I met my husband James in grad school where strangely enough, I studied alongside other students who had been Miss Oregon, Miss California, and even a future Miss America.

Let’s face it. We women are prone to comparisons. When I think about those beauty pageant winners, sometimes I don’t even feel like Miss Cul-de-Sac.  I don’t think I could win a contest in housekeeping, beauty, or culinary arts. But you know what?  Those titles don’t really matter.

After all, my dear husband didn’t pick a Miss (insert amazing category here).  He picked me.  For better or for worse.  For dress-up date nights and sweatpants mom days.

And guess what?  If you are married, your husband picked you too.  Over all the other girls in the world, he chose you.  (Hang on single ladies, your prince may be on his way too)

Instead of hanging your head down because your make-up isn’t perfect or you need a tummy tuck, put a smile on your face and your best foot forward.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.  That’s what it proclaims in Psalm 119.  But I’m afraid many of us believe the opposite.  We fear that we are NOT fearfully and wonderful made.  If we allow it to, physical shortcomings can sabotage our ability to be happy in our own skin.

We all come pre-packaged with strength and weaknesses.  Don’t fall into the comparison trap which quickly diminishes the wonderful gifts you offer to the world.  Let go of your unrealistic expectations of “perfect” and appreciate what you have.  Accentuate your strengths!

Listen to what God is asking you to do in your marriage, not what popular culture dictates you should do.  You are beautiful in God’s sight and you know what?  Your husband thinks you’re beautiful too.  That’s why he chose you.

So tell me in the comments below the amazing qualities you have the your husband loves and chose YOU for. One reader will be chosen to win a copy of Arlene’s book 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. If you can’t wait to read it you can buy it on Amazon now.

You have until Monday, March 10 to enter.

Arlene Pellicane 600x600jpg????????Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife. 

She and her husband James live in Southern California with their three children. 

You can visit her website to Take the Quiz: Are You a Happy Wife?