29 July 2013

Devotional Monday: Beauty of the Heart

Recently I've been reading the she reads truth bible study on women in the bible and I've loved hearing about the lives of the women who even though they weren't perfect, still seeks God with all their heart. To me that's beauty. One women in particular named Joanna, In Luke 8:1-3 it talks a little bit about her and her husband Chuza. Then Luke 23:44-24:12 talks about Joanna's love for the Lord despite what her husband was doing, she defined herself in Christ and not in her husband that she loved but didn't let him define her. To me that's beauty, to not define yourself by your husband, boyfriend or fiance, but to define yourself in God and be fulfilled in him first and foremost.

Sisters, That's just what Joanna did and she did it with grace. We can also do that in our relationships with our friends, we can serve them but not be defined by them. Because, people can't define us they are flawed, but God calls us to find our inner beauty in him by seeking him with all our heart each and every day.  Sisters, let your beauty be made known to others in your heart and in your devotion to God, not in the things of this world. Rest in the beauty that is found in seeking God and letting him dwell in your heart just as Joanna did.

  Luke 8:1-3
"After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means."


Luke 23:44-24:12

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”[a] When he had said this, he breathed his last.
47 The centurion, seeing what had happened, praised God and said, “Surely this was a righteous man.”48 When all the people who had gathered to witness this sight saw what took place, they beat their breasts and went away. 49 But all those who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.

50 Now there was a man named Joseph, a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51 who had not consented to their decision and action. He came from the Judean town of Arimathea, and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God. 52 Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body. 53 Then he took it down, wrapped it in linen cloth and placed it in a tomb cut in the rock, one in which no one had yet been laid. 54 It was Preparation Day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.
55 The women who had come with Jesus from Galilee followed Joseph and saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it. 56 Then they went home and prepared spices and perfumes. But they rested on the Sabbath in obedience to the commandment.

 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others.10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

2 comments:

  1. "let your beauty be made known to others in your heart and in your devotion to God.." I love this and make people watch in wonder! a gentle and quiet spirit is pleasing to the Lord.

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    1. Thank you! That's so true, i also thought of that verse as well when writing this. I think it's so important that we as women let our beauty be made known through God, and not through people.

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