Walking with Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit changes your viewpoint, changes your vision. You become more mature spiritually so see the world through the eyes of Jesus through His Holy Spirit. You start seeing the bully as pathetic and in need of spiritual healing. You start seeing the homeless person as needing physical help and maybe mental help but definitely spiritual healing. You start seeing power hungry politicians in their lies as needing punishment to get their attention because they are needing spiritual healing. You start seeing immature Christians as needing spiritual guidance and training. And so on. You start seeing lonely on people, sadness in eyes, joy sometimes thank God, shallowness when deeper is the longing. And the fairest of them all is the humble who want and long for and seek God as much as He has always loved them. That can be poor or rich or in between, but you see that soul humble and crying out for God. That is true beauty, the glory within us built in allowed to shine through. It is the connection to God only possible through the impeccable strength of humility (humbleness, not humiliation). And this I can see now and it is gloriously beautiful.😄❤
The Beauty of Easter is that Jesus’ love (and therefore mercy and grace) was the sole motivator of perfect Him enduring horrific cruelty to give us hope. And every single person God lovingly created has that save gift of hope because of His death and resurrection. These two pivotal events are celebrated now because our future hope is founded solely on them. That would have been all He needed to give us hope and a future with Himself. How beautiful is that. How self-sacrificing to pay in full the price we owed. Wow. How I contemplate Easter! How amazing is that powerful and deep depth of love God has for us all!❤❤
To some, it’s a weed.
To me, it is beautiful.
All God’s work is magnificent,
Be it flower or you or me.
All are worth celebrating.❤
I was looking up at the moon and clouds tonight and just again appreciated God’s beauty. We call it glory because it radiates from His perfect character of holiness. All He made reflects that innate beauty of His and shows how much He appreciates beauty. He made a rainbow as a sign of a promise. How beautiful is that!? God made things to have colors. God made rain twinkle in sunlight. God designed flowers. What a beautiful God we worship and praise. He is worth everything.❤❤❤
I grew up in Michigan and loved carpet because it was warmer than hard floor. There was a softness and cushion (ours was worn out but you could imagine it there and see it when furniture was moved lol). To me, it was warm and beautiful and cozy. In Florida now, where carpet is hard to come by, it is also now thought of as super ugly. Because it stains, can hold smells, holds dirt that cannot be retrieved by normal vacuuming, and holds heat.
Of course I was thinking about this and realize that those things about carpet that make it ugly are also in our brains. Yes, I am weird, let’s move on and hear me out. Our brains are collectors. We collect memories- good and bad- we hold them with their stains and dirt and smells. We have a trap door for all the garbage we put in there. And we vacuum to tidy up a bit but that pesky dirt is still there. When we get really convicted, we ask God for a thorough cleaning to get all the dirt out we cannot reach, and by His grace He removes it “as far as the east is from the west.” Them we let the rabble in again to put more dirt back in- filling our brains with more distractions and worldly lusts (maybe even porn), entertainment that glorifies humanity or demons rather than God, bad scenes, arguing and bickering, video games that glorify self or evil, social media that is narcissiatic, glorifying self. And all the while God longs to thoroughly clean us and keep us clean so we can spend time with Him and enjoy freedom and peace and joy and all the fruits of His Spirit and be beautiful again eternally.❤
I needed a ball gown for tomorrow for a fancy gig. Having lost 50 pounds, last year’s gown did not fit and I could not alter it again. So I found this little gem at the thrift store for $4.99. It was sleeveless (which would not work for a keyboard- playing dancing singer. So, as it was way too long, I hemmed it and took that fabric to make sleeves. I call it my fancy peacock dress. See why:
So what did I learn? That God blesses us with hidden gems if we look for it and put some work into it. And if you re-read that, it is a deep, amazing truth. That includes hidden gems within us and within other people. Sometimes you have to search a little, put in some time, work on it a bit and just bless it back. And all of a sudden, out pops a gold mine that was just waiting for someone to see its worth and bring it out. God is so very good, beautiful gem friend. ❤
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!❤