True Beauty

I know you may hear this all the time. I know you might think that this is "just another one of those posts." Ya know, it tells you, "You're beautiful just the way you are," and leaves it at that. But, like, don't girls want something more? Don't they want to hear more than "you're beautiful and unique just by being you"? I mean, those kinds of posts can be great. But have you ever stopped and wondered Who? Who really, truly believes that I'm beautiful and unique just the way I am and loves me for me? Or maybe you're thinking, Duh, God does. That's what you hear all the time, after all, isn't it? Or is it? Have you ever really stopped to think that, hey, maybe God does really love for who you really are? Have you always heard that, but never really believed it?

Check out what Proverbs 31:10-31 says about a wife of noble character...

10 A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


Go ahead and get a notebook and write down all the qualities of the Wife of Noble Character (found above), if you want to. (If you want, you can start out with hard-working, wise, more precious than rubies, serves the LORD...) Notice what verse 30 says... "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting..." But check out the awesome end: "...but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." I think some girls wonder why God created some girls more 'beautiful' or 'hot' than others. But truthfully, who really defines what "beautiful" is? "Beautiful" in the world's eyes may mean being thin, being the "right shape," having perfect hair and no blemishes, and simply being pleasing to the eye. But what if real beauty was much more than that? The good news - it is! The kind of beauty that is within you - the kind that really makes you a beautiful person - is so much better and more admirable than the world's view of beauty. Beauty that comes from God is something that is most definitely more admirable, more real, and more beautiful. 2 Corinthians 4:18 says this: "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Pretty awesome, right? Now I'm not saying that it's wrong to look nice or want to look nice and take care of yourself. But if looking "hot" is all you're focused on, then your focus (sometimes slowly, sometimes not) comes off of God and fixes on the wrong things (like pleasing the wrong people). A book I love is Beauty Lab by Nancy Rue (which I totally recommend reading, by the way). Here are a few quotes from the book that I think apply very well.

"Remember that God made your true self. He's there to help you be just that."

"No matter how great a girl's hair, skin, nails, and clothes are - no matter how free she is of physical "flaws" - she will not be truly beautiful unless she shines from within."

"She may win beauty contests or get a modeling contract or have boys flocking all around her. That means she's cute, or pretty, or practically perfect from head to toe. That doesn't mean she's beautiful."

I think that Mrs. Rue sums it up really well in this last little section...

"Wouldn't it be cool if you could just say, 'From now on, I am going to be confident, joyful, fun-loving, energized, kind, encouraging, and loving'? It would be like an instant beauty treatment. Developing those qualities takes time - and it takes God. We can't do it by reading books or following rules or copying women we admire - although those things help. We can only do it by turning our whole selves to God, every day, so he can remind us, heal us, forgive us, and lead us. Now that is a great beauty treatment, and there's enough to last a whole lifetime."

God is the One who makes us honestly beautiful. I honestly don't know why He makes different people look different from one another, or why it seems like He made some more "hot" or "desirable" than others. But, really, it isn't the world's opinion we should be worrying about. Sure, it feels nice to have boys like you and have lots of friends and be really popular. But under all those people is at least a little hatred, hurt, resent, conviction, rejection, rebellion, or desire for something more. They aren't perfect. So while getting a lot of attention or having a lot of friends or a totally cute boyfriend can seem satisfying, that satisfaction is only temporary, and it will not last. True beauty does last, and that kind of beauty comes from inside of you.
It comes from God.

Hebrews 12:1-13
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

With love and prayers,

Talia

Emii  – (March 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM)  

Beautiful post. Yes, it was beautiful :)

Kels  – (March 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM)  

I am out of words to tell you how amazingly wonderful, true, and completely awesome this post is. You have a true gift for writing and speaking about these topics. I am greatly encouraged. :)
Have a wonderful day!! xxxx~Kelsey

Kels  – (March 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM)  

Hey Talia, I was wondering if you would sponsor a giveaway on my blog for the book you wrote. I think that would be awesome! If you will allow that please just let me know. :)

Talia  – (March 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM)  

Thanks so much, girls! That really means a lot. I hope and pray that Jesus will use my writing to effect others. Kels, I would love to sponsor your giveaway, but I'm not sure if I will be able to at the moment. Crazy as it sounds, I would have to buy it to sponsor the giveaway (like, I don't have lots of free books at my house), although we do get a small discount. I can't at the moment, but I really appreciate it and will let you know later on if it will work :-)!
Talia

Talia  – (March 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM)  

Sorry that I can't right now. I'm HONORED that you want to use my book in your giveaway, but I don't think I can buy it right now. Sorry <3.

lexi  – (March 4, 2011 at 2:19 PM)  

Talia, this post has truly touched me! It's totally what I needed right now:) I agree with Kels, you really have a gift for writing!
Again, great post!

Hannah  – (March 6, 2011 at 1:39 PM)  

Talia, that was the most beautiful,inspiring post i've read by you so far. and that's saying a lot. :) it was so, SO beautiful. :) i agree. Writing for you is a GOD-GIFT.

Talia  – (March 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM)  

Hannah and Lexi, I could feel my eyes tearing up as I read your comments. That was so kind of you. I really want to show other people God's love, and I'm so happy when God uses me and something I like to do (writing) to do that.
Your comments were appreciated so, so much.
With love and prayers in Christ,
Talia

Kels  – (March 7, 2011 at 12:12 PM)  

That's okay Talia. Just let me know if you do ever get a book in, I'd love to host you on my blog.
p.s. I'm having my very first photo challenge, will you please join in. :)
xxxx~Kelsey

Talia  – (March 7, 2011 at 3:40 PM)  

Kels, sounds like fun! I'll have to go check it out on your blog :).

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