Monday, February 22, 2010

Monday Morning Enouragement

"Be beautiful inside, in your hearts
with the lasting charm of a gentle and 
quiet spirit which is 
so precious to God." ~1 Peter 3:4

Sometimes I don't feel very beautiful or loving.  I get caught up in the busyness we call life, and I lose my "niceness."  People may not see it, I am good at faking a smile, aren't we all?  But at the end of the day my fake smile doesn't seem to make me feel any better, I actually feel worse. 

Can I be honest with you...I haven't been reading my Bible like I should, and by like I should, I mean at all.  Sure I read it to prepare for lessons at church, I read it for neighborhood group, but I don't read it for me to actually grow in my relationship with God.  For the last couple of months I have been coasting on Christian fumes, and quite frankly, it isn't beautiful or charming. 

But now I have a goal, I am challeninging myself to be beautiful again, and to charm God again with the knowledge he is giving me.  I wrote it down in my journal, my love book to God, so now I am accountable to Him. 

Being beautiful can be hard sometimes, when you say something bad about someone else, even thinking it, when you talk harshly to your kids when really you should be harsh with yourself-not them.  When you roll your eyes after your husband asks you "hey honey where did you put my...?"  Okay sometimes they deserve it, I mean, I always lovingly find what my husband is looking for.  You get the point.  We start off each day beautiful and charming, but by the end of the day I don't even need to wash my face because all of my beauty has faded. 

I know I am still going to fail at having a beautiful heart, but at least I am trying now, I am making an intentional effort to stay beautiful and charming inside and out.

11 comments:

Kendra Lee said...

Thanks for your transparency! It happens so easily - being in the Word for all we have to do for ministry... but not for our personal relationship with Him. ARGH! I so feel ya on this one!! It's great to recognize it, and then to know that He is ready and loving and forgiving to welcome us back with open arms. You're beautiful, Miss Kate!

Sarah Robbins said...

Thank you for your honesty. I have been having a really hard time spending time in God's word since Mike left for North Carolina. My attitude and my love for others has suffered because of my selfishness and lack of self control. Thank you for reminding me of the source of all my joy. . . I will be praying that we both get back to reading the Bible and spending time with God.

Kristin said...

I feel like each day I fail somehow at being the person I know God wants me to be. And I haven't been reading my bible regularly either. I have been reading lots of Christian books, but I know that's not the same. I'm going to challenge myself to do the same thing too!

Steph T. said...

Thanks for this...I have been guilty of this myself and last week I got back into the word and it was so refreshing. I appreciate your heart and love for God!

He & Me + 3 said...

I think that we all can relate. It is hard..but thank God He loves us no matter what and He is the God of second chances, when we do get ugly.
Love your new layout. Super cute.

Holly said...

I can totally relate. I haven't been reading either. I wish I could say my excuse was that I was sleeping more but I wasn't even doing it much before then either.

Tracy: said...

Thanks for this post! I will definitely be hiding that scripture in my heart...and writing it on my forhead! ha! THANKS! BLESSINGS!

Erin said...

Their is beauty in your honesty!

And God is gently nudging me back to His Word more and more every week. I love His quiet leading!

Veronica said...

What you shared here is a challenge to all of us. I totally know what you're going through because I'm in the same boat. I even tried to make it to church yesterday but we ended up getting into an argument and drove back home. I want to make some changes but it seems like the devil loves to fight me tooth and nail!

I'll be praying that you'll be successful with your new commitment and maybe you can say a prayer that I will do better in making my spiritual life a priority too!

Joyeful said...

Well this reveals a truly beautiful spirit! I can completely relate to everything you wrote here but I love that you have committed to being more beautiful to "charm" God's heart!! Wow! That is just lovely! And I know He is so delighted with you!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Oh Kate...I've been struggling in this area lately...being beautiful...going to the Lord and spending real meaningful time with Him. I don't feel very beautiful lately, either. "Going on Christian fumes" is a good way to put it!

I'll be praying for you...please pray for me, too...