Wholly Beautiful Hands

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…”

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Some of you may have seen this unusual video that Tim Challies linked to on his blog yesterday…

Although we could watch this video and then walk away thinking mainly about how strange Ellen Sirot’s life must be, I think there’s a greater lesson that should draw our attention. As I watched this lady describe all of the things she doesn’t do with her hands in order to maintain their beauty, I couldn’t help but feel a great deal of sadness for her.

“Sad?” you might ask, “Why in the world would you feel sad for a woman who takes home a nice fat paycheck for only pretending to do housework?” And surely with only a surface glance at this story, we could develop the mistaken impression that Ellen Sirot has one of the sweetest gigs out there. I mean, which one of us wouldn’t enjoy having hands with a decent manicure for a day, let alone, for over 15 years?!!

Yet for all of the money that they make, I wonder if this lady’s hands are truly beautiful at all. Of course, there’s no question that Ellen Sirot’s hands are beautiful in the world’s eyes; she has the bank account to prove that, but are they beautiful in the eyes of the only One whose opinion matters? We need only take a look at His description of the beautiful woman of Proverbs 31 to find the answer to that question. How does she make sure her hands stay beautiful?

  • She seeks wool and flax, and works with willing hands. (v. 13)
  • She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. (v.  16)
  • She puts her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle. (v. 19)
  • She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy. (v. 20)
  • Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her works praise her in the gates. (v. 31)

While a hand model must spend her life protecting her hands to ensure they stay beautiful, a godly woman will focus her attention on utilizing her hands for the benefit of others. In God’s opinion, busy hands are beautiful hands. Although your hands may never end up on the cover of a magazine, you can be confident that every dish washed, floor scrubbed, and nose wiped for the glory of God has enhanced the beauty of your hands in ways that gloves and moisturizing cream never could.

A woman with hands beautiful enough for modeling may be unusual, but rarer still is the woman whose hands stay busy modeling true beauty. Although her fingers may never grasp a nice fat paycheck, in God’s eyes, a woman with the hands of a servant will forever remain a treasure of priceless worth.
 “Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet, and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.”
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The Only Crown that Matters

 “The King’s daughter is all glorious within…”

Psalm 45:13a

Well, I was totally bummed last night, because I had high hopes of sharing an audio recording with you today from my talk about true beauty with a group of high school girls yesterday. But, alas, I was once again foiled by my complete inability to figure out anything more complicated in operation than an on/off switch. Seriously, if a device includes a battery, electrical cord, or any other means of producing or utilizing power, there’s a high probability I won’t have the slightest clue how to do anything with it. So, needless to say, when I tried to use a laptop and a microphone to capture yesterday’s event, I had a lot going against me. To sum up, let’s just say that it was not God’s will for me to record and share my talk with you. I do, however, have 40 minutes of silence recorded that I’m sure would bless your soul if you’d care to hear it. Just let me know. ;)

When I came across this video from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association last night, I felt quite a bit better about my failed recording, because as Sherry Rose Sheppard describes her life experiences, she addresses many of the things that I shared with the young ladies about true beauty. This is a great testimony and a wonderful reminder of whose approval we need to live for. Hope you enjoy… 

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Beheld

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied,
when I awake, with thy likeness.”

Psalm 17:15

Are we living for the praise of men or the favor of God? Do we view other women as competitors or creations of His hand? This video masterfully addresses how the world’s concept of beauty will keep our hearts in shackles…

Written & Performed by Jenna Mercaldo
Video: Marianne Bach
Photo: loleia

Beauty Supplements

Your daily dose of true beauty advice… 

The Bible makes it very clear that, after our relationship with God, our relationship with our husband is to be our highest priority…

Notice from the aforementioned verses [Gen. 2:18; 1 Cor. 11:8-9; Tit. 2] that we were created to be our husband’s helper, not our children’s mother. Certainly we are to love, care for, and nurture our children, but this love is to flow out of a lifestyle that is first and foremost committed to helping our husbands. Our husbands should always remain first in our hearts and in our care.

In fact, one of the most loving things we can do for our children is to prize our husbands. It provides a wonderful security in their lives, and it presents a biblical model for them and their future marriages. We want our daughters to prize their future husbands; and for our sons, we want them to find wives who will prize them.

~Carolyn Mahaney in Feminine Appeal

How do you handle this in your marriage? What do you do to make sure your husband stays at the top of your list?

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Your daily dose of true beauty advice…

The ultimate meaning of true womanhood is this: It is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of his Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood. If there were only generic persons and not male and female, the glory of Christ would be diminished in the world. When God described the glorious work of his Son as the sacrifice of a husband for his bride, he was telling us why he made us male and female. He made us this way so that our maleness and femaleness would display more fully the glory of his Son in relation to his blood-bought bride.

This means that if you try to reduce womanhood to physical features and biological functions, and then determine your role in the world merely on the basis of competencies, you don’t just miss the point of womanhood, you diminish the glory of Christ in your own life. True womanhood is indispensable in God’s purpose to display the fullness of the glory of his Son. Your distinctive female personhood is not incidental. It exists because of its God-designed relationship to the central event of history, the death of the Son of God.

~John Piper in The Ultimate Meaning of True Womanhood

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Your daily dose of true beauty advice…

Incompleteness is not the result of being single, but of not being full of Jesus. Only through the process of reckless abandonment to Jesus does any woman ever finally understand that, in Him, she is complete… A woman not complete in Jesus will be a drain on her husband. Such a woman will expect her husband to fill the gap that only Jesus can fill. Only the single woman who understands this means of being complete in Jesus is mature enough to be a helpmeet (complement). “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ…” (Col. 2:9-10 NIV). Are you feeling full yet? Ask the Lord right now to begin this process of revealing to your heart the reality of your fullness in Him. “But it is good for me to draw near to God…” (Ps. 73:28a KJV).

~Debby Jones & Jackie Kendall in Lady in Waiting

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Quick quotes on what true beauty is all about… 

God’s definition of beauty stands in stark contrast to the way our culture defines beauty. Our culture defines beauty by how we look on the outside. God defines beauty by what we are like on the inside.

Our culture puts forth a standard of beauty that is unattainable by most. God puts forth a standard of beauty to which we can all attain if we just respond to His work of grace in our lives.

Our culture encourages women to cultivate a beauty that is skin deep. God tells us to pursue an inner beauty of great worth…

Do you see the difference? The beauty our culture esteems may turn some heads, but the beauty God calls us to cultivate will make a lasting impact. When a physically atractive woman walks by, we notice–men particularly! But that’s the end of it. Her beauty makes a fleeting, momentary impression. But a woman who cultivates inner beauty, who fears God and lives to serve others, makes a difference in people’s lives. Her beauty makes a lasting impact on the lives she touches. Godly, inner beauty makes an indelible mark on the lives of others and glorifies God.

~Carolyn Mahaney in Biblical Womanhood in the Home

Photo: Esra Su