Inward Beauty

Walk into every room and every environment being the most beautiful person in the room.

Do not let comparison steal your joy. Challenge yourself to stand in a room full of people, who you think “have” something you wish you had and thank God for how God made them!

Remember you are the only you God has ever created. What you see about yourself that’s “different,” is what sets you apart.

Celebrate those qualities and place the filter of gratitude on the areas where you see a flaw.

Do not let jealousy of how people appear, or what things, or gifts seem to divide you from others.

Celebrate your differences and see they are a beautiful collective of Gods creation.

Today is the day to glimpse into your heart, instead of the mirror, and truly see a creation beautifully and wonderfully made.

Joy is not found in your outward appearance, it’s found in your inward thoughts and how you carry the presence of the Lord with you everywhere you go.

Outward beauty is attractive to the world. Inward beauty is attractive to those who need to see the Lord in you.

How beautiful it is to The Lord that we each have the opportunity to carry our beauty and inward gifts with our head held high, then turn those wonderful gifts into actions and speech towards others.

There is so much freedom in truly loving what we see as God given beauty within in ourselves, but also in each other.

~Christina Calk~

God Revealed In Waves

Driving home one afternoon, I looked up at these amazing clouds and captured this pic. The sky resembled waves flowing through the sky. It reminded me that God often moves in waves and that He calms the waves around us and within us.

Some waves are exhilarating and full of adventure. Some are terrifying and full of pain. There is no way to avoid every wave in life such as trials; life can trails actually cause us to look to Jesus for strength. We can choose to trust that God will see us through them, and we can emerge from them with a new perspective as we learn to trust Him.

So the next time you look up at the sky, or into the waves of the ocean, don’t fear waves of change, surges of waves, or storms coming near, rather, look for the reminder that Jesus works through the waves.

“You rule the raging sea;
when its waves surge, You still them.” Psalms 89:9

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6

In one of my favorite songs, the refrain of “Oceans” highlights this point:

“And I will call upon Your name and keep my eyes above the waves, When oceans rise my soul will rest in Your embrace, For I am yours and You are mine.”

Lift Up Your Eyes and See

Stars
Photo Credit Chata Segich

 

“Lift up your eyes and see who has created these stars, The One who brings forth the celestial host by number, He calls each one by name; by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.”  Isaiah 40:26

When we look up at the night sky, it is almost incomprehensible to imagine an infinite number of stars that have been placed in the heavens by The creator, Our creator, God. The radiant beauty of the luminous celestial lights has distinguishing characteristics and attributes which man cannot help but call beautiful and brilliant. God took an unknown substance, gave them qualities so that He recognizes them and even calls them by name. Their beauty is exquisite, causing many people to love to look at the stars, study the night sky and even seek further meaning as to how, why, where and when stars form. What comes to mind is that throughout time man has also been calling stars by name as people discover them, undoubtedly this thought was inspired by God.

“You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, The highest of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You. ” Nehemiah 9:6

As the stars are God’s creation, so we are. He knows each of us by name; He even knows the number of hairs on our head, He knows our thoughts and our heart. God see’s us as His beautiful creation, no two of us are the same, each of us has distinguishing characteristics and attributes which He cannot help but call beautiful and brilliant.

“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13

Though God dearly loves us, we often forget to acknowledge the supremacy of His glory and power. In life, when we are overwhelmed, we need to remember that nothing is too great for the creator of heaven, the universe, earth, and mankind to handle on our behalf.

“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.”  Jeremiah 32:17

When you look up to the beautiful night sky remember who hung each light in the heavens, as He stretches the universe in its great expanse so He outstretches His love out to you.

“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”  Isaiah 40:22

 

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