Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Trying To Be Beautiful

This month, I'm honored to be on the cover of "Beautiful" magazine. We did the photo shoot in March for their Mothers Day edition. You can find "Beautiful" in the hot pink stands across the metro area at places like Banner Hall, Material Girls, Two Sister's Kitchen and Keifers. The magazine is all about fashion, makeup and articles which make women feel 'beautiful'. Again, thanks to editor David Creel and artistic director Holly Collums for asking me to be a part of this project.

Ok, so I admit, I'm having a hard time 'feeling' beautiful these days. I'm tired of wearing black and looking at the pooch on my lower tummy. Sure, I'm exercising and dieting. I'm even continuing to apply my anti-wrinkle cream at night to offset these wrinkles that seem to have popped up after my delivery! Then I was reminded of the words Peter wrote about women in I 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."

I don't think Peter was suggesting women neglect their outer looks (goodness knows, no one would've ever gotten married back in those days!). But Peter says God holds a woman's spirit to be worth more than her outward appearance. The women in Peter's day obviously knew this because he said that's what the women in that time focused on: their inner beauty.

When I get to heaven, I want Jesus to say to me, "Stand there and let me see how much you look like me."

9 comments:

Sara said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Claire said...

That is one of my favorite Bible verses. When I was in Jr. Miss, my parents put that in their encouragement note to me. I pray that each day...that God would develop a gentle and beautiful spirit in me because goodness knows I can't do it on my own!

Barbie, I think you ARE beautiful and your spirit is more so!

Angie said...

Beautiful Barbie. You look wonderful. Soo good to get to see you on the news. May God bless you and your family. You are truly an inspiration. Angie (McComb)

Deanna said...

Girl! You aren't trying... you are definitely beautiful! Rock on, sister chick!

The Ainsworth Family said...

Thanks for posting this. I have tried to lose weight after second child and it just doesn't come off as easy as I want to. Yes, taken my second child will be 3 in July, but it is hard to find the time to do it. I work full time as well. My husband and I are going to have our 10 anniversary at the end of May and we both turn 40 at the end of the year, we are going on a wonderful trip and I can't find a cute sun dresses that looks BEAUTIFUL on me and I about to give up looking. Anyway, I could go on, but I won't. Have a wonderful rest of the week...

Barbara said...

Beauty is as beauty does. Those that can't see it, don't have it!!
Don't know where I heard that (probably my Mom) but it sounds good.

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your heart with us. Your beauty comes from within ... with a Christ-like love.

mayberry said...

You are beautiful lady Miss Barbie. On the inside and out.

Anonymous said...

I am pregnant and have about 12 more weeks to go. I'm tired and getting bigger every day, and I haven't felt beautiful lately. Your post hit home for me and has lifted my spirits. Thank you!