Inspire Me Monday – I Want to Be Photo Shopped!

Happy Monday!

As some of you know, I am starting to write a little more on beauty from the Lord. So often in today’s world, beauty looks like something that you have to work to obtain: getting your make up done flawlessly, working out for hours, and having the perfect eyebrows. (You are welcome for that link!)

Today, I am here to tell you that you are already beautiful!

God created you in His image and he created you his beloved one.

I am my beloved’s and He is mine.

One of my favorite recording artists sings a song about beauty and it has become my theme song for encouraging young girls and their mamas as well! I adore Jonny Diaz and his sweet little family!

His song, More Beautiful You, is the perfect reminder that

There could never be another more beautiful you.”

But as I watched this video, I was also reminded that I want to be photo shopped. No, I don’t mean to whiten my teeth or make my eyes more blue, but I do want God to chisel away at the sin in my life to create in me a clean heart. I want to get rid of the envy, anxiety, and doubt that often comes into my heart.

I want him to continue to shape me, mold me, take out the yuck and replace it with His beauty.

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
    honor him, for he is your lord.

Psalm 45:11

Friends, we are God’s beautiful masterpieces, and He has wiped away the flaws from our soul with His grace on the cross. That “flawless picture” of a new creation is complete!

Yet, our lives are still in need of His grace every day – his continued photo shopping – to help us to abide in Him in more intimate ways in order to glorify Him in all we do here on earth. To glorify Him like that is truly beautiful!

You are beautiful.

There could never be a more beautiful you.

His grace is your beauty.

 

May your beauty be found in Him today!

 

Inspire Me Monday Instructions

What’s your inspirational story? Link up below, and don’t forget the 1-2-3s of building community:

1. Link up your most inspirational post from the previous week (just ONE, please).

2. Vist TWO other contributors (especially the person who linked up right before you) and leave an encouraging comment.

3. Spread the cheer THREE ways! Tweet something from a post you read, share a post on your Facebook page, stumble upon it, pin it or whatever social media outlet you prefer—just do it!

Please link back to this week’s post or add the button to your post so that we can spread the inspirational cheer :).

 

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 Angie Ryg

I cannot wait to read your inspirations!

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Finish the Sentence Friday – What am I Passionate About? My FRIENDS..

What am I passionate about?  Or who? (Spoiler Alert: Friends)

To say you are passionate about something means to spend time on it.  Even if it is gardening and you do not know it, people measure your passion by what you spend your time on.

SO what do I spend my time on?

It certainly is not my house, although I wish it were sometimes.  Not that I do not like a clean house.  In fact, I wrote a whole book on how I am trying to have a clutter free house and heart.  I really do like to have clean and welcoming home.  It sounds as if I spend a lot of time on my home with the amount of time I talk about doing stuff to my house to my sister, but am I really spending that much time on it? Hmm..

The first would be MY FRIENDS. I need to say my extended family is very much included in this bit of friends, because they were my first friends and they have been with me for life.  My mom, dad, sister, and brother, as well as all of their families and all of my husband’s side have places in my heart that will never change. Now, if my blogger account or my goofy computer were working how they should, I could add some great pictures of my family and friends.  But for now, you will have to trust me, because they rock. They stick with me through more than I want to live through.  Through pain, questions, anxiety and fear.  And they are there to cheer, to laugh, and to say they like my new profile pic. They love me no matter what!

I would also say my husband (MY BEST FRIEND), because I adore my husband more than chocolate covered strawberries. I love our date nights.  I love watching him with our kids.  I love him, and I love how he makes me laugh, but do I really spend a lot of time planning for him, serving Him, and just being with him?  Not as much as I should or as I would like. Or as much as he would like I am sure…

My kids would be one that I would say, for sure, I am quite passionate about and I would have to put it right up there with time since I home school and am with them almost 24/7. And as far as love goes, it is never ending and always fillingThey are my sweetest friends who I love for life. Take tonight for example, when my little one prayed to Jesus and said, “Thank you for making my Mommy who never says, ‘No,” when I ask her to snuggle.” It doesn’t get much better than that! So I would have to say that my kids are my passion, although I reminded when I hear prayers like that that I have been created with a hole that can only be filled with my Jesus.

I know He should be my passion. MY VERY BEST FRIEND! My first love. My consuming thought.  And on those sweet days when I do come to Him and ask for His wisdom, patience, and strength. When He becomes not only my God, but my true passion…Ahhh, those can be some good days. Because some days can be hard.  Some days I get so tired.  When one hurtful comment is said to me. When one more person lets me down.  When I mess up the same way again and again. My body hurts. My spirit is weary. God should be my passion, for  I am His beloved. His daughter. His princess. I am His Friend. I am His passion.

And that makes me want to change the way I spend my time…

What is your passion?  Where do you spend your time? I would love to know…

Link up here with others and read some funny, some serious, but always real life stories from some great writers for Finish That Sentence Friday.

And here for Five Minute Friday for some amazing, authentic, and sweet stories on the topic of FRIENDS.