Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Beautifying The Under Layer

What are God’s thoughts on modesty? What does God say about people who think only of themselves and how they look?

Let’s look to HIS Word for the answers Isaiah 3:16-24 says;

The Lord says, “Beautiful Zion is haughty:
   craning her elegant neck,
      flirting with her eyes,
   walking with dainty steps,
      tinkling her ankle bracelets.
 So the Lord will send scabs on her head;
      the Lord will make beautiful Zion bald.”
On that day of judgment
      the Lord will strip away everything that makes her beautiful:
   ornaments, headbands, crescent necklaces,
     earrings, bracelets, and veils;
  scarves, ankle bracelets, sashes,
      perfumes, and charms;
  rings, jewels,
     party clothes, gowns, capes, and purses;
  mirrors, fine linen garments,
      head ornaments, and shawls.
Instead of smelling of sweet perfume, she will stink.
      She will wear a rope for a sash,
      and her elegant hair will fall out.
   She will wear rough burlap instead of rich robes.
      Shame will replace her beauty.
{Isaiah 3:16-24} NLT

Wow those are some rough verses to hear! These verses truly keep me humbled. God desires that we seek to please HIM and not seek to please man or forget WHO is Providing all things for us. It is the LORD who clothes us and provides all we need.

 Now if we can take the time to search and implement these things:  a designer outfit, expensive perfume, spending hours fixing the hair (intricate hair styles), detailed makeup and a fabulous pair of shoes. How much more time should we spend beautifying the inside of us? Searching God’s Word and implementing HIS Word in our lives. Clothing our selves with HIS Love, Kindness, Compassion, Patience, Gentleness, Grace. 1 Peter 3:4 tells us “Clothe yourselves with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”  The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 27:20 that "the eyes of man are never satisfied." As women we can spend hours taking care of the outside appearance and spend little time taking care of the inside. True Beauty starts from within. We sure have practiced how to do our hair over and over again and spent hours painting a face over and over again. The bible tells us to train ourselves to be godly. I’m truly learning to put God’s Word into action practicing Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, Goodness, Peace, Endurance because I CAN do all things through Christ who Strengthens me.

LORD Father GOD, I thank you for YOUR Perfect TRUTH, YOUR Loving Kindness, Your Gentle patience, the Grace and Mercy that YOU so generously give. YOU are such an Awesome Holy GOD. YOU are the ONE and ONLY. Please Oh LORD cleanse me of all of my unrighteousness, teach me YOUR ways, Train me Father GOD, how to be godly, submissive, gentle and kind. Show me LORD what True Beauty is. Make me a graceful woman who follows all of YOUR ways. Please let my speech be graceful, each word wisely chosen. Help me to take the time to cultivate inner beauty, thinking of others before myself.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
      but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
{Proverbs 31:30}

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Love so Strong

How can I deny or contain a LOVE so STRONG?

 He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge... {Psalm 144:2}

God is the very breath I breathe, His Love is Indescribable, Unfailing and Gentle. He fills this empty vessel! He fills my heart with Love and compassion. A passion that overflows from His goodness.

Every moment I want to live for His Glory. What joy the LORD brings in ones life. Everyday is surrendering to the will of God letting Him take control of my every move. Though I walk through the Fires I am not burned. Though the waves come crashing, He sustains me still. I huger and thirst for Him. He is the living water, that I may drink and never thirst again.   

Everyday is a moment an opportunity to share your Faith to share the Love of Jesus. In a world so cruel yet one can say in the face of adversity "The LORD is my Strength and my Shield" He is my Hiding Place, my Shelter, my Strong Tower, my Deliver, my Protector, my Counselor, my Fortress, He is my Everything.

Heavenly Father,

I need you all the days of my life, I never want to be away from you ever again, Your Love is Beautiful, You are Holy, Awesome and Amazing. All of your ways are Just. You are Incredible, Magnificent and All Powerful, Almighty! How great thou art O LORD. I am so grateful Heavenly Father for who You Are and All that You are! You are Perfect and Just! You are the Peace which surpasses all understanding. You O LORD are my Joy! I worship you with all that I am, with all of my heart. You can have all of me! Shape me, mold me, transform me.   

I thank You LORD for all that You are! Your LOVE O LORD is STRONG.


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