Have any of you noticed the trend of Facebook lately? The one where women are tagging each other and challenging them to post 5 pictures that make them feel beautiful. I asked myself why is this labelled a “challenge.” I wondered why we, as women, would feel tested to find 5 photos claiming beauty.
The questioned immediately started forming connections in the web of my mind. Is it because of the standards media places on beauty? Is it because of the criticisms that society places on women? Is it because we truly don’t feel beautiful within?
Tweet: "For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7b
It really made me consider what beauty is to me. When do I feel beautiful? The answers started surprising me! I feel beautiful when my children say I love you. I feel beautiful when my husband wraps his arms around me. I feel beautiful when I feel comfortable. I feel beautiful sitting next to the water, camping with friends and family, enjoying their relationship.
I feel beautiful when I’m in touch with God’s word. I feel beautiful when I’m praising Him.
Beauty for me is beyond makeup and clothes. Do these things aid some days? Of course, but if I’m really in a slump all the designer shoes and false eyelashes in the world won’t make me feel beautiful. It makes me feel hidden. I feel beauty when my actions make another person smile. I feel beauty when my words uplift a friend.
Truly, I feel the most beautiful when I’m pure in heart. I know that might sound like a cliché but it is true. The most beautiful moments I remember were moments in which my intent was straight. I felt beautiful on my wedding day, but not because of a dress. I loved my wedding dress, but my smile in this photo is because I knew my heart was in the right place. I was making a commitment before God that I would honour His word and honour this man for the rest of my life. That promise made me feel beautiful!
I feel beauty when I see the pride on my husbands face as he introduces me to someone new. The knowledge that it means something to him to say “this is my wife” makes me feel on top of the world. I feel beauty when my boys coming running to me at the end of a long work day or when Lil Mister proudly announces that my fresh out of bed pony tail is “bery pwetty.” These moments make me feel beautiful because of the love encased in these precious seconds.
I feel beauty when I write. I feel beauty when I laugh and smile. I feel beauty in those miniscule moments with friends and family that I’ll never forget. I feel beauty in my ma’s arms and in my pa’s joking with me. I feel beauty within.
When do you feel the most beautiful?
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