Hope Rising

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

True beauty...

One of my life verses is 1 Peter 3:4, not that I have attained the gentle and quiet spirit, but it is something that I would like to possess. :)  The following passage from the Eldredge's book, Captivating, really spoke to me (emphases theirs):   
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is pleasing in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3-4)
First, Peter is not saying that we shouldn't enjoy wearing pretty things.  What he's trying to say is that true beauty comes from the inner part of us.  Our hearts.  A heart at rest...

...A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough.  She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that he finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in him, she is enough.  In fact, the only thing getting in the way of our being fully captivating and enjoyed is our striving.

"He will quiet you with His love" (Zeph. 3:17).  A woman of true beauty is a woman who in the depths of her soul is at rest, trusting God because she has come to know him to be worthy of her trust.  She exudes a sense of calm, a sense of rest, and invites those around her to rest as well.  She speaks comfort; she knows that we live in a  world at war, that we have a vicious enemy, and our journey is through a broken world.  But she also knows that because of God all is well, that all will be well.  A woman of true beauty offers others the grace to be and the room to become.  In her presence, we can release the tension and pressure that so often grip our hearts.  We can also breathe in the truth that God loves us and he is good.

This is why we must keep asking.  Ask Jesus to show you your beauty.  Ask him what he thinks of you as a woman.  His words to us let us rest and unveil our beauty.

2 comments:

  1. I haven't been on your blog in a while, so I am just now catching up. :) You immediately grabbed my attention with this post. This is Ella's life verse (specifically 1 Peter 3:4). When we had her dedicated, we were asked to select a verse for her. God led me to this verse. To be honest, I had never really noticed this particular verse. For some reason, I always remembered the verse before it. When I read it, I immediately KNEW that was her verse. :) This is my prayer for her. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. Heather, your little girl is blessed w/ a mommy who has a gentle and quiet spirit--praying this over her will just be a reiteration of what she's seeing in her mom's life. :)

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