Mary has two great kids, ages 12 and 10, and spends most of her time going to practices and games. She has been working at Calvary Chapel for 6 years and walking with the Lord for 20 years. Mary was married to a wonderful man, but the Lord took him to heaven about 6 ½ years ago.
When do you feel beautiful?
“I feel beautiful when my whole self is submitted to Jesus and I am allowing the fruits of the Holy Spirit to flow through me. When I feel so close to Him, and I know He’s using my life to help and encourage others, that’s when I feel the most beautiful.”
How has our culture’s definition of beauty effected you?
“There have been times where the perfect image portrayed by the culture has made me feel physically unattractive or inferior, but I have to remind myself of the Truth. Some of the most physically attractive people, are some of the worst role models and most miserable people of our society. They truly aren’t beautiful and I think deep down they know it.”
What do you wish women knew about real beauty?
“The truth; it’s so contrary to what our culture is telling us is beautiful. What we can nurture, regardless of how our bodies change, is our relationship with God. That’s what will endure and last. I wish all my sister’s would recognize that it is really the heart that makes a woman beautiful. Loving the unlovable, showing kindness, going the extra mile, and giving out of your own need, that’s really what beauty is.”
What do you think God finds beautiful in a woman?
“Our complete surrender to His Lordship. You can search the whole world and try everything out and you will always come back to Jesus. Nothing compares to knowing Him as your friend. He really is the most beautiful one in the world. In His presence is fullness of joy. Not partial, not half fullness. When we have that we lack nothing.”