Faith Fitness and Laughter

What’s Beautiful?

on May 26, 2013

How are you this amazing Sunday afternoon?  I am still on vacation, but wanted to pop in to share with you something that has been on my mind a lot lately.  I just woke up from a glorious nap so you will have to forgive the ramblings that are about to occur.

Yesterday was pretty much a blur to me.  I got up around 4:15 so that I could be on the road by 5:00 to get to where my parents are.  It’s only a two and a half hour drive, but I want to spend as much time with them as I can.  I made it to Mt View by 7:45 and then for the rest of the day I felt like I was kind of walking around in a fog.  Oh I had a great day, but I think with the lack of sleep the night before, getting up early and then driving made of a sleepy combo.

Our first stop was to a grocery store by the name of Yoder’s.  It’s ran by a Mennonite family and it’s stocked full of health foods and a bunch of other cool stuff (nothing cold).  I love that place.  Smile   Next, we traveled to Wal-mart to get some things that we needed and then it was back to the RV Park to chill out for a bit.  My mom and I then went to some local flea markets and a super cool fudge place.

 

We chilled out some more and then we all went up to the main square and listened to some Blue Grass music for a couple of hours.  The weather has been amazing and I even took a jacket because the night air was so cool.

The weather is still nice today!

 

 

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What Is Beautiful:

 

I started reading this book that I have had for a long time called Beautiful: How to be a Woman of God by Beth Redman.  Like I said, I have had it for a while, I have just never been at a place that I could read it.  I wanted to share with you some things that have really stuck out to me.

 

  • At the Cross, out broken past dies with Jesus and our new lives rise, just as He rose.
  • In His light, our fractured past should no longer dictate who we are or what we will become.
  • And although I’m still on the journey, I’ve discovered time and time again that the more I cling to Him, the more He is made beautiful and glorious in my life.
  • Let’s not stay the same as we once were.  He is calling us to dedicate our lives to Him, to be women of God who bring Him much glory.
  • I chose to let God in and began to be vulnerable with Him, and as I did this He began to heal me and take away the pain and anger inside me.
  • We have a Father in Heaven who was expecting us and preparing for us.  We are not unloved accidents, a parent’s possession, or an unwitting explosion of fate.  Something much more incredible has happened to us.  We are wanted and loved, and we belong to God.
  • She was making decisions in an emotional state, which resulted in her exerting authority over her husband and, out of pain, acting without thinking. (the passage in the bible that deals with Sarai and Abram and the fact that she couldn’t be patient for God to bless them with a child….Genesis 16:1-5
  • So she made a broken, misguided decision that only increased her pain and fueled her anger.
  • In our lives, there will be times when the things we believed God had promised do not seem to transpire or when something we dreamed of is taken away or denied for the time being.
  • If we feel that we are about to make a decision out of pain, we need to meditate on God, call on Him and come to Him!  Psalm 4:4 tells us to “search our hearts and be silent.”
  • If we turn to God, repent and ask Him to help us, He is able to change out hearts and comfort us.
  • In pain, we should not take things into our own hands.
  • God is for me, God is love, and God is wise.  I must not write off a situation or decide what the future will look like.  God is in control, holding my tears and the days to come in His powerful hands.

 

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This one really made me think:

 

God was rejoicing over His daughter—the daughter He had known about and anticipated since the beginning of time.

 

How cool is that?

Beth had just told a story of how this young woman struggled with the fact that she felt unwanted by her father.

 

There is so much more to share, but this is where I am at right now.  I needed to be reminded that beauty……true beauty……doesn’t come from what we actually see in the mirror.  It comes from something so much bigger.  In fact, it’s nothing physical at all.

What hurts us is if we hang on to things that are in our past and let them control our future.  We limit ourselves.  We talk down to ourselves.  And we see ourselves in this dark light.

 

Beauty, is the messy stuff.  It’s in the messy stuff that God looks upon us, see His Son, and takes us in His loving arms to hold us.  It’s the messy stuff that builds our character.  It’s in the messy stuff that we realize we really are worth something.  It’s in the messy stuff where we find our strength to carry on.  It’s in the messy stuff that we are courageous.

It’s in the messy stuff that we find our own true beauty.

 

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I hope you are having a great holiday weekend!  Smile

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2 responses to “What’s Beautiful?

  1. It sounds like you had a great weekend Brandi 🙂 I hate being tired too but I’m glad you got in some fun time with your parents. Your pictures are beautiful – and it sounds like you’re redefining beautiful too 😉

  2. It looks like you had a fantastic weekend. Glad you had so much fun!

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