Real and Lasting Beauty

Beauty

You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. 1Peter 3:4

This is a wonderful and comforting verse for women of any age.  Looking back on my life, this is something I wish I would have fully understood when I was young.  I love what Peter is saying here, Your beauty should not come from outward adornment.  This is not to say we shouldn’t be beautiful, but he’s saying we need to redefine our idea of what being beautiful is!

A women’s heart that is resting fully in the faithfulness of God is gentle and quiet; it is not stirred up with worry and anxiety.

This is something we cannot do on our own! We cannot even begin to develop a “gentle and quiet spirit” without totally surrendering our will to Jesus Christ and certainly not without the help of His Word. (Romans 12:1-2)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Rom 12 1-2

We also need the help of the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is the One who reveals the Fruit of the Spirit in our lives. (Galatians 5:22-23) That fruit will become much more evident if we feed it with God’s Word, prayer, and a lot of self-discipline. 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5 22-23

Ladies, this is a beauty that cannot fade away. It’s a beauty that you don’t have to go through all kinds of cosmetic surgery or makeup routines to preserve. It’s something that gets sweeter and richer and more beautiful as you age.

I don’t know about you, but I want that kind of beauty?   A beauty that comes from God who is the giver of fruitfulness. Left to ourselves, we will never have the fruit of gentleness. That’s why we need to draw upon His sufficiency. He’s the giver of fruitfulness. He’s the one who produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

You see, physical charm, physical beauty those things are all an illusion. They’re fleeting. They’re momentary. They can lure, but they won’t last. The thing that lasts is a relationship with God. That’s got to be the number one focus and priority of our life if we are going to be the women that God made us to be.

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to so trust You that we rest completely in Your goodness, grace, and guidance. Help us adorn ourselves with a “gentle and quiet spirit” so we can be precious in Your sight in all areas of our lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Will you choose to please God today by maintaining that “gentle and quiet spirit.?”

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Author: Cheryl Downum

My name is Cheryl Downum, 2015 was a difficult year for me. I chose to separate from my husband because of his unrepentant abusive behavior and a year later we divorced. I moved from Atascadero ca to the Temecula Valley in Socal. As I’ve walked this journey, I’ve found myself growing closer to Jesus. My heart is now infused with empathy for others that find themselves in this place. And, God has given me a story, a message of hope to share. A message birthed in my brokenness that brought forth a sweet-surrendered dependence on God’s unconditional acceptance and love. The reason I am writing this blog is; I have found in my life that the Lord often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad to our deepest calling. My desire is to encourage His children to seek a deeper relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that as you read my blog, you will feel inspired and encouraged. Thank you for visiting! God Bless! The Lord has opened a door for me in ministry with women who have been raped/sexually assault or abused by their spouse.  I have become a fulltime Advocate for women with a national organization.  For more information on this exciting chapter in my life, please visit my Healing Heart Blog https://thehealingheartblog.wordpress.com/ I am a Survivor and an Advocate, I am passionate about raising awareness about Rape/Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Visit my The healing heart facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/thehealingheart77/

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