[Part I: Artistry of Beauty and Grace]

You Are Beautiful

by Rachel Marie 

The beautiful depiction of the “virtuous woman” in Proverbs 31 often leaves its readers feeling crushed and insignificant; the very opposite effect from what our Prince of Life would have us come away with.  The Proverbs 31 woman is not a super-human model of perfection.  Not even close!  Rather, she is a perfect and beautiful rendition of what the Spirit and Life of the Truth of the Ages can do for a true heart that is seeking beauty, holiness, charm, and grace with diligence.  The Bible comimg_0002.jpgmentator, Matthew Henry, places finishing touches on his thoughts regarding that chapter this way:

“Thus is shut up this looking-glass for ladies, which they are desired to open and dress themselves by; and, if they do so, their adorning will be found to praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ.”

Our Creator, our Lover, and the Saviour of our souls sees us as precious vessels for His service, if we will but seek His face, His love, and His glory above all else.  He expresses His sentiments for us so beautifully and lovingly in 1Peter 3:4:

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

To God, you are beautiful simply as you are, so forget the world and all its allurements!  They are worthless and cannot be compared in the slightest degree to the “ornament” found in a sanctified, loving heart.  The ornaments, the decorations, the beauties, of meekness and quietness.  The essence of sweetness, humility, tranquility, courage, and righteousness.

If you sincerely love your King, you will not hesitate for a moment to give utmost regard and heed to the thing which He calls “of great price.”

The world will reject you; it will mock you and hate you and scorn everything you stand for and call you “strange” indeed.  But don’t worry, you will remain a beautiful, priceless princess in God’s eyes.  To Him, it’s the desires of your heart, the loveliness of your eyes, and the sweetness of your spirit that will make you the most attractive. (Psalm 37:4&5) The world may boast of greater things, but it’s just a mass of empty and hopeless snares.

Jesus, the Son of God, your Master Designer, created you to be beautiful and to love beauty! (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Authoress Leslie Ludy provides a wonderful, vivid picture for us of true and beautiful feminine “mystique” in her book “Authentic Beauty”:

“Feminine mystique is not a begrudging commitment to physical or emotional purity, easily brought into question by the insensitive words of the culture around us.  Feminine mystique is not developed through doubt-filled, lonely nights of self-pity, wondering if anyone will ever be attracted to us.  Feminine mystique is not legalistic hypermodesty, hiding our womanhood behind long, shapeless robes and veils.  Feminine mystique is the steady, unyielding strength and confidence that flows from knowing our Prince intimately and protecting our relationship with Him at all costs….”

Authentic Beauty, by Leslie Ludy, page 161.

That’s it–the heart of the issue: a close and vibrant relationship with the One who made you beautiful.  The One who made you and loved you so much that he laid down His life for you.  He loves you, not because you’re beautiful; but because He loves you, you are beautiful!  His voice sweetly calls to you to look into His lovely face, and allow the world around you to grow dim.  He is worthy; He is holy; He is merciful, and He deserves all the love and adoration of your heart. 

Give Him the reward of His suffering— and do so joyfully.

 Femininity Forever!
~::~Rachel Marie~::~

img_0009.jpgRachel Marie is a sweet young lady who loves the Lord with all her heart. She is keenly interested in the study of biblical womanhood and authored a well-noted article, Just a Girl Through & Through. Along with her gift of writing, her hobbies also include photography, flowers, sewing and a host of other avenues she uses to vent her creativity. Her heart beat is missions with a particular love for China.