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Beauty is Already in the Ashes

Isaiah 61:3
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.

What does grace look like?  Where is it found?  How do we apply it to our own identity?  Who defines who we really are? Society? Friends? Family? Significant others? Neighbors? Ourselves?  What about God?  Do we ever allow Him to define who we are?  Chances are the answer is no.  So often we seek approval from others around us whom we think we can trust.  We search out the answers to life by probing our closest friends who are connected to God when in all reality we should be talking straight to the One who is our Provider, our Healer and foremost our Creator.  Who should know us better than the one who created us out of love?

This world we live in is just filled with standards and not many of them even measure up to God.  We only can scratch the surface of the definition of beauty.  The dictionary defines beauty as:

the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

It says beauty brings intense pleasure to the mind.  Hmmmm, let’s explore this for a moment.  Who defines intense pleasure?  Who really sets the standards?  Here again we look to media and others for the answers when we really should be looking at the Bible and choosing to live by His standards.

1 Peter 3:3-4
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 

God loves us just as we are.  Not because of how we dress or the makeup we choose for the day.  He does not see the outward appearances we carry around even though that seems to be our focus on a daily basis.  We try so hard to please those around us that we lose out on what God has for us.  Often the focus goes too far and then we begin to compare ourselves with those around us who we think are better than we are.  We look to super models and actresses as if they define beauty for the whole world.  Why do we do this to ourselves?

God created beauty from ashes.  He called us to reside with Him and He knows we are beautiful.  He sees our hearts and that my friends is all that matters.  If you are reading this and tears are beginning to flow, it’s because the Father is asking you to see your beauty.  He is asking you to surrender all of your insecurities to Him right now and allow Him to show you the beauty that is already in the ashes.  He is asking you to see yourself through His eyes.  When He looks at you all He sees is beauty.  Stop destroying yourself by judging what you see in the mirror, I assure it is not what God sees.  The next time you stand at the mirror, ask to see Jesus in your eyes.

Dear friends, beauty is truly in the heart and nowhere else.  It’s not on the movie screen.  It is not on the cover of the latest magazine.  It is not what your friends define it to be.  It is not what your spouse even sees.  Beauty is more than skin deep, it’s heart deep.  It is the very core of who you are.  Are you ready to allow God to let you see yourself exactly how He does?  Then go now to the closest mirror and ask to see Jesus.  If you trust in Him, He will show you.

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Total Trust

Isaiah 40:31
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint.

TRUST

1.reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
2.confident expectation of something; hope.
3.confidence in the certainty of future payment for property or goods received; credit: to sell merchandise on trust.
4.a person on whom or thing on which one relies: God is my trust.
What does it really mean to trust in the Lord?  How do we know from day to day our needs will be met?  Do you struggle with making sense of storms in your life?  Can you truly say you trust God?  I know, tough questions, yet the answer is so simple: YES God is in control and asking about trust when it comes to God should be a no brainer, but the flesh in all of us sees the world and have our doubts.  A few years back I would have to honestly say, my trust in the Lord was weak, sure I trusted Him as in the first defintion…I relied on Him and then the second I had hope and I also knew I had a place in Heaven as the third one indicates.  However, that last one, well, I did more relying on me, not God for awhile. What are we afraid of?
I think I was afraid of letting go because I was the one who had gotten myself into the mess I was in and why would God want to just pull me out if I had not learned my lesson? Well, in reality the lesson was two-fold.  First, I needed to pinch myself and see that I was flesh and capable of making mistakes which meant I needed some forgiveness of myself.  Secondly I needed to learn just how much God really loved me and if He went back to get the one lost sheep, surely He was looking for me.  At the end of my 18 years of wandering around in the desert, I was becoming desperate and in that time of desperation, I needed to trust in God or things may have just stayed as they were.  Some are led to wonder why God would leave me in such a situation for so long but it was not God being unfaithful, it was me being unwilling to trust.
Having faith is the first step to trust.  If you have no faith in God to do the things in your life which need to be dealt with, how can there be trust?  Hope in God is the key.  Faith is Hope and Hope is believing in the unseen, God.  We some how have to get from point A, worldy principles, to point B, complete trust in God without any hesitation.  Take for instance my situation with my husband, God was there the entire time waiting for me to trust Him enough to take me out of the disaster I was in.  Nope, I refused to let Him take care of me for some odd reason and for 18 years I wandered in the desert holding on to life and not letting God be in control.  I did not trust God enough to let go, I thought I had all the answers.
In recent times I am taking less time to realize the need for trusting God in all situations.  As I am letting go and trusting in Him, God is moving faster than ever in my life.  I truly can say I trust God with all that I am now.  He moves in me.  He directs me daily.  He corrects me when needed.  I trust Him now for everything.  He is providing a way for me to have my teeth fixed when I saw no way, yet once I laid it down before Him, an answer arose.  I trust the Lord will do the same exact thing about finding me a new home to live in.  It states also in the Bible that God gives us the desires of our hearts and I am just waiting to see what God will do next.
I encourage you to examine the word trust and apply it wisely to your own lives.  He is waiting for that complete trust in Him so He can actively work in your life.  Trust and obey are the two simple things God asks of us.  Trust Him first in the little things if you are a bit nervous to let things go, but I promise you within a very short period of time, you will have total trust in God, your Provider.