…I wonder


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I live my life based on a very important scripture to me.

…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV ) 

I also live by faith.

 “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith.”  (Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV – emphasis mine) 

I know that God honors my faith, and I know that many times He has confirmed something to me by the mouths of two or three witnesses; whether it be by someone saying something to me, a Scripture I read, a song I hear, or a message on the radio.

I never thought of myself as beautiful. In fact, I couldn’t stand to see myself in the mirror. It was either a “hurry up and put the makeup on” or it was a “pick apart every ugly thing about me” kind of time in front of that mirror.

One night, I picked up a book called Captivating: Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul by Stasi Eldredge. In it Stasi issues a challenge to the reader, “Ask Jesus if you are beautiful.”

“Why not?” I thought to myself. ”What have I got to lose?” I asked the question that Saturday night.

I went to church the next day forgetting my request. As I was singing in the Praise and Worship team and between songs, a man who had never spoken to me before, looked at me and said, “You are beautiful!”

It startled me a bit because it was so out of context. But I thanked him graciously. He had never spoken to me before and he never spoke to me again after that.

After Praise and Worship was done, I walked off the stage and went towards my seat. A dear Filipino friend of mine got up from her chair and met me halfway. She grabbed my face between her hands, kissed me and said with a smile, “You are beautiful!”

I thanked her and sat down, my head in a whirl. I remembered my question to Jesus the night before. Two witnesses! He had answered me! My Jesus thought I was beautiful.

He wasn’t done yet. I believe He did not want me to ever question the truth about the matter again.

After church my children and I went to a restaurant for lunch. The waiter serving us looked at me and, out of the blue, said, “Wow! You are beautiful!” I thanked him, my eyes glowing now with the knowledge that my God was the One Who was really talking to me today.

At home, my children exclaimed after dinner that I was beautiful. . My heart was overflowing with joy and thankfulness over God’s Answer to my question the night before.

God thinks I’m beautiful. I may never think I am, but my God does.

And lest you think that this has to do with this flesh that just gets older each day and will one day rest in a grave, remember that God does not look on the outward appearance of man. He looks at our hearts.

 “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NIV)

How much time are you investing on your heart?

Do you spend as much time feeding your spirit the Word, speaking to God, and guarding your heart and mind as you do on your outward appearance?

Because only one will just get better with age… your heart. Invest the most time on this one!



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