Julia and I are exploring the meaning of Beauty, intersecting Beauty with the word of God, and letting Beauty live in our lives. Inspired by a joint feeling of just not measuring up in the beauty category, we’re tackling some hard questions:
- What is Beauty? And does it reside in me?
- And when my husband says that I’m beautiful, how can I receive those words as truth in a culture that says the opposite?
- What am I going to teach my daughters about Beauty?
- And most importantly, what does the Word of God say about Beauty?
Join us as we converse about a topic that touches the heart of all women.
- to see her children grow well into adulthood
- for her marriage to thrive
- for her children’s marriages to thrive
- for her children to be good spouses and parents
- for her children to love Jesus
- good health
- to have enough money
So, this morning, as I remembered it was Friday. I thought about Kendra’s post in terms of beauty.
If you took the time to pop over and read it, which I would encourage everyone to do, she vulnerably admits that worrying about all of that, when none of it is promised to us, denotes a lack of faith in God’s perfect plan for her family.
When I found out I was having two girls, I worried. I worried I would fail to teach them to have a healthy body image. That I wouldn’t be able to strike the perfect balance between inner and outer beauty, and somehow mess them up. I feared that one day, they would be on some talk show host’s couch spilling their guts about all the things I missed the mark on, and how they will forever be scarred.
Silly, really, but there it is. I tend to “catastrophize” my life. I tend to forget that God’s got my back, and he’ll help me figure it out–this whole parenting girls things.
So, I guess I have list too. Things I want my daughters to know about beauty:
- Jesus knit them together; they are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14)
- The very image of God lies within them.
- The same amount of God is in everyone.
- Beauty isn’t just about appearance.
- Living to glorify God is more important than what you look like.
- Surrounding yourself with positive images, words and music is important.
- You are beautiful just the way you are.
- It is good to know how to groom and care for your body in a healthy, modest way.
What have I missed?
What have we missed through this series? Love to hear your thoughts.