As I was reading through 1 Peter this week, a passage stood out to me; I’ve heard this passage several times but I truly believe it is one that we women should visit over and over again.  So guys, I apologize, but this one is for the ladies.  Hopefully you won’t be too upset- we did give you the Rock medley Sunday, after all.

Ladies, we live in a society full of pressure.  We feel pressure all around us: if you don’t look like the beautiful Hollywood actress, you aren’t trying hard enough; if you are a stay at home mom, you have lost sight of your goals; if you’re a working mom, you don’t care enough about your family.  It breaks my heart how our culture seems to set us up for failure.  But let’s get back to that passage I mentioned earlier…

It seems women have been dealing with this very same struggle for ages.  1 Peter 3:3-5 tells us,

“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes.  You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.”

Girls, I know this is so hard to live by.  Just the beginning of this week I found myself struggling with my worth.  But how wonderful is our God that He acknowledges this struggle and gives us His words to comfort and guide us?  When you find yourself questioning your worth please know a couple things; first, you are not alone!! Women everywhere of all ages struggle from time to time (yes, even the ones you would never expect!).  Second, and most importantly, you are PRECIOUS to our Father.  He looks past our outward appearance to our hearts.  So remember 1 Peter and clothe yourself with a gentle spirit that pleases our God.

And guys, if you have made it this far, thanks for reading!  If you have a woman in your life, please remind her today she is precious and beautiful.  I promise, she will greatly appreciate it.

Living for Him,