Tuesday, April 1, 2014

True Beauty: A Beautiful Woman #1

My husband stumbled upon an excellent website for men called The Art of Manliness. If you google this, you'll find the website right away with sub headings of dress and grooming, manly skills, health and sports, relationships and family and more. The hubby says that you can get advice on everything from how to buy a well-fitting suit to how to make a bed and everything beyond. He's enjoyed perusing the subjects and learning a little more about manliness.
This got me thinking. There is much to being a woman as well. I've always meant to write some of it out to pass along to my daughters, and what better place than here where I might get some helpful feedback in the comments?

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30

There is no better place to begin talking about a woman's beauty than with Scripture. There is a surprising amount about women written in this time period when most cultures thought very little of females. God has never made women lesser in importance in the kingdom--we just have a different role. And I think that role has a lot to do with the true definition of beauty in the Bible. How are we to be beautiful? By fearing the Lord.
It's here again in Peter:

Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, 
that even if some do not obey the word, 
they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe 
your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 
Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror. 1 Peter 3:1-6

I think we as women tend to shy away from the Bible's teaching on submission and then we miss so much of the beauty! Our submission is not the submission of being lesser--it is the submission of admitting different roles--of serving and helping our husbands. The fear spoken of here seems to me to be that same fear spoken of in Proverbs: the fear of the Lord. Let us do the very thing the world doesn't expect! Let us honor and serve our Lord and those around us. Let us steward what we are given and seek the kind of beauty that doesn't fall apart with age.
I like also that 1 Peter doesn't even hint that we are not to take care of our outer bodies and our appearance. It is just that our motives and our manner matter much more than we often realize. We are to spend even more time addressing the beauty of our hearts. As much time wondering how we can be gentle and quiet and how we can match our scarves with our shoes. This is the really important stuff, girls--pay attention!
Let us seek to be beautiful in the sight of God.

So I begin a series on How to Be a Woman. And not just any woman, a beautiful one! A woman who takes care of her body, her household and her family--but also a woman who does so knowing that there is more to this life than what we can see. A woman who knows that serving the kingdom is to be first and foremost in her heart and mind.

This series will include:
*hair care
*skin care
*clothing
*"me time"
*time management
*loving the husband
*caring for the kids
*quiet time

I'll be writing to share what I've learned, what I read elsewhere, and of course the occasional post on helpful pinterest pins. : ) I would love any input on what you would put on your list of being a beautiful woman!

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