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Mixed on Monday

cropped-flower.jpgThe wind is howling, the snow blowing. It was a treacherous ride to school this morning. I needed a reminder that spring will appear again...someday.

We're still studying Psalm 119 in our women's Sunday School class which always leads to great conversation and cross references.

One of our verses was Psalm 119:113

I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.

We see the world is double-minded, but so am I at times. 

The definition for being double-minded is ambivalence, which means mixed feelings, unable to choose between 2 courses of action, divided and half-hearted. Choosing between 2 courses of action is the life of the Christian.

And I thought of Proverb 31:30. The choice to spend my life trying to be charming and beautiful or to put my bulls-eye on fearing the Lord and loving his law(God's Word).

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.

What takes precedence? Outer beauty that will return to the dust and charm that will fade away? Can I believe that charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting? I'm not suggesting we should be lazy and unhealthy, but I find myself thinking too much of how the world measures a woman rather than measuring my worth against the words of my heavenly Father.
  • Does the scale and the mirror determine what kind of a day I will have?
  • Do I put as much effort into fearing the Lord and loving him reverently as I do in getting ready for the day?
  • How much time do I spend picking out my clothes, putting on make-up and doing my hair each morning?
  • Do I look forward to getting to know God by saturating my heart, mind and soul with His Word and spending time in his presence?
Yes, deep questions for a Monday morning, but I don't want to forget what God is teaching me on Sunday morning.
 
On a snowy, dark and cold Monday I don't want to have mixed feelings about beauty and charm. I choose to be a woman who loves God with all her heart, mind and soul, taking great delight in His commandments.
 

Loving 51

th The promised blog post on our trip to Tampa for General Council was sent to the trash bin because my pictures are not loading. Blaming it on a new camera that are not compatible with my computer...yet. As we sat around the table on Father's Day everyone was present. It was a great day when all six of us can be together celebrating birthdays, Father's Day or whatever the event is that brings us all together. I forget how the conversation began, but one of my daughter's looked at me funny when I said
I am loving being 50, 51.
She looked at me like I had two heads saying..."really?" Of course, I love this stage of my life. I have attempted to live all my life content in whatever state I am in (Philippians 4:12), although not always successful. There have been trials and severe testings that were a mystery as to why they were happening, but God knew and knows me and I have learned to trust my Heavenly Father with everything. I've never been one to fuss too much about my looks or spending too much time in front of the mirror. Don't get me wrong, I like nice clothes..on sale, a recent haircut, and if the barn needs painting...well I paint it. God's Word tells me to not worry about anything, so I'm making it my aim to be pleasing to Him in everything  I do and wherever I am. (2 Corinthians 5:9)
  • if wrinkles start to show up..I love being 51.
  • if gray/white hair becomes more prominent..I love being 51
  • if the weight doesn't come off as fast as I would like it to...I love being 51(hope to be able to exercise till I"m 91)
  • if my bank account dwindles...i love being 51
  • if I am the topic of gossip...I love being 51
The 'IF' list could go on for a long time. I do not want to live my life according to the world's standards, but by the Standard of God's Word Can't wait to see what 52 looks like!!

...and you don't have to be 51 to be content. Contentment IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE!!

Uncompromising

I received Uncompromising- A Heart Claimed by a Radical Love in the mail a few days ago and was anxious to what read what young author Hannah Farver could tell me about compromise. I was pleasantly surprised to find before I cracked the front cover she is in good company by the acknowledgements and endorsements written on the back cover and the inside page. As a side note, did you know one way to judge a book by its cover is to read who endorses it? I was thrilled to read only two pages into the book "we were created for God".
We were originally designed to funnel our passion into giving God glory. We were made for more than a list of causes. We were made for One.
Written by Hannah Farver, a young college student, she write to teens or mothers of teens about the "causes" so many young women become passionate about today. The "causes" of physical beauty, feminism, eating disorders, modesty and purity, dating and courting are some the issues she addresses in this book. Hannah goes onto explain in each chapter how we compromise so many areas of life, placing how we look, what we eat or don't eat, what we wear and who we date at the center of our lives rather than making Jesus Christ our One Cause. She is not afraid to be transparent throughout the book regarding her own life, making it clear to the reader she has not arrived.
I'm not trying to preach or rant at you; I'm just a young person trying to figure out what God wants for me. I don't have special insight.
This statement and others like it will resonate with any reader wanting to follow Jesus with all their heart. Hannah fills each chapter with the truth of God's Word continually pointing to Jesus Christ and how a personal relationship with him is the "most important Cause." Her section on Regarding Dudes encourages young women to be totally devoted to Jesus, the lover of their souls, rather than trying to find love and emotional stability in a "dude". Good advice for the young woman and those who have been married twenty-five years. She goes onto to tell the reader how to practically have that devotion and passion for the Lord and the importance theology plays in our faith.
Christian theology should start and end with studying the Bible. When we refuge to care about theology, we're refusing to care about the nature of God.
I was pleasantly surprised and excited to read of her enthusiasm for theology expressed in a way a young reader would understand. This book is unique in that it is written by a young adult woman who confesses she doesn't have all the answers to the problems facing young women today but is on the journey focusing her attention and passion on the One who does have the answers. She has surrounded herself with men and women of God who have mentored and taught her to seek God and His Word first and foremost.
Change happens when we choose to put Christ on the throne of our lives, tossing out all that stands in the way of His being total Master of our hearts.
I enthusiastically recommend this book to any woman who wants to find encouragement to follow Christ rather than the post-modern culture that floods our hearts, minds and souls. You can buy the book here. I received this book free from Moody Publishers as a part of their Blogger Reveiw Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.