Inner Beauty Speech

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles, and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 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 Peter 3:3-4 (NIV)

Oh no! Here comes that dreaded inner beauty speech! "It's the inside that counts!" Well... I guess I'm an outward ugly then... Nope! Not necessarily! That phrase is there to stress that inner beauty is more important than outward beauty, because physical beauty will droop, wrinkle, and grow random unwanted hair... Yikes!

Outward beauty can become an idol. Ever heard the phrase, "Too much of a good thing..."? You know the rest! Obsessing over your weight, makeup, body piercings, etc. It's okay to be a beauty queen, but make sure it's for the glory of God. Like I said before, beauty can and will fade, then what do you have to show for it? Be an inner beauty.

She is wise, she knows who she is, she's not afraid to stand up for what's right and her beliefs, and she doesn't spend four hours trying to make herself feel beautiful, because she knows that is beautiful. She knows, but she doesn't boast in it, she's obedient, she cares for others. (Slide on over to Proverbs 31: 10-31.)

My Story
When I was a kid, I rarely looked in the mirror. I always wanted to look like those "pretty" girls that were thin with long relaxed hair. That was beauty in my eyes... At the time. I was just that poor fat girl with buddies, unflattering oversized clothes (I thought it would hide my weight, instead it emphasized it), and a nappy puff tied with a shoestring (ribbons didn't cooperate with my thick hair). I didn't have what it took to be beautiful... So I thought. I was kind, gentle, intelligent, hilarious, and very creative. Why didn't I think I was beautiful? I was seriously trippin'! Self esteem and self worth were on E!

As long as your inside (heart and mind) is beautiful, you are beautiful! Say it with me, I AM BEAUTIFUL! Yes you are love! Outward beauty isn't bad, but when it becomes boastful or an idol, it is. Be beautiful, but don't let it consume you! God loves you as you are, why shouldn't you love yourself?

Be beautiful! Be strong! Be loving!

B. Iesha 💋💜

PS: I love my nappy hair, my buddies, and my jiggly self!

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