A Beautiful Woman

As women, we all want to be beautiful. We spend hours on our hair or our makeup, trying to find the perfect shoes to complement the perfect dress to match the perfect nail polish. We all have the desire to be seen as beautiful. And there’s nothing wrong with that desire, as long as we don’t make the tragic mistake of equating our appearance with our value and self-worth.

I admit that I have fallen prey to the never-ending uphill climb of achieving outward beauty. One day, as I was primping myself in the mirror, I had a revelation. I was having a good hair day for a change and I had taken extra care with my makeup. I was fussing with getting my lip gloss just right when (as He has a way of doing in our finer moments) God spoke to me.

“Being pretty isn’t enough. It’s time for you to put more focus on being pretty on the inside”

… Ouch. As always, God was right on point. Whose standard of beauty was I trying so desperately to achieve? How much time do I spend on becoming prettier in the areas that really matter?

We’ve all encountered people who are absolutely gorgeous… until they open their mouth. It’s easy to recognize internal ugliness. Anger. Jealousy. Unforgiveness. Complaining. Bad-mouthing. Gossiping. Crude jokes. Negative remarks.

The Bible is clear about what a beautiful woman looks like:

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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

Is God instructing us not to style our hair or wear earrings? No, He is telling us that true beauty lies in our character.  God is not saying that we must have a gentle and quiet personality in order to be beautiful, (phew!) He’s telling us that we need to have a gentle and quiet spirit; a heart that is resting in God’s Faithfulness, not overcome with anxiety and strife.

So, how do we put pretty into practice? Responding with grace and forgiveness to those who hurt us. Being friendly to the person sitting alone. Not always trying to be right in a conversation. Not talking behind somebody’s back. Going out of your way to help others in need. True beauty is reflecting the love of Christ in everything we think, say and do. It is Humility. Compassion. Gentleness. Patience. Grace. Generosity. Sacrifice. And above all else: Love. Loving the Lord with our whole heart and loving others in His Name.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” – Proverbs 31:30

What a testimony our lives will be when we can look at our reflection in the mirror, smile with confidence and say, “I am truly beautiful”.

Abba Father, please help us to become women of true beauty; beauty that radiates from a heart that seeks Your Face above all else. Help us not to become slaves to the world’s ideal of beauty but transform us from the inside out until we embody the fruit of Your Spirit and our lives become a reflection of Your Love. Thank You for never giving up on us. In Jesus’ Mighty Name, Amen.

18 thoughts on “A Beautiful Woman

  1. Tasha! I completely agree with you. In today’s society we all get caught up with looking our best, but we don’t get caught up with being the best person we can be. Very positive message 😉

  2. Awww, I wish I had this guide line when I was growing up. Something to motivate everyone who is going through self esteem issues. God made us all special with different features and we should all learn to embrace what he gave us.
    Good Sharing Tash as always.

    Love you!

    • You’re so right, Jo. We are all ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ in God’s Image (Psalm 139:14) but often it’s so hard to recognize that truth in the midst of all the pressures we face in today’s society! It’s so important to find our identity in Christ and not in the opinions of others. Not an easy task, but with God’s Love all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26). Love you lots! Thanks for sharing! ❤

  3. Wow girl, this is powerful. I think this hits home to a lot of women(myself included) because we spend soo much time trying to be ‘beautiful’ to others and suffer a great deal in the process. It’s an interesting contrast, when we live up to the world’s standard of beauty we are left feeling empty and totally crushed.
    But when we live up to God’s standards we are always built up. True beauty comes from within!

    Keep up the awesome work! God bless 🙂

    • Hey Bev! ❤ Thanks for sharing your insight, I completely agree with you! And thanks for the encouragement! Love you! xoxo

  4. Lovely post Nat. All of us need to remember this, as difficult as is it to accept at times… that we are ALL beautiful, not because of our appearance or our achievements, but simply because we exist, and are the wonderful creations that we are. 🙂 Love you!

  5. Greetings Natasha,
    We praise God for bringing you into our lives. God creates the inward beauty and that type of beauty remains throughout eternity. I count it a blessing that you join us.

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