As women, we are bombarded daily with the world’s value of beauty. Let’s face it, it STINKS!! It’s a lot of pressure. I admit I have female schitzophrenia. I hate how the Victoria’s Secret models look, but I wish I looked like that!! I’m sick of “trendy”, yet, I want to be trendy. I’m not going to say , “I’m a Christian woman and inner beauty is all that matters.” Embracing our outward beauty is important. We are created in God’s image – we are fearfully and wonderfully made. The problem is our fallen world cannot value beauty as God created it. This leaves us longing for more…
Here is an excerpt from an excellent book that I have read several times, Fresh Brewed Life by Nicole Johnson.
Discover the Secret
There is no beauty in makeup. Expensive clothes will not make you beautiful. The secret lies in being an alive, awake woman with something to offer the world. Namely, yourself. Beauty is less about your face and more about the light in your eyes. Less about the length of your legs, more about the bounce in your step. Real beauty is being a viable, vital human being. As you participate in your life with a warm smile and a generous spirit, you are beautiful.
All my life I thought beauty was what I looked like. Now I understand it’s so much more that that. Beauty cannot be separated into its component parts. It is a package of things that reveal someone’s beauty, not one thing. Someone may have thick, shiny hair, but having lovely hair doesn’t necessarily make one beautiful.
Living a fresh-brewed life will bring out the beauty in you because it is uncovering you. It is revealing more of the authentic you that is beautiful. Fresh-brewed life helps us find the reason to wear happy colors, or sets us free to wear black, without it being a statement. Color becomes very important to us. Because life is a living, breathing work of art. We are painting as we go. What shades reveal most clearly who you are? Never forget you have magnficent hues at your disposal. Discover them, and finger paint all over your life! Be a masterpiece. Drink in life. Laugh too loud. Compliment others constantly.
Cultivate beauty all around you. Plant a garden. Embrace beauty wherever you find it–in the fall leaves, in the spring flowers. This will help you embrace it in yourself. When you appreciate a sunset or your child’s clay candlestick or a beautiful piece of music, you are saying yes to beauty. You are saying yes to God.
The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy. ~Yves St. Laurent