Finding Beauty God's Way

Finding Beauty God's Way

Shatter the perceptions of an unattainable worldly standard.

She ran her fingers across the cold metal glass. Her glassy eyes, mascara run face, and frizzing hair looking back at her, anguish evident, she reached for a towel. Suddenly, the image reflected back at her changed. The glassy eyes were replaced by the sorrow filled eyes of a Savior in anguish. The mascara run face was replaced by wounds and slashes, cut deeply by the glass of the whip. The frizzing hair was replaced by a bloody forehead, covered with a crown of thorns. In alarm, she jumped back; as the wave of the picture engulfed her, she began to sob. In complete and prayerful abandonment, she laid her heart before God.

The world has always portrayed beauty as something that is black and white. Focus on outward beauty has spanned history, high schools, colleges and media. What they don't tell girls, teens, and women searching for the secret to flawless skin, perfect hair, and the latest styles is that they have been lied to.

Proverbs 31:30 spells it out by saying, "Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting...". There cannot be a set doctrine that determines beauty because it is fleeting. Beauty spans decades and generations. This verse finishes by saying, "but a woman who fears the Lord, she is to be praised." Such a powerful revelation...God has standards of beauty. And the best part about God's standards...they don't change.

There is no undulating portrayal of what beauty is with Christ because He made, designed, and created each individual human being. That's right, from your pinky toe to your left ear...all God's handiwork. Because God cannot make anything that is not good(if that were the case it would be totally contradictory to His entire existence because God in His essence is the very definition of good), all of His creatures are beautiful.

Beautiful, in that, behind those annoyingly long eye lashes is a tremendous blush, revealing the gentle spirit of the one who it becomes. Beautiful, in that, behind those dorky glasses and fading eyes is brown eyes, changing color as they reflect the light, demonstrating God's endless creativity. Beautiful, in that, behind those frustrating quirks of personality is an individual so full of excitement for Christ that she can't help but live in joy because of the realization that she is "fearfully and wonderfully made" by a Skilled Architect.

Her beauty is not defined by the things that she wears, the way her hair looks, or her body type. Her beauty is reflected outward by the inward condition of her heart. Her sparkling eyes, once dulled by tears, are now filled with the joy of life. Her blushing cheeks, once covered in runny mascara, are now shining in the truth of the Gospel. Her hair, still frustratingly frizzy, is no longer of importance as she finds her worth in Jesus Christ and plants herself in the work of the Gospel.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall I have no use for you at all. When I find my worth deep in my heart, I embrace God's plan and play my part.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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12 Things That Happen When Your Best Friend Is Also Your Name Twin

Double the Sarah is always a good thing.


I feel as people, we either really like people that share the same name as us or we completely hate them. But when you find somebody who you like and has the same name as you, what happens? You become best friends. And some pretty unique things come with sharing the same name as your best friend. So here are 12 things that happen when your best friend is also your name twin.

1. When you talk about them, people assume that you're talking in third person.

Listen if I was talking about myself I wouldn't use my name.

2. You have to use middle and last names in certain situations.

In band, cheerleading, school, work and around our families, we've been Sarah S, Sarah W, Sarah Maria..and so on.

3. You fight over who gets to be "Sarah 1" and "Sarah 2".

I'm slightly older so I feel like I'm the alpha and get the Sarah 1 privilege.

4. You get referred to as the "Sarahs."

Or whatever name you have.

5. You get to caption your pictures as "Sarah Squared."

Basic but necessary.

6. Their parents call you "their other daughter Sarah."

or their other son and whatever your name is lol.

7. People ask you if your only friends with people who have the same name as you.

No, but it's a bonus lol.

8. You get to confuse people when you introduce yourself.

The looks we've gotten when we say that we're both Sarah are great.

9. But you make it easier for other people to remember names.

I mean come on, there's only one name to remember.

10. They feel the struggle when somebody spells your name wrong.

Sarah with the h= the good Sarah, and Sarah without the h= the bad Sarah

11. You both look and respond when somebody says your name.

Uhhh we're going to need yo to be more specific.

12. You have a name twin, and one that you actually like.

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