Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thankful Thursday ~ True Beauty


If it's Thursday, this must be Thankful Thursday. I love having one day a week to blog specifically about being thankful. Because of this, I tend to be on the lookout for things for which I can be thankful during the week. And that's a good thing!

Today our hostess is Laurie of Women Taking A Stand. She chose the theme of true beauty for this week. You can link to her blog to join in and participate or locate other participating blogs to read.

I've heard it said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I agree with that. But our culture tends to define beauty in a specific way:

  • Being young
  • Being thin
  • Having a perfect face structure

All you have to do is watch TV shows like America's Top Model or take a glance at the magazine covers. But is that really true beauty? Have you ever seen a woman who is beautiful on the outside but when she opens her mouth, her true self is exposed?

Here's what the Bible says in 1 Peter 3:3a, 4:

"Your beauty should not come 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 God's sight."

As I think back over this week, I'm reminded of many of the truly beautiful women who have been there for me and I'm so thankful for each one of them. There are many others who have blessed me but I want to mention a few from this particular week.

  • My prayer partner Helen, who is on vacation in Oklahoma this week visiting her ailing uncle. She gave me a blessing basket before she left. Each day I get to open a gift labeled for that day and there's always a Bible verse linked to each. So far, I've received the cutest flip flops, a candle, chocolates, lip balm, and today a beautiful friends photo frame with a picture of the two of us. How special is that? Helen is beautiful!
  • Lisa Shaw of Sharing Life With Lisa has been such a blessing to me this week. She is beautiful inside and out and has been such an encouragement to me through her prayers and words of wisdom. Thank you Lisa!
  • Jill of Forever n Ever n Always who has blessed me abundantly in so many ways. She is truly beautiful both inside and out.
  • Laurie M. of Beauty for Ashes has that true beauty too. She has also been a special encouragement to me this week. And did you know that we share the same birthday? Different years but the same day. How cool is that?

There are many other truly beautiful women who have blessed me this week including Terri, Sue, Lori, Marcia, Nancy and of course there's Jamie in San Antonio.

But if I get going, this list would be too long and ...you have other Thankful Thursday blogs to visit, don't you?

12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful TT post. Beauty ... as Beth Moore said in a recent study on Esther I did ..."beauty is not something you do it is what you are!" No amount of cosmetics or adornment can shine the beauty like the beauty of the sweet ladies you have mentioned. It comes from the heart. Happy TT! -Laurie

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  2. When I was in Australia they had a national call for all real women to get measured so the clothing industries could make clothes for regular Australian women. Everyone (well - the woman) were buzzing at having the clothing industry interested in them. It gave great confidence.

    The clothes that you wear helps you to feel good about yourself - it also outwardly shows how much you respect yourself too. Clothes don't really make you beautiful - but they are an extension of the beauty within.

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  3. When I was in Australia they had a national call for all real women to get measured so the clothing industries could make clothes for regular Australian women. Everyone (well - the woman) were buzzing at having the clothing industry interested in them. It gave great confidence.

    The clothes that you wear helps you to feel good about yourself - it also outwardly shows how much you respect yourself too. Clothes don't really make you beautiful - but they are an extension of the beauty within.

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  4. Hi Sweet friend, wonderful message! I am so honored to be counted within your "Thank you's". I too am thankful for you and the opportunity and privilege to know that our hearts are one in Christ. You listed some pretty terrific ladies.

    Bless you dear one.

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  5. You my friend, are beautiful.

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  6. Thanks, Debbie. I can easily say the same things about you. You've blessed me!

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  7. Debbie,

    As tears fill my heart and roll down my face - I want you to know how much you have blessed me and Scott.

    I can't thank you enough for the encouragment you constantly give us both!

    I love you! We both do! We can't wait to meet face to face :)

    Big hugs!
    Jill

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  8. Debbie,

    Girl, YOU are one of those most beautiful women. Your heart is filled with love and kindness.

    The King is entralled with your beauty.

    Happy TT.Hugs

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  9. You are the beautiful woman. Love you girl.

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  10. Thank you so much for your encouraging words! And the encouragement from the Word!

    I need to be reminded that the beauty I truly desire is that of the Lord's work in my life, displayed for all to see!

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  11. Oh my Debbie, as I read your post (catch-up time), and the comments of all these other lovely ladies, it is so easy to see that you are loved by many. I think it is because you give the love so beautifully, it just returns to you - surely, a gift from God.

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