We're Worth More Than Rubies

Yesterday, I was talking to my teen girls about the true meaning of beauty. I wasn't looking forward to this study. We've all heard it: beauty comes from the inside no matter your size, or if your hair curls or falls straight; our true beauty is more than skin deep. We've heard it so many times that it gets old. And does anyone believe it, yet? Have we heard the message enough times that we stop trying to be a size 4 and accept that our nose just might not look like we wish it would look? What about our breast size, or lack there of? Are we okay with them, yet? Boney legs, wide hips, stretch marks left over from that 8 pound baby, teeth that aren't as straight as others, dimples in the backs of our shoulders (that's me!), thick eyebrows, lopsided grins...

No, I don't think we're okay with it. The message is still true. Beauty is more than skin deep. We just don't believe it, even though it's the 'right' thing to say.

But last night, the message was more than skin and how deep we have to dig to find our beauty. We talked about...why. Why can't we accept who we are and what we look like? Why can't we feel loveable as a size 14?

Because the Accuser knows how beautiful you really are. The enemy knows your worth and ability. What a better way to win this battle for your heart and soul than by keeping you blind to the truth he already knows? For, darling woman, you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Your Creator has a purpose and plan for you; a plan to prosper you and not harm you...

"Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." ~Proverbs 31:10

I think that verse is God's way of warning us. Who can find a virtuous woman...for her price is far above rubies? Why? Because she is rare. You see, if a woman could tuly walk in her full beauty and capability, she would become that virtuous woman...something rare and precious. She would be powerful, captivating, able, and a dangerous threat to the enemy in this world. That's what God needs. He needs you to believe that He created something beautiful. He needs you to walk in confidence of who you are, and what you were created to be. Can you fathom what would happen in this world if you did? God's will would begin to unfold in your life on earth as it is written in heaven.

A virtuous woman doesn't fit into a certain jean size. She doesn't have blonde curls and blue eyes. She may not speak right or be the most intelligent woman on the face of the earth. She still has flaws, falls into sin from time to time, and she may even lose her temper at the worst of times. But this woman, my friends, knows how to point her eyes to heaven, let the glory and mercy of her Heavenly Father fall down upon her...and wash it all away. A virtuous woman knows that it isn't what the world sees in her--or even what she sees in herself--but what God sees. And He sees something breathtaking. :)

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." ~Proverbs 31:30

When I was a teenager, I was skinny as a rail. I hated it. Girls in school spread a nasty rumor that I had an eating disorder. Another girl started another widespread rumor that I stuffed my bra, which led to a group of boys molesting me to see/feel for themselves. You can image the impact that leaves on a young woman, especially one that wanted to trust and believe in God. It shattered the image I viewed of who I was...

Now, more than a decade later, I know that I am still not the 'beauty' I wish I was. But, yesterday, I put on makeup and shimmied into jeans and a sweater; I put on pearls and a locket. As I walked out to the car where my husband was waiting, I noticed his eyes linger and the corner of his lips pull up in a silly grin. When I slid into the seat beside him, he looked me over...a slow blush creeping up his neck. He was embarrassed and looked away--like a little boy seeing something gorgeous for the first time. I may not be what the world deems 'beautiful' but I certainly took that man's breath away...

Later, when I stood at the alter with my arms lifted to the heavens...I felt God's love until my breath stilled on my lips. I felt more beautiful than humanly possible on this earth. God's glory fell upon me, and I was the woman He created me to be. He was smiling on me. I was virtuous. I was worth more than rubies. More precious than silver and gold...

And so are you, friend. At least, you are created to be. Just walk in it. Let Him in. Let Him show you who you are...how gorgeous...how powerful. Let Him love you.



~Gia

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