Today a domestic violence victim needs your help. It is difficult to explain how desperate a situation can become, how devastated a life can become, when a person does not have the means to defend themselves legally. A mother of two is in deep need of legal assistance and is currently homeless, jobless, and without money. She has less than two more weeks in a safe house, and her husband has taken one of her children. She can do nothing legally until she is able to retain an attorney. I have started a Go Fund Me account in hopes of helping this mom have some sort of chance. Legal Assistance for a Victim of Domestic Violence.
If love is patient and kind, what is beauty? What does it mean to be truly beautiful, anyway? Is it glowing skin, doe eyes, a lush head of hair, or a swimsuit-ready body? All those things are beautiful, for sure. But what is true beauty?
True beauty is not found in eyes that look upon others with contempt and hatred.
True beauty is not found in lips that speak cruel words to others, especially to their loved ones.
True beauty is not found in hands that curl into fists and are used to cause others harm.
True beauty is not found in those whose goal it is to destroy the lives and happiness of others.
All the physical beauty and material riches mean nothing and may as well be the decoration of a rotting corpse if the “beautiful” person makes a habit of being cruel to others. Abusive people are decaying on the inside and their behavior creates wide-spread destruction all around them.
True beauty does not exist amongst those who are cruel and unjust.
Yes, witnessing domestic violence in action makes me angry and sad. It makes me wish there were more ways to help. It makes me wish there were more people like Audrey Hepburn, who said:
“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms.
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Today my prayer is that we all will go out and cultivate true beauty. It starts in your own heart.