As a special sneak peek of our upcoming issue releasing, Lord willing, February 1st - you get to read Editor Olivia's take on the topic "The Beauty of God-Given Femininity" before anyone else! Please enjoy!
Being a woman is such a gift. It truly is. Before you were born, God chose you to be His daughter! What a beautiful thought! Of course, it’s equally as incredible that God choses men to be His sons, but in this article we’re focusing on us, women.
We’ve been blessed beyond measure to have been given the role of womanhood. God chose you specifically to be a woman, for His amazing will.
The world tends to throw a lot of lies at women, doesn’t it? They say we have to look a certain way, be a certain weight, wear certain clothes, wear makeup every day or else we’re “ugly”. We have to, we have to, we have to.
The world has done a number on women. It’s obvious. When you turn on the tv, what do you see? Commercials of women who all look alike, who are all adhering to those lies mentioned above. Little girls are brought up seeing that, being fed those lies that if they don’t look a certain way, talk a certain way, do this or that then they are weird and something is wrong with them. They’re given these modern dolls who are designed to look like grown up women wearing layers upon layers of makeup. Click here to see the dolls I’ve been seeing everywhere - in stores, on tv, etc. It’s incredibly sad, it really is.
Why is this happening? How has this happened? It started with the fall of man when Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and therefore all humankind was destined to sin. But by God’s grace alone, we have been given a Savior from sin and death – His name is Jesus.
It continues to this day. The devil knows that if he can get women to believe his lies, then he’s already into your home. Once the woman of the home believes these lies, she’ll project them on her family, on her children, on her little girl(s) and then the devil has a hold on the next generation. And it’s been happening for years! Decades! Our world’s view of women continually becomes more and more debase with each passing year.
When will this stop? What can we do?!
We as daughters of the Most High God can rise up! By His grace alone we will not succumb to the devil’s lies about who we are, what we are, what we should be – no. Our worth, our image, our beauty comes from God. He created us in His own image! How amazing is that? Just as we bear resemblance to our earthly father, we also bear our Heavenly Father’s image! It’s such a beautiful thought.
Our worth is not in the number on the scale, the size of clothes we wear, the brand of makeup we feel we have to apply (and I’m not condemning the use of makeup, only the world’s worship of it and the “perfect” photoshopped image projected on women) – our worth comes from one Person alone. And that Person is God/Jesus. He created you just as you are – a beautiful, gorgeous, incredible woman. He created your body how it is; He created your hair just the texture and type it is, He created those eyes of yours that sparkle when you smile. Every single aspect of you was created with love by God. And you know something else? Every single person on earth is different. God in His infinite love handcrafts each and every one of us to be different. And that’s beautiful.
God has created you a woman, with God given femininity. Block out the lies the devil is constantly throwing at you. Embrace your God given beauty. You are worth far more than rubies.
I know it’s hard, believe me. It’s so easy and tempting to believe these lies. So easy to just give in. Because afterall, that’s exactly what satan wants you to do. Afterall, things would be so much easier if you did. You’d get the worlds attention, fame, the friends, everything the world loves. You’d have all of that. But would you be happy? Would you be fulfilled? Would you feel beautiful? And most of all, would you be honoring your Creator?
No. You know you wouldn’t. You’d constantly be in a tailspin, always trying to look as good as someone else, always needing more, always trying to change yourself to fit this “mold” of how you “should” look. It would drain you. That sparkle in your eye would fade. Your joyful demeanor would change to a dark one. You’d constantly live thinking “if only”. And your Father would be far from your mind as you became obsessed with an unattainable image. The devil would then have won. He’s got you in the holds of his lies, and if he’s got you, he’s got a wide-open door to your family and friends. Now he can bring even more people down, down, down.
Isn’t that the saddest picture? But that doesn’t have to be your story. God has an incredible story all planned out for you if only you’d follow Him. He wants you to believe His truths. He sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we would be able to believe, to be forgiven and to have a relationship with Him. This relationship, it’s the most wonderful thing you can imagine.
So, be the woman He has created you to be. Uniquely you. The weight, height and size He created. Hair color, skin color and eye color He created. Talents, interests and gifts He created. Be her. Be a woman of God who cares not what the world wants from her, but only how she can serve her Heavenly Father.
For this is where true happiness and beauty is found.
*If any of you need prayer or advice or encouragement on this subject, please feel free to contact me on the contact page.
Hey friends! I'm Livy, founder and designer of CLM. First and foremost I am a follower of Jesus, and besides that I am a ministry leader, small business operator and writer. I love putting words to paper, going to Starbucks, photography, connecting with friends and much more. This is a place for me to share encouragement with you all. I hope you will enjoy your stay. :)