“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
What if we spend as much time fixing our inner self as we do our outward appearance? As women we are constantly trying to be the best we can be. It is in our nature to want to be perfect and look perfect. But is that what beauty is all about?
I personally think that beauty is more than how we look from the outside. A beautiful woman is one that is confident, loving, caring and genuine in her behavior. She knows what she is worth and does not feel the need to compete with other women in order to prove that she is great. Her confidence comes from her daily walk with God. She is aware that as long as she is walking in the perfect and acceptable will of God, everything is guaranteed. This woman knows that if God has something set aside for her, no one can take it away. She is strong and laughs without fear at the days to come. Her focus is set on the purpose God has set for her life. Her outward appearance is not her primary concern because her focus is set on greater things than herself!
This extraordinary woman is one of noble character – she is quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger. She brings good, not harm. A woman that is not afraid of stepping into the unknown because she knows that her all knowing God is already there to take her by the hand. She is selfless – puts other’s needs before her own. She gives without expecting anything in return.
Are we this kind of woman? Ladies, let’s try to spend more time improving our inner self as we do our outward appearance!
D. Arelis XO
So I’ve been working on a personal devotional for women these last couple of days and this verse is one that really spoke to me as I was writing. I hope and pray that it ministers to your heart as it did to mine.
“LET YOUR EYES LOOK STRAIGHT AHEAD, FIX YOUR GAZE DIRECTLY BEFORE YOU.”
It is easy to take our focus off of God and start focusing at the situation instead. Remember our friend Peter? He walked on water as well, until he got scared of the storm and started to sink. I am pretty sure that many of us can relate to peter – I know I can. Often times we boldly step into our purpose but when things start getting hard we take our focus off Jesus and start going down hill. This happens to the best of us. We need to make it a daily habit of reminding ourselves to stay focused.
Have you ever asked yourself why people make horses wear blinders? Well I find this very interesting, these blinders are there to prevent a horse from seeing beside or behind them – it prevents them from becoming distracted or panicked by what they see.
God wants us to do the same thing, to focus directly on Him and gaze only in His direction. We know that as soon as we take our focus off of Him, we will get distracted or panicked by what we see.
D. Arelis XO
“For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again,
but the wicked are brought down by calamity.”
Proverbs 24:16 (NIV)
I am pretty sure many of us have been in that situation of wanting to give up. There comes a point where everything becomes so overwhelming that you just start feeling like you’ve been literally running a marathon. Many of us have been in that situation when we start doing the right thing before God, but because of our exhaustion we lose our focus and end up messing it all up again, which brings us back to rock bottom!
One thing I’ve learned during the years is that it does not matter how many times we fall. Of course that does not mean that it is ok to make mistakes every time. What I am saying is that it is not ok to stay on the ground the moment you fall! Think about it, when we get up, we repent right?! The word of God tells us that when we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. So, “it doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is if you are going to be strong enough to get back up!”
Now do you have it in you to fight till the end? Of course you do! God’s word tells us, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). In His name you have overcome everything – not by your own strength but by His strength. We are more than conquerors through Jesus. “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” – Romans 8:37.
God does not give up on us. So I encourage you not give up on yourself either! By giving up, you are telling God that He is not able to help you through the storm.
D. Arelis XO