Beauty is in the eye of the BEHOLDER….but who is really your beholder? One of my favorite quotes sums up what I really want my message to imply,

“…true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.”~ Audrey Hepburn

I recently read an article about a famous model who wanted to begin putting covers on magazines such as Cosmo and Glamour at the magazine stands. You know….the ones you typically see at Wal-Mart when you are standing in line sweating, ticked off at yourself for even coming into the store in the first place, and out of breath from holding back the need to light a fire under the yahoos who brought a family/extended family of nine for their monthly outing.   I will be the first to admit that I pick up one of those magazines occasionally, but I also wonder what I actually find appealing about the sex appeal, latest exercises to enhance my derriere, ‘what guys really like’, and what is really in the makeup I use. I get home and thumb through the pages only to find out that I really did not know anything after all. Then I feel like I have a whole lotta work to do….maybe even within myself. I also wonder what the ten year old standing in line behind me was planning to do with her latest issue of Seventeen or Cosmo. Did she think she was too fat? Did she think she needed to buy that super lustrous lip gloss, or did she think that “being sexy” would be the way to find true happiness?I remember  my teens, my 20’s, and now that I am approaching the BIG 33, I have finally realized after purchasing magazines of this sort that true beauty really comes from within. Of course I do wear the latest trends, love my matching bangles and Merle Norman Miracol face mask, but at the end of the day it really boils down to how I truly feel about myself and my inner beauty. That’s what really counts. We reveal who we are by “WHO” we are. With Mother’s Day approaching, I have to reflect upon how my mother set an example for me and how beautiful she really is. I may have thought the advice she gave me at 17 (when I knew everything) did not apply to me. Although, I was the only one who knew that I was really masking a self-esteem that left me questioning my true beauty with an outward appearance and attitude as if I knew everything at that age. I now have a few of my favorite verses that I find lead me in my walk as a woman of beauty in the eye of “MY” beholder.

1 Peter 3:4 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.

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Psalm 34:5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.

Proverbs 3:15-18 She is more precious that jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

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.

Song of Solomon 4:7 You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

Proverbs 31:30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.