Monday, December 15, 2008

Beauty is only skin deep.....

I've had some things on my mind this weekend that I'll share with you. During the day Saturday I thought about how old I feel like I'm getting. I told Jess just last week that I don't want to get old....I went on to say that I know I'm going to get old....but I don't want to get old. What I really meant was, I don't want to think old, even though I am old. Does that make sense? Jess took some pictures of Pappy and me with the boys Saturday afternoon. I seem to never realize just how old I look until I see a picture of myself...especially one taken outside in the light. I find it hard to believe just how gray I am. Then...I was with a group of ladies Sunday and most of them color their hair and don't look near their age....then there was me!!! I think I'm getting a bit paranoid, or whatever word comes to mind when you get to thinking that maybe you could use a little sprucing up...or the fact that you are facing yet another birthday really soon!!! Then....the saying came to mind about how even a barn looks good with a new coat of paint. As one thought led to another, I started thinking about how God sees us.

Even though I am getting "more mature".....sounds better than old, or even older.....I still feel the same inside. Oh, yeah, there are all the new little aches and pains....but my mind and how I feel about things....I'm still the same old me!!! Sometimes, I'll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and for a split second wonder who that woman is. She sure doesn't look like how I picture myself.

Does God see what I see??? Does God care whether I color my hair, or whether I wear make-up? Does God sometimes look down and think He sure wishes I'd put on a little lipstick? I really don't think so...but, there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things. I know that God is sometimes very disappointed in me because I don't take better care of the body He blessed me with....but, as far as the other things....I truly believe that God is looking on the inside of us. He sees our hearts.

If none of this makes any sense....I'm sorry.....maybe God just wanted to reassure me that He still loves I didn't know that. Most of you know that I love cardinals....most of you don't know the story behind why....but they hold a very special meaning to me (notice the little cardinal in my blog header!!!).
Anyway...last night at church a friend of mine came to visit to see our kids' Christmas program, and she brought me a little Christmas "happy". First of all, it had an ornament tied to the bow with 2 little cardinals on a pine cone....and the gift itself was a spoon rest with a beautiful red cardinal on it!!! Sometimes God sends little very unexpected ways.....just to let us know He's thinking about us and loves us more than we'll ever know!!!

So...does God love me any less because of my gray hair and all my wrinkles??? According to the scripture.....NO!!

Proverbs 20:29 (NLT)
The glory of the young is their strength;
the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old.

Proverbs 31:30 (NLT)

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;
but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.

In His Love...and with mine!!!

1 comment:

  1. psalm 31 is the perfect verse for today.

    i had completely forgot about the pics....i need to pull them off my camera. i'll try and do that tonight. i'm reading, so i've been caught up in my book.


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