Uncovering the beauty

Pr. 21:9:  “Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, than in a house shared with a contentious woman.”  Pr. 21:19:  “Better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and angry woman.”

The truth is that it’s better to dwell in those places than with anyone that’s angry and contentious (likely to cause an argument).  Relationships are hard enough without having someone always looking for a fight.

 

muddycoupleI was walking in the woods behind our house today and found this little figurine.  I couldn’t believe how applicable it was to real life.  Sometimes our relationships can resemble this…soiled, muddy, polluted, and defiled.  During those times, it can be hard to see through the muck to even imagine something that could possibly look better.

 

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But I chose to wipe off the figurine, and do you see what I saw?  They were still holding hands.  With just a bit of effort, I was able to uncover the fact, that underneath it all, they were still connected.  Do you believe that’s true for our relationships?  I do.  Underneath all the mess, there are 2 people that were once connected, and with just a bit of effort, the fact that there is still a connection becomes visible.

 

 

allcleanedupInspired by what I saw, I took the figurine inside and cleansed it with some soap and water, and a bit of bleach.  The cleansing revealed a couple with a few scars, but look at their faces.  They look happy and content again…renewed and ready for a new life.

 

 

 

Sometimes, deciding to work diligently to wipe off all the offenses and grime to uncover a renewed relationship can be rough and it can definitely sting.  (Just as if being cleansed with bleach)  But it’s so worth it.  Those scars just make us stronger, and more able to testify to the Lord’s mercy and miracles.  Just like this figurine, there can be new life waiting underneath; we just have to be willing to uncover it.

I couldn’t tell you how long this figurine was buried in the mud.  It was pretty deep in there, and even under some other trash.  But that just proves that no matter how long our relationships have been in the mire, with just a bit of interest and care something beautiful can be revealed.

And the most beautiful part for us is that God is faithful to stand with us during the process.

Get out that scrub brush!

jamie

How to prevent bone decay

Pr. 12:4 says, “An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.”

This rottenness in his bones means it preys upon him, and causes decay.  It consumes him.  That sounds horrible!!

I know a good way to prevent this from happening.  Read this question that author, Dannah Gresh, asks.  “Do you spend more time in front of the mirror making yourself externally beautiful, or do you spend more time developing your inner beauty through quiet communion with God?”

1 Peter 3:3-6 talks about women not letting their adornment be merely outward.  We don’t have to have the best make up or wardrobe.  We don’t have to have the perfect hairstyle or jewelry.  We don’t have to be the most ‘up with the times.’  Superior cooking skills aren’t required.

An excellent wife…or a wife of valor, as some translations say…is one who looks well to the ways of her household, and is pious and prudent.

Now, by all means, please fix your hair.  However, if for every minute spent in front of the mirror, we spent a minute or more with God, we will develop a true and deep relationship with God.  When we develop that relationship with God, we cultivate a spirit more like God’s.  This is the prescription to help prevent us from causing bone rot in those we love.

Striving to be truly beautiful,

jamie

Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful women of God!

Pr. 11:22 tells us that, “As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a lovely woman who lacks discretion.” 

Discretion is the ability to keep private things private, the ability to make wise choices about the words that come out of our mouth, and the ability to make wise judgments about how to behave and speak in certain situations.

Discretion is currently one of the most lacking abilities in our world.  Beauty and attention are 2 of the main priorities in our culture and beauty is worshiped, sought after, and is a billion dollar industry.  Regardless of how lovely we may look on the outside, The Lord says that if we have no discretion, we just look like a pig with a gold accessory.  If we have no discretion, we live and bathe in filth, we cause disease to our relationships and we love to feed on slop.  How unhealthy and unlovely that truly makes us.

Where does our true beauty lie?  Pr. 31:30 tells us that, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praise.”  There is no beauty product in the world that can shine brighter than Jesus within us.  If we set our eyes on the things above we will be able to see what’s real and what’s truly important.

As in everything else, we can gain wisdom and the ability to be discreet by simply asking The Lord for help and staying in God’s Word.  Without Him we can do nothing, but With Him…anything.  Help us, Lord, to love you and to love discretion so we can truly be the beautiful creations You made us to be.

Perfect song to accompany this post.  Enjoy.   “Captivate Us” by Watermark:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO6uyJcBclw

Come on, ladies!!  Let’s set a new trend.  🙂

jamie