Sunday, June 27, 2010

What Is Beauty?

My mom always taught me that beauty was in the eye of the beholder and I think this picture was one of beauty for my oldest granddaughter yesterday as we were driving and she snapped a picture of this Scotch Broom as we were on the way to my job yesterday. Now, understand here in the Pacific Northwest, this stuff is really considered a noxious weed as it invades everything, but to a little 8 year old, these bright yellow flowers reminded her of sunshine, so she snapped it through an open passenger window in the front seat while she was seated in the back drivers side in her booster seat.

The Bible tells us that charm can be deceiving and beauty is only fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. I sure know this fits me. My charm can be sweet one minute and the next, I have left people wondering what happened to that nice woman? We a
ll have those moments! Be honest, it takes a lot of work to be charming all the time. I like to be me, plain and simple...sometimes that is charming and sometimes it isn't!

Just like this picture I snapped last night! I was so in awe of this beautiful full and glowing moon that I stood at my kitchen door and snapped away. Gods beauty lessons are amazing, but even this moon in all its glory will soon wither down to a crescent moon & yet, it is such a beautiful picture.

I bring this up, because in the last few weeks, I have been struggling with what other peoples perception of beauty is. Beauty is being thin, tan, long hair, no wrinkles...should I go on?

Just about the time I start feeling good in my own skin...yep, along comes something to bring up all those old scars and pains and remind me that I should be changing...I seem to have some innate need to go backwards in my life instead of accepting the forward walk through life.

I want to be thin again, no tummy, no butt, no cellulite, I want long flowing hair with no silver threads, I don't want saggy eyes or wrinkles and yet, it is who I am. Why is it, I am having such a difficult time right now with this concept?

Any others want to chime in? Don't forget Miss "M", I am still waiting for that tummy tuck party we are going to have! HAHA


Ashley said...

And what would beauty be if everyone could achieve the tall, thin, taut, tan bodies now thought of as beautiful? Something different than it is now, I believe. The problem is often an issue of wanting more (or different) than we currently have...whether it be a different body, a different home, or a different pair of shoes. Learning to be content with what we have first and then recognizing the beauty within it is a task I am unsure anyone ever learns in entirety. We just have to practice and turn our thoughts over to God and ask for his help with this struggle like any other.

Melinda Cornish said...

I am ready far I have saved exactly, let me is life huh? but it could still happen....sometimes vanity gets the best of all of us and it is hard to get old and see all these changes....I just try to make the most of what I have and wear a big smile....most of the time anyway! I think you are a beautiful woman with character....dont forget it!

Rannyjean said...

Amen Ashley and Melinda...I have zero as well. Maybe we should start saving pennies...HAHA!

Pokey said...

Acceptance of our age is what helps us to be women of grace. I need to count blessings rather than what I don't seem to have. But, it is a choice to be happy, right?
In other news, we are having overcast mornings here in my neck of the woods. It sure helps me to want to be outside doing that weeding and trimming. I like those yellow flower/weeds like your grandbaby, too! Have a great day, Jean!