Category Archives: Wisdom

Beauty is What’s on 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

I’ll be the first to admit that my appearance is important to me. I won’t leave the house without feeling “cute” to myself and when I don’t, I feel self-conscious all day! I always ask my husband as a second opinion. And as a good husband he always tells me that I look beautiful no matter how risky a combination I might be wearing that day. I feel prettier when I paint my nails,  highlight my facial features with eyeliner and spend and extra 30 minutes curling my hair to look like Sleeping Beauty’s. New clothes and shoes always give me a bump in esteem. I catch myself “checking myself out” in my reflection in windows and glass throughout the day. After eating, I always check my teeth. Do you find yourself doing the same things? Why does it matter what other people see when they look at us?

According to 1 Peter,  real beauty comes from the inside.  Have you ever noticed that when something good happens to you, you just sort of beam? It comes from within and you can nearly contain your happiness. It’s like when you find out that you got the highest grade in your class, won an award, answered a question right in front of the class, just were told that you were loved by a significant other, lost five pounds, landed that promotion, got engaged, or found out that you were expecting your first child. It is that inner joy that cannot be replicated on the outside with clothes, jewelry or even a new haircut. It causes you to walk taller, with greater confidence and with a smile plastered on your face. Shouldn’t we exude the same joy from the inside through our walk and faith in Christ? That’s the beauty that Peter is talking about.

Rather than spending time on our outward appearance, I think that Peter, the encourager, it suggesting that we shift our focus to our inner spirituality. It is the true us that only God knows and the person that we show to the world through our actions and words. God knows who we are. He reads our thoughts and hears the intentions of our hearts. Primping our inner selves becomes important and attainable through Bible Study and prayer. It is hard to cast away our outer selves but we have to persevere. Most importantly, we draw closer to our heavenly Father and in turn become better witnesses to those around us. I challenge you to harness that gentle spirit that Peter describes because instead of pleasing the onlookers of the world, shift your focus to pleasing and bringing glory to the One who loves you for you.

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Wisdom from God

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For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6

What is Wisdom? I like to think of it as the wrinkles that we as humans earn as we age. For instance in the photo above. This woman is so beautiful. Kind of a great reason not to get Botox or plastic surgery! Is it knowing the right thing to say at the right time? Don’t we all strive for that? Is it the perfect answer to a question? Is it the difference between right and wrong? Can it only be possessed by those who are our elders?

Where do we get Wisdom? According to Proverbs we get wisdom from the Lord. For from his mouth come wisdom and understanding. Repeat that again. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. And again in James 1:5 it says that “if any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

But why? Why would the Lord bestow this gift upon us? By definition: it is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement. Naturally as our loving Father, the Lord wants us to be able to make good decisions. And perhaps when we don’t have the experience to make a decision due to lack of experience He is instructing us to turn to him. And he will provide.

Life is often a series of decisions. I’ve had made many life changing decisions such as where I attended high school, college or graduate school. Should I stay in graduate school? Can I solve a problem in a relationship with a friend? Should I quit that organization? Should I leave that church? What do I believe? Am I compromising who I am? Reflecting on these choices, I remember them being incredibly stressful but by giving them over to God and allowing Him to lead me to the right answers definitely softens the process. So pray for God’s wisdom in your life.