I love that phrase in the movie, Bridget Jone's Diary, where Mark Darcy tells Bridget - "I like you just the way you are" after he lists all the imperfections she has.
Today when I was talking with my Bishop he said that God loves me, just as I am. In my imperfect state. That I don't have to prove anything - He loves me, just the way I am.
For some reason - after 31 years I sincerely didn't know that. It had never, ever been mirrored to me that I am lovable just the way I am. No strings attached, no requirements, measurements, no vesting period.
I'm grateful for wise leaders, a husband, who despite my Colin Firth fascination (and many other imperfections) - loves me and accepts me just the way I am. I'm grateful for two daughters who love me unconditionally - who teach me each day how I ought to love, apologize and forgive.
I'm grateful that my Heavenly Father knows me, loves me just as I am...and sees it fit to let me know that He is aware of me, individually.
My Bishop shared with me this scripture from Ether to give me hope - to show me that the trials of my past can make me stronger. Ether 12:27
And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.