O.k. Ladies. Here is my dilemma. It is something that I have been struggling with on and off for some time now. I am hoping that some of you can share your opinion with me on this so that I can see how others view our lives as Christian women.
You see, I LOVE being a woman. I mean, besides the obvious burdens we have been blessed with, like child birth (not complaining though, really I'm not) and some of the others... I really do love being a woman. I love the things that we "own", just us, you know... like bubble baths, love stories, cupcakes, and high heels. And even though I used to play G.I. Joe's with my brother growing up, played in the dirt, and STILL love to ride four wheelers in the mud, the older I get, the more I become a "girly girl." You know what I mean? I like to go get a massage. Treat myself to a pedicure. Go shopping with friends and find matching accessories. I love all of it. But there is still something inside of me that pulls at my heart every time I have a woman's day out.
I'm wondering if Girly Girl = Worldly girl.
I mean, look at some of the other cultures. In some countries, women don't even shave their legs. [NO ADAM, I'm not thinking what you're thinking... don't worry.] :)
But really, they aren't worried about putting on makeup, finding the perfect jewelry to match an outfit and what color nail polish they are going to put on. But our culture, our society, lives off of this stuff. So as much as I love to do it, I wonder if something about it doesn't take our minds off of God and place them on the material things of the world without us even realizing it. It is such a tough call for me sometimes.
I'm not so much talking about doing things to take care of yourself and to be attractive to your husband, I'm talking about all of the social standards of fashion that we fall victim to. The gimmicks they use to continue to sell us this stuff. And our undeniable attraction to things that are shiny, sparkly, or in my case, jangly. I often buy jewelry or purses based on the sounds they make. The more jangly, the more I like it.
[I'm weird. I know.]
And I know that the Bible says - "Do not let your beauty be the outward adorning of braiding the hair, and of wearing jewels, or putting on of fine clothing, but in the hidden person of the heart..." - 1 Peter 3:3-4
And believe me, if anybody believes this, it's me. I know that the inside without a doubt is where all beauty comes from. And that God has a different definition for beauty, I think, than we do. But it doesn't change the fact that I embrace being a woman sometimes with the very things that make us different from men. Our hair, our smells, etc. The girly stuff.
So when the girly side of me starts to mean that I play into all of the social standards, spend more and more money, and finally resort to sunglasses that cover my entire face, where do I draw the line?? Ladies, help me out, how do you feel about being a girly girl?