Today, I pulled a book off the shelf in my study. It was one that would add to my concern of what causes people to think negative thoughts about themselves even after they have dealt with their issues and replaced the lies with the Truth. They are taught the Truth, but still go back to the bent of their childhood messages that are “Shame Based”. It grieves me to see someone not getting the fullness of the Truth of who they are in Christ, because of some log jam in their lives that hinders the Rivers of Living Waters flowing freely. Our Heavenly Father provides all things we need to live this life as we surrender to Him. Then we begin to experience joy and peace. Circumstances around a person can rob us of joy in a minute.
In this book, the author describes something very interesting about someone visiting his office. This is the story of the beautiful woman sitting there sharing her problems….“As she arrived for her first appointment I looked at a beautiful woman that had all a woman could ever want, she could even be a movie star, but when she began telling me her story all that came from her mouth was negative words, lies was believing. These were words like, how bad she was and how ugly she was, that nobody wanted her, even had several divorces in her background, giving her more defeat.” What is the answer?
In my last entry, I began sharing some thoughts on how to recover the ground taken from a person that robs them of their ability to have peace and joy.
Today, I want to share some information that will become good traits to add to your life as the beautiful woman God created you to be. It is good from time to time to take an inventory. This is a time to just stop, get in the moment and see where you are in the here and now. Ask yourself what is going on in my head, what are the words I am saying to myself? I call this “mind chatter”. Ask yourself the hard question, “just how do I look on the inside”.
Have you thought about how much time and money we spend on our outside body to make it pretty?…. and what little time we spend on our inside beauty? We take so much time at the beginning of the day to put our makeup on but do we take time to put our “Inner Makeup” on?
So here are some thoughts to ponder, concerning marks of inner beauty….
SIX QUALITIES OF INNER-BEAUTY FOR A WOMAN
1.COURAGE – the inner commitment to pursue a worth-while goal without giving up hope.
2.PERSISTENCE – continuing to pursue a goal until it is achieved, “never give up”
3.GRATEFULNESS – a sincere appreciation for the benefit you have gained from another. Express it by beginning with those closest around you, like saying “thank you”.
4.CALMNESS – an inner peace that allows you to respond quietly to a stressful situation with out fear. Trust God in your care!
5.GENTLENESS – showing tender consideration for the feeling of another. Like you want to be treated.
6. UNSELFISH LOVE – an action directed toward fulfilling another person’s needs.
John 15: 11 – “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”