Thursday, June 25, 2009
Glad she asked
(Disclaimer: Video not for children)
As a woman who just went shopping and tried on swimsuits in that unforgiving light of the dressing room
As a woman who couldn't even stand the sight of it despite having a healthy body mass index
As a woman who is inundated by messages from this unrighteous culture of what she's supposed to look like
As a woman who loves God and is trying to walk in His ways and be a testimony of His love and goodness to this broken world
As a woman who is trying to raise a little girl to find her beauty in the Lord and nowhere else
I'm so glad that Beth Moore (we're doing her Esther study) asked me this most pressing and important question this week:
"What might be a reasonable way to handle the pressure [to be beautiful] for those of us who are neither likely to nor under spiritual conviction to throw away all our cosmetics?"
I have a follow up question:
What does it mean to be beautiful? Do I need to do or be something to be beautiful?
I believe it is a longing of every human heart- and not just women- to be beautiful. How do we handle this? What is the Lord saying about this? What do I need to be teaching Anna Grace about this? How should I be renewing my mind on the subject of beauty?
I think the impetus for it weighing so heavy on my heart is my daughter. I really want her to get it. I really want for her to know that she was made by God and she is beautiful. I really really really want to get this right.
And honestly, I want healing. I want to know true beauty, and I want that for all my beautiful friends and for my beautiful mom and for my beautiful sisters and for all of us. Maybe I'm being presumptuous, but haven't we all been wounded regarding our beauty in some way or another? If you haven't, please share your secret.
I've been pondering it all and I'm afraid I'm building up a pretty good bit of blog gas (as my husband who thoroughly enjoys flatulent humor would say).
We'll see where the Lord takes us on the subject...