1 Peter 3:3–4 “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
Capturing True Beauty in a Photoshopped World
Women desire to be beautiful. The world knows this and plays upon it by constantly feeding us unrealistic images to strive after. In this workshop we will consider God’s definition of beauty as communicated in scripture and look at how to find our identity in the Lord rather than the mass media.
Questions to ask yourself:
Do I spend more time flipping through magazines, or in God’s word?
How much money do I spend on clothes, cosmetics and body treatments vs giving to the church/others in need?
When I get dressed, is it for my own glory or the glory of God?
Do I spend more time on fashion blogs, youtube or online dating sites or in the word and prayer?
Do I spend the majority of my time beautifying myself outwardly or inwardly?
Is my desire to be beautiful rooted in wanting attention or drawing much attention to God?
Promises to hold onto:
When tempted to dress for the attention of men…
Zephaniah 3:17 – The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
When tempted to judge your worth according to your physical looks…
Isaiah 66:2 – But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
When tempted to overeat…
Psalm 107:8-9 – Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.
When tempted to under eat…
John 15:9 – As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
When tempted to compare yourself to other women…
Psalm 16:6 – The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
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