In her book on femininity, Rebekah Merkle describes the “deeply ingrained trait” of beautifying that God has built into women. I am thankful, specifically, for my mom and my wife, and their commitment to cultivating beauty within, without, and around them. The following is a quote from Merkle’s book where she describes different ways that women, who are the glory of man (1 Cor 11:7), glorify. I’ve had the privilege of seeing all this close up for as long as I can remember.
“We do it in small things like when we take an unholy looking bachelor pad and turn it into a beautiful home, or when we take a paycheck and turn it into a hot meal on the table that looks and smells and tastes amazing. Women are built to enflesh. To translate. Sometimes we do it without thinking, and sometimes we just can’t help it. We can take the love of a man and woman and turn it into a fat little baby – a separate and distinct living picture of the oneness of his parents. We show our innate desire to beautify when we fix our hair, put on makeup, care about our clothes or our homes. We translate and enflesh when we take an abstract command like “hospitality” and turn it into a party with great music and good food. we embody, we enflesh, we multiply, and we transform cultures. Eve is fruitfulness” (Rebekah Merkle, Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity (Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 2016), Kindle Locations 1067 of 1952)