What If You Don’t Need to “Fix” Your Aging Body?

The world tells us it’s the absolute worst thing that can happen to us as women, this process of aging. We’re told it’s something to fight against. That we must work hard to rid ourselves of our wrinkles and gray hairs and sagging skin. That we need to give all of our time and money so we can look like we haven’t aged a day.

Yet God’s Word tells us something very different. It tells us that gray hair is a crown of glory. (Proverbs 16:31) It tells us that charm is deceitful and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who reverently fears the Lord is to be praised. (Proverbs 31:30) It tells us not to lose heart, that although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16) It tells us that these bodies aren’t even our final bodies! We get gloriously perfected ones for all of eternity. (2 Corinthians 5:1-5)

And so I just want to pray for us today. Especially for those who feel ashamed or discouraged by the ways you are showing your age.

Father God, I am so incredibly thankful that the world’s standards aren’t Your standards. We, as finite-minded human beings, love to focus on outward appearances. We define ourselves and one another by what we see. But You look at the heart. And I’m just so thankful that Your Word holds the truth for us that while we may not grow more beautiful by the world’s measures, we absolutely can grow increasingly beautiful according to Your definitions of beauty. And that’s what I pray for us today, Lord.

I pray that we will be some of the most attractive women in the world – not in outward ways that garner human praise, but in how our words and actions leave others wanting to know more about You. I pray for eyes that, though they may be growing dimmer physically, see You more clearly and look on others with more tenderness and mercy. I pray for mouths that, though they may have lips that appear thinner, open wide with grace and speak truth and hope with humility. I pray that behind these no-longer-youthful breasts would beat hearts filled to the brim with Your love for us and our love for You. Hearts that always have room to love others well. I pray that instead of worrying about what people think when they look at our skin with all of its wrinkles and spots and veins and lines, we would simply move towards others with compassionate acts of kindness and service.

While our outward bodies may be getting weaker, I pray that we would possess an incredible inner strength because You have helped us fortify our souls with the hope and truth of Your Word. I pray that we would indeed be renewed day by day. That we would be more peaceful. More grace-filled. More loving. More like You, Jesus. I pray that we would be steadier. Humbler. Kinder. Bolder. Gentler. Wiser. Ever-growing and maturing. Deep wells instead of shallow pools.

I pray that there would be a light in our eyes and an abundance of joy in our hearts and that we would truly be some of the most genuinely beautiful women because of how much we live and love like You, Jesus. Help us see ourselves the way You see us – beloved, chosen, and woven together with beautiful intentionality. And keep reminding us that while the world tells us all of the things we need to “fix” about these aging bodies, You tell us the real secret to true beauty is fixing our eyes on You, Jesus. We become what we behold, and we want to be like You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


I love you, beautiful sisters in Christ, mighty women of God. I’m not saying we can’t color our hair or that we don’t need to take care of ourselves. I’m just reminding our hearts that our worth isn’t found in what we look like… and we have so much more to offer this world than our physical appearance.

Kimberly

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