Ok, I’m frustrated.
I sat down this morning with the intent of writing about how beautiful we are as women. I wanted to encourage all of my fellow ladies to look in the mirror and see beauty- because beautiful is what they are. And, possibly due to ignorance, I didn’t think it would be that hard. I mean, when I look at my friends I see the most precious and gorgeous ladies inside and out. But then I did a google search on how beautiful we are to God.
And became immediately discouraged.
I found two separate responses to this search:
- Christian women considering themselves “beautiful” because they knew that God looks at the heart.
- Overwhelming amount of verses and quotes about inward beauty.
Ok, don’t get me wrong. Inward beauty is of more value and importance than outward beauty. I mean, “charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting”, right? But that being said, I couldn’t find one women celebrating her beauty both inside and out. It was either ladies claiming to be ugly in every way or ladies celebrating their inner beauty and skirting around the subject of how they look.
Let me set this straight: Ladies, you are a sight to be seen.
And it’s not just me saying that. If you’re looking for a “professional”‘s opinion, lets ask God, shall we? God made Adam and was pleased but clearly unsettled. When He looked at what He had made, there was something missing. It wasn’t until He created Eve that He declared His creation “very good”. Adam and Eve sauntered around the garden, naked and unashamed. Naked and unashamed.
Why were they unashamed? Because God had made them beautiful. Eve knew she was beautiful, and you best believe Adam knew she was beautiful. And here’s a news flash, ladies: that very same God made YOU. He made you and declared that you are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. WONDERFULLY made. You are beautiful! But not just on the inside.
One of the saddest comments I found was from a lady that seems to be a Christian, but it is clear she views herself as far from beautiful. She states:
“I’m sorry for being imperfect…I was born this way…there’s nothing I can do about it but it doesn’t matter cause I’m perfect in God’s eyes.”
It’s obvious that she views her body as an “outfit” she’s forced to wear because she has no other choice.
Ladies, be real with me, do you feel this way? When you look into the mirror in the morning do you only see things you want to change? Do you find yourself undesirable, even ugly at times?
This is the point I could start talking about inward beauty and how it doesn’t truly matter how we look when we’re young because we’re gonna get wrinkly one day anyways. But I’m not going to do that. I don’t want you walking away from reading this and try to look inwardly to find your beauty. I want you to know that you are more beautiful and desirable than you could ever imagine! There are many posts out there about inward beauty, and they’re important, but this is not one of those posts.
Ladies, I have a challenge for you. Next time you look in the mirror, remember: God made you in His own image. HIS OWN IMAGE. How dare we look at ourselves, who are made in God’s image, and call ourselves less than desirable?? We are BEAUTIFUL because we are a reflection of God Himself! We are DESIRABLE because God made us so.
Notice I haven’t mentioned guys. Now I’m gonna throw a curveball: Nothing a guy says or does can ever effect your beauty in any way. Let me say that again:
Boys don’t make you beautiful.
Yes, they appreciate your beauty. (Probably more than you know!) But they don’t, and will never, be the ones that make you beautiful. God has already done that and declared it to be true.
So believe it.
I dare you beauties to believe that you are drop dead gorgeous. I dare you to remember that you are literally made in the image of God Himself. I dare you to walk around, head held high, unashamed of how you look. Because God made you exactly how He wanted to and, believe me, He has the journey of a lifetime waiting for you and your beautiful self if only you have faith that it’s true.
Do you know who you are?
“You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.” (Song of Solomon 4:7)