The Story of the Peacock – Turning Poison into Beauty

10857922_749900148440146_7579466227359883726_nA few months ago I was talking with a stepmom sister of mine and she shared with me why she loved peacocks. I had been in awe of the peacocks beautiful colors and the grandeur of their wings but it wasn’t until she shared with me how the peacock gets their color that I was instantly in love with this bird.

Did you know that peacocks live in forests and eat the poisonous plants that no other animals can eat? Instead of being poisoned though, the peacocks were created by God to transform the poisons into beautiful and vibrant feathers. The peacock’s plumage is a living example of turning poison into beauty. This amazing animal is a symbol of how suffering and pain can yield strength and beauty.

As I shared with other members of our team I found that they too admired the peacock and understanding that peacocks turn poison into beauty touched each of us as we can all relate to taking toxic situations in our stepfamilies and seeing them transformed by God’s power, love and grace.

In addition, peacocks are often used in wedding ceremonies. The peacock is considered a symbol of rebirth.  Two peacocks drinking from a chalice is thought to symbolize rebirth and renewal.  The peacock feathers can represent the rebirth of love and restoration for a couple remarrying.

Just like the peacock, stepmoms often take very challenging situations and through their grace, love and compassion can turn things into beauty. We choose to use the peacock feather to symbolize the beauty and strength that stepmoms bring to their families and to one another.

Never forget the beauty that you are!



“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11



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