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Beautiful without makeup!

September 9, 2007

 Why do we spend so much time (&money) on make-up?  I remember my mom telling me stories about when she & dad first got married the other ladies in the apartment complex were betting who could catch her with out her make-up on.  No one ever did.  She put it on first thing every morning.  Why do we put so much importance on putting on our makeup before anyone see’s us; because we don’t want anyone to see our freckles, wrinkles, & blotchy skin?  The same goes for our inner self.  We don’t want anyone to know who we really are.  If they did find out, they might not like us anymore.  Society has immersed us in this false way of thinking.  TV commercials, music, magazines are full of this message of your self worth is all about what you look like, who you know, and what you do.

As moms, we must understand that we are loved and accepted the way we are by God.  This doesn’t mean that our bad habits can remain, we must always be seeking to improve ourselves, but to God’s glory, not man’s.  If we are confidant in our relationship with Christ then that will show & we will be seen as beautiful by others.  If we understand our freedom and live in it we can remove our “veils” with confidence.  We can live without our makeup on…well, our emotional make-up.  We are free to be ourselves & be confidant in who we are in Christ.  We must pass this confidence on to our children.  We need to teach them who they are…sons & daughters of the King of all Kings!  We must teach them that when they are confident in who God created them to be, their lives will bring glory to God.  They will inspire others to also be themselves, not who others want them to be.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

Today’s youth base their worth on the acceptance of others.  If they are accepted in the right crowd or by the right boys they are worth a lot.  This is totally opposite of what Paul is teaching the Corinthians.  Our worth is in Christ.  We should not look to be accepted by anyone but Christ.  His standards are the only acceptable ones.  These youth girls become moms later on who are still looking in the wrong places for self worth.  They are afraid that if they are not the perfect size or wear the right clothes that their husband might lose interest or their friends will find new friends.  How sad this is.  We must teach our girls while they are young that there is freedom in being a daughter of the King.  They are free to be their self, just the way God made them.  They don’t have to earn God’s acceptance, and nothing you do will cause God to reject you.  This is so hard to explain to young girls who are in the midst of the depraved & selfish world everyday.  They are immersed in materialism and lust as an acceptable way to be.  If we start when these girls are young, the chance of laying a firm foundation of proper self worth is greater.  We need to teach our girls (& guys) that there is freedom in knowing Christ.  We need to teach them to look to the Lord for acceptance and guidance, not the world, but we can teach something that we do not know for ourselves. 

Because he lives in us, we can shine and be more beautiful than we could ever imagine even without our make up on!

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From The Message   

2 Corinthians 3:12-15,With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us. He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn’t notice that the glory was fading away—and they didn’t notice. They didn’t notice it then and they don’t notice it now, don’t notice that there’s nothing left behind that veil. Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can’t see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there’s nothing there.

 3:16-18 – Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. beautyonwatch permalink
    May 8, 2009 2:46 am

    I agree with you. Women are created in His likeness and glory. We don’t need make up to hide from our poor self image. Jesus’ sacrifice that make us precious and beautiful.

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