I am in a lush green garden, with the sound of a gentle breeze blowing through the leaves of the trees.
The air is sweet smelling and the sun is warm on my skin.
It is the most beautiful place imaginable, and I am not alone. Beside me is the most perfect man,
and he is looking at me as if I am more beautiful than
all that which is around us.
Oh yes, if I can imagine what it was like at that first moment… the moment Eve became aware of her surroundings and her eyes first gazed upon Adam. Two perfectly beautiful creatures placed in an unspeakably beautiful garden. I don't think it is possible for us even to come close to imagining just how wonderful life was for Adam and Eve - that is before sin entered into the picture. Yes, before Eve took her focus off of God and placed it on herself.
As a Christian woman desiring to follow the path God has planned, it is often difficult to stay
“God-centered” and not self-centered.
Each day the world bombards us with it’s own version how we should dress and how we should look.
I am at that glorious age right now where I am blessed with dry skin, tight clothes, graying hair and spots that appear on my body out of no where!
Why... oh why couldn’t Eve stay focused?
My body would be perfect right now!
… no matter what kind of outer physique we are given by genetics, as women, we are really all the same.
We live a world that proclaims “what you see on the outside is more important than what is on the inside.”
We have all seen some of those extreme makeover shows where before and after show some pretty remarkable results. And those TV women, no one seems to have any frown lines or forehead lines. Hmmmm, the wonders of botox.
It seems that most women today desire to be “pulled in” in one area and “filled out” in another. Lips are inflated and the tummy deflated.
Models with perfect smiles and flawless bodies sell everything from burgers to cars.
I have wondered if it took two or three assistants to help some of those weather-women get squeezed into some of those clingy dresses. Honestly, it is all about drawing the eye to the body. Sadly, they feel that is what they must do to be desirable.
Yes, since the day Eve ran to cover herself with a leaf, women have been running to the stores to cover themselves with the nicest clothing that money can buy.
Now we know that none of us are born perfect, but did you know that you can be made perfect in the eyes of the One who is most important? Yes, we all can be born again with a beauty that emerges from within.
As this world judges us from what they see on the outside, God clearly sees the genuine beauty that lies within. Being created in all shapes and sizes, we carry our own personal package of flaws, shortcomings, and imperfections.
What is most attractive to others, is the real beauty that lies deep within us.
This "genuine beauty" can be reflected when Christ resides within us. Instead of trying to please the world with physical attractiveness, Christ desires for us to draw others to Him with our spiritual attractiveness. Now that is a perfect "10."
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works...
He does not care if our hair is a mess or if we are struggling with that new diet.
There is no need to be a perfect woman of the world.
God only desires for us to be His. He is looking at the heart.
When He lives within us, we are just perfect.
Regardless of our outward appearance, talents or intelligence, Jesus sees the heart inside of us and He is waiting to perform His extreme spiritual makeover within us. With Jesus in our heart and life, we are a perfect "10."
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