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Confidence In Christ

vscocam169“…We glory and pride ourselves in Jesus Christ, and put no confidence in the flesh and on outward privileges and physical advantages and external appearances.” Philippians 3:3

More and more I am realizing that many women lack confidence. No matter how confident a woman may seem, there is still something she isn’t happy about. We can look great and have the “perfect” hair, skin, body, and whatever else, yet still be so self conscious.

I’ve come to realized that the more I take my eye’s off Christ and instead put them on people, money, a career, etc, the less confident I am in myself. I start comparing myself to others and trying to live up to the world’s expectations. I nit-pick at the little things about myself that aren’t “perfect”, and I start to question who I am. This is all because without Christ, I literally cannot know who I am. I truly find my identity in him. Without him of course I won’t be satisfied! Because we are imperfect people in an imperfect world. But with Christ–he makes up all the difference. He takes away our insecurities and reminds us who we are in him. We shouldn’t look outward to our flesh and worldly things for our confidence. But only in Christ. In him we are loved, forgiven, beautiful, righteous, pure, redeemed— I can go on and on. But we can’t ever know what God believes about us if we don’t seek him! We must know who God is, and then he will show us who we are.

I’ll be honest, it isn’t always easy seeking God. With school, work, family, friends, Church, and so many activities going on– I can get so distracted and busy that I let these things consume my life and I don’t spend enough time with my first love. But there is no excuse for that. God wants all of us. Not just a few minutes squeezed in our busy schedule. He wants us to know him and tell us how much we are worth to him, instead of us trying to find confidence in the world. Confidence in him is the only confidence we can have. So be intentional in spending time with him. Pray and meditation on scripture. Turn off your phone, put your work aside and give God your full attention (speaking to myself right now too!). God will honor it and give you confidence in him that can’t be taken away.

Until next time,

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Faith

Beauty From the Inside

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“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Every woman longs to be beautiful. Starting as little girls, we try on our mothers’ make up, beg her to paint our tiny nails, and we twirl around in big poofy dresses. That desire is in us all. It’s how God made us. But unfortunately society has distorted beauty so much. If you turn on the TV or flip through a magazine, the definition of beauty is extremely unrealistic. It causes us women to compare ourselves and be insecure. Women are never satisfied with their image because they are constantly trying to measure up to a photoshopped “model”.

However, this is not how God intended us to view ourselves. The scripture above explains God’s view of beauty perfectly. It is not saying that we can’t be externally beautiful and that we can’t dress up, wear make up and do our hair. It also doesn’t mean that you can’t be outgoing or confident. But what it is saying is that our worth should not be in those things. We should find our confidence in Christ first, and then all those other things are just extra additions. A woman could be stunning on the outside, but if she doesn’t have Christ to beautify her from the inside first, then her outward beautiful means nothing.

In Luke 11:39 Jesus tells the Pharisees, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy–full of greed and wickedness”. We’ve all been a “Pharisee” before and have cleaned the outside while neglecting the inside of our cup. I know I definitely have before, and everyday I have to continue to ask God to renew and transform my heart and mind by reading his word and spending intentional, uninterrupted time with him. That is the only way, by having an intimate relationship with Christ. First seek him, and he’ll shine his light through you so that your beauty will be effortless, unfading, gentle, and of great worth.

Until next time,

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