Sep 30, 2012

31 days of Inner Beauty {1 Peter 3:3-4)

Dear Friends,
I am writing these next 31 days as an act of obedience to God
and as a challenge to my creative energies.
I am writing these next 31 days to tell you how much God loves you.  
To tell you how amazing you are.
I am writing these next 31 days to understand and believe 
how much God loves me, 
to become more like him, 
and to spend some time working on the inside 
(rather than just the outside).

I am writing these next 31 days and linking up with the Nesting Place along with several hundred other bloggers.  Visit every day.  Visit once a week.  Visit at the end of the month. 
Just visit.  Come and visit and read {and leave a comment}, and be blessed.



Today's Scripture: 1 Peter 3:3-4
(NLT) Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God.

I am a simple girl.  I wear light make-up, and occasionally do my hair, but I have had friends call me "granola" in honor of my "hippie" tendencies. 

Despite being "simple", I certainly do spend time preparing myself to face the world every day.  Do I panic if I find myself without make-up in a public place?  No.  I do, however spend 15-20ish minutes every morning taking care of my appearance, as a way to take care of myself, to be obedient to God as a steward, and to feel good about myself.

I don't think that the above passage condemns those who are careful about their appearance.  Nor do I.   

I think there is a line that can be crossed when it comes to caring more for our outward appearance than we do for our character, or our "inner self".

Ultimately I am attracted to the phrase "unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit", perhaps because my house is loud.  I am loud, my kids are loud, everything is loud, we all talk too much, and I certainly find a lack of the "gentle" spirit in me. 

What does a gentle and quiet spirit look like?  Peace-loving, not a gossip, gentle correction as opposed to harsh rebukes, holding my tongue when I long to share my opinion, not nagging, never yelling, shouting or shrill, loving in a firm way, kind and patient... the list goes on (I will get to it all over the next 31 days). 

Reflect:
How much time do you spend taking care of your make-up and hair?  Do you spend the same amount of time in the study of scripture and the renewing of your mind?  {I know I don't always}.  
How well do you reflect a "gentle and quiet spirit"?  In what ways can you begin to control your emotions to be a better reflection of this character traits?

In Him!
AJ

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31 days

2 comments:

  1. I'm very simple in my appearance, too. Not sure if it's the sign of a healthy mindset or that I'm just lazy. ha. I definitely agree we need to spend more time on our inner beauty than outward. We've all known beautiful people on the outside that we didn't want to be around because of their ugly inner self. Jesus works from the inside out.

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  2. AJ ... thanks for stopping by my 31 day adventure. as the mother of 4 daughters - i can attest to the value of your efforts! i am looking forward to reading more... blessings, donna

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