Beautiful U – Part 1

Welcome to Beautiful U!

A Biblical study for women on God’s idea of beauty and the freedom found in His idea of a beautiful body!

I work in the beauty industry, hang out with beautiful people, help to make people more beautiful and upon getting well into my 40’s began to feel anything but….beautiful.

I expected for my body and appearance to change as I aged, but well…was this some kind of cruel joke? Are there,  in fact,  body snatchers? Had my real body/ face been snatched and replaced with someone’s discarded old body? It seemed like overnight that I had  begun noticing many parts of my body were someplace else….a little lower perhaps than where they  use to be.  And my skin kept moving even after I’d stopped running….the song “do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro ..can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow” had taken on a whole new, disturbing meaning. And eeeek…my “beauty mark” started growing hair….

At the same time the hair on my head was thinning, hair had started growing in  undesirable locations.  And speaking of undesirable…. I just won’t even get into how I felt.

Times were changing for me.  I wouldn’t have said that I was vain, but I sure was feeling vain. I was seriously worried about my appearance.  The Lord began to show me how other women were also feeling “un” beautiful.  Young women, who try to look like magazine ads, older women with the” middle age spread” – in our heart of hearts we all struggle from time to time with feeling, well “un” beautiful….not ugly, just not quite beautiful.  The Lord brought to my attention women I’ve known over the years who were beautiful  women until the day they went to heaven.  He wanted to free me from my “un” beautiful self and help me to walk in the freedom of His idea of beauty.

I am privileged to work with lots of women… in my job and in my church.  I just love hanging out with the “girls”. I think they’re awesome creations of God, full of creativity, love, and generosity.

I am a girly girl … I firmly believe that “shoes are a sign God loves us and wants us to be happy”.

Degrees?  Nope, don’t have any…..certifications? nope,  no certifications.  I’m  simply bringing to you what God brought to me.  You pray and ask God to speak to you through  this study and I know that He will, because he says so in His word and he is not a man that he should lie.

Answer these questions:

  • Charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord _________…Proverbs 31:30 Note* Charm refers to ”bodily form“ in Hebrew
  • What do you think is your best physical feature?
  • What is your least favorite thing about your appearance?

Which question was easier to answer, the best feature or the least favorite?  Why do you think that is?

Typically, it’s easier for us to talk about and think about what’s wrong with ourselves, than it is to think about what’s right with ourselves. I believe from experience and from the word that we have a tendency to think upon the negative rather than the positive and because Satan is the accuser of the saints.

The Bible gives us the clear directive to think upon whatever is good, lovely….

Fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things  that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.  Philippians 4:8    (TEV)

The Lord convicts, Satan condemns.

No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me, declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

Conviction is a positive thing, because it is attached to hope, condemnation is negative, hopeless.

Conviction leads me to action …repent and with the power of the holy spirit, improve.  Condemnation leads to a hopeless you’ll-never-change rut.  We get stuck in condemnation, focused on the negative, unlovely parts of ourselves instead of on the miraculous power of  Jesus.

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