You are beautiful! Everyone in this world, in every culture, race and creed has beauty in them. But sometimes our beauty is hidden by insecurities or wounds not yet healed.
Every person is created in the image of God and He is the most beautiful person ever. So we are all beautifully created! Therefore, when we are going through a hard time, shouldn't we ask "what is my Creator saying to me to make me more like Him"? The more we look like and act like Him, the more attractive we are and the more content and joyful we become!
Another thing we should ask ... "what precious promise(s) does God want me to hold onto during this time?"
While I was in the midst of my three back surgeries, sitting on a couch because I couldn't stand longer than 5 minutes without my back screaming at me, and taking pain pills multiple times a day just to function at a low level, I kept hearing the same thing over and over. I was asking God everyday what He wanted to say to me, not really realizing that it wouldn't only be to make me more into His image. That's the only thing I could think of, but because of His wonderful nature, He had a precious promise He wanted me to grab hold of. He told me at least 25 times that He would "renew my youth like the eagle" (Psalm 103:5). You think maybe He was trying to get through to this hard head of mine? To plead my case a little ... I was sitting on a couch, after two failed back surgeries and worse off than before, taking 8 pain pills a day. I asked God to take my life because I couldn't escape the pain-- I was trapped in my body and couldn't do anything about it. So to hear that my youth would be renewed like the eagle sounded pretty ludicrous at the time. But just a year after my third surgery, I began mountain biking and through this avenue God has truly fulfilled His promise to renew my youth like the eagle! He is faithful. He is not slack concerning His promises like some people are. So ask Him what promise He has for you and hold onto it like your life depends on it! Because it does.
But to have purpose while we're in the middle of waiting for the promise, we have to ask "what should I do while I'm waiting for my promise to come to pass"?
To focus on our problem only leads to depression. To focus on our purpose and how we can help others leads to happiness. Focus is everything! If I focus on what I don't have, I will take the slippery slope downward, but when I focus on what I do have, then I climb out of that pit and continue on an upward path. We all have a purpose. It would be worth your time to study that subject and ask God and the people around you that know you best, until you find out what it is.
Instead of dangling by a thread and feeling like life is just a survival mode everyday, we can change it to waking up with passion because of knowing that we are going to help people's lives become better, just by sharing our life (our gifts and who we are) with them.
So how can I not only survive this difficulty but actually thrive during it? I must ask, "what do I need to do to become more like my Creator", "what precious promise can I hold onto right now" and "what do I do while I'm waiting for my promise to be fulfilled"? God wants to fill you with His joy and peace that comes from within and that which no difficulty can take away.