Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thankful Journal: Day 9

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

1 Timothy 2:9-10

Today is another one of those days...the kids are at each other. Okay, in all honesty there isn't a day when the kids are not at each other! It's how I'm handling those days that can make them good or turn them bad.
Anywho...I had watched another documentary last week about beauty. It was during this documentary that I realized how distorted the world's idea of beauty is. The girl they had modeling was TWELVE years old. That's the age of my sister-in-law! In no way could a grown adult look like this model...she hadn't even hit puberty, yet the designers are parading this girl down the runway like "this is what you should go after" and "This is the type of 'woman' that looks good in my clothes". It was absurd. 
During the documentary, they also touched on cosmetics and how they may potentially be dangerous. They also talked about plastic surgery, and how some women (and men) die during the procedure. What has happened to a culture when people will DIE or take the risk of living in daily pain all to have no wrinkles, or bigger boobs, or calf implants? The latter just seems plain crazy...I mean, CALF implants? Okay, to each their own. 
There was a final part in the documentary that really hit home for me, though. I have gradually been coming to this point, and it was interesting to hear a woman talk about an experience she had with a woman from a different country. When the American asked the woman if she liked her body, she looked at her like she was crazy! "Of course I like my body" and started going off about her different parts and how lovely they all were. Then, she made a really, really good point: My body is like a tree. Your body is like a tree. See that tree over there? And you see the other tree? They're both beautiful, no? Just because they are two completely different types of trees doesn't mean one is ugly. That *really* hit home for me. 
Not only does God make every tree different, He makes US all different too. Just as no tree is ugly to Him, none of US are ugly to Him either. And that is how the world should function. Just because people are different doesn't make one person ugly...there's something beautiful about all of us. 

1. I am thankful for my "tree"!
2. I am thankful to have healthy, strong arms to carry my kids!
3. I am thankful to have functioning boobies so I can nurse my kids!
4. I am thankful for a renewed perspective of beauty!
5. I am thankful for the gift of salvation from the Lord God Almighty! AMEN!

It seems that God's idea of a beautiful woman is in Proverbs 31. As such, this is the woman I strive to be:

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens. She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise [is] good: her candle goeth not out by night. She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household [are] clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth [it]; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue [is] the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband [also], and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour [is] deceitful, and beauty [is] vain: [but] a woman [that] feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

Proverbs 31:10-31
Have a great day everyone :)