Beauty matters

Excertp from Dr. Weber’s blog. Why Beauty Matters for Balance Against Brokenness

We teeter on the edge of freedom and fear.

Dealing only with broken pieces keeps us deprived, holds us back. The beauty is too extravagant. I can’t justify it. It’s unrealistic, unreachable. I can’t enjoy it because it’s overshadowed by the darkness and brokenness.

That’s why Jesus came. His love and beauty set us free.

He brings light into our darkness. He makes beauty from ashes.

And only the Spirit of God can release us, open our eyes and hearts to see all that Christ is, what He provides for us through the Cross. What He promises to do in us, in the new Heaven and the new earth – is goodness and beauty. Images of fresh flowing rivers, life-giving fruitful trees, no more pain and tears – instead peace, love and laughter.

Beauty matters. The beauty of Christ’s transforming life in us matters.

We can’t escape the pain, darkness, brokenness and vandalizing.

But then we open our lives to the Holy Spirit, holding on to our visions of God paying the price, transforming and empowering us now and finally making the whole of creation anew – with love, joy, peace, hope – and beauty.

 

Henri Nouwen reminds us that “every time we show compassion to a suffering person, every time we arrange a bouquet of flowers, offer care to tame or wild animals, prevent pollution, create beauty in our homes and gardens … we are making the vision come true…Whenever it comes alive in us we will find new energy to live it out, right where we are….this beautiful vision gets us involved.”

 

Live out the Beauty.

he is still my boyfriend

When we were dating, no matter how tired I was, I’d shower, get ready and look pretty for him and stand by the door with my heart beating so fast as I waited for him to come and pick me up.

The beauty of being married and marriage is that you have the best of two worlds. I am comfortable enough in our relationship to wake up with crazy hair, walk around wearing two different socks, with a chip clip in my hair and he will still love me because he is faithful.

Even though he is my husband and the father of my baby, he is still my boyfriend and I never want to take his love for granted.

I want to make the extra effort to look desirable and attractive to him. I want to do my hair and wear those heels and that little black dress for him.

i love my boyfriend ❤

oshandme

El

30 Days of Thanskgiving Challenge

ok. so what happend was I ended up posting my daily thanksgiving on my personal fb page and now I can’t back track to post them here. It will be too much LOL Hope you have enjoyed some I posted earlier.

Until Next Year, stay thankful and show gratitude. For some people it’s harder to show but don’t use that as an excuse because if you don’t say your I love yous and Thank yous and show it too how would people know? It would be like wrapping a gift and not giving it.

Do Love, Do Thank, Just Do It.

Elle

Race & Beauty

Yesterday we covered race & beauty in my Race, Ethnicity & Culture Class.

The video below is a documentary of a model trying to make it big in Fashion Week. It’s shocking to me that even this day and age we struggle with racism.

video_the_colour_of_beauty_documentary

 

 

 

There is a misrepresentation of what it means to be fit and healthy. Most girls are aiming for skinny.

What I want for myself is to be in MY best shape. Every one has a size that their comfortable and confident in. Go for that.

There will never be another woman who owns the look, the personality and experience that you do. Those ingredients make up the recipe that defines who you are, and it’s your gift from the Lord—own it. ~ Candace Cameron Bure

 

 

Polished

It seems like every time I paint my nails, no matter how long I wait for them to dry, I still manage to get one nail smeared. This is also true when I go to the nail salon.

Yesterday when I stopped by Starbucks to grab some coffee, the girl at the register, complimented me on my neon orange nail polish. I thanked her and showed her the smeared nail.

“You know it’s kind of like how people are. No matter where you go, what you do and how well, there is always going to be that one person to smear it, and try to spoil everything for you.

She laughed as she nodded in agreement with me.

Just as I didn’t take off my nail polish because of that one smear, I shouldn’t quit something because one person doesn’t agree or like me and what I’m doing. It’s also not going to stop me from painting my nails  even knowing that I might smear it again.

The point is we shouldn’t be slaves to what people think or say because regardless, there is going to be at least one person to oppose us.

Make it Mad.

El

Your Style

My sister could wear full blown makeup, colorful clothes, bright neon colors, spiderman lashes, ,mix patterns together and look fantastic. I, on the other hand, looking at her and admiring her style try it out once in awhile and end up looking like a clown. I decided to wear red lipstick to work this morning and by the time I had finished my coffee, it was smeared all over my face and looked like I had a make out session with hubby at my desk. So bad. This is what happens every time I try something outside of my own style.

I just think it’s funny and cute how girls are. We see one style, hair color, outfit on another girl that we admire and we think if we did the same we’d look just like that and we’d feel great about ourselves. Not true most of the time.   Be who you are and dress according to YOUR style that brings out the best in you.

Think of all the celebrities. If you could describe your style preference with one of them, which one would it be?

I’m more of Jessica Biel girl.

Beauty for Ashes

No matter how perfect a person may seem from the outside, we don’t know the matters of their hearts. Only the Lord does. Sometimes we don’t even know the matters of our own heart. Everything may be going well and yet we could feel wrong and uneasy from unresolved issues from the past or sometimes it is because we have taken on more than we can handle.That’s why it is so important to have a close relationship with God because He is the one that gives us all the wisdom we need if we ask Him.

We all have strengths and weaknesses. Sadly, human nature is to talk about our weaknesses and the faults of others rather than our strengths and the good of others.

We judge to quickly, instead of being more compassionate.

We criticize more than we encourage each other.

We isolate ourselves from friends who have hurt us and expect good relationships.

We constantly complain instead of doing something about it.

More than ever, we need to accept responsibility and not blame things on God. A lot of times our lives turn out the way they do because of our poor choices. God won’t do for us what we can and should do for ourselves and we can’t do for ourselves what only God can do for us. It’s a partnership. The awesome thing about it is you could never screw up so bad that God can’t help you with it. God is God. He is able!!! No matter where we come from, what has happened to us, it does not need to continue. If we pray, God is faithful to intervene and help us in all the areas of our lives. If we give him our ashes, he promises to turn them into beauty.

Partner with God.

xoxo

El