Beauty From God

Proverbs 31:11-31

Thought for the day: 1 Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

A friend told of the pain she had endured after surgery to reshape her nose. Another friend suffered intense pain after surgery to lose weight.

We seem to be willing to go through great pain in order to lose weight, reshape our features, smooth our skin, get rid of excess hair, or have hair added. All in order to meet the world's standards of beauty.

These same people, though, would balk at suffering any pain that would make them beautiful inside. God said we need to be pruned and refined in the fires of trial so we will come out like pure gold. He wants the gentle beautiful spirit within us to grow and shine forth.

If we are willing to suffer so much for fleeting external beauty, how much more should we be willing to suffer for true beauty that lasts through all eternity.

Heavenly Father, make me willing to accept the pain of the trial You have aloud and to learn well the lessons You have for me through it, in Jesus name. Amen

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Proverbs 31:11-31

Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.