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God’s Definition of Beauty

9 Jul

While running on the elliptical machine, I love to review memorized passages of Scripture and memorize new sections. This morning I became keenly aware of the 50 pounds that are no longer with me (thank You, God!!!) and simultaneously intimidated by the extra 50 pounds still jiggling along, publicly, as I ran while pumping my arms.

Eating with GodJust then, I flipped to the next passage which was, “3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves…” I Peter 3:3-5

I love this passage for a lot of reasons, but today, just when I needed it, God rephrased verse 3 for me, so I understood:

“Do not let your focus be merely outward—a thin body, a fit body or even a healthy body— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

Yes, oh, yes! More than anything else in the world, I want to be BEAUTIFUL to God. I’m grateful that He has helped me shed 50 pounds and is still shaving more off my body in the process, but even more, even if I never lost another pound or even if I get a dread disease, I will still praise Him!

Have a great day! Love you! Marnie

PS – I get asked all the time, “What are you doing to lose the weight?” The answer is Eating with God.

PPS – By the way, how do YOU rephrase God’s definition of beauty for your unique situation?

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Swimming with Jesus

14 Jan

Dave and I are in the habit of swimming laps M-W-F mornings. I usually swim 40 minutes (that’s a 1/2 mile for non-swimmer me). It’s great!

This morning I’d been talking with Jesus most of the swim, and as I grabbed the stair bars to pull myself out of the pool, in that “arms up” position, I could sense Him standing there at the top of the ladder – ready to welcome me into my day. Sweet!

Have a great day, swimming through it with Jesus!

Marnie

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