Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"All Wired Up," for Women, Part 1

I remember as little girls, my cousin and I used to go through my aunt's closet and get dressed up. With thick, heavy clogs we clomped and clanked on the wooden floors of her upstairs apartment (to which I greatly apologize to those who lived downstairs).

With daughters and nieces of my own now, I find great delight in watching them do the same. It's a precious and innocent thing.

Sometimes I wonder, being the analytical thinker I am: Why did we play dress-up when we were little?

1. Is it that we wanted to feel like a beautiful princess?
2. Did we want to be like our mommies or aunties?
3. Did we hope to be rich and famous one day?
4. Is it that we were ready to be a grown-up and tired of being a kid?
5. Was it an effective way to get attention?

The deeper questions loom in our adulthood:

1. Do we realize we are beautiful to the King?
2. Do we try to be someone we're not?
3. Are we content with the purposes God has given us to live out?
4. Do we forget we're the grown-up and continually work to feel young again?
5. Do we strive to get extra attention from others?

Contrasting questions, but ones we need to regularly ask ourselves as women.

So today, the answers to questions 1 from both points of view. YES, we want to feel like a beautiful princes, and YES, we are beautiful to the King.

Psalm 45:11 says,
"The king is enthralled by your beauty;
honor him, for he is your lord."

Before you think I'm taking this verse out of context, please know that I've done a great deal of research on it. According to many smart people who study these matters (i.e. Wycliffe, C.S. Lewis, etc), the whole chapter of Psalm 45 has a double meaning. One meaning for those before Jesus came to earth and another meaning for those after He came. I agree with them that for us now, verses 2-9 describe Jesus, the King of kings, and verses 10-15 describe the Church, believing Christians.

Because of our righteousness in Christ, we are beautiful princesses to the King. Let's honor HIm with it. Don't believe the lies that come from within you or from others that you are less than what you are. Truly--the Creator is not capable of making a mistake. So pull your best stuff out of your heart's closet, clothe yourself with Christ in you and worship your King today.

Dressin' up Cousins

" bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor."
Isaiah 61:3

***One interesting reference for Psalm 45 can be found by clicking here: It's great stuff!

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Toknowhim said...

Thanks for stopping by today... The picture is adorable :)

Cindy Swanson said...

Laura Lee, thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog! You made my day!

Joanne Sher said...

What a wonderful truth, especially for an "outside beauty focused" society. God sees ALL of us as beautiful, no matter what others may think.

Definitely looking forward to the rest of this series. And yes, the picture is darling. Hope you have one for each day of the series :)

Susanne said...

What a beautiful post! It's so refreshing to bring our focus back to how God sees us rather than the world's definition of beauty.

Thanks for coming by today. Your comment was a real blessing!

Truth4thejourney said...

We are perfectly made in God's eyes. It is always important to be reminded of that. Our society says we're never right. We're too fat, too thin, not tall enough, too many wrinkles...the list goes on! God says, you are my princess, made in my image, perfect for worshipping Me!

I enjoyed this post today.

Blessed One said...

Laura this was delightful. I love the picture! There is so much truth in what you've written. If we believe that we are God's children (which I do), and that He is the King of Kings, then of course we are His princesses! :) And because of that, we are all beautiful!

Dee Yoder said...

So hard to feel content with ourselves as women. We always think we need to wear every hat and be beautiful all the time and be a supermom, and a's exhausting. What a great reminder of who we are in the Lord, Laura. (I love the photo, too!)

The Surrendered Scribe said...

Perfect Laura, God is hitting me with this same message, so I needed this today!

Patty Wysong said...

Excellent, Laura! (as always!!) The acceptance of our Father, and His love is priceless and makes us truly beautiful. WoW!

Homesteader in Training said...

I was such a tom boy in my younger days lol. Wearing a dress was like torture to me. Unfortunately it crossed over into my adult years and it's been a struggle to try to be more feminine. At 6 foot tall I always felt awkward in school but I have come to love it. Slowly the Lord is guiding me on how to be more feminine without being vain. Staying at home can take it's tole on the ol' wardrobe lol. I really try to be showered and dressed nicely when my husband comes home. He deserves to have his wife smelling good and pretty for him. Thanks for the reminder of why we do these things.