I shared a day with Jesus when I recently fasted and prayed. He shared my day, was with me all day, I quite literally felt His presence, as if I was chatting with an important dear friend. That was a gift, friend. That changed me. That changed my focus, perspective and vision. That added eternity thinking and kingdom thinking to my constant considerations. And I have had this deep seated peace and just love and understanding and empathy for everyone since. And I just wanted to share how amazing a visit with Jesus is. He changes you for the better. Beautiful!❤
Accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior invites Jesus into your heart and soul. He figuratively knocks patiently and lovingly on our heart’s door until we let Him into it. We have to allow Him in as Master, however, and where most people want Him in as roommate or friend with all the living benefits, it is harder for people to want Him in as Master and Lord because this is in direct opposition to our pride and ego, rather narcissistic in tendency at times (or some live there). But Jesus is Almighty God, One of the Godhead, and must be Master. It is simply the natural order of things and He lovingly knows that He is best suited at the position. He can do much much more for us when He takes the reins for He is all- powerful. But He loves our free will and allows it, dictates we keep it, so that when we allow Him in, it is true and free love to Him back.
This whole concept is beautiful and really conveys Jesus’ deep love and frankly respect for each of us.
So, when Jesus is finally invited in as Master, He rules with love and gentility and the fruits of the Spirit. He is not a harsh dictator as His enemy is (who tries to break down your door and demands to be master and wants you dead- stark contrast). Where the enemy’s idea of being master is controlling and domineering you, Jesus superior idea is to guide and strengthen and empower you to do n what you were designed to do in a healthy and peaceful, joyous way. The contrast is incredible.
So, accept Jesus into your heart and soul as Master and see for yourself how beautiful He keeps making you and your life and mind as time goes on in prayer and His Word. It is beautiful!!!❤
So, I’ve been over-thinking about appearances lately (bet you never guessed from the title lol). I think I have this one down. Let me go through my thinking…
Our bodies do four things. 1. Tell people how to recognize us (security and identification). 2. Convey the genes of parents and lineage (security and heritage). 3. Tell us about the obedience level in the area of health. 4. Test us. Let me elaborate.
1. We need to know friend from foe. If people’s appearance changed like a chameleon, we would not find them again. Also, we are familiar with a person because they look or smile a certain way. So, identification. Familiarity means security.
2. Carrying on the family lineage is something that has always been important to the Lord who made us. We all are ultimately decendents from Adam and Eve, made directly by God. Many twists and turns in that genetic line got us to where we are and in family lineages. Life perpetuates life and we look how we do to support that process. Family means security.
3. People who obey God’s Word, as I have somewhat recently realized myself as I started on this health quest, are healthy (unless the next reason is occurring, that is). Obedience dictates we not be gluttons of food, alcohol, intoxicants, sex, anger, money, or anything. We are told not to be addicts of anything. We are to live healthy lives in moderation of everything. In fact, prayer is the only command to do continuously. So, we can be prayer addicts but every other addiction is disobedience. So good health as a whole can tell you obedience is being taken seriously and poor health tells you there is an imbalance, some disobedience. Of course, that is not true if it is number 4.
4. How you look can be a test. Poor health can be a test to see if you are humble before God or blame Him. You could be tested by ugliness of some feature the world favors in this fleeting moment to decide whether to praise God for who you are or whine about what you want to change. You could be tested by a scar or blemishes or skin ailment or cancer to have faith in God’s ability to heal or faithfulness to support you or not. These tests are blessings from God to let you know He loves you enough to improve you internally which will last forever.
And now you see how my brain works, so scary. And my conclusion is that although there are four main reasons people look the way they do, there is one trump card people have no matter what we look like. Life is short and then our looks die and we inside that shell are released to eternity either with God or with the alternative, called hell, away from God. And as long as you are saved by Jesus Christ, your inner beauty, God’s glory, is secure for the rest of this life and all of eternity. So, the beauty we should strive for has nothing to do with looks, but character, salvation and moral integrity. That is lasting beauty!❤
People use “glorious” to describe Jesus. This is of course true, but through these eyeballs, I see it as “beautiful”. Glory is seen through the eyes of the spirit. It is easily discarded by those who deny the spirit’s importance. So I say “beautiful”, a term over-used but understood by our physical selves.
Beauty is looking a deep sinner in the eye and seeing a sick person that needs help.
Beauty is a tree rustling in the gentle wind while dropping flower petals.
Beauty is healing someone with disease.
Beauty is providing salvation to anyone and wanting everyone to be saved.
Beauty is leaving the glory and superiority of heaven and putting on flesh to experience our physical life to relate to us and then sacrifice Himself for us.
Beauty is seeing every person as beautiful and precious.
Beauty is loving children and especially orphans and widows and commanding their care.
Beauty is standing bravely alone in the face of the worst betrayal and misunderstanding in history.
Beauty is deciding we are more important somehow than the Creator of the universe’s comfort.
Jesus is the most beautiful man who walked the earth. I would have loved to sit with Hj I’m and look into His eyes. I bet the whole world could be seen in them. And you know, someday soon I will be blessed to do so for eternity. And anyone can who calls on the name of Jesus Christ to be saved. That, my friend, is beautiful.❤❤❤
I am reminded that my husband has very good moments, mostly generous ones, and replacing my mom’s computer is one of them. We are delivering it today. Hers was on its last of its prehistoric legs and her printer had jumped ship, anticipating its demise. He may struggle sometimes to treat me without contempt, and yet sometimes he borders on generosity and almost kindness, but today he gets to shine for helping my mom. It means so much to her because she is a writer. She is actually on chapter 8 of a new book as we speak. So, he will be blessing her this morning and we will go watch her be blessed. How beautiful it is to be generous with someone who needs it. It is a really beautiful thing. And what a blessing it is to give instead of getting. It feels so good, even if I am only watching this time!❤
I don’t have to work hard to love God. It is natural.
I was designed to know and love God.
Yep, you were too. Hey, even the wounded person screaming that God doesn’t exist was made, designed lovingly to know and live His Creator. The proof is how angry they are, they are going against their makeup.
We were designed by God to know and love Him.
He loves us and built within us the wisdom to love Him back. We were designed to relate to Him. All our intricacies point to Him. All our gifts point to His love of us. All of our blessings remind us this has never changed.❤
Ask first, then receive.
Seek first, then you will find.
Knock first, then the door will be opened for you.
This is a paraphrase of Jesus’ words to us in the Bible, He said in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gave us these principles to live by. And the trick to asking, seeking and knocking is always, always, ALWAYS humbling yourself. None of these things can be done if puffed up on pride, trying to control the situation, thinking you can handle it, making things happen yourself. Laying down the pride is a precursor to getting help of any kind. Pride puffs up and lies through its teeth that you are enough to do it all. Reality check later, we are all weak some kinda how and everyone needs Jesus to be their Savior.
And the beauty of the reward for choosing humbleness over pride is extraordinarily beautiful. He answers, delivers, welcomes with open arms every single time. Every time. He doesn’t respond if you are good or if He’s not busy or when He feels like it. Jesus always is right there with an answer to help as long as that humbleness is there. He is for you, for me. How perfect is that?!❤