Hey Ladies! One thing I am passionate about over here at Fit for His Glory is helping women know and believe that TRUE beauty is found in Christ alone. Nothing and no one else will ever satisfy our hearts like His love! Each Tuesday we will start hearing from women who are on the journey to true beauty and the beautiful path that God is walking them down. I am so excited to hear their stories or redemption, grace, passion and persistence! I pray that this column encourages you to look more like Jesus every day and pursue His love over everything else!
Kicking off this new series is one of my sweet friends Halie from HopefullyHalie.com!
One of my favorite bloggers, Lauren DeMoss from Thefulltimegirl writes: “True Beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ. She clings to God’s promises for her life and believes them as the most important thing about her.”
Ummm, #yes? I love every single thing about what her words stand for here. But here’s the deal. As honest, imperfect women of God, we worry just like everyone else does about how our outfits look, if our makeup is right-how is this new hair cut/color?? And listen, it’s okay to want to look and feel your best. (In the South we are taught that caring about your appearance is essentially a form of good manners, am I right fellow belles)?
But there is a distinct difference between trying to look and feel your best and basing your worth and fullness solely around your outer appearance. What if on the outside, everything is flawless and beautiful and on the surface, you have the best of everything. But on the inside? Where there may be an absence of Jesus? You are broken, insecure, confused and lonely. We CANNOT experience Joy apart from Jesus because it doesn’t exist. I’ve experienced that feeling. Mostly because I was more focused on how my makeup looked instead of worrying about the “makeup” of my heart and what it should look like as a woman of God.
I’ll be really honest. Here is my struggle: Worrying more about what the people around me view as beautiful rather than worrying about what My Savior views as “beautiful.” Scripture tells us: “It is not fancy hair, gold jewelry, or fine clothes that should make you beautiful. No, your beauty should come from within you-the beauty of a gentle spirit. This beauty will never disappear. And it is worth very much to God.” 1 Peter 3:3-13.
As young women in our Faith walks, especially in today’s time, we are surrounded by messaging telling us what is and isn’t beautiful. But here’s the thing we must remember: We do not serve this world. We serve a Savior who has already outlined for us what it means to be beautiful! And it’s not something we will master overnight. We are still going to have insecure moments or compare appearances because we are human. But by honing in on the scriptures he has outlined for us and letting His light shine through us, our lives and our stories, together we can show other young woman what it means to be beautiful. It means to just be the awesome, faithful and wonderful woman He has created you to be!
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