What are you willing to do to beautify yourself?

 

What is Beauty?

What makes you beautiful?

Who decides whether you are beautiful or not?

What are you willing to do to beautify yourself?

 

Who doesn’t have the desire to be beautiful everyday? I know I did at some point and I also know that you might as well.  We desire to have the perfect skin, perfect hair, perfect outfits, perfect self decor, perfect smile, perfect height, perfect weight, we desire to be just perfect, when in reality attaining perfection is impossible, plus the fact that all the above mentioned don’t define beauty. Beauty has has been defined to describe the exterior of a person. But, could it be that only the external defines your beauty?

Today we’re surrounded with magazines, movies, TV shows that portray  perfection in shape, skin color, qualities and pleasantness to the human eye. We try so hard to look as good as them. But, is that because we don’t think we are good enough and want to look as good as what we see in the media?

Reality is that we might not see it that way. Unfortunately we don’t love ourselves as much as we say we do. We don’t recognize the true beauty within us. We are more focused on what others think of us, how we can impress them, and how we can look better.

Every individual is of great worth. Every single person in this life is beautiful in their own way. You don’t need to have a slim waist, colored eyes to fall within the definition of beauty. God’s word’s can lead us to discover the true meaning of beauty. God doesn’t look at your appearance to make a decision whether you are beautiful or not, nor does He judge you by your physical appearance. He sees beyond that, He sees and seeks for your heart.

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes, rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of gentle and quiet spirit, which is a great worth in Gods sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

If lately you are feeling like you aren’t beautiful enough either externally or internally, I’m here to tell you that YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! If external is the case, no matter how much weight you lose, no matter how good your hair looks, no matter how expensive you make yourself look, what matters to God is your inside, your heart, because that’s who you really are. If by some chance you don’t feel beautiful internally, meaning you’ve got mixed emotions. You might have  a past that torments you with guilt that leads you to a bitter life. You may also happen to be judgemental or arrogant with others. God is able to cleanse your internal and beautify it. But, What are you willing to do to beautify yourself? Talk to God, read through His word, He will comfort you, and not only that but He will make you see the true meaning of beauty through His word. He is willing to cleanse your heart, all you have to do is open your heart to Him.

Insecurities about beauty don’t involve only females, but males as well. Be a woman of God, be a man of God. God wants to see your kindness not your brighter skin. He desires to see your humbleness, not your money invested in cosmetic fulfilment. God wants to see you love yourself and others, not how much better than them you look.

Remember…

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

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One more battle won!

The battle is the Lord’s.” 1 Samuel 17:47

Never, ever, had I gone to bed and woken up in such a  terrible state. As I trembled, swirled around my bed, something horrifying was happening. I was dreaming. Something I rarely do, but when I do, I tend to remember every single act in it. My dream was full of violence, blood, sobbing, and a scene of fierce struggle between family members. As much as I fought with myself to wake up, I wasn’t able to. My step father physically abused my sisters, hitting them, locking them up, and even got to the point of stabbing one of them, meanwhile outside of the dream my eyes were tearing up. I was shaking unconsciously and began to sob in the real world. As my sisters escaped that house where we were held hostage by our stepfather, I began to open my eyes and was finally  able to wake up. Breathing hard, and shedding tears, I rapidly began to pray.

I don’t know why I had this horrible dream, neither can I explain how I woke up crying as if I had been living it in life now but I do know that while I was escaping that home, I wasn’t alone. This dream might sound crazy; maybe it might not even make sense to you, or to me either, but I do know I didn’t have this dream without reason.

Lately I’ve been having a battle with myself. I didn’t realize about this battle until yesterday, and then this dream happens. Last night while having dinner as I conversed with a really close friend of mine I began to realize that this battle is slowly impacting my life. Through these past months I have been renewed and filled with the Holy Spirit. Amazingly my old stone heart has been ripped out by my Lord, and replaced with a new heart.

Sometimes, like in my dream I feel like running instead of confronting my fears. I feel like finding an easy route in this daily battle. Sometimes, I may feel overwhelmed of just thinking that I can lose people I love. I know that God wants a clean person, someone who really desires to give their all, not half, but the complete person. And maybe until I decide to take action and make wise decisions while in this battle of mine, I’ll be able to wake up and feel completely free.

Sometimes we don’t realize how worldly things can really affect our spirituality. We think that because it’s a minimal thing it’ll be a short battle and won’t have much effect. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Most of the time it’s those small things that create large, long battles and end up having the biggest impact in our life. Not only that, but they come with a set of consequences, and any one of them can lead to changing lanes onto the wrong path instead of the path that’ll lead us to the great heavens.

I don’t think I’m the only one that may be confronting these daily battles. You also might be going through something similar.

God is love, and made us to perfection. He want’s the best for us and desires our prosperity in every way. On the other hand, we have Satan (evil) who never rests, the instigator of sin, the one who every day tries to fill our lives with conflicts, problems, obstacles, and what not. Don’t let that make you run away! You are not fighting this battle on your own, you are fighting with the Almighty God!. Let that conflict you might be facing right now or in the near future, be a learning lesson, one more trophy, one more battle won!

If you are going through a battle yourself, remember that God tells us in His scriptures, “The battle is the Lord’s.” 1 Samuel 17:47 don’t focus too much in trying to win the battle, God is by your side, that battle has already been won. By Him.

Bliss on a Wednesday Morning

Today is one of those days where I simply breathe happiness, I can’t stop smiling neither can I stop expressing how different I feel this morning. I woke up this morning to one of my favorite songs by Hillsong, I will look to you. While listening to this song I felt nothing but joy in my heart. As the song ended I opened my woman devotional, stared reading and finished with a short morning prayer, as I closed my devotional book I sigh, and whispered to myself “WOW, I’m in love with you Lord, I love you!” 21 years of my life and I’d never felt this way, I would really like to describe to ya’ll what I felt, but it’s just indescribable.

With that said I couldn’t help to bow my head and begin praying once again.

I prayed:

Dear heavenly Father You are great, You are love, magnificent, You are simply breathtaking. I know you are the one responsible for this cheerfulness of mine I feel this morning, and I hope it’s an all-day feeling because it feels amazing. I want to thank You for my well-being, the opportunity of life, and for placing this spark of sunshine in me. Thank you for placing me on the right path and for surrounding me with awesome people, but most importantly people who love you and want to work for you as much as I do. Help me to keep seeking You daily, and never get over this stage I find myself in right now. Use me, help me reflect and share this love to others. I really can’t imagine my life without You and I wouldn’t like others to miss out in this never ending endearment you have towards us.  I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am with You.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Your plan vs. His plan

When I was little I wanted to be a teacher. By the age of 14 I wanted to be a Psychologist. When I hit 18 I was sure I wanted to be a nurse. I am now a junior in college and never thought I’d soon graduate a Social Work major, and that is one of the magnificent things about God; even when we don’t know what’s in our future, He does.

For the past year my plans have changed, I would say, hmmmm… approximately more than 20 times. Sometimes I found myself frustrated, disappointed, or even overwhelmed with failed plans. These were plans that I wanted to be successful in, unfortunately I wasn’t. I thought these plans were in my hands, that I had full control of them, until I realized that wasn’t the case.  It never crossed my mind there were other plans, plans that had been written for me even before I was born.

One day while reading my bible I happen to bump into certain verses that stuck in my head, a verse that made me realize my plans weren’t up to me.

We may make our plans, but God has the last word. Proverbs 16:1

The preparation of the heart belongs to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.  Proverbs 16:1

God’s plans are always good, never harmful. We may not always understand God’s plan for us. At times we may feel confused and lost with what he wants from us. But how can we get a closer understanding of His plans?  There are 4 steps I took that lead me to a better understanding.

Ask: Do you desire wisdom? James 1:5 tells us, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” When we try to figure things out on our own, there is a 50% chance we will make the wrong decision, so why not ask the One and only who gets it right the first time?

Be faithful: God wants us to believe in Him, to trust Him with all our hearts. Whatever the situation may be He wants us to stay faithful to Him and His works. James 1:6 “But when you ask you must believe, and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Listen: Keep up with your daily bible studies, devotionals, spiritual connection with our Lord. God speaks to us in different ways, through His scriptures and Holy Spirit. He never fails to send us signals; we just have to be attentive and try to strengthen our relationship with Him. ALWAYS consult with Him before taking any initiative. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We just have to listen.

Wait & Be Patient: God has the perfect timing. He knows the what, when, and where. I totally understand waiting may not always be the easiest but it’s essential. We have to learn to work with God’s timing, to be obedient and patient. Romans 12:12 reminds us of patience, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

Just last year, I began to see how everything was starting to fall into place. To this day, I feel happy with what I’ve accomplished. I never thought I’d be the person I am today. The different choices God has taken me to make have molded me to be a Godly woman, the circumstances I’ve had to confront have made me emotionally stronger with God’s guidance, and all these unexpected events I’ve lived have given me the opportunity to experience and gain memories, but most importantly, they’ve helped me strengthen my relationship with God and has made my faith grow daily. It’s consistency, persistence and love towards God that has taken me to be as He wants me to be and to do what He wants me to do.

Just let God use you, teach you and guide you. 

 

Is it really LOVE?

Have you ever been in love? Really in love?

Wait, do you know what real love feels like? Is the definition of love clear to you? Would you be able to define “love“?

What do you feel when you’re made aware of the violence we are surrounded by? The neglect, abuse, divorces, homelessness, etc.? Do you react with joyful smile? Or on the contrary, is it pity, unhappiness or a heartbreaking feeling that causes your heart to tremble for a second?

What do you feel when you see the cross? That cross where Jesus Christ was crucified? What does it symbolize?

It symbolizes the great love God had for us!⁠⁠⁠⁠ LOVE.

For God loved so much the world that he gave his one and only son… (John 3:16)

God loved the world so much that he sent His son to die for us. He suffered in the most dreadful way! Great suffering. There is no other suffering in the word of GOD that could compare to the one His one and only son lived Himself. Jesus came down to this world not to be above us, but identifying Himself to be as human as we are.

Is this enough proof of the love God has for us? Now ask yourself, where does your love for our Savior stand? Have you really loved Him all along? Does your love for Christ bear any comparison to the love He has for you?

How is it that you demonstrate your love towards Him? How many of the twenty four hours of your day belong to your Creator? If none is your answer, then there are definitely some changes we have to make! Of those same 24 hrs, in how many of them are you in God’s eyes? God watches over you every single second, minute and hour. He is with us 24/7 and sometimes we don’t realize it. God’s love is so profound He never forgets to give us the time we DON’T deserve.

What more of a proof do we need?  

“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”(Romans 5:8)

And I ask you again, are you really in love with our Savior?

Let’s love God, like He first loved us. Our love for God is to be total and all inclusive, a wholehearted, life-encompassing, community impacting, exclusive commitment to our God.

The only thing God wants from us is to believe in Him. As you start believing in Him, you will slowly fall in love with your creator.

To truly love, we must first know God. Love starts with God and ends with God because God is love.

When to draw the line?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you were expected to respond with a yes?  Have you found yourself forced to make the choice you made? Were you conscious of the consequences that you had to face afterwards?

I have.

A few months ago I found myself in a very dark place. A place where I knew I didn’t belong, I knew exactly what I was saying yes to, and yet I made the decision to put myself in that situation. Conscience-stricken, I kept myself in that place for almost a year. What was exactly this dark place? The world’s darkest entertainments, where I was exposed to unhealthy substances. A place where it seemed I was suffering of amnesia; I lacked morality, my responsibilities and priorities were put aside;It was a  place where I was surrounded by harmful influences; I had fallen into the deepest and darkness stage of my life. I had become a victim of the destructive world we live in.

 YES I made mistakes, YES I knew what I was doing at the moment, YES I was clearly aware of the consequences and still made the wrong choices!  I was blinded by this world’s distractions. All the while, God was talking to me, and I refused to listen. While He tried to draw my attention, I walked away.

But even then he never let go of my hand.

I had the wrong focus. It was this focus that took me to make the wrong choices, thereby falling into the overwhelming darkness of depression, and isolation, and to getting nothing in return. And, let me tell you; it wasn’t worth my time, effort, nor was it worth losing the real purpose and priorities in my life.

Where do I want to take you with this? How do we decide where to draw the line?

If you are currently living with no purpose, it’s time to draw the line. If your actions are taking you to failures, it’s time to draw the line. If you’ve made the wrong choices, if you’ve made mistakes, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not too late, yet! But it is time to draw the line.

Let yourself be pulled by  Jesus!  Let Him advise you, let Him approach you, let Him fill your life with real comfort, true contentment, and tranquility. Let Him guide you so you know what really matters.

Shut the door to distractions. Pursue a better life, a life that will fill you up with a real purpose away from this dark world.