A few years ago I sat in a woman’s group where we collectively talked about beauty and the parts of it we focus on as women.
One of the things that we spoke about were the efforts that we make on our outward appearance, leaving the insides to their ugly, unattended devices.
Changing your Appetite, Attitude and Actions can make you more beautiful.
When I imagine what that woman looks like she is just beautiful – on the inside and out.
In today’s time, as women, we have a lot of pressure on us to look a certain way and to have it all together.
Phrases like “tight and right”, “hair did, nails did, everything did”, and the most recent one (which I totally and thoroughly dislike) “on fleek” have us feeling like we are not allowed to have downtime.hair did, nails did, are your insides did? Click To Tweet
If you know me at all, you know I don’t get into the hype. I am totally fine with stepping out the house without a full face, if any, makeup on, which actually happens more times than not; I am fine with when I don’t have anywhere in particular to be, to put on my sweats, stretch pants or something that is a little more comfortable and not necessarily giving me “fleek” status; and I totally don’t have a problem with not sticking to my bi-weekly nail appointment (which has not always been the case), although I do keep my toes together, but for me and my own
At any rate, I say all that to say that as I get older I have begun to realize that I should be putting as much, if not more energy on making sure that my insides are just as beautiful as what you see on the outside.
You see the woman in Proverbs 31 was hardworking, loving, and focused. She tended to her family as much if not more than to herself, and she cared for those around her.
I desire to be beautiful all the way around,
I want others to be left with a feeling that there
is truly an aroma of the holy spirit on me and my life,
and be used to let them see that God is REAL.
As I grow and continually evaluate myself, there are a few things that I have made a priority to tend to in order to let my inner beauty shine through:
I’d like to think that my attitude has come a long way. When I think about my attitude in my twenties, let alone my teenage years I can see why a) I didn’t have many friends and b) I couldn’t keep a relationship if I really wanted to (and I didn’t want to, but if I did, it was probably a great deal my fault).
But really, I have been trying to be more transparent, graceful and patient. Just working on those three things alone has changed the dynamics in some of my closest relationships recently.
I have to come to realize that it is grace that has allowed me to grow to this point without being worse off; patience that has allowed me to develop the relationships I do have; and transparency from others that have allowed me to see that everyone has struggles and that it’s really a part of everyone’s life, making me have a more positive outlook on my own circumstances and trials.
Have you ever heard the saying that what you put in is what will come out? It’s usually used when speaking about one’s diet and the effects of what you eat on other parts of your body. But it is more than applicable here as well.
I have become more mindful of the conversation that I have, the television that I watch, and in general the company that I keep. All of these things can be toxic if you are letting the wrong things in. It totally has an effect on what you will project and put out.
I have come to realize that someone is always watching, even when I don’t realize it. And further that God sees all that I do and is privy to those things that are in my heart.
While I don’t always get it right, I am always trying to be mindful of the impact that my actions will have on others, their perception of what a Christian looks like, what my children see, and most importantly what God sees. Because as you know, what you say means nothing but what you do, says everything!
As I am continually on my own personal journey to embody all that a Proverbs 31 woman is, these are some of the things that I am working on.
I desire to be beautiful all the way around. I want others to be left with a feeling that there is truly an aroma of the holy spirit on me and my life and be used to let them see that God is real.
In our quest for beauty we have to evaluate and determine what we are using to set our beauty standards, who we want to be beautiful for, and what beauty really looks like.
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