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,
patricia

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt

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All that God has created is beautiful.
What we see and experience today that is not beautiful is not of God,
though He can use it to form something of beauty.
We may not understand this where we are now,
but someday we will.
What a beautiful day that will be!

Is there something at this time in your life not so beautiful?
Will you trust the Lord to make something of beauty from it in His time?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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Proverbs 31:30 niv

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What is thought of as beautiful is often decided by the media.
Usually, people considered beautiful fit a certain mold;
they are very young and thin with shiny hair,
bright white straight teeth and perfect skin.
And they are beautiful, but that young beauty does not last
and it is not the beauty the Lord looks for in our faces.
He looks for the beauty that radiates from our faith and reflects His image.

Who is beautiful in your eyes?
Do they fit the media’s mold for beauty?
What makes them beautiful?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia (2)

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1 Peter 3:4 lb

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There is nothing wrong with outer beauty. It is lovely to see .
But it does not compare to the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.
We all know someone who may not have great physical beauty,
but they radiate a beauty from within that draws us to them.
They have the beauty the Lord treasures.

Who is beautiful in your eyes?
What makes them beautiful?

Blessings this day of grace,patricia

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1 Thessalonians 5:15b msg

peacock-327481_640Sometimes the first thing we see about a person is not their beauty.
At least, not what the media would have us see as beautiful.
Often, we have to get to know someone before we see them clearly.
Once we know them we can appreciate their character and spirit, kindness,
patience, love, humility, service, encouragement; all the best in them.

Everyone has something beautiful about them. 
We are to look for their best, their beauty, and celebrate it.

Who is beautiful in your life?
What makes them beautiful?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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