Friday, March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012

Sometime in your life, you will wake up and think, "I'm not pretty today."  Women are creatures of vanity and we love to look pretty.  We may not be as beautiful as the models we see in magazines or on television but in our eyes we look good.  What happens when we decide we aren't beautiful anymore? When we believe we are ugly, either because we have gained weight, lost weight, found our first grey hair or had absolutely no time to do anything with ourselves, we begin to doubt our beauty.

As the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  When I see handicapped people, I see their beauty.  When I see an older couple in their late eighties taking care of one another, I see their beauty and when I look at a young girl trying to be a good mother, I see her beauty.  Ladies, we must begin to get out of our heads and see our beauty, not through the mirror, but through God's eyes.

If you are beautiful on the outside, more power to you.  But I am talking about something so much deeper.  The beauty God gave us can't be seen by the naked eye because it resides in our hearts.  When God looks at His children, He sees our hearts.  Each one of us was made special and like everything in this world, some have more than others, but we can always be beautiful in our hearts.

The heart is a fickle thing. It changes with our moods, our age and our feelings.  It wants what it wants and it can betray us in a second.  We must always guard our hearts and what I mean by that is that we must really ask God to renew our hearts daily for Him.  If our heart longs for something not in His will, it will be detrimental.  So if you got up this morning or are going to bed tonight, feeling ugly, remember that God is looking straight through you.  He sees a beautiful woman.  You are His daughter and no matter how you look today; He loves you.

If we want the next generation to value themselves then we must value ourselves.  We must ask Jesus to show us how He sees us.  We must pray that our hearts would stay pure and that our minds would not overtake the heart.  Most of the issues of life are heart issues.  Anger, judgement, sadness, joy, and happiness all come from the heart.  If you are struggling in the negative, that's a heart issue too.  Take heart my friends and realize that Christ is near.  He understands the heart and all He is asking you to do is come before Him.  He will correct that fickle heart and make it His own.

I gave a friend of mine a word of wisdom that I believe came straight from the Lord.  I told her to go into the mirror and say, "I am beautiful in the eye's of the LORD."  Our minds are very powerful and Satan will use them to make us weak.  If you are struggling with your beauty, or lack of it, get to that mirror and repeat, "I am beautiful in the eye's of the Lord.  He made me and I am beautiful in Him."  Don't let Satan rule over your mind, let Christ come in and heal your heart!

Psalm 51: 17 NKJV:

    The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
    A broken and contrite heart--
    These, O GOD, You will not despise.

Proverbs 4: 23 NKJV:

     Keep your heart with all diligence,
     For out of it spring the issues of life.

Luke 6:45 NKJV:

    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil.  For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Deuteronomy 6:5 NKJV:

    You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.  And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

God's love for us is in our hearts.  If you aren't feeling it, then repent and ask Christ to renew your heart.  We are His chosen children.  We are or will be the mothers of the next generations.  Our beauty is not what people see on the outside, it's in the love we have for Christ.  If you are struggling today, get to that mirror and ask Christ to show you your beauty!  He loves you and you are beautiful in His eyes.

My prayer today:

LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, please show us our beauty in You.  Take away the vanity and the need to be beautiful and give us a heart only for You.  When we struggle with the outside, please renew our hearts and give us the ability to see ourselves the way You see us.  Take away the struggle of our mind and bring forth the beauty that's inside.  We want to be women that seek you daily and that repent when we are feeling ugly.  We want to walk on this earth knowing where our value lies and be women with great hearts.  Help us to see the struggles in others, so that we may value them and tell them of Your love for us.  We need You LORD to be the center of our hearts, without You we will fail.  Restore our hearts to their rightful place and give us strength to conquer our minds.  May we rejoice in all the changes we see and become stronger women in You.  AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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