage of being like this, but i still thank God 'cause i barely experience to be sick.

    I am starting to accept the structure of my body :) Though i still pray to God that i may be a little taller and to gain some weight. Thank you for this inspiring story, and i realize that i dont have the right to complain.

    God bless you guys
    Janice
    Thank you.
    on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:17 am
    Thank you for this blog post Bethany. I really needed to hear this because a lot of my friends have been agonising about their body shape and just how 'fat' they are.

    I really believe God has created us beautifully and uniquely. I have met some women in my life that did not have such outstanding appearances but shone so brightly from the inside with love and grace (something beauty cannot compare with).

    So thank you for this post! :)
    I will encourage my friends around me that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God.

    God bless!
    Alexis
    @RK
    on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 8:02 am
    Hey girl! I TOTALLY understand what you are going through because I am the EXACT same! When I read your comment I was like 'that is so me!' I am like maybe 5 foot and I'm REALLY skinny. Like sometimes 00 in petites don't fit me!:) Just like you too I barely ever get sick! Anyway I just praise God that I'm alive and that I can live for Him and he made us wonderfully and perfectly! He made you and me short so we could bring honor and glory to His name! I will pray for you!

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