Like this flower, each flower was uniquely created with a special meaning, such as the daisy which means innocence and hope. Just like flowers differ, women do too; we have different body shapes and features, but we are all beautiful.
We all carry a beautiful unique fragrance, and we are a sweet aroma to God.
For we are a sweet aroma of Christ to God, in those who are saved, and in those who perish.
2 Corinthians 2:15, NHEB
We are all beautiful women, because God created us. God's word states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, (Psalm 139:14)
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7, ESV
God's Word should be the final authority on what true beauty is, not Hollywood or a fashion magazine!
Since this is obviously majorly important in our lives I devoted a whole section on it.
I knew what it was like to wrestle with the truth of what God said about me and how God viewed me versus how I viewed myself. As I walked through my flower garden to pick out some more flowers for my flower arrangement, this phrase and question kept coming to my mind:
"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." And who is our Beholder? I knew this was not from scripture, but God wanted to show me that man looks at the outward to judge. Man is always observing and giving his opinions about what is beautiful . God judges by the heart and not the outside.
For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.
1 Samuel 16:7a
If God accepts who we are and what we look like, then why don't we? He is the one who created us. Why wouldn't He accept the Ones He created? We were created in His image, and God is beautiful. Therefore, we reflect the beauty of God.
After I picked up a basketful full of flowers, I sat on my garden bench, I heard God say to read Genesis 2.
As I sat there still in awe, the sparrows in the birdbath caught my attention, and I heard a gentle whisper from God; see these little sparrows; I care for them. I feed them, but are you not more valuable and more precious than they are?
God wanted to reveal more to me. God wanted me to become more confident of who I was and my true identity. God wanted me to have the right perspective of my body image and to believe that I was fearfully and wonderfully made. And more than outward beauty, attaining goals and accomplishments, God wanted me to grasp this very truth about inner beauty.
Inner Beauty by Isabel Perez McCoy
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