Beautiful U – Part 2

God’s Beauty Treatments

What is your best feature as a Christian?  What do you think makes God say –  “Wow!  That’s a beautiful attribute!”

What do you struggle with?….a “wart” so to speak,  on your face of Christianity?

God’s given some very effective “beauty treatments” in His word. We’ll  focus our hearts and minds on them in this study.  It’s my prayer sisters that you finish the study more beautiful than ever.

Read this definition of beautiful from the dictionary….

beautiful  –

  1. Having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight.
  2. Excellent; wonderful.

Synonyms: handsome, lovely, pretty, fine, fair, nice, beauteous, good-looking, bonny, goodly, pleasant, good, comely

Delighting the senses or exciting intellectual or emotional admiration; “a beautiful            child”;  “beautiful country”; “a beautiful painting”;(of weather) highly enjoyable

If we let the world tell us what beauty is, it’s a prescription for a huge dose of frustration.  Styles are ever-changing.  My step-mom is completely re-doing her kitchen this week.  She had white cabinets with bright gold knobs, which has completely gone out of style.  She’s “updating her kitchen” even though her home is less than 10 years old.  She got in on the end of a trend….unfortunately, I think she might be getting in on the end of yet another trend.  Wow!  What a never –ending cycle of frustration….of not-quite-in-style decor.

I’m kind of the same way.  I have to ask my college-aged daughter whether my outfit is in style or just stupid looking….at my age there is a very fine line. When we let the world set our standards we can live in a state of constantly keeping up.

Let’s look at how the world has viewed beauty over the last three hundred years – amazing how it has changed back and forth isn’t it?

1700s: The pear
o Necessity of field work makes a large, muscular physique ideal.
o Eyebrows are shaven and replaced with press-on mouse-skin brows.
o The average woman is a mother of eight; large hips are sign of fertility.

Early 1800s: The rectangle
o “Corset Mecaniques” make corsets more user-friendly.
o Indoor lifestyle makes women pale and frail.
o Small feet and rosebud lips accompany prim and reserved personality.

Mid 1800s: The bell
o Ideal woman is curvy with big hips.
o Corset becomes controversial because of restrictiveness.
o Clothing sizes are developed.

Late 1800s: The hourglass
o Beauty culture develops in the U.S.; first notions of mass-produced beauty.
o Through early 1900s women have small waists and large updos.

Early 1900’s: The thin rectangle
o The average woman is 5 ft. 2 in. tall and weighs 129 pounds.
o The brassiere is patented in 1913.
o In the 1920s women bind their breasts to gain more boyish figure.
o “Flappers” show skin and women become more self-conscious.
o Shaven armpits become popular.
o Comfort and freedom are priorities; bobbed hairstyle popular.
o First Miss America pageant is held in 1921.

Mid 1900s: The hourglass
o Marilyn Monroe embodies the ideal figure.
o Pin-up girls make large breasts popular.
o Large hips come back in style with the baby boom of the 1950s.
o Shaven legs become popular, sometimes by use of sandpaper.
o First official weight-loss drug approved by FDA in 1959.
o The ideal thins out again in the 1970s, repeating trend of the 1920s.

1980s: Muscular and toned
o Death of Karen Carpenter raises awareness of eating disorders.
o Exercise tapes become the new trend.
o Muscular woman is prominent but boyish figure is popular and voluptuous curves gain popularity.

Is there anything about your appearance that you can get a little “excessive” about? Are you excessive about your nails?….excessively out of shape?

What does the Bible say about beauty?

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothing. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of ________________.

For this is the way of the holy woman of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to ___________.”

1 Peter 3:3-6

to be continued…

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