Since we are on the subject of Audrey...When I was in college, I discovered Audrey Hepburn movies. I became enthralled with all things relating to Audrey Hepburn. It's funny to think about, but back then it was the 90's and the internet was a relatively new thing:) I even did a little online research (as limited as it was back then) to find info about Audrey Hepburn, her life, her character, etc. One of the things that profoundly impacted me, as a young woman who was desperately searching for herself, was this poem that I stumbled upon, which was sited as Audrey's favorite poem. I plan on sharing these beautiful words with my daughters (and sons) when they are a little older and my prayer is that they will be impacted by them also.
Time Tested Beauty Tips by Sam Levenson
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!
I pray that my daughters will embrace the profound message of this poem and that of God's Truth that He created them to be women of True beauty and character. They were made for so much more than just trying to live up to the world's standard of "beautiful".
And my prayer for my boys is that they will learn to respect and appreciate women, not just because of how they look but more importantly, for who they are.
Big prayers for my little ones...only by the grace of God will this lesson be possible to teach in a world where my children can't even go along to the grocery store without being bombarded by images that speak louder than words about how a woman should look, dress, and behave. Some days it seems hopeless...they can't watch Saturday morning cartoons without commercials for BRATZ dolls or Hannah Montana (which if you haven't heard yet, apparently Miley Cyrus ain't the squeaky clean teen she used ta be). They can't watch sports with Daddy without seeing barely dressed, well endowed "pro cheerleaders" (I use that term loosely) and advertisements for "adult products" (and I'm not talking about beer commercials). How does a mother go about fighting against all that? At times I could just cry about the whole thing...But then I'm reassured and encouraged by all the verses in Scripture that speak to this issue. And again I pray... that my children will know that they were created by God and that fact alone makes them special.
Psalm 139:13-15 (New International Version)
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
The same God that placed each star in the sky, created each one of my children. The same God that designed the change of the seasons, created each one of my children. The same God that planned for each individually unique snowflake, created each one of my children. They grow, they learn...How could they not be considered beautiful? I pray that each one of them finds encouragement in the fact that "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."(1 Samuel 16:7)
May each of you be encouraged today by the fact that you were created by the amazing hand of the Creator and that no matter if you are having a "bad hair" day, don't have anything to wear that isn't from the 1990's, wishing you could shrink a few pants sizes or haven't had a chance to shower because you are more focused on taking care of little ones than you are of yourself...the Lord is only looking at your heart and He loves you simply because you are His creation! Blessings to you until you return.
"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." Proverbs 31:30