Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Twilight Tuesday (Beauty Part Two)

When God was creating the world it was not complete until Eve, His last creation that week, was in it.   Then it wasn’t just good, it was very good.  Women were made to show the world God’s beauty.  “Beauty is essential to God.  No- that’s not putting it strongly enough.  Beauty is the essence of God, (Captivating, 34).  In a culture that values material gains you can lose sight of beauty in the search for usefulness.  But Eve was radiant and so are our daughters.
      One thing I ask of the LORD,
       this is what I seek:
       that I may dwell in the house of the LORD
       all the days of my life,
       to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
       and to seek him in his temple.
                                                            Psalm 27:4

God’s beauty is mirrored in nature around us and in us.  Beauty is both our physical appearance and our inward character.  While you may have one or the other, your soul still longs for both.  It is okay mom, if you are just now learning about your own beauty.  Let your daughter see your joy in discovering how God sees you.  Our worldview shapes our experiences so change your own point of view and experience the difference it makes.
When you are anxious what calms you?  Many people visualize a “happy place,” that is calm, quiet, and…beautiful.  Beauty makes us slow down so we can enjoy all its aspects. 
Beauty is rarely simple; and women are anything but simple.  Women’s brains process information differently than men’s.  God is not within our power to analyze or explain, neither is a woman.  God is meant to be enjoyed and appreciated just for being, so is a woman.  Our daughters desire to be a beauty that inspires time and understanding. 
Women learn in their teens to become artists at using their appearance to tell something about themselves without saying a word.  We become performers in the world so we will be chosen by those around us.  But God already sees our beauty.  Not only does He think we are beautiful (our mother thinks that too) but He sees our beauty.  When the world tells us we are beautiful (or not) we are unfulfilled because God did not create us so that the world could tell us we were beautiful, but so we would see ourselves as God does.  “You want to be beautiful to someone- anyone,” (The Divine Dance, 15).  When our daughters miss out on the beauty in themselves, they miss out on the beauty in God.  Talk about being made for more than this world!  Have you heard about the brilliance of heaven?  Jewels and gold.  God wants to show the world His beauty through our daughters, but first He has to remove the world’s tarnish and glitter from their eyes.

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