Do you ever notice that some people just radiate beauty? They just glow without even saying a word.
And while their makeup might be on point, it is not just their outward look that is giving them this glow. It’s something deeper.
I want that glow.
I want that glow to be from spending time with my Lord our God.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 says:
“The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord – Who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”
I am beginning a 7- day devotional journey to renew my deepest joy in the Lord.
I’ve found myself getting down and distracted by the world and difficult situations, when really I need to be handing my life and the pain over to the Lord and let Him guide me in overcoming all that comes my way.
There are seasons of difficulty, and while marriage is a very exciting time, it is also difficult. You are preparing to spend forever with someone, and no doubt neither of you are perfect. Because we all fall to selfish and sinful natures from time to time, it can be hard to work through those with love, grace and endurance.
When we have our eyes locked on the Lord, these ‘disasters’ are really heaven’s hidden stepping-stones to becoming more like Christ. And when we model the grace of Christ, we demonstrate that hope to everyone around us. What greater glow can one wear than that of the grace and love of our mighty Creator and Savior?!
When obstacles and challenges come my way, I will meditate on 1 Timothy 6:12
“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Fighting the good fight isn’t about picking up a weapon and attacking anyone who questions me, or poses a challenge in my life. It’s actually all about laying down those weapons, and turning to the ultimate warrior and King, our Lord, to help guide us with these people, with uncomfortable circumstances. It’s about fighting with grace and love, not with venom and anger; setting aside our worldly responses for a holy answer. As David so perfectly states in
Psalms 3: But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.”
I ask that you give me a renewed glowing look like you gave Moses when he came face-to-face with you on the mountaintop. Guide me and protect me with your shield, and lift my head high so my sole focus is on you. Lead me to fight the good fight in your great name, and give me the freedom to find joy and peace even in difficult seasons, dear Lord. As I work to reflect your glory, please have patience with me. I will struggle. I will fail. Help me see the heavenly stepping stones you are laying for me as I struggle. I owe all that I am and all that I will ever be to you O Lord. The radiance that shines within me is more beautiful than anything I could imagine. Help me to bask in your presence more fully each and every day dear Lord. It is in your mighty name I pray.