Dwelling in His Beauty {{Inspiring Women}}

Hi friends! For the months of May/June, we will be using a reading plan given to us by Sweet to the Soul Ministries. Feel free to stroll through their Facebook page and blog. They even have a journaling kit and Bible study for this month’s plan!

Women of God, we have been given an imperishable beauty – that comes from Christ alone. In this day-and-age, it is easy to be consumed with our outward beauty, but we are far more than just external beauty. God has made us His daughters, and we can become even more beautiful with each day that we follow Jesus Christ.

Our Scripture

Be beautiful inside, in your hearts, with the lasting charm of a gentle and quiet spirit that is so precious to God (1 Peter 3:4, TLB).

. . . but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious (ESV).

Cultivate inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind that God delights in (MSG).

Circumstances Can Make Us Beautiful!

No matter what is going on in our lives, we can cultivate inward beauty. We can become women who are quiet and gentle – without losing our chance to “be strong and courageous” as Joshua 1:9 teaches.

Each of us is given an unique set of circumstances in our lives. Although these things are difficult, they continue to make us more beautiful on the inside. This is part of the pruning process we are given. We learn about this dreaded, but beautifying process in the book of John. In chapter 15, Jesus has a much needed talk with His disciples. Although He was going away, He reminds them of their need to stay connected to Him (which is accomplished with the Holy Spirit).

Dwell in Me, and I will dwell in you. [Live in Me, and I will live in you.] Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (being vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me (John 15:4, AMPC).

As followers of Jesus, girls, we need to stay deeply connected to Jesus. We need to find ourselves clinging to Him – regardless of the circumstances of today.

The difficulties of today, will enable us to experience the fruit of tomorrow. This is the beauty that lasts. Jesus wants to make us even more beautiful.

Our eyes need to be on the prize, which isn’t a stash of newly bought makeup for our faces to hide the real appearance of who we are.

Instead this eternal prize is the beauty of Jesus Christ, powerfully on display – as we live out our lives.

This is the goal worth pursuing. This is the beauty that can still remain when we are old and grey.

As long as we are pursuing Jesus Christ and welcoming His love pursuit of us, we are choosing inner beauty as the priority. Choosing inwardly beauty doesn’t mean never wearing makeup again. It only means, we are choosing the better thing.

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Schedule for Remaining Blog Study

Hi friends!

For the last few weeks, we have been going through the Sermon of the Mount. But before we reached Jesus’ awesomely convicting sermon, we were met with the temptations Jesus Himself faced.

The Father sent Him out into the wilderness, too. In the wilderness, where it was just the Father, Son Jesus, Holy Spirit, and the tempter Satan. In the wilderness, is a sacred but difficult place. Sacred, because of commune with the Father. Difficult, because of the heaviness of the temptations He would endure.

Jesus shows us how to walk through our own wildernesses.

And sometimes, it means getting away from everything we once knew. To be given our Father’s perspective on our life’s difficulties.

My Own Wilderness

Lately, I have been feeling like I need to take a step back in my online presence. This will only affect social media, not my blog itself. With that said, I have made a schedule to keep everyone in tuned with where we are in our study.

While the journal is available on Amazon (and your support is soo needed and appreciated, it’s what keeps this blog running), I have been posting the main scriptures on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Although Facebook had a glitch this week when I made my new Instagram for my new blog, Chronically Overcoming.

Disconnecting…

Just like my Instagram account was disconnected from its purposeful source (Facebook is honestly the primary reason I began using Instagram in the first place, but anyway). A lot of times, we mean well… but in the process, we become disconnected from the important things (see Col. 3:1-2).

We need to take reflective rest breaks, and just take time out to allow our perspective to be renewed and to take inventory of our spiritual lives. There is absolutely no shame in this. It is actually really good to plug in and just take inventory of our spiritual lives. Where are we? And, where are we trying to go? Has God been the One leading us?

This is what I need to begin exploring.

As we continue our study, let’s expect God to move things around in our lives. Let’s expect God to show us what we need to surrender to Him. I don’t know where you are in your life, but I can guarantee you – He is asking you to surrender something. Take time to disconnect and check your connection with Him. Make sure you know what He is willing you to do. Make sure you can clearly hear His voice. Just disconnect for a bit, in whatever way God leads you.

Again, this choice will not affect the blog posts you all have grown accustom to seeing here on Gracefully Overcoming.


* Please note: The link for the journal (through Amazon) is an affiliate link.
* You can find all of the posts for our Gleaning study here.

Speak, Lord – Tyndale

vic blackGod has used Vic Black greatly. Recently, God has used Black through all that led up to Speak, Lord, and his willingness to go with God into publication of this book.

This book beckons some questions: What if we could hear God speak directly through the book of Psalms into our individual lives and circumstances? What if the words leaped off the page and into our spirits?

Through Speak, Lord, we learn the importance of writing out scripture. God yearns to draw us into His Word, and He wants to wow us with what He longs to tell us when we stop to listen. When we enter the experience of rewriting the Psalms in the first person, God invites us to sit with Him and to hear Him speak to us like never before.

This is an amazing worship experience that cannot be undervalued. It is one area of worship we can easily miss out on: simply to be with His Word and write it out one word at a time. Letting His Spirit draw us in, and connect us deeper to Him than ever before.

One of the most important aspects of gaining understanding, during the process of writing out God’s Word, is the variety of Bible translations. Black uses a variety of translations, to share with his readers. By doing so, he gives the readers the most insight possible on the Psalms. Throughout the chapters, he provides the insight to lead his readers into greater understanding of God’s Word.

Scripture writing is about going deeper into scripture than ever before, and this is what we are given the opportunity to do. He leads us on a journey of understanding and growing in intimacy with Christ through these 19 chapters of psalms. It takes us through not just reading the psalms, but really listening to God’s message and allowing that to transform our walk with Christ – to a much more intimate one.

In each chapter, you can expect four things:

  1. The psalm as it appears in the Bible
  2. The psalm reappears again, but this time in first person
  3. Reflections and insight –
    Black’s aim is to get the reader to the depth of the message, and connects the reader to the message well.
  4. Writing Prompts
    Each writing prompt arises from the psalm. Black gives specific prompts to help draw the reader into certain portions of the psalm that we might otherwise overlook. The last writing prompt includes rewriting the psalm ourselves.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Tyndale’s book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.