Monday Morning Encouragement -- Unfading Beauty


"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised."
Proverbs 31:30

Having a bad hair day? Wish your nose was smaller or your chin wasn't so prominent? Do you avoid the bathroom scale, or cringe every time you find a new gray hair or wrinkle? 

Well, consider this. . . God loves you just the way you are.

Elisabeth Elliott said this:

"George Macdonald said, 'If you knew what God knows about death you would clap your listless hands', but instead I find old people in North America just buying this whole youth obsession. I think growing older is a wonderful privilege. I want to learn to glorify God in every stage of my life."

Our culture glorifies beauty and sets standards that only the rich and famous can attain, but God says the woman who reverences Him is the one who is to be praised. 

Aunt Sally died at the age of 88. In her elder years she wore no makeup. She didn't dye her hair. And she was radiant. It wasn't the creams and oils she used, but her love for the Lord that made her attractive. When she talked about Jesus, her face radiated beauty. 

That's the kind of beauty I want. The kind of beauty that will never fade. 

Today's music video Charm is Deceitful by Kim Hill is an oldie, but such a goodie. I think I'll be singing this all day.

I love you, I'm thinking of you, and I'm praying for you,


  1. My cousin is like your Aunt Sally. Loves the Lord and says and acts so with every breath. If there is one thing on earth I am envious of, it is her devotion to Jesus and salvation.

  2. I feel as I age all my winkles are all signs I lived a good life. They are rewarded marks from all the lessons in life good and bad. We earn everyone of them. Gray hair and all! Nice post Nancy. Reminds us that we are all beautiful. Have a good week ahead. Hugs. Kris

  3. Such wisdom today! I've worked with seniors for most of my life. I've seen beauty and some not so beautiful, and the heart is what makes the difference. Gray hair and wrinkles can be so beautiful!
    However, I need that reminder myself, even though I know it. Thanks!

  4. Very nice reminder Laura! Such a pretty song too. I think this entire country spends way way way way too much on "beauty products" and enhancements. I wish everyone could just be happy with who they are and what they look like. I think each one of us has inner beauty that shines out if our soul is in the right place. Hugs.. Marilyn

  5. I agree wholeheartely. The older I get, the more I'm aware of how mixed up this world is in it's values and morals. I'm getting better at accepting myself the way God made me. No, I'll definitely never be in a beauty pagent. but that's okay. I know that the creator loves me just the way He made me.

  6. Lovely, Nancy. Wishing you a fresh and wonderful beginning to the new season.

  7. Very true and very encouraging! (especially since I just celebrated my **rd birthday)

  8. That's the kind of beauty I want, too. My mom died at 90 and never wore makeup...

  9. Thank you for this encouragement, sweet friend. It made me think of the verse that says God will beautify the meek with salvation. May He bless you always.

  10. This is a good message for us all to hear. Growing old gracefully is the way to go, shining from within. Remembering that this life is not the end and that we can easily get caught up spending our life striving after wind.
    I'm reading a book on Ecclesiastes and Ecclesiastes as we know covers the subject of vanity very well :) Good book: Living Life Backward by David Gibson.
    Wishing you a lovely spring day, my dear friend.


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