{Jessica 31} outward vs inward beauty

While catching up on bible study, I was slapped in the face by God yet again… Week 7 of the Proverbs 31 woman study focused partly on outward vs inward beauty. Now, I feel that I’m pretty conservative in how I dress (the shortest thing I own would prolly be Nike running shorts)… So 1 Tim 2:9-10 didn’t bother me too much. It was when I read 1 Peter 3:3-4 that it reached out and hit me… The bible says that our beauty should come from our gentle and quiet spirit. I started thinking and realized that gentle and quiet are two adjectives that probably do not describe me too well. I came to the conclusion that I need to stop worrying so much about my outward appearance until I can get my inward appearance the way that is pleasing to God.
Another thought that I was wrestling in my mind was how I view not only myself, but others. It is very easy to size yourself up to other women… For me, it’s been accepting my postpartum body. I’ve always been an athlete and never really had to diet, I would just exercise… Well since having a baby, a toned body is the first thing I think of when going out, buying clothes, watching tv… After reading these verses, I feel like God is telling me that it is more important that people think of me as being a gentle and quiet spirit, instead of an athletic hard body. I need to focus on what will get me to heaven, not what will get me in a size 0.

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