More Beautiful With Age

It’s all downhill from here.  At least that’s what a new study from QVC initially had me think.  The study finds that women are most attractive at age 31, and since that big day is here for me, I best enjoy the year.

I can agree with part of the survey–at 31 I’m happiest with how I look than ever before. I’ve come a long way since last year when, instead of approaching 30 with assurance, I admitted how unattractive I felt, and in all honesty, unhappy.  It’s amazing how hormones can warp a mind!  But this year, I view myself differently, with more confidence and contentment.  I am pleased with the progress I’ve made physically, but there is more to beauty than mere physical appearance.  As I read over my post from last year after just having a new baby,  I thought to myself, “How could I not find myself beautiful then?”  There is nothing more beautiful than a mother holding a new baby.

And while I feel at my most beautiful now, I have no plans to peak at 31.  I can’t put my stock in QVC’s survey; I know for a fact that a woman’s attractiveness only grows as she ages.

I look at my mother, a woman who gives of herself over and over, who takes to heart the example of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, and I am overwhelmed by such beauty.  When I look at the face of a woman who spent the whole evening helping her daughter care for three children while her husband was gone, a woman who found the energy in spite of sheer exhaustion to laugh at a little two-year-old who scurried downstairs at 10:30 p.m. wearing two shirts, three dresses, and a pair of pants, I know that women get more beautiful with age.

I look at my mother-in-law, a woman who insists on gathering her family to her whenever she can, who strives to keep us all close to her heart, and through her love I see true beauty.  When I look at the face of a woman who laughs and takes delight in the chaos of trying to snap one good picture with the grandchildren, a woman who knows that family is the greatest blessing God gives us, even while the rest of us (or just me) grow impatient inside, I know that women get more beautiful with age.

I look at Dot, a woman who exemplifies humility and grace through the unassuming way she serves her whole community, a woman who never draws attention to herself, and I doubt if I could ever attain such beauty.  When I look at the face of a woman who has supported me throughout the years with her presence or words of affirmation, a woman who has shown me how to treat others kindly and sincerely, I know that women get more beautiful with age.

And when my husband looks back at a picture of me from our wedding day, I hope he can think, “I thought this day was when Jennifer was her most beautiful…

…but I was wrong. She only got more beautiful with age.”

44 thoughts on “More Beautiful With Age

  1. I am humbled by your beautiful words. And, i thank my God that 31 years ago this day, He blessed me with you, my precious daughter. Happy Birthday to you, Jennifer. You ARE beautiful, inside and out, and may the Lord shine His face upon you today and everyday. I love you more than you could ever imagine . My cup overfloweth with joy,
    ♥ Mom

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  2. Thank you Jennifer, you are an inspiration and a blessing to so many people and definitely to me. I hope your birthdays just keep getting better and better each year.

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  3. You have been beautiful through all your ages … as a baby as an adolescent and now in your old age,
    (ha ha) and you have a beautiful heart. I know so much of your mother has rubbed off on you. Gosh, sometimes I wish I was a woman!

    love
    Dad

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  4. Thank you Jennifer for the sweet words. Yes, God has truly blessed me with the most wonderful family and I spend every minute I can with all of you. I love you all so much. “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desies of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

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  5. Thank you for all the kind comments and birthday wishes! I am truly blessed with such wonderful women in my life!

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  6. *sniff, sniff* <wiping tears away> (seriously)

    I only read the first line (or maybe it was a tweet) several days ago and have been thinking about it since… I'm way past 31 and don't feel as pretty as I did then. I was agreeing with QVC and feeling a little ugly (also PMSing), but I'm SO glad I made the time to read the rest of your post today! Your words are SO encouraging! Thank you!!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad the post helped. And I'm being completely serious–I never would have thought you were “way past 31” from your cute gravatar!

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