I am a girl.

I want to look pretty. I want to be beautiful.

Lately I’ve been thinking about beauty. What is true beauty? What makes a girl beautiful? “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Great. So. Whose eye am I trying to catch?

Answer: God’s. I could look like the Wicked Witch of the West, but if God thought I was beautiful, then I would be.

God’s opinion of me is really the only one I should be worrying about. God knows what’s truly beautiful. He tells us in His Word, lots of places actually.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” -Proverbs 31:30

What is fleeting? Not character, brains, personality…beauty. I can’t spend all my time on my face and nothing on my heart and mind.

“And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.” -1 Timothy 2:9-10

Attractive. That’s as good as beautiful. Admit it girls, we all want to be attractive. The trick is to not be attractive physically, but in who we are. This doesn’t mean we have to walk around in oversided clothes so as to not look at all pretty. It’s okay to want to look good; just don’t be consumed in it. Good guys will fall for the heart, not the face. And God already thinks your face is beautiful, so who cares what anyone else thinks!

I wonder if God gets sad when we decide we don’t look good enough. He made us to be just like we are, and when we buy into the lie of the world that says if we’re not 5’10”, 115 pounds, size 0, and blond, we’re not good enough. I don’t think so!! God, who made everything, who made up the whole “beautiful” concept, created ME just like I am. Who am I to decide God didn’t do a good enough job? I think God made us all beautiful.

“If every girl could see her beauty we would be an army.”
-Superchick, So Beautiful

What’s that line saying? To me it’s saying that if we girls would realize that the media is just shoving junk down our throats, we could change it. We could revolt and redefine beautiful.

Anyway, back to the Bible for one of my favorite verses:

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. They trusted God and accepted the authority of their husbands.” -1 Peter 3:3-5

I wonder if Paul knew these lines would impact girls for so long. Here we are, 2000 years later, and these words still speak my heart. “Clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within.” Sure, there’s outward beauty. But like the first verse said, it’ll fade. The beauty that comes from within lasts your whole life, and it’s far more “precious to God.”

I want to be like the “holy women of old.” I want to be a woman in the way that God intended women to act. I want to live in a way that would make God proud. I believe as I change myself on the inside, the beauty will ooze out. I want to dress in a way that would make God proud. I want to be walking down the street and make God proud. “Look! I made that. She’s beautiful, not because of her appearance, but because of her heart.”

I hope I never spend more money on makeup and appurtenances than I do on missions and helping those around me. I hope I never spend more time on my looks than I do helping friends through tough times.

Where you spend your time says a lot about you.

Mirror? Or reading and living the Word?

Make God proud. It only matters if you’re beautiful in His eyes.

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Songs I reccommend to remember your true beauty-
“Beautiful” -Bethany Dillon
“So Beautiful”-Superchick
“Mirror” -Barlowgirl
“The Only Thing that’s Beautiful in Me” -Rush of Fools
“Fingerprints of God” -Steven Curtis Chapman
“For Your Glory” -Jaime Jamgochian
“All that Matters” -Addison Road
“Magnificent Obsession” -Steven Curtis Chapman
“Worthless” -Point of Grace

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