Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday – Unfading Beauty

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Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.  I Peter 3:3-4

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This verse causes me to reflect on how much attention, time, effort and expense I may be tempted to spend on my outward appearance.  Hair, nails, jewelry and clothes can occupy much time and draw us into the trap of ever increasing expense and the desire for the newest and best. 

By digging deeper we find those unfolding layers of true beauty as we as women desire to be more like our Lord.  When we shed our desires for our appearance and long for His characteristics to clothe us, He removes the things that will fade away and replaces them with a gentle and quiet spirit.  Let’s trade out  and try on a few new things:

  • Our high heels for beautiful feet that spread His love.
  • Our foundation make up for the oil of gladness which brings radiance.
  • Our hours of labor and exercise that profits little and try exercising ourselves in godliness.
  • Using our hands to reach out in love to others.
  • Our mouth to speak blessing.
  • Our perfume to be a sweet aroma to spread the fragrance of Him.

In all that we do, when we focus on the Lord and seeking to exalt Him in our lives, we will give a glimpse of the Savior and His grace to all who see us.  That is pure and genuine beauty that is of great worth in God’s sight. 

12 comments:

  1. Wonderful post- it is where I am now desiring to become a woman with a quiet and gentle spirit-seeking to be a sweet smelling fragance unto the Lord.

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  2. I totally agree! I think that is why God looks at the heart because that is the essence of us, no matter what our outward appearance is. I do think we will radiate His glory if we spend time on what really matters and that is to get to know him more and to indeed glorify his name :)

    betty

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  3. Lovely post. It reminds me of a quote attributed to Audrey Hepburn.

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  4. Awesome devotional ! May we be a greater reflection of Christ. Happy WFW!

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  5. I really loved this! Such a beautiful picture and powerful words.

    We can dress up the front all we like, but this doesn't impress the Lord. Of course, taking care of our selves is one thing, expensive vanity is another!

    Have a great WFW and God bless you.

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  6. Wonderful verse to remind us that God looks at our heart not our outward appearance.

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  7. What a wonderful post,Joyce!! You are so right! When we seek His beauty He will make us beautiful.

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  8. YES! If we could only get to where we see ourselves as HE sees us.....what a beautiful world it would be!

    peace!
    lori

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  9. This is such a wonderful verse, and I love the picture that you have included as well! Thank you for such a great post today! Happy WFW :)

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  10. Amen and amen!!! Happy WFW!!

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