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Cultivate inner beauty
 
The gentle, gracious kind
 
That God delights in.
 
1 Peter 3:4
 
 
My friend Steena is “face blind” which means she has extreme difficulty identifying faces.  (Prosopagnosia is the medical term.)  Steena sees beauty differently than the average person.  Her “face blindness” helps her to see inner beauty clearly.  Outward appearance in not important to Steena compared to recognizing internal depth, strength, and dignity.
 
God also evaluates beauty differently than we do.  “Men and women look at the face: God looks into the heart” (1Samuel 16:7).  God delights in gracious and gentle inner beauty (1 Peter 3:4).  Although it takes time and effort to cultivate this type of beauty, everyone has an equal opportunity to be astonishingly beautiful. 
 
“Our physical being is gradually decaying, yet our spiritual being is being renewed day after day ….  What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:16 & 18).
 
Beauty that is eternal is not physical.
 

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your beauty

 
The King is enthralled with
Your Beauty
Honor Him
For He is your Lord.
Psalm 45:11
 
 
 
Your Beauty 
 
Your story is wonderful
Your familiarity
Blinds you to your own beauty
You must look closer
 
It takes a paradigm shift
A change of lenses to see
Pain as being a part of
Beauty in your life
 
It is in the silent night
There is a whisper of love
Heard only in the stillness
A quiet thunder
 
The chaos was a great gift
Looking back I clearly see
The pain caused me to search out
Love searching for me
 
Terry S. Smith
My sweet Dad
 

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my beautiful one

My Beloved speaks to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
          and come away,
for behold, the winter is past;
          the rain is over and gone;
          the flowers appear on the earth;
          the time of singing has come…”
Song of Solomon 2:10-13 
 
 
Recently, I was blessed by going away for a weekend for a time of spiritual rejuvenation.  My precious friend Christine shared this verse and wrote this inspiring note:
 
“My prayer for you this weekend is that you will hear Jesus, your Beloved, calling, ‘Arise, my love my beautiful one and come away with me.’  He is inviting, alluring your heart to the wilderness (of pain and desperation) so that He can meet you there.  He has tender words for you!  Regardless of the inconvenience of pain…the time of singing has come.  Flowers are appearing on your heart as the fertile soil of struggle brings forth life and peace!  REST in His transforming work.  
 
This weekend is about you and Him.  Lay all other burdens at the foot of the cross and saturate yourself in the Presence of your Servant King!  His plan is often inconvenient and rarely free of pain, but it yields the beautiful fruit of righteousness and intimacy with the living God!”
 
Therefore, behold, I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her.  Hosea 2:14 

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shine like the sun

 

May those who love You
Be like the sun when it
Rises in its strength.
Judges 5:31
 
 
From my journal: May 18, 2005  Seaside, Florida
 
The sun is starting to set and the ocean is no longer emerald green.  It takes the sun shining on it to show its true beauty.  The ocean is still pretty, but when the sun is shining it is spectacular.

We as women are the most beautiful when God is shining through us.  Many women turn to their culture’s standard of beauty to decide if they are attractive.  When our focus is on God and His presence is shining in our lives, we are beautiful.  “The King is enthralled with your beauty; honor him, for he is your Lord.” Psalm 45:11

 
Instead of looking at what we think are flaws, let’s look to the Lord.  Challenge:  Everyday say, “I am beautiful.  I am created in the image of God.”  Genesis 1:27
 
 
“God wants to unveil our face, showing the beauty in us to everyone…”
 
For the beautiful ones in my life: my sisters, cousins and friends

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