I am a major book worm. In case you haven’t noticed that I’ve NEVER changed the cover of this blog in nearly 5 years! Because books are life! There is so much knowledge and wisdom and beauty to be found in other people’s thoughts, that I can never get enough of reading it seems. I had a few favorite books growing up – but Jane Eyre is hands-down one of the most memorable ones, and one that I STILL cannot get enough of! I loved Jane Eyre because I was (what I thought of anyway) an ugly-duckingly, and she gave me hope LOL! Growing into my femininity and beauty has been a long journey for me, and one that I hope I’ll be able to help my daughter navigate well in the future.
We were out yesterday selling some clothes for extra cash and I found a little historic novel based on a true story about a young nurse, only 16 years old (!), who tended injured men during the Civil War. She became known and loved among the men she tended to for her gentleness and kindness to them ❤ . Many other girls who volunteered to help had actually run away once the war came to their area, but this one girl stayed and became remembered for her character.
I had planned to buy some earrings I found for a good deal to build up our daughter’s stock, but I put them back and decided to get them next time in lieu of this awesome book! I told my husband, “it’s for her future ❤ 😀 !!!” I want our daughter to understand that character is what makes a woman truly beautiful. Outward beauty shows self-respect or graciousness to those around you, but who you are as a person is what people will fall in love with and want to be around.
She is such a little beauty already – almost strikingly so, and her happiness and joyful laughter are SO endearing! But I want to raise her to love good books! I want her to enjoy knowledge, and to know and understand that true beauty comes from very deep within – from the soul of a person, and that it takes time to grow and flourish… and that it can be lost if not safe-guarded against bitterness throughout life.
And I want her to know that it’s a process of becoming.
It doesn’t usually happen all at once – being truly beautiful inside and out – for most women. In fact, I’m not sure “most” women achieve both inner and outer beauty to their fullest personal extent, at all sadly.
Just like outer beauty takes A LOT of hard work and diligence over time to achieve and then to also maintain. Inner beauty takes even more work, discipline, diligence, perseverance and even then if you manage to achieve it, it is MUCH harder to keep over the course of different circumstances one will face in life. It’s a constant process of correcting your own character flaws, and that takes a TON of self-reflection, introspection, and acknowledgement of your own failings.
Hence why I think a lot of women (and men if you’re thinking about men in that way) don’t even try to maintain inner beauty, or they may try but then give up or give in to their natural states of ugliness… since human beings all have sin natures… and our sin natures make us VERY very ugly. That and we constantly fail. Success in this regard requires a lot of perseverance and endurance.
So becoming a beautiful woman over time is very hard. The inner beauty work is very difficult, and since I’m Christian, I do believe there’s a spiritual aspect to this where knowing God, having his help to get through life’s difficulties, really TRUSTING Him with EVERYTHING in your life (all those ugly emotions feelings and such), is the best or most proven way to maintain a beautiful character throughout life.
Avoiding all the vices that come so naturally to us, and working hard to develop the virtues that come from the Holy Spirit – that takes constant coming back to God to prune and develop you – to grow you and break you. It’s painful work – which is probably why so many avoid it! He’s molding you into a reflection of Christ, but again, that all takes a lifetime to achieve, and one has to be really working out their salvation with fear and trembling in order to achieve it at all!
But sweet, sweet, joyful little girl, you will grow into your beauty and femininity, and your daddy and I will be there every step of the way to guide you in the way you should go.