Proverbs 31: Megan.

Today's Proverbs 31 guest post comes from my lovely friend Megan!  Megan and I became blogging friends when I guest posted for her "her story" series over the summer, and even took part in a Bible study in the Fall with some other awesome lady bloggers.  Megan's sweet heart and solid faith encourage me constantly, not to mention how adorable she and her husband are together!  Be blessed by her post about the way that girls today should see themselves - as beautiful daughters of the King - and then check out her blog!

it’s really no surprise today that when you ask a woman, “if you could change anything about you, what would you change?” her list would go on and on...

longer hair, a flatter tummy, a bigger chest, a smaller chest, rock hard abs, tight thighs, more clothes, more money, better friends, high lights, low lights, perfectly manicured nails. 

because how could we not when we’re bombarded with women like this:

stunning yes…her hair is incredible, make up is perfect, but nothing seems real about her.

maybe I’m just the only one…but I’m ready for real confidence to come back into style.
because that’s beautiful.

proverbs 31:25
she is clothed with strength and dignity.

i was scrolling through my instagram pictures the other day and clicked on the 'popular' tab at the bottom, and couldn't help but feel sorry for some girls. 

one girl was topless and covering her lady parts while the caption read: just trying to get as many likes so i can get on the popular page. 

then this morning i saw a picture with a beautiful girl with her shirt half way up showing off...her stomach? 

i think i get confused more than anything with girls like this.

what's missing from your life that that you feel the need to post pictures like this, craving those, "you're hott" comments?

i think if someone were to take all of the proversb 31 woman and make her into real life, she'd rule the world. 
because that's what could happen when we fully surrender to God. 

women today are overwhelmed with what we 'should' be looking like. we're told what clothes to wear because of this trend or that trend. we're told that in order to really make it in life, we've got to have the nicest clothes and best job that makes bookoos of money a year.

but what most people leave the most important thing: a real relationship with Jesus. 

real beauty and confidence starts in loving something more than you love yourself. 

confidence is a tricky thing to deal with. 
too much of it and you come off like a brat. 
too little of it and you won't be taken seriously. 

so where's the happy medium?

i think it's finding out that you're beautiful just the way God made you. 
i believe it's looking yourself in the mirror every morning and telling yourself 'you're beautiful'.
i think it's living life with the purpose of fulfilling God's will, and being confident in the choices you're making. 

we as women, and most importantly as women of God, have got to remember who is watching us. 
if you go to church, there's no doubt you've got teenage girls there. 
maybe you volunteer with them, maybe you don't. 
but somewhere in your life there is a girl, younger than you, looking up to watch your next move.

it breaks my heart to think about all the secular bombardment going on with young girls today. and at ages we'd never imagine. before they even get to high school they know more about make up than i do at 23. 

and why?

because the world has told them they have to look a certain way and dress a certain way.

thank you Jesus for taking me as i am. 

psalm 139:14
i am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, i know that full well. 

you are wonderful. and beautiful.

once we realize that this body that we have is ours, created by God, we'll beam a confidence that shines brighter than any models ever could.

1 peter 3:3-4 
your beauty should come not from outward adornment...instead it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in Gods sight. 

we are of great worth in God's sight. 
we are beautiful, made by Him.

confidence can be a beautiful thing, if we use it right.

song of solomon 4:7
you are all together beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.

God made you = no flaws. 

it's okay to tell people that because God made you, you know that you're beautiful. confidence can be contagious sometimes. 
could you imagine if we could somehow get every young girl in america to know that she was made just the way she is because she's dearly loved?

proverbs 31: 30
charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised!

we all know that at some point in our lives, our bodies wont look like this.  in fact, they'll be sagging. and we all know that those wrinkles we fear will show up. and we know that the grey hair will get here. 
beauty is fleeting. 

but what people know about our hearts is far more important than what we will ever look like.