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Create beauty each day

A pretty breakfast setting

My pretty breakfast setting this morning

“My mother created a beautiful home environment, which helped me to learn how to see and how to live. Writers have to find their own voices. I had to learn how to see. Mother’s innate aesthetic sense affected everything she did. When I think back to the meals we ate together as a family, I remember the fresh flowers on the table, the food attractively arranged on the plate and planned partly with color in mind. To Mother, truth was beauty lived every day. Not only did Mother did me to appreciate beauty by her example, she also taught me an invaluable lesson–the importance of creating beauty each day, and how to do it.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard, Living a Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to add Elegance, Order, Beauty and Joy to Every Day of Your Life

I love beautiful things. In fact, unexpectedly someone told me today that my Facebook posts sometimes remind her of Anne Ortlund, author of Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman. I was shocked, as she was a great woman of God, and her husband Ray was a great man of God. What a huge compliment!

I believe that it’s so important to notice and surround ourselves with beauty every day. A vase of fresh flowers. Fragrant candles or Scentsy warmers. Pretty paintings. Strawberries in a bowl on the kitchen counter. A crystal glass of your fave drink. A hand-made quilt and freshly washed sheets on your bed with fluffy pillows.

A cute coffee mug (maybe with some chocolate!). Lavender bath salts and unique scented shower gels like honeysuckle and jasmine in the bathroom. Soft pillows on couches and loveseats. Happy family photos. A friendly welcome mat at your front or back door and invite friends over and order pizza (or enjoy Ray’s infamous, mouth-watering Cajun chicken on the grill!). 

dolphin Image source: http://www.defenders.org/

dolphin
Image source: http://www.defenders.org/

When you look at creation, you can see that God loves beauty, too. A bright red male cardinal. The moon and stars shining luminously. The glorious rays of the sun. The sound and beauty of the amazing ocean waves, on glistening white sands and the wind blowing through the palm trees. Majestic blue, snow-capped mountains. Orange desert cactus blooming. Sunrises and sunsets, each one different and breath-taking. Dolphins, sharks, stingrays, lions, tigers, black panthers, elephants, zebra, giraffe, kangaroo, wolves, butterflies, kittens, puppies, all that has been created by God with a word.

The Bible tells us to focus on what’s beautiful. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ~ Philippians 4:8, KJV

Image resource: Pinterest-woman and coffee

beautiful woman writing with coffee
Image resource: Pinterest

God sees you and me as beautiful. In Song of Solomon 2:14, NLT, it says, “My dove is hiding behind the rocks, behind an outcrop on the cliff. Let me see your face; let me hear your voice. For your voice is pleasant, and your face is lovely.”

Our enemy Satan does all he can to mar our beauty and the beauty of this world. From pollution on this earth to pollution in our souls, the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)

He wants our marriages, families, physical bodies, homes, environment, work places, walk with Christ, and attitudes as ugly as possible. He is the author of lies, confusion, and destruction. I was about to Skype my sweet friend last night, when she texted me. “Hold on. Coming. We are having chaos.” In the other room of her house, there were shouting and angry words between her husband and her son. 

happy couple

happy couple

The enemy never stops. He won’t until he’s burning in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 20:10) Because he’s so relentless, we as believers in Christ need to do all we can to display God’s beauty and create it in our lives. 

  • We can be beautiful women of God by obeying and serving Him with our time, our resources (such as money, our work, or other physical resources), our spiritual gifts and our lives. As we spend more time with Jesus each day, we become more like Him, by God conforming us into His image. (Romans 8:29)
  • We can bring beauty to our relationships by loving and forgiving others, encouraging them daily, and helping them. Each day we can wipe the slate clean. God’s mercies are new each morning. (Lamentations 3:23)
  • We can make our homes beautiful, a place of safe refuge and comfort, by keeping it clean, organized, and beautifully decorated with the resources we have“I suddenly realized that God’s beautiful Proverbs 31 woman was the sparkling jewel in her husband’s life! She brought the love, the color, the joy, the life, and the energy to the home!” (Elizabeth George, Beautiful in God’s Eyes)
  • We can have an impact on this world and make it beautiful by sharing the good news of Jesus and our powerful testimony. Tell your story with others. Allow God’s anointing to flow through you as an open conduit of His power. (1 John 2:27)
  • We can have a beautiful attitude by being positive and faith-filled, instead of being negative, complaining, criticizing, or being ungrateful. (Philippians 2:14) Ask God to heal any wound in your heart that prevents your utmost, inner beauty from shining forth. 
  • We can visit beautiful places, traveling to new towns, states, and nations, eating new foods, meeting new people, and making new, beautiful memories that last a lifetime. 
  • We can leave a beautiful legacy with our children and grandchildren by fulfilling the calling and purpose God has assigned for our lives, and by showing them Jesus through our godly example.

I want to be a beautiful woman, inside and out, and to surround myself with beauty, don’t you? 

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 a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4, NIV

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Promises In The Dark: One Woman's Search for Authentic Love

You can read how God made beauty out of the ashes of my life in my memoir, Promises In The Dark: One Woman’s Search for Authentic Love. Click here to find out more. 

 

 

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My birthday poem

Me & author/speaker  Anita Andreas

Me & author/speaker Anita Andreas

Today is day 9 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Today’s blog post suggestion was to let people in on your life, sharing pictures. 

My author/speaker friend IRL (in real life) Anita Andreas, author of Breakthrough: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Hope, recently blessed me at the Cinderella women’s conference with a birthday poem that was humbling and powerful.

She wrote it on a beautiful card with snow-capped, purple mountains, green trees, and a blue and white sky.

purple mountains card

Purple mountains card

 

Anita's poem

Anita’s poem

I wanted to share it with you today.

“To my dear Beth ~ 
(from the Lord’s heart to yours)
Oh, how I love
the way you raise
My women up
to see My face…

To look to Me
who shows them who
I made them to be…
how I breathed into them
So they may be FREE in Me!

I thank you, Beth
for you never tire
taking My women
from the mire…
to bless My girls
to see their frills and curls,
their beauty ~ their treasure
My blessings beyond measure
to let them see
who they are in Me
You draw them closer~
closer to Me.

God’s blessings and deep love, sister,
Anita.”

Isn’t that beautiful?

I was so touched that Anita wrote this for me.

Be sure to check out her new book, where she shares about the healing miracles God did in her occupational therapist work with patients. 

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Good hair day

Beth Jonees, International Speaker/Author

Beth Jones, International Speaker/Author

Do you ever want to change your hair – the color, the style, the length – just something?

Last year I went to my hairdresser, asking her to change it to a dark auburn color. It changed all right, but not the way I wanted.

Apparently my hair is dry and porous, and the color result was NOT, let me tell you, auburn. I walked out of there with Joan Jett black hair.

A couple of weeks ago, I felt the same urge. I wanted dark auburn hair. You are probably thinking, Does she ever learn? LOL.

My hairdresser tried again. OMG(osh)! It didn’t turn dark auburn. It turned dark, muddy brown and ash!

So I went to a new hairdresser this week. Actually she’s my old hairdresser, Lori. Not old, as in old lady. My former one who I used to go to.

She looked at it and said, “The problem is that your hairdresser didn’t put any red in it!” Uh yeah, I know!

So Lori saturated it with red. Once again, because my hair is porous, it turned dark quickly. But this time, at least, it is auburn. It finally has the RED!

Next time we will go with a lighter auburn.

But we’re getting there – now I finally have the RED in there! I am happy with it. Ray said it looks nice. My friends have complimented me on it.

It’s REALLY different from my naturally, dark brown hair with the blonde highlights. But I like it!

There’s an expression: “New hair, new things are about to happen.” 

I receive that! Yes! (I’m praying to go to Africa in December 2013 to speak at 2 women’s conferences in Kenya and a church in Uganda. Learn more by clicking here.)

Have you ever had a cut or color that you wanted and it didn’t turn out the way you expected? Share in the comments below.

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