With lipstick smeared and fingernail polish chipped she walks on wobbly feet in her high heels. She awaits her prince charming.
She said she would marry him one day and she meant it. He is after all her first crush. She anticipates his arrival and the three words that make her heart sing, “you are beautiful”. Her daddy is home.
I think girls of all ages long to know someone thinks they are beautiful. Years pass and we are all grown and we are still clamoring within our hearts for that validation.
This world withholds this kind of approval from most of us girls. The requirements of beauty are lengthy and you can find them listed in numerous places. I most often find them on the days I need a cut and color and my gray is shining. Or maybe my pants are a little tight and my makeup has vaporized. I read a sign once that said the average women eats six pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. I’m sure it’s true because I certainly appear to never have any on.
Our lipstick has failed us. So has our scale, our jeans, and every shiny magazine that awaits us at checkout. The Dove Campaign For Real Beauty has some interesting results. Eighty percent of women agree that every woman has something about her that is beautiful but do not see their own beauty. My word, there are a lot of us that feel the same way.
How can we feel beautiful when it seems so unattainable? It’s not enough for others to tell us we are beautiful. What do they know we ask ourselves secretly? We don’t feel pretty. I’m still searching for the answer cause well, you know…
Young women trade their virginity and their reputation to feel it. They Snapchat pictures and hope against hope that he sees pretty. We visit chat rooms, wear clothing that we shouldn’t and have secret conversations searching for…
Proverbs tells us that physical beauty is fleeting. I often look in the mirror and think, who is this woman? I have been kidnapped. Where does this strange woman have me hidden? Real is not cover worthy. Don’t even get me started on plus size stores pinning their clothes on the mannequins to make them look smaller.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…” 1 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)
Yeah, yeah, I know Lord but it’s a struggle that us girls need help with. You know that beautiful bodies are the things that we feel we must run after – sometimes at all cost.
So what I offer you today is what I take for myself. We’ve got to know what we don’t feel. If we don’t begin to believe God and get this now, we will leave this world behind thinking we need something we have. We will long for what already lies within us.
How, Oh Lord, how? Help us to grasp the beauty You see in us. We just don’t see it ourselves. Will You send us sweet friends to remind us of our beauty? Will you enable us to be that sweet friend to others? Will You speak to our hearts in the stillness of our time alone with You? Will You sing over us the words of Song of Songs “Behold, you are beautiful my love, behold, you are beautiful!…You are altogether beautiful my love; there is no flaw in you.” And, give us the strength to believe sweet Jesus. Amen.
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