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Better than Botox

10 Jul

Phyllis DillerPhyllis Diller’s self-deprecating humor (when she kept it clean) often made me (Dawn) laugh. She once said,  “My photographs don’t do me justice ~ they just look like me.” I’ve used that line myself on occasion.

Arlene Pellicane wrote about Diller in one chapter of her book, 31 Days to a Younger You. [Note: You can get Arlene’s book at love-wise under “Books/Products by Other Authors.”]

Discussing the topic of “Plastic Surgery, Botox, and Other Modern Marvels,” Pellicane began by sharing some of Diller’s humor, noting that the comedian was never one to conceal her facelifts.

“Her one liners about plastic surgery brought her fame and endeared her to women and plastic surgeons alike,” Arlene said.

“Punch lines like:

  • The only parts left of my original body are my elbows.
  • My Playtex Living bra died … of starvation.
  • I never made Who’s Who, but I’m featured in What’s That?” (1) 

I (Dawn) have found that some  women have unrealistic expectations about plastic surgery and other external “miracle” procedures to procure “beauty.” Those who believe all the advertising and hype about beauty fail to understand that physical beauty won’t last, but true inner beauty is both attractive and eternal.

Arlene doesn’t condemn botox or other procedures, but she does offer words of wisdom.

“Having cosmetic surgery will change your appearance, but it won’t change your life,” she Women with Inner Beatysaid. “Friend, if you’re not enough without plastic surgery, you’ll never be enough with it. You were lovingly and beautifully created by God. If you feel insecure about your appearance, the true transformation of beauty will first happen in your mind and heart, not on the surgery table.” (2)

I am tempted to stop right there. Arlene said it all. We are awed by women with true, inner beauty. Refined by their Creator and Heavenly Father, joy radiates from their lives.

I’m just going to add some scriptures to encourage you, if you struggle with your appearance. (All are in the English Standard Version.)

  • …For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7b)
  • I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
  • Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.  (Proverbs 31:30)
  • So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
  • Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  (1 Peter 3:3-4)

Arlene concludes her book with these words, “Looking and feeling younger is about accepting your appearance, embracing your God-given age, and doing your best to improve your assets. Hear the voice of your heavenly Father as He looks at you, His daughter, and proclaims, ‘Good.’ … You are a luminous work in progress.”

Luminous. I like that.

We are told to let our “light” shine so others will glorify the Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). So, shine, Friend … you are BEAUTIFUL!

(1) Arlene Pellicane, 31 Days to a Younger You: No surgery, No Diets, No Kidding (Harvest House Publishers, 2010), p. 97

(2) ibid, p. 98

UR Gorgeous in God’s Eyes

15 Feb

Cross-eyedOpossum--HeidiYou might be a Redneck, if you think fast food is hitting a ‘possum at 65 mph.

“How many hillbillies does it take to eat a ‘possum?

“Two. One to eat, and one to watch for cars.”

Heidi, a cross-eyed opossum, is Germany’s newest animal “sensation” (following Knut the polar bear and Paul the octopus). The celebrity ‘possum already has more than 180,000 Facebook fans ~ and that’s twice the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel! Heidi was moved from a Denmark zoo to Germany, and will be on public display in July.

Last year, Paul the Octopus gained celebrity and international headlines when he correctly predicted the winner in each of Germany’s World Cup soccer matches. Germans are hoping cross-eyed Heidi will also “see” the winners at sports events and delight the world. This funny-looking little creature is going to have a special purpose!

Having a “funny face” isn’t a good thing, said the star of the movie, Black Swan ~ Ukrainian actress Mila Kunis. In fact, she was bullied! [Note: I am not endorsing Kunis, nor her acting or lifestyle, here …  just discussing her words about appearance.]

“I had a funny-looking face when I was little,” Kunis told Britain’s OK magazine, quoted by the Daily Mail. “I had like big eyes, big lips, big ears. But when I was little, I was constantly being made fun of for having big eyes, and that was awful.  I used to come home crying, ‘Why do I have big eyes?’ And my parents were like, ‘You’re crazy!’

“I’ve learned it wasn’t a bad thing to be picked on,” she said, and says she “grew into her face. But Kunis admits that when she was little, it seemed awful, “like it’s the end of the world.” *

I remembered my own hate for certain body parts as a young girl. It didn’t help that my dad called my size-10 feet “gunboats.” My flat chest, at that time, was described as Continue reading

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