BEING BEAUTIFUL??

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I struggle with two major things in my life. I tend to compare myself to others and then I judge myself accordingly…I’m never the winner at the end of a comparison and my judgement is harsh! “I’m not good enough,” is what it boils down to.

Thoughts like these one’s come up…Other woman are prettier and look better on their well posed and edited photos on social media. They have  bodies that’s in-shape and fit, no cellulite, a nose that’s not too big or too small, smooth skin. In want that one’s legs, why can’t my hair and make-up look like that! …and the list goes on and on.

This mindset inhibits personal growth, because I can’t see my own value and worth -so how do I want others to see it if I can’t?

The question I had to ask myself was, “is this true beauty?”

Is this kind of beauty not just the packaging? And yes, it’s nice to receive a package that looks attractive. But what if you open a package that’s packaged in the most beautiful way – bows, ribbons, glitter – everything you need to really catch the eye. When you open  it… there’s only a pair of plain socks inside – or whatever item you think will be a disappointment.

What was the purpose of the beautiful packaging then? Just to deceive you?

I would rather get a package wrapped in old newspaper, but when you open it, it’s a valuable, beautiful package/gift on the inside. And you?

That’s the difference between the way the world sees beauty and how God sees beauty. Because, make no mistake, one day the “packaging” will be torn off and the “package” the inside, will be revealed before God. What will He see? Did you put all your effort in to decorate the outside or did you make the inside worth while?

I’m not saying we should neglect ourselves and not care about our bodies. Your body is a temple of God. It’s important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of you body, but we shouldn’t spend all of our time and effort only on the outside and envy others because they look prettier, are skinnier, have expensive clothes and gets more “likes” on social media. We should work on our insides. When God looks at my heart I would like Him to see a caring and giving heart. I would like the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23) to be intertwined in my innermost being. I would love my life to look more and more like Jesus’s life looked on Earth.

Just as we are not supposed to be vain and show off our looks,  we should also not proclaim our beautiful insides to the world! The Bible says your one hand shouldn’t know what your other hand does. If you’re kind to someone or help someone, we shouldn’t tell everyone about it like the pharisees did. Keep it to yourself and know that God – who is the One who matters – will see it and will be pleased.

People with a beautiful inside will in any case shine so brightly, people will notice you. Not for your worldly beauty, but see something different in you and be drawn to that beauty.

So let’s stop focusing on “worldly beauty” and let’s work on having “true beauty” – the kind of beauty that really matters and can make a lasting difference.

 

Hope you’ll have a blessed and beautiful day 🙂

xoxo

J

WHO IS THIS MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE?

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King of Kings, Lord of Lords,

Who is this wonderful, mighty God?

Righteousness goes before Him,

and His biggest trait is love,

Who is this wonderful, mighty God?

 

His powerful words created a world so fine,

So complex, so extraordinary.

His words also created intelligent creatures in His image,

And all of this from dust…

Who is this wonderful, mighty God?

Mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

Heavens proclaims his Glory.

The whole Universe is held by Him in one hand.

What a big and glorious God!

So big, so glorious, but still a caring, loving God

Who wants to hold your hand and walk your journey with you.

Who is this God?

Our minds won’t ever comprehend the greatness, strength,

Glory, almightiness, stillness, creativity and love of this God.

Great is His power, great is His name,

The King of all Kings, The Lord of all Lords.

The one who sent a Saviour from Heaven to us,

To reconcile the creatures He made –

But who turned from Him because of their sinful nature and selfish ways –

With Him.

This God then sent His Holy Spirit to guide and lead us in our ways –

We are never alone.

Who is this wonderful, mighty God?

God is a trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

He is the great “I am.”

He is everything anyone could ever need and so much more…

He is trustworthy.

He is yesterday, today and tomorrow.

He is the beginning and the end of time.

He sees everything, hears everything, knows everything,

But still He cares for us – with our sinful nature and selfish ways.

He made a way back to Him through Jesus Christ.

He wants to walk our journey with us,

Through the good times and bad.

All we need to do is acknowledge Him,

Believe in Him, trust Him and spend time with Him.

He knows us, but He wants us to know Him...

This is only possible by spending time together to build a relationship.

Who is this God?

This God is much bigger and greater than we could ever imagine,

and this God, we have the privilege to call

Our God, our Saviour, our Father, our great and almighty I am.

This God, whom is our God – we have the privilege to serve,

To learn His ways and work for His Kingdom.

To share the Good News about His Son,

And to walk – daily – with His Spirit.

What an amazing privilege we have to be called sons and daughters of this God –

And to call Him, our God and our Father!

What an Uncommon King we serve!

 

May you all have a blessed day!

xoxo

J

“Feeling” nothing…

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Its not about me its about You Lord

Religion is not just about ’emotions,’ meaning that when I ‘feel’ good, God is good but when I ‘feel’ sad, frustrated, angry.. then God is not so good anymore.

We want to “get” something from church, worship and our relationship from God but when we don’t ‘feel’ anything – joy, peace… – or get a specific message for ourselves during Bible study or church, or if we don’t receive what we prayed for…IMMEDIATELY and in our own way, then we are disappointed with God.  We say: “God doesn’t love me, ” “He doesn’t care how I feel or about my situation,” “Does He even know I exist and that I’m struggling?”

YES, He knows about you and your problems and He loves you dearly, BUT we are missing the point!  God did not create the world for us and to please us in every way we want.  Everything is about Him and His glory…He is the Creator…not us!

So we should actually be asking:  “What can I do to please God?” “Even if I don’t ‘feel’ anything during worship, let me continue in any case because it’s not about me. It’s not what I can get out of it.”

We need to make a mindset change and try to not ‘use’ God for our own benefit.  As soon as you start submitting to God’s will and renewing your mind by thinking of Him before yourself, you will start ‘feeling’ peace in your life…and no, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to have obstacles you need to overcome, you can now just overcome them WITH God, in His will.  He wants to help you because He really cares! But God is not just Love, He is also Just and Righteous, so He will go against His own nature if He tries to please people to earn their favour…and He doesn’t need to do that, He is God.

Take some time to sit and think if you’re not maybe doing or saying things that’s blocking you from hearing God’s Word.  He’s waiting patiently, in love, for you to turn to Him with an open heart…not a perfects heart…just a willing, open heart and He will help you to clean it again.

God really loves you!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 12:2 ” Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Hebrews 5:11-12 “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need solid food!”

2 Timothy 2:11-13,15,19 “Here is a trustworthy saying:  If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”

“Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription:  “The Lord knows those who are His,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

Hope you all have a blessed week!

XOXO

J