There have been some interesting reads for sure.
Culture seems to shift how it defines beauty over time and in the process beauty products change too…I wonder if we are all going to start dressing like the city folk in The Hunger Games someday.
Can you imagine?!?
I would be sporting teal hair…just sayin’.
This new trend has unexpectedly stirred up some emotion in me.
I do however feel a sense of sorrow for women who have begun wearing eye lash extensions and now no longer feel as if their “normal” lashes are long enough…thick enough…pretty enough.
For months I’ve been grappling with how to continue having conversations with her about how her body is a treasure. About how God created every detail and every function and that none of it is a surprise to Him. In fact, our bodies were created in God’s image and are perfect and beautiful in every way…right from the very start.
We’ve been having conversations lately about finding clothes that fit right, feel great and still look absolutely adorable. I’m excited that she has years ahead of her to do fun facials with her friends, dress up for daddy dates…and eventually boy dates (ya know…in 50 years), do manicures & pedicures and overall enjoy pampering herself and having fun.
Maybe the day will come where she even tries on fake eyelashes…gasp!
And while she is doing all of that and then some I am making it my mission to be intentional in pointing out how absolutely beautiful she is exactly the way that God created her!
I think I’ve learned that whole being intentional thing from her daddy. He somehow has managed to tell me enough times that I look beautiful even without wearing any of that makeup. He has convinced me enough that I sometimes venture out to the store without any mascara on.
I guess sometimes even us grown-ups have to be reminded of how beautiful we can be just as we are. Because, it turns out, true beauty isn’t external and shouldn’t be defined by the shifting cultural norms. True beauty flows from the inside out, and can be found, when one knows that they really are a beautiful treasure to God and to those around them…just as they are. If our confidence rides on things that we can add to who we are, then it also falls with things that can be taken away from who we are!
For the record, you are absolutely, positively BEAUTIFUL!
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