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“Full Busy vs. Empty Busy” by Glynnis Whitwer and “Do Everything” by Steven Curtis Chapman

I’ve been receiving Proverbs 31’s daily devotionals for women  for some time now. They’ve been a regular source of encouragement, edification, and rebuke always at just the time I need them.

Have you ever felt so busy and yet so under accomplished at the same time? Ever felt like you were a hamster on a wheel, running and running yet going nowhere? Well, you’re not alone.

Check out Glynnis Whitwer’s recent devotional called “Full Busy vs. Empty Busy.” It was a real encouragement to me and I hope it will be to all you busy women out there too. And if you like that, check out Glynnis’ blog or sign up for P31’s daily email devotionals.

In closing, here’s a song I heard on the radio the other day that might also be an encouragement: Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Everything You Do” (lyrics below).

“You’re picking up toys on the living room floor
For the 15th time today, 
Matching up socks,
Sweeping up lost Cheerios that got away.
You put a baby on your hip,
Color on your lips, and head out the door.
And while I may not know you,
I bet I know you wonder sometimes,
‘Does it matter at all?’
Well, let me remind you,
‘It all matters just as long as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
‘Cause He made you to do every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
In every little thing you do.’
 
“Maybe you’re that guy with the suit and tie;
Maybe your shirt says your name.
You may be hooking up mergers, cooking up burgers,
But at the end of the day,
Little stuff, big stuff, in-between stuff,
God sees it all the same,
And while I may not know you,
I bet I know you wonder sometimes,
‘Does it matter at all?’
Well, let me remind you,
‘It all matters just as long as you do
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
‘Cause He made you to do every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace
With every move that you make
In every thing that you do.’
 
“Well, maybe you’re sitting in math class, 
Or maybe on a mission in the Congo,
Maybe you’re working at the office,
Singing along with the radio,
Maybe you’re dining at a five star,
Or feeding orphans in Myanmar,
Anywhere and everywhere that you are, 
Whatever you do, it all matters.
So do what you do and don’t ever forget to do…
Everything you do to the glory of the One who made you,
‘Cause He made you to do every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
And tell the story of grace…
With every move that you make
In every little thing you do.’

Beauty: A Biblical Perspective

Have you ever played the word association game. Someone says a word, and you say the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear it. Tree – apple. Bird – robin. Food – chocolate. Beauty – …. What word just popped into your head? Maybe it was an image instead of a word, or the name of a famous actress. Let’s look at what beauty is from the ultimate source, God’s Word, and use His definition to combat some lies that so many of us struggle with.

Lie: I can’t be beautiful unless I’m skinny and look like __(fill in the blank with your favorite model/actress)__.

Truth: First, let me say that skinny does not necessarily mean you’re healthy (see post on Health: A Biblical Perspective). Beauty begins on the inside and works itself outward. Though clothes and makeup may help make us more appealing, they do not make us beautiful! We have been brain-washed since our youth by the media. A person is beautiful because of who they are, not how they look or what they wear! God made each of us different and loves each of us. I’m an identical twin! And even though people who don’t know us well tend to confuse us, my sister and I are very different. Different is good. Imagine how boring life would be if we all looked and dressed the same! I Samuel 16:7 says, “man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (emphasis mine).

Lie: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Truth: Beauty is defined first and foremost by God! I Peter 3:3-4 says, “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (emphasis mine).

Lie: “It’s all about me” or “I have to love myself first.”

Truth: The self-esteem movement is growing rapidly. Phrases like “I have to love myself first” or “It’s all about me” are common philosophies being driven into our heads. First, very few if any persons hate themselves, no matter what they say.  If a woman truly hated herself, she would be doing everything possible to harm herself. When people are down on themselves and saying they hate themselves, the truth of the matter is that they actually love themselves; they’re consumed with nothing more than self and what others think of them. We are naturally self-focused. The Bible tells us to “Love others as you love yourself.” Why? Because we know how much we love ourselves, so it’s a good reference point for us! Here’s a good resource on dealing with self-esteem issues from a biblical perspective: http://www.pursuingthetruth.org/sermons/files/self_esteem.htm.

Lie:  I need new clothes or a makeover to be beautiful.

Truth:  Eccl. 8:1b says, “A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.” Wisdom produces true beauty. Where can wisdom be found? Only in the word of God.

Conclusion: God looks on the heart. We are created in God’s image. We are made beautiful by His wisdom. He made a choice to redeem us! II Corinthians 10:5 tells us to cast down any imagination that exalts itself above the knowledge of God. So, if any thought I have is not helping me know God better, it needs to be thrown down, and thrown down hard! We can control our thinking and choose to have our minds obey and follow Christ.

Here’s some excerpts from a helpful devotional by Zoe Elmore of Proverbs31.org from August 30th of this year:

“Entertaining Thoughts” (click the devotional title to be linked to the full devotional)

“What about you, do you entertain lies from your enemy, Satan? Do you entertain thoughts of comparison and insecurity?”

“God tells us over and over again that He thinks we are beautiful; but not just on the outside. Look closely at the truths contained in Ephesians 1:3-6, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance w ith his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.’ (NIV)”

“Friend, critical thoughts filled with comparison and insecurity are not from your heavenly Father who has chosen you and loved you. When Satan whispers his lies, let’s quickly respond, ‘That is a lie and I reject that thought. I will only entertain thoughts of God’s truth.'”

If Only…

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If only I had straight hair instead of curly,” or “If only I had more money,” or “If only I didn’t have this [name any body feature you don’t like]”? Well, we can rest in the everlasting love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness” (NIV).

This past week, Zoe Elmore shared a devotional called “If Only” on the Proverbs31.org blog. Here are some insights from her:

“It’s easy to look at other women and fashion our ideas of success and worth. We see the lovely and gracious exterior, we take note of another woman’s success, and we fall into the trap of wanting what she has, wanting to be just like her. We delude ourselves into thinking that life would be better ‘if only…’ The truth is, we will become beautiful women of godly influence when we put 1 Corinthians 11:1 into practice. ‘Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ’ (NIV).”

“As difficult as it may be to swallow, we were not created to have the perfect exterior appearance or gain the world’s attention; we were created to live a life worthy of our calling and to reflect the beauty of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we do that our lives will draw others to the saving knowledge of Christ. And that far outlasts any temporary ‘if only’ condition.”

“Who are you trying to conform to?” To read the full devotional, check it out here.

Desperate for Reassurance?

I was thinking about this yesterday and then today’s email devotional was about the same thing.

Do I really care about what people think? How many times do I have to have someone tell me something before I believe it? For example, do you need anyone to tell you that you’re beautiful, or do you rejoice in who you are and not worry about what people think? How many times do you have to hear your spouse or friend say they love you before you believe it? Once, weekly, daily, hourly? Where do we find our security? In people’s opinions or love? Or in God and His unconditional, unswerving love? See the devotional below:

http://proverbs31devotions.blogspot.com/2010/06/desperate-for-reassurance.html.

Is Your Plate Too Full? (Jan. 29, 2010)

Each day, I receive an email devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries. It’s a free sign up, and the devotionals are often just what I need for that day. Funny how the Lord works like that.

Today’s was wonderful, and relevant to this blog because it contains a kitchen analogy. Just as we limit our portion sizes at the table, it’s important to limit our portion sizes on optional responsibilities and extracurricular activities. Though it may be fun to host company, take a class, work full-time, keep up with exercise, and help at your local church or other organization, it may be too much.

God expects us to serve with everything we have, but He also commands us to rest. He even gives us the example of rest from Creation in Genesis to Christ on the boat during a storm and in the desert after a long preaching tour. I once heard a preacher say, “We must come apart before we come apart,” meaning that we must take time to get away and rest before we come apart at the seams and either go crazy or collapse.

So, if your plate is too full, pray that God will help you with life’s portion control. For P31’s article, check out their blog here.