Lana is a mother and a businesswoman. An Australian with a Moroccan root. Found peaceful through the ugly of what she actually thought, but knowing that everything happen for a reason, she knows that the ugliness was actually made things fall perfectly into places. From the hardness she found strength.
Last year was the most painful yet of my 36 so far. Things happened to me that I never imagined ever would or possibly could. But, as we’ve certainly all been reminded at one point or another – worse things can happen & there is a reason for all that does.
Moving on I know there is actually so much beauty in my life that when taken as a whole I realise I am one of the most blessed people I know. Isolating the inevitably ugly bits of one’s life may inadvertently blind us to the overwhelming beauty that makes up most it. The ugly can be very painful, yes, & horrid. But, in everything & everyone the potential for beauty or seeing it exists. And, sometimes it takes ugly things to create opportunities for beautiful things to flow forth.
I realised to be beautiful when it’s hard to be is the true test of a pure heart. One of my favourite Prophetic sayings goes, “God is beautiful & He loves beauty”. Finally recognising that God is the ultimate source of beauty was one of the most liberating things in my life. I realised that I didn’t have to do a single thing alone, especially during painful times. There was so much turmoil but I needed peace in my heart. He is Peace. So, I held God to His word &, among many other things, I sought a forgiving heart from the All-Forgiving God He says He is. It’s hard to forgive when there is so much pain, but how can forgiveness come without a mistake in the first place? How to be kind when one has been slighted? It’s easy to be kind to people who don’t upset you. Its rising above ugliness through beautiful ways. Then, one beautiful thing leads to another – breaking the cycle of ugliness.
Truly getting to know Him & myself will facilitate my struggle, through all life’s challenges, for a sincere & pure heart – a life long journey. We were created to do beautiful things & God loves those who do. It’s easier when you know where the beauty lies.
Makeup: Sandra of Bobby Brown