You’re beautiful. Do you know that?
Do you believe that you are?
Since my last post Where True Beauty Comes From, I have been thinking about, “What makes us beautiful?”
And the song from The Princess Diaries “What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful) keeps running through my mind.
As women of faith, we are beautiful.
Each of one of us is unique and special and like the song says what makes you different makes you beautiful.
But what truly makes a woman of faith beautiful?
1) She has a heart after God’s.
A beautiful woman follows Christ. She seeks Him and follows Him. She walks in obedience to His commands and His callings on her life. She loves Him and desires to know Him. “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30
2) She is self-controlled.
A beautiful woman doesn’t let her emotions control her. She stays in control. Does that always mean staying calm and never letting her emotions show? I don’t believe that it does, but I do think it means showing them in appropriate ways.
Another part of being self-controlled is being self-disciplined. A beautiful woman will always have areas where she is working on this, but it needs to part of a beautiful woman’s life.
3) She is pure.
A beautiful woman needs to be pure in both mind and heart as well as body. In today’s sex driven culture, it is hard for a woman to remain pure, but it is something that we need to be striving and working toward. And purity isn’t just for single women. I know of many married women who struggle in this area as well.
4) She is kind.
A beautiful woman cares about other people. She wants to be a blessing to others and share Christ’s love with them.
5) She is submissive.
A beautiful woman is submissive. I know, I know. This one is a hard one. Even us single women have someone or something we are to be submissive too. In today’s egalitarian culture, I really believe that submissiveness is misunderstood. I think we mix it up with subjugation, with the idea of being a doormat, but I don’t think submissiveness is that at all. When I think about submissiveness, I think of yielding, of dying to one’s self, in order to support or help meet the needs of others. It doesn’t mean not having a voice. It means knowing when to use your voice and when to give way. It means knowing when to pick your fights.
6) She is modest.
A beautiful woman is modest. Modesty is subjective. Everybody has their opinions on what is modest, and I believe that you have to follow your own conscious when it comes to modesty. But I can tell you what modesty isn’t. Modesty is not dressing in such a way that you are using your body as a sexual tool to attract men. Clothes are meant to enhance our beauty, not to draw attention to ourselves and our bodies.
You are beautiful woman of faith. You are a woman after God’s heart. Share your beauty with others. Shine your light.