What is beauty?
The answer depends on who you ask. TV advertisers might hang a beauty sign on a particular height, size, color of eyes or skin or hair. Others might say beauty has more to do with a girl’s character qualities. Anger, jealousy, lying–I think we can agree that those aren’t beautiful traits, but compassion, love, and honesty are.
When I was invited to participate in this devotional, the title–The Beauty of Believing–captured my attention. The phrase made me consider my definition of beauty. It caused me to think about how what you and I believe creates true beauty.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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.” 1 Peter 3:3-4
Scripture isn’t telling us to refrain from wearing bracelets, toe rings, and bangles. Those can be fun expressions of who you and I are as person, but those outward adornments are not a true expression of beauty. A gentle and quiet spirit is born of a confidence in God’s unfailing love for us. Placing our faith in God and trusting His all-knowing mightiness brings peace, even during exams, in the middle of a stormy relationship, or when we’re bent at a graveside.
I pray for you the beauty of believing that God cares for you, that you can call His name~Jesus~and He’ll be there with you. Always. Your God. That’s beautiful!
I asked a few girls to describe the beauty of believing. Here’s what they said . . .
The beauty of believing is knowing God loves you and He is always there for you, no matter what. It is having someone to talk to and express feelings with when you need it the most. Its knowing that Christ loves me so much that He willingly died for me. He has saved me from my sins and His Grace covers me.” Alyssa E, age 15
Jesus gives you a peace that no one on earth could ever provide, especially at this age when impressions are important to Teen girls. Jesus loves you no matter what you say or do and that is a beautiful gift. In the Bible, it says don’t let anyone look down on you bc you are young. He can use US in remarkable ways. He will take our footsteps and help to change someone’s life. There is beauty in this!” Emily M, age 13
I think the beauty of believing is knowing that you have eternal life and someday you will be with God, our creator.” Mia O, 11
The beauty of believing is that God gives the darkest ‘teenage moments’ light and is always there no matter the situation.” Ashley M, 16
Believing in God is beautiful because you can learn so many wonderful things and worship Christ the Lord.” Cora N, 9
I think the beauty of believing is knowing that once you die, you will live forever with God and He will always love you for whoever you are.” Ava D, 12
To me, the beauty of believing is knowing that the creator of the WORLD loves YOU. He loves you no matter what you look like or how you act. He’s always willing to forgive. That’s beautiful.” Gracie N, 11
From the Back Cover
“Featuring 365 days of wisdom from your favorite Faithgirlz! authors, as well as quotes and questions from real girls like you, this devotional offers pages of inspiration on everything from navigating friendships, to taming the tongue, to trusting God in everything, big and small. Growing up can be tough, but Jesus is guiding you every step of the way.
The Beauty of Believing combines the talents of Faithgirlz! authors Tasha K. Douglas, Mona Hodgson, Kristi Holl, Lois Walfred Johnson, Allia Zobel Nolan, and Nancy Rue, and their words of wisdom will help your faith bloom and flourish as you grow into the girl God wants you to be.”
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How would you describe the beauty of believing?
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Hi Mona, I am so excited to learn of this book !
I loved the comments by the teens, it is such a Blessing to see them accept themselves for who God created them to be.
I think that really is the bottom line to describing the beauty of believing. Not believing the lies that the world tries to force on them, that always makes them feel ” less than” every one else.
My heart goes out to the pressures society tries to force on teens. I have seen the pain and self destructive behavior from not having the peace of knowing who you are in Christ in young people and wish I could do more to help them. Thank you for this wonderful book.
Well said, Jackie. I share the passion for our girls that I hear expressed in your “voice.” Blessings to you!
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