Today, I'm honored to host the amazing, Patty Wysong who is sharing about beauty. Thank you, Patty for being here today!
As women, we have a natural bent for beauty. We love it and long for it. As Christian women we are very aware of the two kinds of beauty--physical beauty and inner beauty. How many times have we seen a beautiful woman and admired her beauty—until she took off her sunglasses or opened her mouth? And other times we've met a woman whose inner beauty shined so brightly that it far surpassed her outer beauty.
Those women made an impression on us and we remembered their inner beauty much longer than their lack of physical beauty. What makes a woman beautiful even when her hair is snarly and she's wearing a plaid polyester pantsuit? A heart that's full of her Savior and Lord. A heart that's glowing for God. A heart that's overflowing with praise.
The Bible tells us what is beautiful:
Praise is becoming to the upright. ~Psalm 33:1b
Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
For it is pleasant and praise is becoming.
Praise! It's something everyone can do. It's a matter of making the choice to praise rather than complain. Praising God takes our eyes off ourselves and puts them on the One we are praising. Self-absorbed people are not happy people, they're miserable. God-absorbed people are able to praise even when life stinks. It gives them a measure of joy even during the unhappy times. We work hard at beauty--our own beauty and the beauty that surrounds us, whether it's our home or work place. But do we put as much time and thought and effort into our inner beauty? Sometimes that inner beauty is as simple as choosing to praise God—whether we feel like it or not. That praise shines through us and God rejoices.
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so your God will rejoice over you. ~Isaiah 62:5b
God rejoices in us, His bride, and He has a special name for us: Hephzibah. It's found in Isaiah 62:4. But you will be called, “My delight is in her,” and the margin note says Hephzibah. My baby name book agrees with the margin note, too. Proverbs assures us that a good name Proverbs 22:1 is more desirable than great wealth. “My delight is in her.” Sounds to me like a pretty cool name to be called! Hephzibah. It has quite a ring to it. Let's be sure to beautify our lives with praise for our great God so we can live up to the name He has given us.
My delight is in her.
Since Patty quit running from God's call on her life and surrendered her pen to Him, she's been happy. Life is never dull as she juggles being a wife, a homeschooling mom of five, a Bible study facilitator, an online blogging class teacher, a blog designer, a website manager, and a writer. As long as she's obeying God's leading, she figures that sanity is a novelty and not a necessity. Patty clings to the promise that God will enable her to do what He asks of her, otherwise you would find her living with the scaredy cats at the Funny Farm and not just occasionally visiting.
She would love to visit with you online on her blog, Patterings, Facebook, and Twitter.
Name one thing you find
beautiful in a woman?
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