what a devotion...
a woman with the latest hairstyles, cosmetics, or skin care can never compete or compare with the lovliness of a woman who has allowed Jesus to occupy every place in her heart. sure, many women can make heads turn. but do they do the same for hearts?
a woman may walk confidently in a bikini but never know the power of being clothed with the glory of God. she may possess charm but lack grace. carry a huge workload but never carry a candle to light the world. run a household but never run to God. it's all vanity. it's all worthless without him.
i yearn to be a woman after Jesus' heart. a woman of faith and grace. a woman who possesses so much of Jesus that people would believe he exists because they recognize his power in me. i want to be a woman who immediately follows every request of my Lord. i desire him. i want to be beautiful in him. is there any other lasting beauty?
i think of Mother Teresa. what a beautiful soul. what a glory to God. she spread his fragrance to the world. it was Jesus. Jesus was so evident in her; his life so undeniable; his love so obvious.
but we don't have to be Mother Teresa to impact our world. we don't have to be a tiny nun from calcutta, india, to represent true humility, servanthood, and compassion. all we have to be is a woman after God's heart.
one of my favorite verses is Psalm 34:5, "those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." those who look to Jesus are radiant. their countenance is that of a thousand stars.
charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
i got this out of a devotional magazine i picked up at ollies last week called beyond. isn't is powerful? maybe just to me... because of where i am at....have fun enjoying the hustle and bustle of the season. :) mk.