Isaiah 3:16-26 tells a sad tale of the daughters of Zion going astray and the subsequent unfortunate downfall that took place as a result of their straying from God. The daughters of Zion refer to a whole generation (possible two or three generations) of women from the nation of Israel/Judah who did not follow the commands of the Lord. Their disobedience led to harsh punishment which not only negatively affected them, but also negatively affected their young men and warriors. Continue reading
Story Scripture: …The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7
Story Saying: That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste. – John Green
Behind the Story: Once there was a woman who had a daughter who was very idle and would not spin. No matter what she said, the woman could not get her daughter to spin. One day, the woman became very angry and beat the girl. It just so happened that the queen was driving by, and when she heard the girl crying she stopped her carriage and went inside the house. The woman was ashamed to tell the queen that she was beating her daughter because she was idle. Instead, she lied and said that she was beating her daughter because she was such a good spinner and would not stop, but because the mother was poor, she could not afford to buy flax. Continue reading
Similar to Dinah‘s story, Tamar’s story is another unfortunate and hard-to-read part in the Bible. As horrible as it is to be sexually assaulted by a stranger, Tamar’s situation is made a hundred times worse because she was violated by a family member. Her brother Amnon, who was supposed to protect her, ended up hurting her.
Mandy and Jazzymay are two home-schooled tweens. Mandy loves drama, writing, film, and music. Jazzymay loves children and art. They both love beauty and Jesus and helping girls in whatever stage of life they are in. Together they do the MJ Show!
Sisters of Christ, your beauty is not defined by your shape, your weight, your complexion, or the fashionable clothes you cover yourselves in. It is not made complete by the makeup you cover your blemishes with, the muscle tone of your body or your lack thereof.
Is it defined by anything a mere mirror can reflect? No, it is not.
Your beauty is defined by your faith in Jesus Christ. By the love and kindness, stemmed from the Heavenly Father who made you. Your beauty comes from within, it comes from the wellspring of life, your heart. The more you saturate your heart in Christ, the more beautiful you become. You become radiant. You start reflecting the selfless image of Christ. That is beautiful.
Most of us strive to look our best everyday. We dress in fashionable clothes, powder and blush our faces, and style our hair until it bounces and shines. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, we must be careful less our love for beauty turns into an ugly obsession.