Thursday, May 23, 2013

Enthralled With Your Beauty

You know when you're at a backyard barbecue in the middle of summer and a gnat or fly won't stop swarming around you, annoying you while you're just trying to live your life and eat your juicy, grilled food?

That's what Satan is doing to me.

And I'm over it.

God is helping me swat him, AND his gross comments, away... but it still gets old.  He knows what works.  He knows what hits us right to the core.  He knows what will make the biggest impact to trip us up.  And, because we're human, we often fall into his traps. Traps like being hateful to ourselves and saying - and thinking - negative comments about our progress, our bodies, our past, our future.  

I find myself struggling to fight negative thoughts about myself lately.  I feel like I've finally arrived at a place where I've created good, healthy habits and I was gaining momentum in my weight loss and healthy lifestyle until the pain arrived.  It's like it came to a screeching halt. In addition to the swelling in my abdomen, I'm beginning to gain wait from the lack of working out and not eating as well as I should.  I've been making poor choices and Satan is conveniently reminding me of those.  

"...clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."  1 Peter 3:4 (NLT)

When faced with temptations like this, we must ask God to help us see ourselves through His eyes, the way He sees us.  He'll help the comments of our critics - this includes ourselves - fade away and the love He feels for us will increase in our hearts!  When we turn to Him, He will never let us down.  Even when we start to think negatively about ourselves, we shouldn't feel as though He's not there for us.  He is... He ALWAYS is!  Don't confuse Satan's tactics with the absence of God.  God is never absent.  He's always right there waiting for us to turn to Him, to seek His face, to thank Him for the blessings He pours out on us, and to worship Him in all trials.  

He loves us with an unmatched love that can never be found in material things.  If we're looking there, we'll always be let down.  He's patiently waiting for us to come to Him for help when we're at our weakest and worship Him through it all!  It's a beautiful relationship no one should miss! 

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