Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. – (Proverbs 31:30, NIV)
Grace and beauty can fool you, but a woman who respects the Lord should be praised. – (Proverbs 31:30, ERV)
Charm can be deceptive and physical beauty will not last, but a woman who reveres the Eternal should be praised above all others. – (Proverbs 31:30, VOICE)
When I think about the most beautiful women I know, it is not their physical appearance that makes them lovely, but rather it is their heart that seeks to love and care for those around them that make them beautiful to all who know them. My grandmother, who lived well into her nineties, was one of the most beautiful women I know. Her love and dedication to God and to people paved the path that has shown the generations that followed her, what beauty really is. My mom, her daughter, shares similar traits. She loves God and loves people with her whole heart. Her kindness and courage are genuine, and her love is evident in all that she does. As we think with gratitude about the mothers and mother figures in our lives, may we give God praise for those who love God and love people well.
Charm is deceptive,
And beauty won’t last;
But a heart for God,
Is true and steadfast.
What amazes me,
Is beauty that’s true;
A heart that loves well,
As each day is new.
God’s love shows the way,
When we seek His face;
Good that’s unending,
Lord, we give You thanks,
For those in our lives;
Who love as You love,
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You show us to fix our eyes on You and on what lasts forever. Thank You that as we do, Your love and light shine through. Thank You for the women and mothers that You have placed in our lives to show us what it is to be a woman after Your heart. Forgive us for the times that we have lacked love or grace or have focused too much on the external rather than the internal that lasts forever. Teach us to follow You with our whole heart so that we might love like You. Show us how to love those around us in practical and tangible ways. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we thank You for the inner beauty that You have shown us in those who love You and those around them as You intended. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. – Proverbs 31:25