Beauty 101

Beauty: to adorn; to beautify or embellish.

The word beauty is used to express what is pleasing to the senses. Beauty is an assemblage of graces, or an assemblage of properties in the form of the person or any other object, which pleases the eye. It is hardly possible to define all the properties which constitute beauty, because beauty consists in whatever pleases the eye of the beholder.

I am not one for beauty simply for the purpose of vanity, but more for the pleasure of pleasing my husband. My husband is my lord in the same way that Sarah called Abraham her lord. I want to do what pleases my lord and I know that it pleases him when I look my best. I have gotten a little lazy in the area of looking my best…I am guilty of not fixing my hair, or putting on makeup. I have also gotten into the habit of dressing in tee- shirts and sweats.

My reasoning for not getting dressed up is, “If I’m in the house homemaking all day why should I get all dressed up and run the risk of dirtying something pretty?” But just a few weeks ago I began thinking “Why have the nice clothes, if not to wear them for my husband?” I couldn’t come up with a logical reason as to why I make it a priority to dress up to go everywhere, but into the presence of my lord (husband).

Esther 1:11
“Bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on.”

So a few weeks ago I began a beautification process that consists of skin care, hair care and adornment. As a result of this decision I have been blessed beyond measure. My husband’s face lights up, with a smile from ear to ear, as soon as he sees me. And each morning the children hug me and tell me how pretty I look. My youngest son rubs my dress while telling me “You look pretty mommy”. And all of this has made me an even happier wife and mother.

So beauty, armed with virtue, bows the soul

With a commanding, but sweet control

I hadn’t even factored in how much pleasure it would bring my children. They are the ones who see me the majority of the day. I hadn’t comprehended that the way that I present myself to them each day was shaping their perspective for the future.
My children will remember how I looked pretty each day even as a stay at home mom. I want to set an example that they can be proud of. I don’t want to give my sons the impression that stays at home wives neglect their looks. And I want my daughters to look upon homemaking with admiration and reverence; therefore I am committed to putting forth my best for them and their father.

Job 40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty

Outer beauty by it’s self is not my goal, it’s simply a fraction of my role as a women, wife and mother. The day that I married my husband I took great care in preparing myself for him and I am recommitting myself to making my outer beauty a priority.

Esther 2 :12
The young women were given beauty treatments for one whole year. The first six months their skin was rubbed with olive oil and myrrh, and the last six months it was treated with perfumes and cosmetics.

Psalm 45:11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him.


  1. Earthmommy says

    This was a great post! I am the same way….having gotten into the habit of weraing my jeans and sweatshirts around the house. After I read this I thought, my hubby is out working hard all day for me, so the least I can do is look my best for him.


  2. Country Girl At Heart says

    Forgive me for the spelling errors in my response. I just got out of bed and I am not fully awake.

    The last line should read:

    Thanks ladies for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.


  3. Country Girl At Heart says

    Becky~I would not mind at all. I am glad to know that others are concerned with this topic. Sometimes it’s hard for me even to keep up this habit. It seems foreign and unnatural.

    Elizabeth~I really enjoy reading your blog, especially the “finishing school”. I enjoy the adventure of reviving traditional foundations of homemaking.

    Thanks ladies fro stoppin by and sharing your thoughts.


  4. Becky says

    This is another excellent post! Very timely as always. I have been feeling very frumpy lately and wondering at my total lack of self-care. This was a topic of discussion on a homeschool group I am a part of in the last week as well. If you don’t mind, I would like to share the link to this blog with them??



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