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Hello it is Friday, January 14, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.


Many years ago, Wendell and I were visiting an old friend of his in central Oregon. We were invited to stay in their home, and they were going to show us around to some of the town’s attractions.


The first morning after breakfast, when everyone else was ready, the lady of the house retreated to her bedroom to get ready. Ten minutes went by. Then 20. Then 30. An hour went by and still no sign of her. I began to get a bit restless. Wendell’s friend explained that his wife was “doing her face.” As we approached the 2-hour mark, she came out, ready to hit the town. Two hours!


According to scienceofpeople.com, an estimated 44 percent of American women do not leave their homes without makeup. Those 44 percent of women believe that if they show their natural, untouched face, they will not be able to accomplish either of those things, and they will be treated differently. It turns out there is some science to back up the fears driving them to wear makeup every day.


Women have it drilled into them from a young age that to be successful in everything, from dating to job interviews to forming friendships with other popular girls, they need to be pretty, and the basis for that is not entirely cultural. It may not be fair, but according to the Association for Psychological Science, attractive people are treated more favorably in every area of life, from dating to jobs to criminal trials. (source: scienceofpeople.com/makeup/)


Throughout all of time we have had this deep-seeded desire to look better, to look prettier.


The beauty industry is absolutely exploding. It is valued at 445 billion dollars right now and it is expected to reach 800 billion dollars in the next five years. And it is all against the backdrop of the social media Revolution. Some people are capitalizing on this by selling fake versions of popular Cosmetics products. Most of the fake stuff comes from China and a majority of that is made in clandestine labs, some of which are completely filthy. Counterfeit Cosmetics have tested positive for known carcinogens. Animal feces, rat droppings, and horse urine, have all been detected in these counterfeit cosmetics. Most of it is sold online. It's almost a frantic desire for the latest thing in Beauty. Some women are paying a hefty price. One woman used lipstick that had a type of super glue in it. Her lips were glued together. (Source: Broken, the documentary)


Makeup can have a negative impact on your health. It can cause acne, pink eye, headaches, premature aging, blisters, hormonal imbalance, skin discoloration, rashes, even cancer! According to curejoy.com avoid products with the following ingredients:

· Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives (quaternium-15, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3 diol)

· Phenacetin

· Coal tar

· Benzene

· Untreated or mildly treated mineral oils

· Ethylene oxide

· Chromium

· Cadmium and its compounds

· Arsenic

· Crystalline silica (or quartz)


European women and men, between the 15th to the 18th century, used a cream made from white lead and vinegar to achieve the “dead white” look which was all the rage. Venetian ceruse, a type of lead-based make up and skin-whitener, was popular amongst the wealthy during this period because of its superior coverage and smooth finish. Queen Elizabeth I was known to paint her face with it to cover her smallpox scars. But the side effects of this toxic cosmetic included skin discoloration, erosion of dental enamel, hair loss, and illness. Lead-filled makeup made many people sick and, in at least one case, caused death. The use of lead-based cosmetics goes back hundreds of years. Women of ancient Greece and Rome whitened their skin with powders and creams made out of lead. (Source: strangermains.com)


It is astounding, the amount of time and money, some women put in to making themselves “prettier”.


I DO NOT want to offend anyone who uses makeup! That is not my point here. I use a bit of makeup myself when I am going to be in crowds, or filming. But I have never been one to use a lot of makeup. Firstly, I do not have the patience to stand in front of a mirror for longer than 2 or 3 minutes! That is the truth. Secondly, makeup is not cheap. However, I think the main reason is something my mom taught me when I was a very young girl. Beauty comes from within.


“Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV


You can spend 2 hours in the bathroom applying makeup, but if you are a selfish person, mean-spirited, rude, or crass, no one sees it. All they see is your actions.


It is not sin to dress nicely or to wear makeup! What matters is your motive.


The Bible tells us not to focus on our outward appearance but to focus on what is inside our heart.


“As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.” Proverbs 27:19 NKJV


The Bible tells us that if we are claiming to be a follower of Christ, our outward appearance should reflect modesty.


“…women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.” 1 Timothy 2:9-10 NKJV


God does not want us using our money to buy expensive things to put on the outside. He has entrusted us with money, and we should be good stewards of what God has entrusted us with. Proverbs 31:25 tell us that “Strength and honor are her clothing”.


We were made in the image of God. The Bible tells us that we are wonderfully made!


“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139:14 NKJV


When I was a kid we had a piece of paper on the fridge, held in place with a magnet. It read: “I know I’m somebody, ‘cause God don’t make no junk!!”


Indeed, we are not junk. We are beautiful creations of the Almighty God. Our beauty comes from knowing Him. Our beauty comes from living the life He wants for us, filled with love and joy and kindness towards others. We should not be worried about what we look like to others. We should only be worried about what we look like to Him.


“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25 NKJV


Indeed, life is more than clothing and I pray that every woman reading this can embrace the fact that we are immensely loved by God. I pray that each woman reading this can be more like the woman described in Proverbs 31.


…she…willingly works with her hands.

She is like the merchant ships; she brings her food from afar.

She also rises while it is yet night, and provides food for her household…

She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms.

She perceives that her merchandise is good, and her lamp does not go out by night.

She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hand holds the spindle.

She extends her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of snow for her household, for all her household is clothed with scarlet.

She makes tapestry for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple…

She makes linen garments and sells them and supplies sashes for the merchants.

Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.

She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness…

…beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised…” Proverbs 31:13-31 NKJV

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