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The Beauty

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. --Psalm 139:14

“Beauty is transcendent. It is our most immediate experience of the eternal. Think of what it’s like to behold a gorgeous sunset or the ocean at dawn. Remember the ending of a great story. We yearn to linger, to experience it all our days. Sometimes the beauty is so deep it pierces us with longing. For what? For life as it was meant to be. Beauty reminds us of an Eden we have never known, but somehow our hearts were created for.” — Stasi Eldredge

When God created woman, He endowed her with both an inward and an outward beauty. Whether we reveal our beauty to bless others and enrich the world or whether we hide it neatly away, the choice is ours.

Every challenge we face in life can become the process through which our beauty will be unveiled.

“Now, we can fight that process—or we can yield to it. We can choose whether we will allow it to make us more compassionate or let our hearts become jealous of others. We can choose whether we will love Jesus in it or resent him for it. Only one set of choices will make us more beautiful.”

All we experience serves a purpose.

“God is working all things together for our good. He is etching a masterpiece of stunning design. The beauty being forged in us through the transforming work of suffering is one that will leave us breathless, stunned, and forever thankful. And the crowning glory will be that because of the pain we have endured, we have come to know Jesus in a way that causes us to treasure the trial as one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Amazing. ” (Staci Eldredge from Becoming)

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