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Perfectly Imperfect ~Pretty Lies by Veridia

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
so that you may prove what is the good, well pleasing, and perfect will of God. ~ Romans 12:2

As we approach New Years Day, it is common to make New Years resolutions. The only problem is that many, if not all, of the resolutions that are made by the majority of people deal with the external being–Losing weight, eating right, working out, getting outdoors more frequently, etc. These are focusing on the outside…the looks, the appearance, the body image. They are temporary, and who determines when you have lost enough weight, whether you are eating right, or if you are getting outdoors enough? When is enough good enough? Who sets the bar? Resolutions to improve the external shell are wonderful, don’t get me wrong! However, if it is society telling you to lose weight, eat right, exercise more, than your resolutions will not succeed for societal views of perfection can never truly be achieved (hence the reason why resolutions typically fail)! After all, if we were able to be “perfect” then why the need to airbrush/Photoshop ads? Why would we need to starve ourselves or exercise till we break if perfection could be obtained?

Instead of focusing on the outside this year, take some time to devote to the inside…the heart, the mind, the soul. The goal of life it not to be perfect, for we are “perfectly imperfect” beings! The goal of life is to be perfected through the blood of Christ, who was born and died for you! The only way to change the outside, is to first change the inside. You were created by God on purpose for a purpose and your body is not yours…despite how you may feel! It is the Lord’s. If you focus your energy on God, his commands, his love for you, his sacrifice for you, his never-ending grace towards you, and his endless mercy, then you will see that you are perfectly imperfect, which is just how it should be! It is in our imperfections that we are able to see our need for God. If we were perfect we wouldn’t need him!! When you accept that you are imperfect, you can accept who you are, where you are, and how you look and feel about yourself. When God is at the center, the external becomes a part of the journey. However, if the external is at the center, you will never be happy because there is always someone prettier, handsomer, richer, smarter, more athletic, and on and on it goes. You will never find happiness or true joy if you try to reach the illusion of perfection!

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So, rather than focusing on the external this year, shift your center to the internal. Find your peace with God and with whom he created you to be. Find peace with all of you–your looks, your job, your family, your life. No matter how imperfect, you are in God’s hands and he will work all things out for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose—that is YOU! Believe me, I know hard times and how hard it is to see yourself as beautiful when life tells you otherwise!! Remember, you are “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT” and that is breathtakingly BEAUTIFUL!!!

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10

For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord,
plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that God works for the good of those who love him,
who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28

May you pray more, dive into scriptural truths, and spend some time listening to God’s still small voice midst the noisy chaos of life! I assure you that when you do, you will find true joy in who you are, no matter the circumstances.

All my love and blessings for a wonderful, fabulous, enriching new year! ❤

Today

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect,
but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
~ Philippians 3:12-14

The beautiful thing about walking with God is knowing he does not judge the past. He doesn’t stress about where you have been, what you have done, or the skeletons you hide in the closet. He cares about where you are going and what your future holds. God desires to make each and every one of us new, drawing us into his presence, making us righteous and holy. When we accept the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ and repent of our sins, God forgives us for what we have done and buries our sin in the depths of the sea, never to be remembered again. YOU are made new!!

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:
The old has gone, the new is here! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. ~ Psalm 103:10-12

Who is a God like You,
who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?

He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love.
He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. ~ Micah 7:18-19

As you journey through this world, take some time to seek the Lord and know that though there may be things in your past that you have to deal with or get help to overcome, God washes them away from his thoughts. You are free in Christ and made new! Trust in the promise and revel in the joy only he can bring to your life.

Jonathan Thulin has a beautiful song and the lyrics remind us that it is today that counts, not what was done in the past.

All my love ❤

Everything!

I cry every time as this is simply too beautiful and touching for words! God bless and may you know God is always there with you, covering and sheltering you! All my love ❤

The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. ~ Psalm 18:2

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. ~ Thessalonians 3:4

Darkness to Light

Everyone has a past, times that haunt, memories that taunt and tear our hearts and minds apart. Sometimes they can be so overwhelming and you feel like you will break because the conflict is so strong. Believe the lies or seek the truth and let it fill your heart and mind?

I used to allow these wicked thoughts to take control, to lead me to places of danger and harm. But somehow, in some miraculous way, God came in. He reminded me of the truth…that I am HIS beautiful creation. I am pure and righteous through the atoning blood of His Son’s sacrifice. I am His daughter whom He loves with a love so divine and so grand that I am filled with a peace I simply don’t understand. With prayer and encouragement from trusted friends, He shines the light of His love whenever the lies of my past open the floodgates of darkness. He brings grace where shame once resided. God has given me the wonderful gift of His mercy, a compassion so rich it fills my soul and washes over the sinful guilt coursing through my heart and mind.

I honestly don’t know how my life would be without the pure love of God that came and rescued me! Would I be drowning in Satan’s sea of lies? Perhaps I would have turned to a life of alcohol or drugs to numb the pain? Maybe I would have resorted to cutting or a destructive lifestyle to bring relief from the past? I know not where I would be today without the grace of God living within me. He has reached into my state of brokenness and set me free from the shackles and bondage of abuse and for that I am eternally grateful. Yes, there are those moments where satan desires nothing more than to remind me of my past, to bring the abuse back to the forefront of my mind, to fill my heart with his elegant lies. But today it is different, for satan has been cast out…the lies replaced with the beauty and love of my wonderful, great, awesome, and powerful God!

I pray that you too can feel the loving hand of God upon you. May his truth come to light and wash over you so that no matter how hard satan tries, you will still return to the loving God who created you and calls you His own. Don’t lose hope by remaining in the pain of the past or the sin filled life of the present. Instead, run to the grace filled arms of Jesus Christ and find ultimate release from the sinful thoughts, the destructive plans, and the devastating patterns you have developed to help with the pain. Release them to the only One who can heal you deep within. May you find strength and peace amidst this journey of life! And even more importantly, may the glorious forgiveness of God encompass your very soul, reminding you how beautiful and how loved you truly are. All my love.

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. –Isaiah 42:16

Darkness to Light

Darkness
Shame
Shifting sand

Spiraling
Plummeting
Nowhere to stand

Contempt
Anger
Rising again

Battling
Torment
Mind filled with sin

Searching
Seeking
Reaching for God’s hand

Praying
Yearning
Waiting to land

Forgiveness
Healing
God’s love so grand

Listening
Learning
Shackles of sin disband

Grace
Light
Flowing from God’s hand

Lies and Deception!

Smack dab In the middle of life lies confusion, distortion, and destruction! Satan wants nothing more than to rob you of your hope, filling your heart and mind with an endless supply of lies—that there is nothing better than what you have, that you are not worthy of good and wonderful things, that you will never measure up to whom you were created to be so why bother, that you can do whatever you want and no one will care or ever know, that your life is meaningless and has no purpose. LIES!

Each and every one of those thoughts are lies created by Satan meant to deter you from receiving all the Lord has to offer you—direction, clarity, wisdom, discernment, peace, joy, comfort, righteousness, forgiveness, purity, wholeness, love, hope, and so much more!

Why is it that you listen to the lies of the enemy so easily, yet struggle so to believe the truth that exists right in front of you? Why do you knock yourself down and beat yourself up when the Lord accepts you and loves you as you are? Why do you turn your back on the beautiful promises that the Lord brings only to hold onto the brokenness and deception of this world? Why?

Because you are a mere frail, weak human! (Matthew 26:41)

Because you have not let God penetrate your heart to the deepest, darkest parts!

Because it is easier to believe the lies than be vulnerable and exposed by the truth of God!

Because your flesh has desires and cravings for things of this world and does not desire to transform!

God has designed you with perfection in mind, but it cannot now, and never will be attained in this world. This world is designed to strengthen and refine who you are and how you perceive your worth. It is an integral part of shaping you to appreciate the true beauty and glory of God! Think about it!! As you traverse the alleys of doubt, it is the Lord’s truth that brings you clarity and helps you reveal God’s grace to the lost and broken. As you walk the streets of despair, it is God’s comforting love that renews your hope and gives you reason to reach out and encourage others. As you swim in the ocean of sin, it is God’s forgiveness and mercy that cleanse you, building a repentant heart that all can see.

You see, you are in this world to have the time and opportunity to become like Christ! He wants you to grow in your faith, renew you heart, and fill your soul to overflowing with His power, His might, and His glory! You are an imperfect vessel strategically placed in this world to become a perfect reflection of Christ!

Psalms 40:12-17 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”

Satan throws lies at you to rob you of your life—joy, hope, peace, comfort, love, beauty, direction, and more—but the Lord is great indeed! He stretches out His mighty hand to hold you, beckoning you away from the deceit, offering so much more through His love, grace, and mercy. Open your heart, and let God fill with the truth. Open your eyes, and see that through every moment Satan attempts to tear you down, there is opportunity for growth that brings you that much closer to the perfection of Christ. Open your ears, and let the still, small voice of the Lord provide direction, wisdom, and discernment amidst the chaos that Satan throws at you. Open your mind, and allow God to transform your worldly, fleshly way of thinking into powerful thoughts of freedom and eternity.

1 Peter 5:8-11 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Be vigilant. Pray. Seek. Devour the living Word of God. Transform your heart and mind into the image of Christ!

God bless and keep you in all your ways and may you hear the truth of God instead of the lies of Satan!

 

God’s Masterpiece

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Ever wonder who you are or how you came to be? Do you ever think about what God was thinking when he designed you? Can you think of a time or two that you wished you could have asked God to make some changes before He completed the blueprint of your being? You know…maybe you would have asked him to be taller, to give you a witty sense of humor, to provide you with a body free from disease, or to give you more spunk and courage. Believe it or not, God made you just the way you are on purpose! He created you in His image and designed every fiber of your being to help fulfill his plan for you life and in the lives of those around you. God made no mistakes when He created you!! You were created on purpose for a purpose….and it was predestined and perfect! Take a peak….

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female, He created them.

So next time you question if God could have given you the “skinny” genes, or the blue eyes instead of the brown eyes, or when you wish you could have been designed to not have cancer or a wacky thyroid, just remember….you were created to shine his glory and it is through your life–your appearance, your health, your character, and your intelligence–that God can do the most marvelous things!

God bless you and keep you and may you always know that YOU ARE PERFECT, because GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES!!

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For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my substance,
being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me,
when as yet there were none of them. ~Psalm 139:13 & 16

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God’s Masterpiece

You are a jumble of colors
Mixed up in the swirls of life
There is no definitive design
No shape or portrait that can be seen

In the heavens the artist lives
Looking upon His palate of colors
Amazingly He envisions the finished work
The product that is yet to come

He dips His brush delicately
One color at a time
The first strokes are the lines of love
Ever so gently His masterpiece begins

One glance reveals His next colors
Ones of joy and happiness
Their vibrance glides effortlessly
On the canvas of life

To this He adds peace
With a touch of humility
Together they fill the heart
Yet He must add more

The darker colors
Turmoil, long-suffering, and pain
They give His portrait meaning
Adding depth, dimension, and shape

To soften His masterpiece
He brings in a stroke of gentleness
To this He adds ribbons of goodness
Creating a unique work of art

He enhances His creation
Adding colors of hope, grace, and mercy
Then with a splash of faith
The portrait is complete

Looking down at His creation
He has pleasure beyond compare
You, the fruit of His vision
Brought to life by the Creator’s hand

Related Articles:

* God Made the Wonderful You   (thisdaywithGod.wordpress.com)

Beauty Tips

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Don’t let the world dictate what makes you beautiful, let God speak to you and show you the true beauty that exists externally, but more importantly, internally, for He created you in His image, and He makes no mistakes (Genesis 1:26-27)!  Quit with the fad diets, cosmetic surgeries, and starvation regimens, and start seeing who you are in Gods eyes and treat your body like the temple it was designed by God to be (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20)!

I was reading through some old poems I had collected over the years, and landed on Beauty Tips by Audrey Hepburn.   As you read it, remember that the world’s view of beauty through external perfection will one day fade, wither, and die (Proverbs 31:30), but the internal beauty of the heart and soul will remain for eternity!

God bless you, and may you know that you are beautifully made by God Himself, who created you on purpose for a purpose to grace this world with your presence, and may you seek internal beauty that will last forever, rather than searching for quick fixes that will cost you time, money, possibly health, and will be only temporary.

And let not your adornment be merely external:
braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses;
but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.
– 1 Peter 3:3-4

Beauty Tips ~ Audrey Hepburn

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

 

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

 

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

 

For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day.

 

For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone.

 

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed;

 

never throw out anyone.

 

Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms.

 

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself,

 

and the other for helping others.

 

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries,

 

or the way she combs her hair.

 

The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,

 

because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

 

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode, but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.

 

It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows.

 

The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.

 

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But the LORD said to Samuel,
“Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;
for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7

Advertising is made to sell us on products that will make women more beautiful externally and to sell men on all the products they need to be masculine and for all of us to be sexy.  But much goes on behind the scenes to make the illusion of perfection come alive. Click on the image below to gain a glimpse of what I am referring to……beauty social