We think a lot about beauty when we are bombarded by images on magazine covers, television advertisements and short cladded beauties in the mall on a hot summer day. They seem to be the ones to define our self-image or the lack there of as of late.
I have seen a movement across insta-social media calling for women to love themselves, love their bodies, and to embrace everything in between. These are good motivators and uplifting attitudes to have, but doubts will probably always be itching at the back of our heads as we stand next to one of these modern definitions and feel a bit large or underwhelmed in attire.
Do we allow society to define us? Do we let them motivate us to diet, rack up credit card debt, or go under the knife to appease our aches and appeal to the masses?
Real definition comes from our Creator. We may have seasons of fat or skinny, rich or poor, but we are all unique and lovely. We must cultivate and nurture an attitude of truth in who we are and not what we are.
We are children on God. We are wonderfully made with every attention to detail. We are never unnoticed by our loving Father who lavishes upon us.
Lavish: bestow something in generous or extravagant quantities upon
Here are five powerful verses about who we are and how we are beautiful. Hide them in your hearts, dear ones.
Genesis 1:26-27 NIV (You are made in the image of God!)
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Song of Songs 2:10-13 (He calls you “His beautiful one”)
My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
Psalm 139:13-14 (You are fearfully and wonderfully made)
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Isaiah 45:9 (You should not argue with your Maker for He has made a good thing)
“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
those who are nothing but potsherds
among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
‘The potter has no hands’?
Isaiah 61:3 (You wear a crown of beauty)
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.