[Christian Fellowship]1998-11-20 - The Beautiful Woman of God

The Virtuous Woman Series, Part 24

Proverbs 31:30 Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain; but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised

When I was a young girl, I loved the Miss America Pageant. My friends and I used to sing (usually at the top of our lungs and to no one in particular), "Here she comes, Miss America." We dreamed of being Miss America.

As time went by, reality set in, I didn't have the coordination to twirl a baton, much less walk a runway. My figure was a little - um - different than the figure of the women who are in those competitions. I have never had the "Barbie" figure, and have no idea how to win a popularity contest.

One thing I do know: it's not for me. Beauty is fleeting. I don't have the time to spend a lot of time on myself. My laugh lines have the giggles, and silver streaks across my hair. But it's okay, God looks at the inside.

How's my character? Have I stood the test? Do I show the fruit of the Spirit? Have I acted in a manner worthy of being called His child? That's what is going to last forever.

Time marches on, it leaves trails on our faces and figures. It wears down our voices, and adds spectacles to our eyes. As we grow older, we need to make sure that we are growing in grace. My pastor said something the other day that really made sense, "How you make your friends is how you are going to keep your friends." If I am depending on my looks to keep my friends, it is going to be a costly upkeep.

He deserves more from me that my outward showing, my heart will always be young.

My Heavenly Father, You are my best Friend. You formed me, loved me, died for me and live in me. Ah, God, that is so marvelous. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight. Perfect in me the working out of my salvation. Mold me, make me to conform to Your image. Help me to be clay in Your hands. I am Yours. Thank You for Who You are. Amen