Monday, April 18, 2011

if you would be beautiful...

our dogwood

I guess, I was a little ashamed of myself after Friday's blog post. Counting my clothes, really? People in Haiti would be thrilled to have as many clothes as I have. So would people living in shelters in northeast Japan - and some in the Raleigh NC area (thankful all our family members there are safe).

Since I am all about simplicity, by post was meant to inspire my readers to simplify - it greatly, well, simplifies your life! I love not having to agnozie over what to wear each day.

But I didn't mean to brag or sound callous.

The most important lessons about clothing and beauty, I learned from The Micky Mouse Club, my mother and God's Word. Not necessarily in that order.

Here is the lesson from the Mickey Mouse Club: (did anyone else ever see this?)

Beauty is as beauty does,

That's what wise men say.

If you would be beautiful,

Do this every day.

Help someone who's feeling blue,

Let kindness be your guide

For beauty isn't only looks,

Its what you've got inside

Wake up in the morning

And hop right out of bed.

You never will be beautiful

If you're a sleepyhead

Mom always encouraged me to focus on inner beauty - 'be beautiful on the inside, Cheri'. She modeled it as well.

And from God's Word:

Matthew 6:28-34

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.


Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. I Peter 3:3-4

Beauty. It has nothing to do with what is, or isn't in your closet.

one of our cherry blossoms

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