So, BB and the Singer came over yesterday before reunion group so that I could take pictures of them for the sixteenth birthdays. After all the pictures were taken, they looked through them. They did not like most of the pictures of themselves; which then in turn got me to thinking about self esteem issues and how young girls and woman think they are fat, unattractive, short, whatever it may be. So I thought I would share a few pictures of these beautiful girls and share my input into the subject.
First let me say that I am talking to myself also, because I fit nicely into that category of thinking I am not what I should be. I have to be reminded often, by God and the Hubby of what I am about to say to my girls (I know you are reading).
What does God's word say: Psalm 139:13-16 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body..."
Self deprecation is us telling God that He did not do good enough, He did not know what he was doing, that I should look that way, not this way. Do you really want to tell God that He did not do a good job?
God's word also tells us about what beauty is not: 1 Peter 3:3-5 "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful."
These young woman are beautiful because their inner worth has the Spirit of God living in them. Personally, I think these young woman are beautiful on the outside as well, and that God did an amazing job forming them "in the secret place."