For those of you who read http://www.mycharmingkids.net/, MckMama's husband has started blogging himself! His post today was wonderful ( I mean who doesn't want to hear about how much a man loves his wife?) But at the end of his post, he put in a Bible verse that hit home with me today....
1 Peter 3:2-5...
when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.
When I read this, I had to stop and think about it for a moment (or two). So many of us women (and some men) get up everyday, dressed our best, make up our face, put on our jewelry and feel stunning as we leave for our day. But I know from my perspective, if I were to get up get out of bed, shower, get dressed (no fancy/expensive clothes), no make up and walk out the door, I would not feel the same about myself as if I did on a normal get up and get ready day. But how I am on the inside never changed. So what gives?
Maybe because we as humans rely on flattery from others to boost our confidence sometimes. Or maybe that's just me. But I like it better when I go to work and someone says "Oh you look so cute today" much better than I like it when someone says "wow you look tired". Okay thanks why didn't you just say I look horrible today buddy? Anyhoo...so I am challenging myself to rely only on what I think about myself. And what God and my husband thinks. I need to remember it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, as long as I know I am beautiful on the inside, then nothing else should matter. So next time I see a cute shirt, or purse, or anything material, I am going to ask myself....Do I want this so other people will compliment it or do I want it because I like it. And if I like it, I just might purchase it, But if it is something that I don't need or that maybe I don't like but I know my friends or co-workers will...I'm going to put it back!
Just remember ladies...we are women of God, and we are all beautiful in many ways. Don't let material things, or the way the world can be sometimes to overwhelm you. I often think if I have a nice car, nice house, nice clothes, then people will think better of me, or something. But at the end of the day, I lay in bed with the same man, and pray to the same God, regardless of where I am or what I have on. And in the end, those are the opinions that mean the most.