John & Stasi Eldredge say about it, Beauty speaks. Beauty invites. Beauty nourishes. Beauty comforts. Beauty inspires. Beauty draws us to God.... the beauty of the world is almost the only way by which we can allow God to penetrate us. Beauty captivates the senses in order to obtain permission to pass straight through to the soul. The soul's inclination to love beauty is the tactic God most frequently uses in order to win it.
Beauty is so powerful. God created this earth with so much beauty. He didn't hold back. He was lavish in all Creation. I want my love for Him and His people to be so extravagent that it demands attention like nature does.
My mom sent me pictures of Lake Shawnee, where I grew up... to me today. I miss fall up there so much. These pictures took my breathe away. You just can't pass by this without noticing it...
I know that the devil hates beauty. He will do whatever he can to distort our beauty. To try to distract from it. He will do whatever he can to convince us we are not beautiful. He will try to get us to focus on external beauty and not true beauty.
He tries to convince us we are defined by our ugly sin. That our ugliness is really who we are... the devil will try to keep us down at our lowest points and 'kick us when we're down by making us feel guilt & shame when we sin....
Every time I fail by being short with my husband. By losing my patience with my son. By being selfish in my interactions with others....... the devil loves for me to wallow in my ugliness. He loves to try to convince me I'm not beautiful.....
But there's a secret I learned that the devil keeps forgetting about!!!! I learned the power of Jesus and that when I make mistakes, it's okay! I have a heart of faith, a heart that trusts God will take my mistakes, my daily sin and turn it into something beautiful when I invite Him to. Each time I make a mistake I know He will gently lead me to repentance and to turn away from my ugliness.
He is faithful to renew me and remind me whose I am and that I am beautiful and not defined at all by my ugliness.
I am not beautiful by any effort or striving on my part at all...... but instead in His peace. The beauty I exude comes from Him who is in me, that tells me I'm enough. A heart at rest is beautiful. A heart at rest allows others around it to be at rest. It's an example of the refuge God is. The comforting, merciful and tender refuge He is in a world of turmoil and ugliness.
When a woman knows she is beautiful....knows she's valuable and is in love with Beauty Himself.... she glows from the inside out.
God.... may the beauty and peace you give me shine so others can feel that love & peace & rest you alone give. Please continue to daily change my ugliness to beauty. I hate my ugliness but even in my ugliness, I know there is beauty because you're there. Continue to cover the ugliness up please God. THANK YOU so much for Jesus and what He did when He became sin so that I could be with you. So that I could have beauty.
Thanks for always reminding me that I am beautiful and valuable.