What Makes a Woman Beautiful?

Botticelli-Birth-of-VenusEvery woman desires to be beautiful. It’s a universal longing embedded in our DNA. But what that looks like depends upon the woman. One woman feels beautiful when she’s all glammed up and dressed for the red carpet. Another feels beautiful when she’s outside chopping wood without makeup, her hair in a ponytail.

Beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder. But when it comes to being beautiful, the person’s opinion that matters the most is the one staring into the mirror. What do you think is beautiful? Not what the beauty editors of Glamour, Vogue or InStyle think. Not what your girlfriend, husband or boyfriend think. Just you.

Do you think you’re beautiful when you finally shed those extra pounds and fit into your skinny jeans? When you smile or laugh so hard your sides hurt and tears stream down your face? Are you beautiful when your hairstylist turns your tresses into a masterpiece or you learn how to apply makeup like a pro? Is it when your skin glows after having a facial?

I believe true beauty is a reflection of a woman’s soul. When a woman loves and accepts herself for who she is, including imperfections, only then can she truly love and accept others. I believe a woman is beautiful when she walks in that surety and uses her unique giftings and talents to benefit others. She is beautiful when she’s unselfish, merciful, kind and loving. When she’s comfortable in her own skin and no longer lives to please others.

So the next time you look in the mirror and wonder whether or not you’re beautiful, take a moment to reflect on what true beauty means to you. And be sure to go beyond skin-deep.

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