It is very difficult being a woman in today's world. Mothers and daughters both would do well to remember that what the media identifies as being pretty and perfect is not what God sees as beauty. It is hard to watch the commercials and see the movies and the beautiful women on the screen and not compare ourselves with them. We know in our minds that the actresses have had plastic surgery not to mention sitting for hours in front of skilled makeup artists and hair designers. We realize this, but it doesn't make it any easier for us to look into the mirror. This is a daily struggle for all women, including myself, and for many, serves as the frontlines of the battle being waged in and around us.

Women, take heart! Drill into your minds that God made you exactly as you should be. Convince your heart that you are beautiful and worthy in God's eyes. Teach your daughters to do the same! Instill in their young lives of what true beauty really consists. It is important that they hear more of the positive inside the home than they hear of the negative outside the home.

God is bigger than our fears, our faulty mindsets, and our broken hearts. He has the power to stand in front of your mirror and rid it of the monsters within. The key is stepping back and letting Him work in your life. It takes a conscious effort. We can't be free from the chains of insecurity with one quickly uttered prayer. It is a battle that we wage daily.

Next time you find yourself asking," Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who's the fairest of them all", filter through the lies of the monster and listen carefully. If you let God speak to you, you'll hear His voice. "You are, my Princess, my beautiful daughter. You are."

Betsy St. Amant resides in northern Louisiana with her newly wed husband, Brandon. She is currently attending Louisiana Baptist University with a major in Christian Communications and is actively pursuing a career in inspirational writing. You can contact her at Angelkiss216@bellsouth.net.