Saturday, August 20, 2011

Are you Beautiful?

Have you ever googled  the work Beauty?  What do you find? Do you know that only 2 percent of women would describe themselves as beautiful? Are you in that small sampling? After hearing the lies we have all been told regarding the narrow definition of beauty, I would like to redefining beauty. Only then can we know we are beautiful as well as pass along a healthy definition to our future generations.

What exactly is beauty?  Can beauty be achieved through attitude, spirit, and other attributes that have nothing to do with physical appearances?  Can a woman can be beautiful at any age.  Do all woman have something about her that is beautiful?   Most women would answer yes to all of the questions above they also believe that physical attractiveness is about how one looks, whereas beauty includes much more of who a person is.

Women rate happiness, confidence, dignity, and humor as powerful components of beauty, along with the more traditional attributes of physical appearance, body weight and shape, and even a sense of style. 

Now, stop for a minute and think about it. When you hear (or say) the phrase, "She is beautiful," is it made in reference to what is on the outside or the inside? Beauty is defined by God and God alone. He sets the standard for beauty and gives us clues throughout Scripture as to what defines a beautiful woman.

Unfortunately, the definition of beauty given by most women usually fails to recognize the key component that determines a woman's happiness, confidence, dignity, and humor. That key component, of course, is faith. Just as the Proverbs 31 passage concludes, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised" (Prov. 31:30). Faith in a loving and forgiving God will be the root of any and all manifestations of beauty. Physical beauty will fade over time, but true beauty (virtue) is timeless.

You are created in the image of God, and God doesn't make junk! Like a snowflake, every person is unique. No two are the same. God sees you as a masterpiece; and when you look in the mirror, He wants you to know it! Each morning i say to to the Lord Psalm 139:14, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well ."  It helps me to remind me that i am Gods unique and purposely made creation.

Do not consider his appearance or his height, 
for I have rejected him. 
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. 
Man looks at the outward appearance, 
but the LORD looks at the heart. 
1 Samuel 16:7

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, 
such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 
Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is of great worth in God's sight. 
1 Peter 3:3-4

Physical exercise has some value, 
but spiritual exercise is much more important,
for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.
1 Timothy 4:8 

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