This week I have felt very tired, and my face shows it.  There are dark circles under my dull eyes, my skin is worn, and the corners of my mouth droop.  

Each morning, I go through my normal spruce up routine and for a few hours, I can fake the feeling of energy and joy.  But, by the time I am heading home from work, my makeup is rubbed off, my hair is flat, and my clothes are rumpled.  This is the version of me that I drag home to the most important people in my life, my husband and children.

So a couple days ago, I came across this passage for wives in 1 Peter chapter 3:3-4.

“Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes. Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.” 

So, that morning I started the routine of packing a little bag of makeup so that I could touch up my face before heading home in the afternoon.  Two minutes in the bathroom at work, revitalizes me to head home with a smile and an expectancy of a fun night with my family!

Even though, I know that my inner beauty is what most represents God’s love, I feel like a little attention to my outer beauty makes me a better wife and mom.  By making an effort to freshen up for them, I show my husband and kids that I love them and that I want to look and be my best for them.  Even in my fatigue this week, I want them to see a gentle and quiet spirit in me that is putting God first and them a dear second.

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