Does God Want Me to be Beautiful?

Anastasis Faith

You remember her.
You’ve seen her somewhere—at school, at church, at a camp, in the grocery store.
She was probably wearing very tight clothes and tiny shorts. Her face was coated in makeup and her hair was perfectly done. You watched as she passed a darkened window and checked how she looked. You saw the look on her face when the cute guy came around. And you saw the look on her face when she met eyes with you.
The other day I was reading in Isaiah. I was startled by chapter 3, which I had remembered previously, but had not stood out to me so much.
Did you know that God is very concerned with how women view themselves? Did you know that He wants women to be beautiful?
But be careful. Scripture is very clear about what TRUE beauty before the Lord is.

1.    God recognizes that women desire to be beautiful because He GAVE them that desire.

2.    He is aware of women with proud and vain hearts. 

3.     He hates the arrogance of an outwardly beautiful girl who cares nothing about submitting to the One who gave her beauty.

I know it's long, but take a minute to read this passage:

“Moreover, the Lord said, ‘Because the daughters of Zion are proud And walk with heads held high and seductive eyes, And go along with mincing steps And tinkle the bangles on their feet, Therefore the Lord will afflict the scalp of the daughters of Zion with scabs, And the Lord will make their foreheads bare." In that day the Lord will take away the beauty of their anklets, headbands, crescent ornaments, dangling earrings, bracelets, veils, headdresses, ankle chains, sashes, perfume boxes, amulets, finger rings, nose rings, festal robes, outer tunics, cloaks, money purses, hand mirrors, undergarments, turbans and veils. Now it will come about that instead of sweet perfume there will be putrefaction; Instead of a belt, a rope; Instead of well-set hair, a plucked-out scalp; Instead of fine clothes, a donning of sackcloth; And branding instead of beauty. Your men will fall by the sword And your mighty ones in battle. And her gates will lament and mourn, And deserted she will sit on the ground.’”
Isaiah 3:16-26

Wow. Can you see how vile these women are before the Lord?
God is CLEAR. He despises that haughty girl who is plastered with makeup and carries herself like a queen. He hates the arrogance of an outwardly beautiful girl who cares nothing about submitting to the One who gave her beauty.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7

God makes it clear. He does not care about what you look like on the outside. At the end of this life, when you are standing before the judgement seat and He asks you why you should enter His heaven, how would this response work? “Well… I’m super hot. I know at least eighteen guys like me just in my teenage years—and those are just the ones I know! But really, have you seen eyelashes as long as mine?”
God does not care. In fact, He hates that.
Our takeaway from these verses, God hates the outward beauty of an ungodly woman and He WILL humiliate her.

 “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.”
                                                                    Proverbs 31:30

Now we see that arrogant, outward beauty is despised by God, but now we see that it is fleeting. It will not last. If the man you marry marries you for your looks, as you grow older and have children, your beauty will fade and he will look for someone else.
Our takeaway? Outward beauty—even the outward beauty of a godly woman—will not last.
There is an alternative, however. A woman who fears the Lord will be praised. Let’s explore this some more.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, 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.”

                                                                      1 Peter 3:3-4

Ladies, this is it. God wants you to be beautiful. He wants you to be stunningly beautiful. And guess what? You can be drop dead gorgeous WITHOUT having perfect makeup, hair, or figure. A woman who fears the Lord will possess a gentle and quiet spirit—which is far more beautiful than anything this world can offer.
It’s a win-win situation. You’re more beautiful in the world’s eyes AND you will be beautiful in God’s eyes.
Inner beauty comes from a tranquil and peaceful spirit. A spirit that is resting in God alone for all her needs. She is so rooted in Christ, her beauty spills outward in a joyful expression of His grace.
Our takeaway is this, true beauty comes from a fear of the Lord and a gentle and quiet spirit which is beautiful before God and man.
Ladies, this is SO important. Our culture is so vain. All of our hearts are vain. But if you ask the Lord, He will humble your heart before Him.  

How do you fight the culture's overwhelming view of beauty? How do you pursue Christ? Any thoughts or stories? Share in the comments!

When You Feel Worthless

Anastasis Faith
      Have you ever felt worthless?
      I have.
      A lot of girls have told me that they struggle with this too.
      Recently, though, I heard this song. It spoke so well of our worth.
      If you are struggling with your worth, please listen to this song. Pay particular attention to the third verse.

Keith and Kristen Getty

My Worth is Not In What I Own


My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.
As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom's fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross

Two wonders here that I confess
My worth and my unworthiness
My value fixed - my ransom paid
At the cross

I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other.
My soul is satisfied in Him alone.

Have you ever felt worthless? How have you fought that fight? Any tips for other people struggling with feeling worthless?

5 Reasons I Don't Flirt: Part 2

Anastasis Faith

              Last week we talked about the first two reasons why I don't flirt. Here are the last three!

3. I build a wall between me and the girls around me.

Even though people may say it doesn’t make a difference among girls if you’re flirty, it totally does.  
I was recently talking to one of my friends about flirting and I said that I didn’t think that flirty girls gained as much respect as a non-flirty girl. Her response was, “I agree. Completely. A non-flirty girl definitely gains more respect (and probably attracts a better crowd of guys) than one that chases guys.”
When you’re always flirting, other girls see you as a hindrance to their friendship with guys. Girls don’t trust you.

4. I train myself to find my value in guys.

You’re always trying to figure out who likes you, counting up the number, and deciding if you’re pretty based on that. You compare how many guys like you to how many guys like that other girl. Are you seeing the consequences of this? We’re back to viewing other girls as competition, becoming dissatisfied with how we were created, and we’re not finding our worth in the right place.
Our value as girls and as human beings doesn’t come from other people and it doesn’t come from ourselves. Our value comes from Christ because He placed an eternal worth on each of us when He died on the cross. We should not find our worth in guys.

5. I look for guys to fulfill my needs instead of God.

Again, it’s that desperate searching for fulfillment in something other than God, and it will leave you empty.
God created us to be fully satisfied in Him. We cannot find our fulfillment in anything else but Him. What’s more, we will not be as satisfied with a guy if we shove God aside as if we keep God first place in our lives and He gives us a guy.
Remember: Guys can’t satisfy you. Only God can.

Yes, not flirting is hard. Was I perfect? Absolutely not! Because of my decision to not flirt, I would often swing to the other side of the spectrum and completely ignore guys which also is not loving them as brothers-in-Christ. And yes, I struggled with this decision many times. But now, I’m reaping the benefits of that decision—which will be discussed in an upcoming blog post!

If you could go back and change something about how you lived your life ages 11-13, what would you change? For those in that stage of life, what commitments do you want to make? Share in the comments!

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