You should be so much more. You are made to be so much more.

Yet lately, I see you spend all your time with this dear friend, Pretty.

I have nothing against her. Pretty is good. She puts a smile on almost everybody’s faces. I even have nothing against her make-ups nor all the skin care routine she recommends. In fact, I am doing them all too. I love learning the art of it. It makes me happy too.

But at the end of the day, when Pretty leaves, makeup washes off and face all clear, here comes you. Who are you going to be?

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smart

You are not just a pretty face but you are full of wisdom too. I can’t overemphasize how pleasing it is to be a woman who speaks life changing thoughts. A pretty face attracts people, wise thoughts make someone grow. Invest on reading. Expand your library of ideas. Spend time with older wiser people and really listen from them. Ask questions.

Learn from their stories of victories and be all the more interested in their stories of heartaches. While some lessons can be learned in successes, some things can only truly be understood through pain and disappointments. Resolve to build your own storyline too. Resolve that one day, you’ll also sit with people who are genuinely interested in learning from your story.

And that’s not just because of a pretty face. These people found you. They found a heartbeat the same as yours — seeking, growing, hurting and blooming. All the more loving. 

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You are not just a pretty face but you are full of grace and compassion. Dear girlfriend, just like how you plan your shopping with those trending clothes, bags, and shoes — be also boldly intentional in blessing people. You are made to be a blessing. Bless someone a movie ticket, treat someone for a meal, give to a stranger with a cheerful heart. Do not just pray to have more blessings but let your heart cry out to become THE blessing.

Be a turning point to someone else’s life. Be that one who gives in the pool of people who only like to receive. Shower kindness in your face and hands.

Through it all, be the woman who chooses to rejoice with others victories, knowing that God is also doing something great in your story.

Through it all, be the woman who chooses to rejoice with others victories — knowing that God is also creating something great in your story.

Through it all, be the woman who is gentle with words and actions. Someone who doesn’t just jump into judgments but someone who is quick to listen and slow to speak. Someone who loves with grace and doesn’t look at the past with condemnation and shame.

Through it all, be the woman who chooses to serve in the pool of ladies who want to be great.

Through it all, be the woman who doesn’t just attract people by a pretty face but all the more by her kind soul. A pretty face can attract, a kind soul can make someone stay.

everything

“Am I also pretty? Will I ever be pretty? Pretty? Pretty?”

You are not just pretty. You are not just that thousand bill dress which you will just use for one long night of a crazy party.

You wear joy and not insecurity.

You are everything God has called you to be. No matter how impossible it may seem. Keep pursuing. Keep doing. Even if you no longer see what’s ahead of you, keep trusting.

There will be so much more than pretty.

You are pretty everything that Someone believes worthy to die for.

You are pretty everything that Someone believes worthy to forgive every single day.

You are pretty everything that Someone believes worthy to love greatly and endlessly.

You are pretty smart, pretty gentle and gracious, pretty loved, pretty worthy of everything. But you will never be just “pretty.”

You are more.

4 thoughts on “You Are More Than Just a Pretty Face

  1. Nish says:

    Thank you very much for the encouraging words of wisdom sister Joena. Continue to be a blessing to everyone. ^_^

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