Aging is an inevitable fact of life. Some embrace it and others fight it. The Bible tells us aging is a gift and a blessing. Have you known an older woman who just radiates grace and beauty despite gray hair and wrinkles?

Dolores del Rio was the first Mexican actress to be successful in Hollywood. Dolores is one of the world’s most beautiful women in the late 20s through the 60s. Playwright George Bernard Shaw said, “The two most beautiful things in the world are the Taj Mahal and Dolores del Río.”

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Dolores had a refreshing outlook on beauty and aging: “Exercise, diet, beauty treatments, these things are all a complete waste of time because everyone must get older. If women were more sensible they would cease going to beauty parlors for facials and would instead lie down quietly in the peace of their bedrooms for the same length of time and arise more beautiful in face and more peaceful in spirit. The fact that I’m aging makes me a part of life, a part of the bigger scheme of existence… It is my mind, not my body, that I am trying to preserve, because it is through the mind that I can stay young.”

“Take care of your inner beauty, your spiritual beauty, and that will reflect in your face. We have the face we created over the years. Every bad deed, every bad fault will show on your face. God can give us beauty and genes can give us our features, but whether that beauty remains or changes is determined by our thoughts and deeds.”

Embrace your own unique beauty in every season of life as you consider these Bible verses on aging.

Proverbs 31:25, New International Version: “She is a woman of strength and dignity and has no fear of old age.”

Proverbs 16:31, English Standard Version: “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.

Proverbs 20:29, The Message: “Youth may be admired for vigor, but gray hair gives prestige to old age.”

1 Peter 3:4, English Standard Version: “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”

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