I am in a lush green garden, with the sound of a gentle breeze blowing through the leaves of the trees.
The air is sweet smelling and the sun is warm on my skin. It is the most beautiful place imaginable, and I am not alone.
Beside me is the most perfect man, and he is looking at me as if I am more beautiful than all that which is around us. Read on...
Oh yes, if I can imagine what it was like at that first moment… the moment Eve became aware of her surroundings and her eyes first met the eye’s of Adam. Two perfectly beautiful creatures placed in an unspeakably beautiful garden. I don't think it is possible for us even to come close to imagining just how wonderful life was for Adam and Eve before sin entered into the picture; before Eve took her focus off God and placed it on herself.
As a Christian woman desiring to follow the path God has planned, it is often difficult to stay “God-centered” and not self-centered. Each day the world bombards us with it’s own version how we should dress and how we should look. I am sixty-two years old now and I am blessed with dry skin, tight clothes, graying hair and spots that appear on my body out of no where! Why oh why couldn’t Eve stay focused? My body would be perfect right now!
… no matter what kind of outer physique we are given by genetics, as women, we are really all the same.
We live a world that proclaims “what you see on the outside is more important than what is on the inside.” There are extreme makeover shows and every other television commercial is for some kind of cosmetic surgery or miracle pill.
It seems that most women today desire to be “pulled in” in one area and “filled out” in another. Lips are inflated and the tummy deflated.
Models with perfect smiles and flawless bodies sell everything from burgers to cars. News journalists and weather-women wear the tightest fitting clothes to draw attention to the body instead of the news and weather. It is so unattractive, but yet they desire to draw the eye to their body.
Since the day Eve ran to cover herself, women have been running to the stores to cover themselves with the nicest clothing that money can buy. No, none of us are born perfect, but we all can be born again with a beauty that emerges from within.
As this world judges us from what they see on the outside, God clearly sees the genuine beauty that lies within. Being created in all shapes and sizes, we carry our own personal package of flaws, shortcomings, and imperfections. We need to show the beauty that lies within when Jesus resides inside. That is attractive. When will women realize that what is inside is much more beautiful than what the world looks at.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works... ~ Psalm 139:14
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