looking in.

Having fallen victim so many times makes me so sensitive to this undeniable fact.

Our society is obsessed with what we look like.  And I'm not just talking about our threads.

I'm talking about so much more.

the street our property sits on
our car
our jeans
our career
the success our kids achieve
our hair color
the size of our bank account
our friends
our words
our books
our social alignment
our church
our kicks
our hobby
our weight
our spouse

And it needs to stop.
Because for every board we create, every post we write, every slippery magazine we read, every discussion we have, every housewives show we ingest, that whispers,
"What you look like on the outside is extremely important"....

We take two steps away from what the Lord reminds us is valuable.  We actively are replacing one message with another.

And when we eventually end up forgetting what really is important, the road to rediscover it, is treacherous.

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

1 Samuel 16: 7
"The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Matthew 7:20
"Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them."

James 1:23
"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like."


  1. Here is another to add to your collection...1 Peter 3:3 "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead 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." I love the last part...to realize what is of GREAT WORTH to GOD!!! Oh if only I could continually have that on the front of my mind to filter all that comes in.

  2. We just had a lesson on Sunday about that verse in Samuel. It is good to be reminded of it often... I think a lot of us (myself included) forget how much more important it is to develop Christlike attributes on the inside rather than develop socially acceptable attributes (or posessions) on the outside.

  3. whew, mercy. LOVE and need this. xo

  4. Such a good word! Thank you!

    Could you possibly add a way for people to subscribe to your feed? I would hate to miss any of your posts.

  5. Argh, this is so hard for me to remember! Working on this right now.

  6. i concur it needs to stop. but its oh so hard. in todays society we are hit with so much of what we should or shouldn't be. ahhh! with God's help.

  7. I could stand to read this everyday. Thank you.

  8. i've been thinking so much about this topic lately. I read this article,http://www.beyondbathtime.com/what-are-you-really-teaching-your-daughter-about-beauty/ and it hit me to the core.

  9. THANK YOU for this. So timely for me, today. Since March, I've been hit with the worst acne of my life. It is cystic and painful, and came out of nowhere; the doctor didn't even know what to tell me. This is a new struggle for me, and I cannot tell you the pain I have experienced at 26 not being able to look in mirrors or have my picture taken. I am trying so, so hard to remember that my Lord loves me. He sees my pain and heartbreak, and He cares. BUT HE CARES FOR MY HEART THE MOST. My face and my skin is important to Him, because it is important to me. But He loves me just as I am... no matter the magazine covers or models who tell me otherwise.

  10. love this. beautiful, and a powerful reminder to hold onto and seek what is truly important. the only real thing that matters: jesus in us, and in others.