There is so much attention on looking young and being beautiful that so many people, women especially go to great lengths to appear beautiful in the world’s eyes. The problem with that is that the world doesn’t care about what is on the inside, so girls start believing that the only thing that really matters is what you look like on the outside. Social Media has become a crazy platform for selfies and tutorials on how to get a certain look. No wonder so many women don’t know how to interact with each other and be vulnerable and authentic. They don’t see the value in it. They think showing true beauty is helping others look beautiful too. “Get Fit, try this makeup, put this tape on the back of your neck, use false eyelashes and Botox”. I’m not saying these are all bad, but when did it become more important to focus on our looks rather than how we are doing underneath all of this?

When you think of someone in your life that is truly beautiful on the inside, who do you think of? What makes her this way? She has probably embraced how God has made her and has thanked Him for the gifts He has given her. I hope we can start showing this God given beauty to girls and women that we meet every day. Let’s show them what true beauty looks like, that it doesn’t matter what your age is, features, or status are. Those things won’t make a positive influence on anyone. Loving someone right where they are and getting to know them is what they really need. I’m so thankful that I have genuine friends. We don’t sit around talking about material stuff, we are real and vulnerable with each other. We lift each other up and stick up for each other. We pray for each other and hold each other accountable. We sacrifice for each other and petition our God for each other in hard times. This is true beauty. I believe when you start showing true beauty to those around you, you will also find friends like this. Sometimes women just need permission to be real. They need to know that you don’t want to be their friend because they look good next to you in pictures. Ask good questions and get her to open up, she may not even know she needs a friend like you.

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