Beauty, Then and Now

When I am out and about I feel young and think I look younger than my years. But when I see my reflection in a mirror I am reminded I am no longer a young woman. What I see is an older woman. Why does this surprise me?  I have lived at least two-thirds of my life already. There are fewer years of life ahead of me than years past. I understand this and accept it. I understand that the way I look today is because I have lived more than a few years but this I find difficult to accept.

When I was a young woman I was told I was beautiful now I am told I am attractive. I want to be beautiful. I know it is shallow and superficial of me. I know there is more to sun-622740_640-1beauty than the physical aspect of it. Jesus and I have been having talks about this more often lately.  He reminds me, The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7b) and Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.(Prov 31:30)

Jesus has also reminded me of the gift He gave me long ago, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. I know physical beauty fades and we are not to be concerned about the outward beauty…You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within.(1 Pet 3:4)

Well, I am trying but it is hard!
I still want the beauty that faded.

Blessings this day of grace,


Prayers and Tears

Sometimes when I am not feeling well I think maybe Jesus is too busy to hear my prayers. Or maybe He thinks I am just a whiner and is tired of hearing the same repeated prayers from me. I was about to feel this way when I happened upon this verse;

I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you.
2 Kings 20:5 niv

That is what God told Isaiah to tell Hezekiah who was dying and had prayed to God to be remembered by Him.(2ki 1-3) He not only heard Hezekiah’s prayer He healed him and gave him 15 more years of life.

Is the Lord any different today? Of course not, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, girl-863686_640and forever. (Heb 13:8) What He said to Hezekiah He says to you and me.  He hears our prayers and sees our tears. There will be healing, maybe not today, it may be delayed but it will happen.

Do you think I just “happened” to see  the
2 Kings verse?  No?  Me either.

Blessings this day of grace,

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