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Typical Beauty Exposed

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More and more these days, this culture focuses on the perfectly made-up face, the perfect hair, the perfect skin, the perfect body- but what of a kind and compassionate spirit? Gone are the days of judging a person by their morals and their integrity; it seems like the first thing attractive to a person is an outward appearance. It is really sad.

1 Peter 3:3-4 says to women, "Don't be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

This isn't to say that we shouldn't take care of our appearances, but it basically means to focus on our relationship with God and pleasing Him more than trying to please this world by our looks. When we model God's truth and love in our lives, God think this is so beautiful. Proverbs 31:30 says, "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is…

This Evil World

1 John 2:15-17

"Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for everything we see, and pride in our possessions. These are not from the Father. They are from this evil world. And this world is fading away, along with everything it craves. But if you do the will of God, you will live forever."

As I'm growing up, I see more and more that this world is trying to capture and suffocate those who have grown up in the church, and those who have had a real experience with God in the past. I don't get angry easily, but when Satan attempts to destroy those who belong to God, it makes me furious. I just wish that every young person that falls prey to Satan's tactics could realize that God is really the only person that they need in their life. When we have a relationship with God, all of our needs for love, ac…
After posting my last blog I felt inspired to further express what Jesus's death means to me by writing a poem:

"How many times have I heard the tale
That my Savior died for me?
How many times have I taken for granted
That I am purchased and free?

Lord Jesus was beaten and scourged—
Mocked by angry crowds.
All sin was on His shoulders
As He looked for God in the clouds.

Forsaken was He for an instant
By the Father up above.
What pain and grief He felt
As He was aching for Heavenly love.

Yet the task still lay before Him,
Although so utterly hard.
He would die for the sins of the world
And in His hands and feet be scarred.

He claimed the end before He took the last breath,
Hope and love in his eyes.
For why else would He give His life
So that we could live in paradise?

Three days later He rose again;
He took the keys of life from hell.
And in His resurrection—
God claimed that it was well.

All sin in life is vanished;
For Jesus paid it all.
With the crimson blood He shed
He’s promised we won’t fall.

For i…

Salvation

1 Peter 1:18-20

"18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him for this purpose long before the world began, but now in these final days, he was sent to earth for all to see. And he did this for you."

Reading this passage can"t help but make you feel special. When our lives were empty and broken, God rescued us by sending His Son to die. He did this for us. What a loving Father we have!

Purpose

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I'd venture to say that each human being, sometime in their life, has a hard situation that causes them to question God and frantically ask Him why He would allow that bad thing to happen to them. We wonder why God sends this heartbreak to us, as if He is punishing us for doing something wrong. We wonder why God would allow us to cry and sob and feel like life holds nothing but sorrow. But God only allows these hard times for a season, and after they are over, it is as if we are a caterpillar turned into a butterfly, transformed through a difficult situation.(Hardships should make us draw nearer to God)

I've had one of those such situations: when my big sis Katie died in a car accident when she was 19. I was 12. Although young, I couldn't help but ask God "Why?" Nothing in life made sense. It was as if time stopped and nothing else mattered. I felt sad and alone, like the grief of Katie's death would overcome my life. But then God started to remind me that He …

Worry No More.

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Matthew 6:25-34

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already know…

Beauty for Ashes

Recently, the song "Beauty for Ashes" by Crystal Lewis has been in my head and in my spirit. You can listen to it on my playlist on the very bottom of this page.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

"He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When sorrow seems to surround you
When suffering hangs heavy o'er your head
Know that tomorrow brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

When what you've done keeps you from moving on
When fear wants to make itself at home in your heart
Know that forgiveness brings
Wholeness and healing
God knows your need
Just believe what He said

He gives beauty for ashes
Strength for fear
Gladness for mourning
Peace for despair

I once was lost but God has found me
Though I was bound I've been set free
I've been made righteous in His sight
A display of His splendor all can see

He g…

It's Worth it.

1 Peter 4:4-5

"Of course, your former friends are very surprised when you no longer join them in the wicked things they do, and they say evil things about you. But just remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead."

This passage refers to when you have friendships with others that don't build you up in your relationship with Christ, but rather make you turn away from God. When you make the hard decision to not associate with those friends anymore, it is difficult, but in the end it is worth it. God sees when you don't do bad things, even when no one else seems to care. You will be rewarded in Heaven for every single good deed you do here on earth.
1 Peter 1:14-16

"Obey God because you are his children. Don't slip back into your old ways of doing evil; you didn't know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God-who chose you to be his children-is holy. For he himself has said, 'You must be holy because I am holy.'"

Because we are God's children and have been changed by Him, we must not slip back into our sinful pasts and wrongdoings. We must strive for holiness because God is holy; and we can only do it with His help. God chose us to be His own. The least we can do is give up the sin that we've been saved from.

God's Promises

1 Peter 1:3-9

"...Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls…
Galatians 5:16,17,24,25

"So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires...Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives."

I love this passage so so much. They are such encouraging words to the Christian. When we feel tempted to do wrong, it is so easy to feel discouraged: like we are fighting the battle of life alone. But this passage clearly states that because we have become Christians, we have been done away with our wrongful desires. When Christ was nailed to the cross, He took care of our sin once and for all. That's not to say that we'll never have bad …

Good Ole' Sensible James

James 1:2,3

2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

How hard it is to have the mindset that the troubles we go through are supposed to be a happy occasion in our lives. The loss of a job, the loss of a friendship, the death of a loved one, pain...the troubles of this life go on and on...

The good news is, though, that each hard situation we go through is ordained by God with a purpose for our lives. If we're having happy-go-lucky lives, we hardly have the chance to grow in our relationship with God. The purpose for the troubles we go through is not merely to beat us down, but for us to grow our trust in God. If you think about it, the purest of joys is drawing closer to God, even if it is because of a hard circumstance. When God l…

God's Delight

Recently, I decided to read Psalm 37. I'm not exactly sure why I read that chapter in particular, but I suppose the verse about delighting in the Lord and Him giving you the desires of your heart has always stood out to me. I guess I wanted to see what else the Psalm had to say. As I started reading the passage, I began to continually underline verses in the passage that stuck out to me. After I was done reading, there were probably more verses underlined than not. God just kept speaking to me through His Word, that every kind action I perform on earth is not overlooked. Sure, I may "miss out" on things that people in this world deem so necessary to have an enjoyable life such as movies that are not the best, or language that is not the best; but in this passage, God clearly communicates that every little righteous act committed is worth it. He cares that we don't engage in immoral activities, even when it seems like we're the only ones on earth not getting invol…