September 19, 2007

Itchy scars...

Have you ever wondered why when we have scars and it is healing we feel like we need to scratch it? Usually we skirt around the area wanting to just rip it open because it itches so bad. The medical term for this itchy feeling would be healing, but I believe it goes much deeper than that. Just listen to this…
When we come into the church covered in scars and wounds it seems that we are reminded constantly of what we were and how great it would be, sometimes, to go back. Well, I believe that the nagging voice we hear is like the itch on our scar. The voice of destruction makes us so uncomfortable that we either cave in like idiots ripping open a perfectly, beautiful healing wound or we skirt around the issue forcing us to our knees, praying that the irritation will go away!
Healing is a long process one that always leaves some kind of mark. Marks we call scars can sometimes with great treatment heal with no evidence, however, that is not always the case. Sometimes are scars are puffy and unpleasing to the eye, sometimes they are just small and visible just to remind us of what happened. Scars in a spiritual sense are much the same.
So often I’ve wondered why God forgets about our sins, but we so often remember forever. I think maybe it is because He doesn’t want us to forget how merciful He is. When it comes to scars God doesn’t allow us to heal to see us fall. I believe that sometimes it is for our own strength this happens showing us that instead of allowing that itch to get to us we need to give it up to heal. God gave us those scars to learn our strength is in Him and that even though He has forgotten our sins we need to know that every time we feel the itch it is time to hit the knees and lay it down.
God has given us grace and mercy now we must learn to be thankful. Every time you feel like that itch is coming back do not scratch it, lean on the strength that gets you through it.

September 16, 2007

Godly Beautiful.....

From scarves to flowers to belts to stilettos, beauty is something that has become skin deep. As much as I fall in this category I want to open your eyes to something much deeper. God has made each one of us beautiful in some way. When beauty is seen in the correct way and we become satisfied in ourselves we find a strength that is within.

When Jesus is put first in our lives we find ourselves in a set of different eyes. Look at it this way if beauty is held in the eyes of the beholder than the only beholder that should concern us is God. If we know that God would be satisfied than we know that the people of God will as well.
Look in the mirror and what do you see? Do you see the woman you want to be? Now I’m not speaking of the color of your eyes or the whiteness of your teeth I’m speaking about you. So, often we portray someone we don’t know someone who is so vain that the only piece of God in us is unnoticeable. We lose the person God wants us to be. We fall into believing that we are not good enough and that is such a lie. Godliness is beautiful and much more pleasing to the conscience.

A good example of this would be Esther. When Esther meets the King she comes before him as a natural beauty and a true woman who is conscious of what her inner beauty shows. The other girls, however, lost themselves and did what was expected, covering themselves in jewels and gold. I enjoy this story because not only does Esther start to fall into the expectations, but at the end she stands up as a true woman and changes the whole dynamic of inner beauty and confidence in God. We should never lose ourselves in what we think we should portray. Find your inner beauty find yourself and respect yourself. If someone doesn’t see the beauty that is of God than who cares, they shouldn’t be who you care to satisfy anyways. Never forget that you are beautiful and never forget that God makes us all different. You don’t have to be skinny to be beautiful, you don’t have to be blonde to be beautiful, you don’t have to be anything but you.

Remember the inner beauty will always outweigh the outer, because the outer beauty will die and the inner beauty will fly!