If you are reading this post I am going to go ahead and make two assumptions about you…and your world…
1. You are raising girls (nieces, granddaughters, Sundays school classes all count too!)
2. You have told them the importance of being beautiful on the inside
Am I right?
I get it. I have 4 daughters. “True” beauty is something we talk about often and I believe we just can’t talk about it enough.
So let’s take a little time and do it again and again…
I encourage you to spend some time talking to your girl about her insides!
How Can I Be Beautiful on the Inside?
Devotional taken from You’re God’s Girl Devotional for Tweens
Have you ever watched someone build a house? Yeah, me neither! Well, unless you count those fun homebuyer shows on TV. You know, the ones where they tear down walls, knock out windows, rip up floors, buy new furniture, paint the ceilings, and create an entirely new living space in just three days? Yes, I love those shows!
I am not a homebuilder and I won’t even pretend to under- stand everything it takes. However, I do know building anything takes a lot of materials, supplies, instructions, and especially patience. You need materials like bricks, concrete, nails, and wood if you want your building to last.
What do you think would happen to a house if the builders decided not to use any nails? Or to use plastic where they should use wood? The house might look good for a little while, but eventually the walls would start falling down, right? How awful would that be?
You and I are kind of like new buildings. You may be thinking, “Well, I don’t need nails and concrete inside me.” But we need different types of supplies. As children of God we want to grow into beautiful, well-designed women, so we need things like honesty, patience, and kindness inside us!
These building supplies—or characteristics—make up what we call our character. They are the pieces of our lives that matter the most. Most people do not see them, just like they don’t see the nails that hold up a house. But if you want a strong, beautiful character, they must be present. And guess who our builder is?
Every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
God is the builder of everything. That includes you and your character. He created you and knows just how He needs you to look on the inside. If you want to make sure you are full of the characteristics you need, then you have to spend time with Him! Let Him give you what you need to stand strong and beautiful.
Our character is on the inside, but people will definitely notice the difference on the outside. Spending time with God, seeking Him, and asking Him to build you is what makes you beautiful!
Dear God, I want to be strong and beautiful on the outside and on the inside. When people see me, I want them to see You. Will You build my character? Help me to be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, good- ness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. In Jesus’s name, amen.
Go to Galatians 5:22-23 to find the characteristics God wants to use as He builds you into a strong, beautiful woman.