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Keepin’ it Real: I Am a Vain Woman!

19 Jun

Old Mirror Standing Against Wall“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

The next time you find yourself leaning this way and that searching for the newest crinkles, wrinkles, or lines; seek instead the glory of God and the image of Christ.

From “The Key to My Book”:

“How beautiful are the arms, which have embraced Christ-the eyes which have gazed upon Christ, the lips which have spoken with Christ, the feet which have followed Christ.

How beautiful are the hands which have worked the works of Christ, the feet which are treading in His footsteps have gone about doing good, the lips which have spread abroad His Name, the lives which have been counted for Him.” Christina Rossetti

In His presence when we are a life poured out for Him (Philippians 2:17) we become a reflection of “the light of the world” (John 8:12) and that is beautiful.

I Am a Vain Woman

One evening I spent time online looking at pictures of the growing number of women in the public eye who have had botox injections or who are enduring all kinds of surgical procedures, attempting to look younger.   Feeling quite disgusted with the whole mentality,  I called my husband over to look at some of the pictures with me: one image after another of actresses, comedians,  fitness experts, and wives of famous actors.

“How can they do that?” I asked,  “It doesn’t look natural, and it doesn’t really look that good! Most of them have very little expression, and they look swollen!”  As I sat there looking at the photos, I judged them! In my heart I labeled them as

  • prideful,
  • full of themselves,
  • women who don’t want to look their age,
  • women who go to great extremes to look good.

God, grieved by my sinful and judgmental attitude, violently grabbed the corner of a veil and ripped it away exposing my heart.  As clear as day, I could see the very characteristics that I had attributed to those women.  I saw that my heart is full of pride, that I am full of myself, that I am a woman who does not want to look her age, and that I will go to extremes to look good. Indeed, I am no different than these women.

The remainder can be viewed here: Keepin’ it Real: I Am a Vain Woman.

How We Define Ourselves | Today’s Christian Woman

29 May

gods story What is our place in God’s story? Where do we fit in? How can we acknowledge God as the chief character in our lives and what does it look like when we do?

At TACC this past Sunday we heard Rev. John Howe’s words from 1694 paint a vivid portrait of what our new Christian lives can look like, “. . . a mighty power from God coming upon their souls, conforming them to God, addicting them to God, uniting them with God, making them to center in God, taking them off from all this world. . . . It is a great thing to be a Christian!”

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” Ephesians 4:22-24

The following article discusses how parents can focus on internal transformation and other-centeredness while guiding their children towards a life featuring God. It can also be viewed from an adult perspective and applied to our own lives as we seek to live a God authored life for His glory.

How We Define Ourselves (excerpt)

What would it look like if we parented a generation of young people to define themselves by what they did do? What if they were defined by their actions of justice and mercy, forgiveness and love, strength and courage, generosity and humility and faithfulness?

The danger in merely focusing on our children’s outward behavior without the inner transformation is that sometimes our children will align their behavior to our mandates to please us or receive approval. They can end up doing or not doing these things without true spiritual healing inside. Without this supernatural transformation, we may have moral or obedient children, but we don’t necessarily have spiritual children.

Before long, after the external motivations for obedient behavior are eliminated, our children will grow up and determine life for themselves: They will have been transformed by God’s Spirit, or they will have chosen to live sinfully without any desire to change, or they will hide their sin and live a double life. But a spiritual life is one that is transformed and out of hiding.

As children, our world is very small. We see everything from our vantage point and how it affects us directly or indirectly. It’s only as we mature (hopefully) that we begin to see the world as much more complex, and we begin to see our role as servants addressing the needs of those around us. Therefore, one role of the Christian parent is to train our children to shift from self-centeredness to other-centeredness.

Of course, this selflessness comes from knowing Jesus personally and committing our very lives to the power that is available to us from God.

While today’s culture is telling our children that life is “all about me,” we can direct them to think about the fact that life is really “all about God.” God’s Word is basically a love story—a story of the lover pursuing his created ones in order to have a personal relationship with each one of them. In his story, he is the main character; he is the perfect Lover and the perfect Redeemer.

Sometimes I am tempted to believe that I am the main character, that the story is really about me—because after all, I am in every scene. But that’s a lie.

Can you see how dangerous Satan’s lie is? If he can get me to believe that this life is a story centered around me and my happiness, then I will see life as a series of events that allow me either to succeed or fail in this endeavor. I begin to subtly make decisions that will be to my own benefit.

The entire article by Michelle Anthony can be viewed here:How We Define Ourselves | Today’s Christian Woman.

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