Beauty that Lasts


Today I am excited to be sharing a guest post by a sweet friend of mine, Shannon Meiers!
Shannon is a home-schooled senior in highschool, and lover of God, family, music, french, and blue jeans. She is learning to depend on the Lord’s plans for her life, and not her own, and blogs about the daily journey at lifewithoutplans.blogspot.com
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Have you ever realized that the word ‘beautiful’ means different things to different people? To older women who are forever crooning over small children, beauty seems to mean the innocence and newness of youth, while little kids think beauty is flowers and puppies and rainbows.
As we age, though, society forces its warped view into our impressionable heads and we begin to think that beautiful means fake –made up — photoshopped. It’s not real. And it doesn’t last any longer than a coat of makeup or hairspray.
Contrast this to the unmistakable glow some girls have. Their faces seem to always be lit up, and their joy for the Lord makes them stand out. They are beautiful. But where do they find this kind of beauty? We’ve already determined that it can’t be found from the world. Let’s see what the Bible says.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ Changed inside and out by God’s presence in your life. Then you will find God’s will. Sounds good. But easier said than done, because the pattern of this world doesn’t take kindly to nonconformists.
Let’s check out Proverbs 31, verse 30. The NIV version says this:
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (NIV)
Here’s the bottom line — Charm can be faked.
What you see isn’t always you get.  But let’s take it a step further. Beauty is fleeting. It doesn’t last.
Now, watch what happens when we add another translation of the same verse into the mix.
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” (ESV)
Beauty is vain. Prideful. But If we combine the two different translations, couldn’t we say that Beauty Is both vain, and in vain?
So how do we secure the kind of beauty that lasts? Well, take a look at what Proverbs 14:26 says: “He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge.”
Fear in this instance doesn’t mean ‘to be afraid of’, it means to have a respectful awe for. Likewise, ‘praise’ doesn’t always mean ‘to worship’.  Taken in context, it means to ’commend the worth of’. So if we put everything together and reword it a bit, here’s what we end up with:
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who has a respectful awe of the Lord, will have a secure fortress, and her community will commend her worth.” 
Now that’s beauty that lasts. The perfect kind to have while in your single season, because it is the kind that will attract the guy God has for you, the Prince Charming to your Cinderella.  Beauty that will never fade, or tarnish, because it is found in Christ, the Everlasting King.
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Content, yet Hopeful… Guest Post by Meghan Gorecki


Today we have a most beautiful and inspiring guest post by Meghan Gorecki, who is a dear old friend of mine! !

Meghan is a young woman striving to live a simple life under the Lord’s unique direction, & daily learning that “to live is Christ, but to die is gain.” Her days are filled to overflowing with working full-time as a medical receptionist, her crazy-awesome family, & pursuing her “dream job” of becoming a published fiction author. Though her passion is fiction writing, she records the crazy days, love, tough lessons, & laughter that color her days on her blog, Just As I Am.

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Always being a hopeless/now-cynical romantic, news of engagements, weddings or “relationship statuses” changing always bring a sappy smile to my face. Hearing of unique, divinely-penned love stories always bring me goosebumps and I just shake my head in wonderment of God’s perfect plan for each and every one of us. *Laughs* And at the same time I can say with utmost honesty that I am quite content in my “single” status! This *doesn’t* mean I don’t look around on occasion and wonder where “my guy” is…but I digress.

As my friends and I are getting older, talks of crushes or “boys” have progressed to serious discussions about what we look for {and what we don’t want} in future husbands…while still other friends are hopeful about future relationships, or *in* serious relationships! One of my friends is expecting her thirdchild–her love story is a *very* special and unique one I am privileged to have witnessed. As much as my deepest heart’s desire is to get married and have as many children as God’s will’s…I am, frankly, blown away by the fact that I don’t “feel” like me & my friends are “old enough” to be actually going through or developing serious relationships that may just turn into marriage!

Time has flown by at an alarming rate…it feels like only yesterday a friend and I were perusing Before You Meet Prince Charming, denouncing “crushes” and romance novels…and nobly making “lists” of the “musts” for our future spouses. *Disclaimer: the book referenced is a great book, helpful, to a point. Just slightly went to the extreme…crushes, I have NO room to talk, only had one till I was 12…and I love a good cheesy historical book!* At that time, I was *so* swept up in all of that, it proved to be a slight stumbling block…in other reminisces, I remember vividly how I *SO* wanted to be married at eighteen and having a passel of children by my mid-twenties. Oh the daydreams of an overly romantic old-fashioned little girl…

I rejoice with those who rejoice in new-found, or progressing, relationships…yet it is ALL still so foreign to me half the time I don’t know what to think exactly. But I do know this–I can listen, rejoice with them, and pray for them in the new season. It’s a privilege at every step of the way…while it is *also* a privilege to pray for my utterly single friends’ future husbands, and pray with them in this season where God is preparing us, and “our guys” for our lives together.

I have a journal under a light layer of dust that has a few “letters” to my future husband recorded…I think about him, and where he is, what he’s doing, quite often. And on occasion I do ponder who he could be. I do have a “list” of qualities I hope my husband to have, but it is *not* extensive–compared to certain “lists” two of my friends and I compiled at a young age that boasted forty or more “requirements” for our guys. Don’t judge. Those days of day-dreaming childhood are gone, while the more serious business of asking the Lord to prepare and shape *me* are uppermost in my mind…but I do “dabble” on Pinterest with my dream wedding. smile Regardless of when, where or how gorgeous the wedding is…no matter how many times I may be a bridesmaid before a bride, I am thankful and content where I am now. Yet I am so hopeful for someday… beginning a new life with a beautiful wedding day, & carving out that new life with God at the center.

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How has this post encouraged you? Please feel free to share in the comments. Blessings!

~Brittany

Waiting Past Midnight


Growing up, when it came to thinking about when my Mr. Knightly would come, I never thought it would be a fairy tale. Although I did not expect Cinderella, I seem to have subconsciously given myself a deadline in which He should be here by. Now, at 20 years old I find myself to be waiting past midnight.

I am nowhere near where I dreamed I would be at this age. Growing up, had you asked me, I would have said I’d be married at 18 and I expected by age 20 to have started a family. But here I am still waiting and dreaming and longing – although I rarely have time for that. For the longest time I believed that life really began at “I do”.

I was wrong.

I came across this quote by Elisabeth Elliot one day that really turned my way of thinking:

“Single life may be only a stage of a life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving.”

My singleness is a gift.

Yes, you read that right. My singleness is a gift. As much as a may dream about married life or where I thought I would be now, I am confident that I am right where God wants me. I am enjoying this single season in my life. It is a gift in such a way that I am free to do, be and act accordingly to that which I feel God calling me to.

In this stage, I am called to walk with God and let Him be all He is to me so that I can be all He called me to be. In this stage of life’s journey, being single allows me to serve and go places that I may not be able to as the same capacity when I am in another stage of life and my responsibility is my husband and family.

So while I sometimes feel like I am waiting past midnight, I recognize the gift that I have in this season and the beauty and blessings that are part of walking in it. I’m no Cinderella, and my life is not a fairy tale, but in this chapter of my life can say a lot about how my story goes.

Next chapter!

Are you waiting past midnight? How is your singleness a gift?

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