He forgives your sins—every one. He heals your diseases—every one. He redeems you from hell—saves your life! He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown. He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence.
Ahhhh…beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Surrender is the key to inner beauty. Fake beauty fades quickly leaving one empty, but true beauty beautifies everything in its path. When you are walking with God there are no empty promises. When there are no empty promises then your inner being is taken care of. You feel refreshed and with purpose every day. When your inner being is healed and whole, you find yourself wanting to help others feel this way to.
Beauty is everything. Why? Because God is beauty. He is marvelous light. He is salvation. He is The Healer. He restores. He provides. He waits. He leads. He guides. All of these things my friends are beautiful things.
God created us in His image, therefore we need to really accept that we are beautiful, no matter what the world’s standards are. This is the fourth blog about beauty I have written this week and I now feel more beautiful than ever as God has revealed it’s meaning to me. I now can accept that I am beautiful not because a magazine tells me so, but because I know God says so.
Accepting who we are in Christ can sometimes be a difficult thing. We may have grown up in a family where we told that we were too fat or too skinny. Maybe we were told that we would never be as pretty as the girls in the magazines. It’s hard to accept our own unique beauty when those around us are telling us the exact opposite.
This is where a tight relationship with God is the key to our success stories. When we become so involved with God and what He thinks of us, nothing else matters anymore. We are not moved by the opinions of others or bound to our past by chains of put-downs.
Begin today to see yourself like God does. Go ahead, stare deep into that mirror. Keep looking until you see yourself for the beautiful person you were created to be. Stop listening to the lies and believe that God says you are beautiful.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.
Ever meet someone who you just think is the greatest only to become disappointed later? Often as humans, we put people on pedestals and then wonder why they fall at some point. We set standards for certain individuals that they may never attain. Perhaps we even get jealous of who they are or the position they have until we finally get the revelation that they are just as human as we are.
Why do we do that? It’s hard enough living up to our own expectations let alone the higher ones of those around us. There are times when I devalue my life so much I often wonder why I bother to blog or work on my books. I sometimes get so discouraged that I just want to give up and then suddenly I will get a word of encouragement from someone and it keeps me going. I guess my point in all of this is simple, we only have one standard to meet and that’s Gods.
The Bible says clearly in Romans 3:23 that we ALL fall short of the glory and thank goodness for grace! What this simply means is that we are all in the same race just with different talents and gifts. We all have the same mission, to seek the lost and share the Good News with them. Why do we make something that is so simple, so very difficult?
The beauty of God can work miracles in the lives around us if we only learn to surrender to what He has in store for us. If we allow Him to connect the dots and turn our scars into beauty marks then we can’t take any of the credit. Once we begin to see that the beauty of what God does in a persons life lasts longer than any temporary fix we can get, we begin to see that without God we are empty vessels without purpose. Once we choose to let God do all the work, our life becomes a resemblance of Jesus.
Is it time to start pinching bodies? I mean just to see who is real and who’s not. If God is working in a persons life the beauty just emanates from them in the way they act and talk. When someone is really just out for their own glory, the beauty fades. People grow tired of empty promises and watching people fail. Lasting beauty requires commitment and I know that I know that I know, God is for you and will provide every inner beauty treatment you will ever need.
1 Peter 3:3-6
] The same goes for you wives: Be good wives to your husbands, responsive to their needs. There are husbands who, indifferent as they are to any words about God, will be captivated by your life of holy beauty. What matters is not your outer appearance—the styling of your hair, the jewelry you wear, the cut of your clothes—but your inner disposition.
How many times to we hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder? How many more times do we feel like we have no beauty..inner or outer? Society paints this picture of what beauty should be when in reality it never measures up for the ordinary people. We should feel beauty everywhere we go when we are in Christ. In some cases He has brought us through the worst of valleys into marvelous light but we for some reason can only see the darkness because of others reactions to our lives.
Love turns pain into beauty. This I know for a fact. How you ask? I have a husband who with the love of God has brought me back to life. Now I am not saying that my former husband did not love me or find me attractive, it just was hidden under years of turmoil. As the drug addiction progressed, my former husband lost sight of what love really was and it became very warped for me. I lost sense of who I really was and I felt everything but beauty inside or out.
When I say beauty is God’s I simply mean He created us in His likeness and He is beauty beyond any compare, therefore, if we are created in His image, we are beautiful. Life can throw us some tough punches sometimes but God turns all those into beauty marks. We are stronger after the pain and so long as we keep looking to God for the provision and answers, He will continue to grow us stronger and give us inner beauty.
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.
How many times do we change our appearance throughout our vapor of time here on earth? We change our hair color. We choose to wear different wardrobes. We cut our hair in a multitude of ranges. We change the way we wear our makeup. We gain weight, we lose it. The funny thing, it is so easy to change our outward look, yet we struggle with changing our insides. If I was to paint a frog hot pink for instance, it would change his appearance, but underneath the new color there would still be a frog. We often use changing our hair color, getting tattoos and piercings and dressing differently to fit who we think we are when in reality, we need to change on the inside.
I am a product of change. Changing my appearance made me feel better. I would cut my hair short and be miserable for weeks until it grew back out. I would try a mirage of makeup combinations, never really finding the right look. Finally a close friend of mine shared with me how we try to look better on the outside just to make it feel better on the inside. Hmmm…took some time to think this over and it was very true in my life. Every time things were going wrong, I had this sudden urge to change my hair color. Each time depression set in, black was my new favorite color to wear. When things were really bad, I wore more makeup to hide the inside me from the outside world. How ugly things were on the inside was never to be seen by family and friends. I kept the struggling me deep down inside, away from the reality of my life. Too bad I could not hid the feelings too.
This goes along with the theory I had that if everything looked good on the outside, no one would know how much I was really struggling. I had two kids, worked full time and a husband who was addicted to drugs. We did all the things other families did and so many were shocked when my husband and I separated. I assure you some saw it coming, but most just could not fathom why we were not together any more. I just knew that at some point the real me had to stand up and be accounted for. The real me was yearning to be the Jesus Freak I was longing to become. My broken heart needed mending and breaking out of the shell I had created was the first step in finding me.
Now that I have found me, I change my color less often. I chose to trim and not cut it off. My makeup has a pattern and my dress code reflects the me I really am. Yes I have those moments when I stand in the aisle at the store with my hand on the box of red hair dye and the bright florescent eye shadow, but a peace falls over me and moves me into the place where I am accepted and free and I choose the appropriate color for a girl my age. Funny how we work things out once we are committed to God in our life. I am no longer trying to hide from the world and pretending to be someone I am not. I like to fit it, but I do it with my own flare and stop myself from bending into the unreality which sometimes surrounds me. Maybe this is the moment in time for you to find the real you. Perhaps it’s time to uncover the beauty underneath it all and step into a whole new realm of being who you are designed to be.