Sunday, November 16, 2008

Captivating

"The King is enthralled by your beauty." -Psalm 45:11

My girlfriends and I are currently reading the book Captivating, by John & Stasi Eldridge, and I am completely taken aback by some of the powerful statements they make about the essence of being female. One passage in particular really made me smile in its truth.....it reads:

"Remember twirling skirts? Most little girls go through a season where they will not wear anything if it does not twirl (and if it sparkles, so much better!). Dime store beads are priceless jewels; hand-me-down pumps are glass slippers. Once dressed, they dance around the house or preen in front of a mirror. Their young hearts intuitively want to know that they are lovely. Some will ask with words, "Am I lovely?" Others will simply ask with their eyes. verbal or not, whether wearing a shimmery dress or covered in mud, all little girls want to know."

I loved this passage because I remember twirling around the house in my prettiest dress-up dresses and pretending to go out on dates with my dad. Why is it that little girls long to be the princess of some great fairy tale? Because (as the author puts it)- "we desire to possess a beauty that is worth pursuing, worth fighting for, a beauty that is core to who we truly are."

I snapped this picture of Bella as she twirled around her room, totally unaware that I was following her and watching her dance with joy. She is so beautiful to me- and even more beautiful to her Creator. I pray every day that Bella will see the true beauty that God has created inside of her.

To me, she is breathtakingly captivating.

2 comments:

emily morgan said...

There is no doubt about it, Isabella is absolutely CAPTIVATING!! My little princess is most definitely worth pursuing. I too pray for Bella everyday that as she grows older she will come to see the beauty of who God created her to be, that (like it says in 1 Peter 3:3-4, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, 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."

~Em
AKA: Aunt Emily

Mom said...

I love the book Captivating! Bri, I remember like it was just yesterday watching you twirl around in your fanciest dress before you and Dad headed off for your Father /Daughter dances with Indian Princesses. You have always capitavated our hearts. Isabella is precious like her Mommy. As she discovers how beautiful she is to the God who made her..she will will begin to feel really beautiful!! Hugs to all.
Love,
Mom