Description for the Beautiful Woman [video]
Innocence and Beauty
Beauty - Woman
The attractiveness of a woman, at first glance, convinces you, she is beautiful. But outward-appearance distracts from an authentic assessment of true beauty.
Is the first impression accurate or are looks a facade? Could it be that genuine beauty abides in a place deeper than the eye perceives?
The Lord Looks at the Heart
I am a woman who delights in beauty. I revel in the presence of beauty, so I guess it makes sense that, as I got older, beauty became a priority.
Throughout my teen years, I was drawn into the beauty I examined with my eyes. As a young girl, I mimicked what I thought was 'cool' at the time and sought to make myself beautiful in the eyes of my peers. Like most schoolgirls, I had maturing to do in my perceptions about authentic and genuine beauty.
Most women work hard to enhance their natural beauty. A woman labors to accentuate and highlight her strong and unique features, while minimizing her weaker ones.
Beauty is glorified by publications that promote the high societal women of the world. These elite women promote name brand clothing, ‘come hither’ perfumes, wrinkle removers (for perpetual youth) glittery jewelry and diet programs which promise an extraordinary life. Hollywood purposefully casts beautiful characters in star roles to attract more viewers.
You are Beautiful
My Struggle with Beauty
Throughout my teen years, I was drawn to the beauty I saw with my eyes. I mimicked what I thought was 'cool' at the time and sought to make myself beautiful in the eyes of my peers. Like most schoolgirls, I had some maturing to do in my perceptions about authentic beauty.
I became very self-conscious. I still recall my inward dialogue as a junior higher. I had Twiggy straight blond hair, distinct freckles all over my face, big front teeth, chipmunk cheeks and a derriere too big in comparison to the rest of me. My thoughts went something like this, “I’m ugly and hopelessly misshapen, no guy will ever like me.” I held little hope of becoming one of the beautiful women of the world.
As I entered high school, my body shape began to evolve. I learned how to manage my hair and apply makeup over those big freckles. My teeth fit perfectly in my mouth, and my booty was now lining up proportionately with my frame. I felt satisfied with the transitions.
I teased my hair, making it full. Make-up must be flawlessly applied to create an impeccable, blemish-free face. I swept the mascara over my lashes working with the wand until rich and full. The outfits I chose had to be name brands that highlighted my curves. Yes, I felt pleased with my image and diligently worked to to complement my best features.
I recognized the advantages of being considered beautiful. To give you an example of those benefits, A beautiful woman finds it easy to get what she wants. People are naturally drawn to her. She is looked upon favorably, even before she’s had a chance to prove anything about who she is inside.
A beautiful teenager is pursued by the popular kids and asked out by the most handsome guys. When she goes to an interview for a position, there is no doubt she holds an unfair advantage. Her looks and personality, many times win over someone else whose skills and competence far surpass her.
There are so many amenities to being attractive, in the world's eyes. I knew this and I understood the perks, yet as God's child, I heard an inner warning alerting me that dangers lurked, when too much stock is put into good looks. As time went on, I became keenly aware of how shallow the world of appearances was.
Her beauty was not found in the fullness of her lips or the style of her hair or even the size of her waist ... it was found in her laughter, in her personality and in her love.
Written by my Granddaughter Kenzie
As a young woman, I read these words:
Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.”
Samuel 16:7 “Man looks at the outside appearance, but God looks at the heart.”
I was really hit between the eyes with these words from God. As I chewed on these verses I reflected on life. I reminded myself that I will get old someday and my face will wear wrinkles instead of the smooth, soft skin I admired in the mirror.
I knew that my eyes would someday grow dim and my arms flabby. I grew introspective as I thought, What will I have then? What will I be if I have invested all of my energy in being an outwardly beautiful woman" God began a process in those days of exposing the futility of seeking outward beauty. He urged me to invest in other forms of beauty.
Outward beauty is fleeting and superficial; It masks what hides beneath the surface.
I studied the great women, in my life, whom I most admired. I realized what I saw in them had nothing to do with outer beauty.
It was their heart that I was drawn to. It was the goodness and kindness inside that revealed a rare and precious beauty. Their lives were marked by pain and yet they radiated an unusual sense of peace and contentment. The beauty they held inside was deeper than the human eye could see. It was authentic and true, a beauty that lasts for all time.
A woman filled with love and compassion is so beautiful. If you watch her closely you will find children, young people, the aged, even animals being drawn into her love. One day I discovered the most beautiful description of love that I had ever read.
The description is found in I Cor. 13:4-7
- Does not envy
- Does not boast
- Is not proud
- It is not rude
- Is not self-seeking
- Is not easily angered
- Keeps no record of wrongs
- Does not delight in evil
- Rejoices with the truth
- It always protects
- Always trusts
- Always hopes
- Always perseveres
When a heart contains the qualities God's describes it creates a true beauty in the heart. It is a beauty that satisfies and stabilizes a long term relationship, It is a beauty that gives inner peace. This heart beauty pleases Father God.
It was a process for me to see through outward beauty. When I finally got it my sense of what is truly beautiful changed drastically.
I prayed God would develop a pure heart within me. I prayed I would learn to love people with all of the character qualities I read about in the Corinthians Passage. I asked God to grant me those attributes and develop them in my heart. I knew that therein was the key to a beauty that would never fade.
Do I still strive to be beautiful outwardly? Yes, of course, I do, but it is no longer a drive or a motivating factor in my everyday life. I believe a woman who takes care of herself and dresses nicely shows respect and appreciation for the body given her.
As I approach the later years of my life ...my heart is set on keeping inner beauty as a priority. I hope to grow old with wrinkles of laughter lining my face. Though my eyes will surely grow dull ... I pray they will always hold the beauty of kindness, acceptance and love.
Christopher's passion is breath-taking. His respect for women is awe-inspiring. Listen as he shares "A Man's Promise."
This song is a SAD reflection of today's society and the fight young girls have against being prejudiced because of her looks. I have written the lyrics below. Follow along as Jonny Diaz sings the message of true beauty to women everywhere.
MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU by Jonny Diaz
MORE BEAUTIFUL YOU - Lyrics by Jonny Diaz
Little girl fourteen flipping through a magazine
Says she wants to look that way
But her hair isn't straight her body isn't fake
And she's always felt overweight
Well little girl fourteen I wish that you could see
That beauty is within your heart
And you were made with such care your skin your body and your hair
Are perfect just the way they are
There could never be a more beautiful you
Don't buy the lies disguises and hoops they make you jump through
You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do
So there could never be a more beautiful you
Little girl twenty-one the things that you've already done
Anything to get ahead
And you say you've got a man but he's got another plan
Only wants what you will do instead
Well little girl twenty-one you never thought that this would come
You starve yourself to play the part
But I can promise you there's a man whose love is true
And he'll treat you like the jewel you are
So turn around you're not too far
To back away be who you are
To change your path go another way
It's not too late you can be saved
If you feel depressed with past regrets
The shameful nights hope to forget
Can disappear they can all be washed away
By the one who's strong can right your wrongs
Can rid your fears dry all your tears
And change the way you look at this big world
He will take your dark distorted view
And with His light He will show you truth
And again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl
© 2010 Susan Ream