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The other day, I stood in a friend’s kitchen chatting and waiting on her guests to arrive, when one of the little neighbor girls came in to ask for a drink of water.
She sported a purple one-piece with pink polka-dots, and her brown ringlets, damp from the water sprinkler, stuck to her chubby, sun-kissed cheeks.
“You are just beautiful” one of the other women in the kitchen exclaimed.
I waited for her to deny it or at least say thank you, but the round cherub in purple simply smiled and nodded in agreement.
She was beautiful.
She didn’t doubt it or deny it as we have learned to do. She didn’t talk about her hair being a mess or that she would like to loose a few pounds.
She simply agreed with fearless, unashamed confidence in herself.
And I thought, What happens to us? When do we stop living with such confidence?
I know we all probably remember that hateful comment made by some junior high boy-jerk that stuck a knife into our beauty bubble. We can hear him telling us that Jason Caskill would be our only opportunity for a boy friend . . . ever! (I really wanted to call him when I was engaged!)
We can remember when we started comparing ourselves to the Homecoming Queen and her court.
But I think the biggest problem with our “beauty” crisis, more than those painful growing up years, is our perception of what “beauty” is.
Perspective is everything.
If only we could look through God’s eyes to see ourselves and others and take off the distorted glasses the world gives us.
What the Bible Says
One of the most famous verses in the Bible about this comes out of the story of the prophet Samuel anointing a young shepherd boy named David.
Samuel followed God’s lead to meet with Jesse of Bethlehem and his sons. He knew God would tell him which son would be anointed as the next king. Read the scripture with me:
“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed stands here before the LORD.’ But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look on the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:6,7).
Oh for eyes to see what God sees. To see beauty that He loves and to look into the heart of the person rather than the outside. Sometimes we can do this for other people, but it’s harder to do that for ourselves, isn’t it?
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My tag-line of this website is “dig deep to live fully” and I’ve always focused on the dig deep part of the Bible, but I’m shifting to the “live fully” aspect! Oh, friends, when we can live in that place of beautiful acceptance and confidence of who we are as a child of God, I believe we can start living full lives–lives of joy, peace, humble confidence and with eyes that sees as God sees beauty.
When we live fully, we have a lot to give. We live generously.
Let’s dig deep in the Word this week to read scriptures on “beautiful.” Come find out what is beautiful to God.
Romans 10:15: “And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
1 Peter 3:3,4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.4 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 Samuel 16:7: “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Isaiah 53:2: He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
Proverbs 31:30: Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
Different Ways to Use this Plan
- Print off this post to have the reading list. (The print icon is with the sharing buttons at the top of the post.)
- Join me Monday -Friday at 8:20 AM ET on my Facebook page for my Daily Broadcast to unpack the “bite” with a bunch of other believers who love to dig into the Word of God. Or you can watch it later on my You Tube channel.
- Click here to download a free Printable of the reading plan with the scriptures typed out and extra questions and prompts to deepen your time with God each day.
- Or you can simply take a screen shot of the Bite of Bread meme.
I’m so excited about this week! These verses are powerful. Dig deep my friends, and we will find ourselves living fully. What does that look like to you?
I would love to know if you are downloading the printable and using it. Please leave a comment if you do! I’ll enter you into a giveaway for a $10 Starbucks gift card! The winner will be announced in my next post!. 😊☕️😬
Jesus loves you.
Loved the lessons on beauty this week! Have a safe and wonderful trip. Looking forward to more bites of bread!
Thanks Linda! You are entered!
I like that the verses are written out at the end of the post and that they can be printed out. Although I still like to write them out as it helps me to absorb them more deeply. The best of both worlds! Thanks Andy.
I like to write them out too, Yami. Girl after my own heart. :) I’ve entered you!
Hi Andy! Thanks for writing about this. I’m printing off the reading/writing prompts for the week. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! <3
Yay! So glad you will be at our study tonight, Amanda, and you were able to print off the reading prompts. I’ve entered you into the drawing!
Andy – I just downloaded the printable. The words for this week were what I needed.
Yay! So glad these verses are helpful this week! I love when God does that. You’re entered! Blessings, Mary!
I have been using the downloaded printable and find it very helpful in studying the Bite of Bread throughout the week. Is there another way to print the verses/questions other than through Mailchimp?
Enjoy your day! :-)
Hi Diane! I will have to investigate if there is another way. I’m sure there is. This is how I turn the document into a linked file. Google docs can do this too I think. So glad you are using them and it is helpful! You’re entered!
Hi Andy….Just want to let you know I have downloaded the printable and intend to use it for study this week. I so appreciate you and how you serve the Lord! Your heart for teaching is beautiful and I really enjoy hearing the Lord through you. Be Blessed.
Thank you Robyn! What a blessing. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you enjoy the questions. You are entered!
I have used the printable the past two weeks. I usually copied down the scripture each day so this makes it much easier. Thanks!
Yay! So glad you are enjoying the printables, Celina! I’ll continue. :) You’re entered.