Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | June 7, 2017

Lasting Beauty

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.” Proverbs 31:30 (NLT)

Concealer to cover the dark circles under the eyes. Foundation to even out the complexion. Lotion to firm the skin. Brightener to liven up tired eyes. Bronzer, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, lipstick, etc. to draw attention away from “problem” areas. Color to cover the gray sneaking into natural hair color. Highlights to bring depth and interest to bland hair. Clothes to slim or accentuate. Shoes and jewelry to accessorize. All just a taste of the tools women use to create beauty. We view ourselves in a mirror to adjust and improve the image of beauty we desire to project.

According to our key verse, outward beauty is nothing but temporary. How can we develop a beauty that won’t fade? How can we become women who fear the Lord? This type of fear refers to the awe and reverence we feel toward God. When we are reconciled to God—acknowledging our innate sinfulness as well as our need for Him, accepting His free gift of salvation, and surrendering to Him as Lord and Savior, we are filled with a beauty that will last forever.

Our heavy burden is lifted, filling us with a peace that surpasses understanding. We are consumed with love and grace, spilling that love and grace onto others. We draw attention to the glory of God, as we daily crucify our pride and selfishness. We are a display of His splendor, a tree bearing good fruit. We are clothed in His righteousness. We project His goodness as we reflect the incredible ways God is actively maturing our faith on a daily basis.

Physical beauty can demand a daily allotment of time which increases as the years and wrinkles increase. Spiritual beauty bubbles up and overflows from a right standing with God and ever-growing awe and reverence for our Lord, rejuvenating us from the tips of our manicured fingers to the depth of our very soul. On which kind of beauty will you focus your attention? Will you let the fear of the Lord paint your appearance in beauty today?

“Father, You alone are worthy of awe and reverence. Please fill me with Your grace and love so that I may reflect the beauty that only comes from You to others.” 

For His Glory

Tammy Randlett (http://staletoast.com)
TRBC Women’s Life

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