This is a shout-out to all my female readers: Do you know how beautiful you are? Really, you are fabulous! How do I know? Psalms 139:14 says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Whether you’re a preteen wondering when you will shed your little girl face and step into a woman’s silhouette or a mother head over heels for your newborn but questioning whether your waistline will ever look the same, I want you to know this: You are beautiful. Maybe you’re an aging woman looking back at old photographs, pining for the days of firmer thighs and a stretch mark-free stomach . . . you are beautiful.
Our society is making billions of dollars by telling woman that they’re not enough. If we can just get the right eye cream, the wrinkles will stay at bay. Or if the perfect amount of protein powder is consumed in our smoothies, we will look perfect.
Have you noticed through the decades that what we are being told is the standard of beauty keeps changing? Yep, a moving target. In the 1950s the curvy shape was in magazines and on billboards. In the 60s the thin shape of Twiggy was elevated on a pedestal. Now there is a huge emphasis on a body that has lean body mass. I asked my seventy-something dad, “Do you ever remember growing up and women your mom’s age working out and being concerned about weight?” He smiled and said, “No, they just put on a bigger apron.”
I know, I know. A healthy lifestyle is important, but my point here is that what each generation perceives as beauty continues to change. Beauty is subjective. We can just look at the women all around the world and what they value as beautiful to see that beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
As Christian women, I want us to not be distracted by the empty pursuit of outward beauty. Don’t get me wrong, I love lipstick as much as the next girly girl, but we must encourage each other to not buy into the distraction of being too focused on outward appearance. You are beautiful! Your heavenly Father knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and constructed your DNA just the way His loving hand saw fit. Let’s see ourselves as God sees us: beautiful daughters incredibly unique and special.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
1 Samuel 16:7
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
**photo by Norman Rockwell**