The following post was created by Savannah Thomas from the blog Kissed by the Son. I am inspired by her writing and I read her posts as a part of my devotional time every week. She is an incredible woman of Christ who loves inspiring other young women to discover their purpose here on this earth amongst all the chaos. I am excited to share a post that she wrote for my readers on beauty from the inside out.
Wake Up and Make Up by Savannah Thomas
Saturday mornings are great, don’t you agree? Waking up slowly, drinking coffee or tea with a book in hand or the television playing softly. Maybe you like to wake up to music or your pet cozied at your side. I think every morning is a little different, even in the scheme of routine. I crave a little bit of the above in a variety of situations. My mornings have become slow, intentional, and schooling to the mind, soul, and body. I begin my day by waking up knowing that who I am is irrelevant if I am not feeding myself the proper engagement or focus on what “today” could turn out to be.
This wasn’t always so. Mornings used to be terrible. Waking up to the light of day that would so often shine on my deepest insecurities, revealing them to the world. Mornings like this were spent finding which outfit hugged my body just right, applying makeup to cover the spots on my face or the darkness under my eyes, I would skip breakfast and reading and cozying and waking up because I was busy using the time I had layering the outside of myself rather than fueling the inside. They left me heavy, all those layers. The rest of my day would be spent keeping them up for fear of who I might be under all that trying.
About 5 months ago, I heard God calling me to do something different. He told me to put my mornings in His hand. Now, we know God asks us to put our cares and worries into Him, but the simple, freeing task of just a morning? God is really so gentle with us if we let Him work. He asked me to do this with a few directions: 1. Wake up enjoying your sleep, thankful for the rest which you receive, 2. Give Me your time first, whatever that looks like for the day, 3. Think about what else today will provide for you, whether you are serving or receiving, and 4. Most importantly, stop wearing makeup.
WHAT? Wait, really? But my spots and my dark eyes and my sleepy face and my… you name it. Now, I wasn’t even a heavy wearing makeup user to begin with. I have always believed in the ‘less is more’ mantra, still a fan of it. But, a good twenty to thirty minutes each morning was being spent on how to make the outside of myself look good, all the while the inside wasn’t feeling that great. Also, real quickly, don’t stop reading now if you think I am crazy and extreme, because although I usually am in some ways, when biblically necessary, I am not writing to condemn or push judgement on those who do use makeup. There was a purpose behind those thirty minutes that God wanted to use them for; better than I was using them. He wanted me to make up my mind, not my face. He wanted to show me all the ways in which I should be secure, namely in Him, of course. That could only be done by making a choice. So, I made it.
It wasn’t just removing make up from my life, it was the removal of all vanity. God was specifically using what has now become the norm in society to transform the way we do those normal things. Our God is an intentional God. And you know what? I still break out, I still have dark circles some of the time, I even still have those insecurities on an off day, but in choosing to be spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically responsible with my time, I now get enough sleep when I want to avoid darkness under my eyes. I eat the right food to keep from worrying too much about how clothes fit my body. And I stop stressing about the little things so I have a lot less spots on my face. “My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:6).
I have learned a lot about our world in this process. I have learned how “quick fixes” are the enemy’s time stealer. They steal time and joy because rather than practicing, or even noticing, what eternal habits look like, we have lots of little bandages that conceal us and entrap us. We think we are spending our time wisely because it is spent quickly, but what are we spending our time on and what thoughts or actions does that invested time result in later?
I still wear make up from time to time – when I have the EXTRA time to apply it. There is something so girly and fun about it (men, you will probably never understand so just go ahead and laugh). It can be used to bring out the best features of our faces, women, and the Bible is clear in Proverbs 31 that a woman is too uphold herself beautifully, but, confidently first in who she is to The Lord. “Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the Lord, she shall be praised” (31:30).
Ask yourself what intentions you have with your mornings. Are they preparing you for eternal focus throughout your days? “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Make up your minds.
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