Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Print it Big, Print it Small- Post it everywhere

This printable right here----
I want to print it up BIG, frame it and hang it on the wall in my girls' room... right by the door- so they will see it when they walk by... so they will know it... so they will remember it.



I want to print it up small and paste it on every mirror in my home.
Lest I forget too.
I want my girls to know this:


Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; 
      but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
Proverbs 30:31

And this one right here... I want it in a frame on their closet door- so when they go to get dressed they are reminded of what we really need to be clothed in:



For far too many years I allowed the world to dictate beauty to me... forgetting that He said I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I would scoff at my dear sweet Mr. Steady when he would tell me I was beautiful... shying away and never looking him in the eye when he'd say it. Never knowing for many years how it hurt him to have me reject this beauty he saw. Then one day I was looking right at him laughing and just supremely happy and he just said it.
You're beautiful.
And I didn't look away.
Instead I was completely undone by what I saw in his eyes. For a small moment, God gave me a glimpse, a  glimmer of how my husband sees me. Reactions warred inside me those first few seconds- I wanted to deny what I heard and what I saw in his eyes. But I could not. I saw real, raw truth that could not be denied.
I saw a beautiful me.
That realization has been life changing for me. I no longer look away from my husband. I look right at him, smile big and tell him thank you. I have found another aspect of the freedom I have in Christ. Freedom to be a beautiful me. That's a major statement right there.
I still have my moments when I don't feel beautiful- when my pants are a bit too tight and the acne pops up right next to the new wrinkle... and I'm seriously indecisive about the grey I am seeing in my hair-- it's interesting as its all in one spot so I ponder coloring and I ponder au natural... but I know colored hair, plucked eye brows and anti-wrinkle cream won't make me beautiful.
I have a tried and true beauty secret. A good rule of thumb- spend twice as much time in The Word as you do in front of the mirror.
At the most, it takes me about 20 minutes to get ready- head to toe with make-up.
So the rule of thumb is to spend at least 40 minutes in the Word first.
I'd rather have a big ugly zit right between the eyes than an ugly disposition because I didn't delve into the real beauty guide-
The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them.
People judge by outward appearance, 
but the LORD looks at the heart. 
1 Samuel 16:7

This is what I want my daughters to know. This is what I endeavor to teach to them and to myself.
A few weeks ago a wonderful Christian woman, who I consider to be a mentor of mine, was sitting with me at a church dinner and together we were watching Ms. Books serve others at a nearby table. I watched my daughter smile and laugh. I watched her mannerisms and how the people responded to her. And so did my friend. She turned to me and said, "[Ms. Books] is such a beautiful young lady."
I smiled and continued to watch my daughter. I looked at my friend and said these words straight from the truth I saw and the certainty in my heart, "Yes, she is. She's beautiful because it comes from the inside out."
My dear friend smiled big at me, like I just understood a major truth (which I, of course, did.) And said, "Exactly."

This is what I want my daughters to know. This is what I endeavor to teach to them and to myself.

Nod to We Are That Family's Kristen for this post that led to me thinking out loud on this right here...

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