Beauty

1 Peter 3:3

We are always trying to do things to make ourselves more beautiful.  Lose weight, color our hair, new makeup, plastic surgery….oh, the list goes on.  We are always searching for beauty and how we can be more beautiful.  I wish I could lose weight, get rid of my heart surgery scar, were more tan, had smooth complexion…why can’t we just be happy with ourselves?

Audrey Hepburn’s Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.

For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.

For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day.

For poise, walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.

People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived,  reclaimed, and redeemed; Never throw out anybody.

Remember, If you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.

The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the  figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole, but true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows, and the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!

1 Samuel 16:7

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

I know I do want to be beautiful inside and out.  I need to pray, worship, give, love and obey God and trust him.  He sees the beauty in each of us…we just need to see the beauty within ourselves.

Go – be beautiful…..inside and out!

Connecting with you always…

Leigh

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Little Things…

littlethings   I always love going to a restaurant where they make animals out of garnishes…you know an elephant out of a radish….or when I go to a nice hotel and they fold the towels like monkeys or alligators….so cool!   I guess I am easily pleased but when someone goes that extra mile or does something special, it makes things just a little better…it makes all the difference to me.  It makes me realize that LITTLE things make a BIG difference!.  I have always said that Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference and I love the word attitude because if you take each letter and add up its place in the alphabet – you get 100….so giving 100% in your attitude!  Always do a little more than what is expected.

Matthew 13:31-32 He told them another parable; “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.

Luke 16:10  “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Luke 12:  25Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! 26And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?27“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! 29And don’t worry about food — what to eat and drink. Don’t worry whether God will provide it for you. 30These things dominate the thoughts of most people, but your Father already knows your needs. 31He will give you all you need from day to day if you make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.32“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.33“Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe — no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be.35“Be dressed for service and well prepared, 36as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks.

Look at all the little things in the Bible that made such a big difference….here are just a few…an apple that started the sin in the world; a basket that held Moses and he became the leader to take the Israelites out of Egypt; the stone that David slingshot into Goliath; the five barley loaves and two fish that fed thousands; a baby in a manger; the nails that was pounded into Jesus hands as he died on the cross for our sins…   These were all little things that became important in our lives.

So please don’t think of something as being little and please don’t think of yourself as little….everything and every person is a BIG part of God’s plan.  I think its the Little things that can make a difference – a smile; treating a stranger to a Starbucks in line; forwarding a devotion to a friend; making a meal for a sick friend; sharing God’s word…and the list goes on….what little thing will you do today? It could turn out to change someone’s life…it is the little things….please share your thoughts…maybe it will give me ideas to do more little things too!

Watch this awesome YOUTUBE Video about important little things in the Bible.

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Being a Mom…one of the most important jobs in the world!

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Being a mom is something that is hard to describe…it can be one of the most joyous unbelievably amazing job or it can be frustrating, mind-blowing and just horrible…well ok that is an exaggeration!  It is different for each mom and with each child.  I cannot believe the love I felt even when my daughter was still in my tummy.  It just came natural to me.  I really never was a big fan of babies but having your own just melts your heart.  It is so special!  I would truly give my life for my daughter.  When she was younger it was so easy because she turned to me for everything and we were so close.  She is now a teenager (Well do I have to say anything else???)  Some days she is that little girl who needs her mommy and other days she is an adult making her independence known.  Just wish I could figure out which day was which…haha 

There are so many days that I wish I would do things different…wish I was a better example or wish I would say the right things or do the right things.  I never know if I am getting through or if I am making a difference.  I know that I need to work on my patience and my trust.  Its hard to let go and let them make decisions – especially if they are not the ones that I would have made.  I am learning….as all moms do – learn daily.  Looking to the Bible to be my daughter’s instruction manual – I find these words in Proverbs about being a mom…

Who can find a virtuous woman? She is far more precious than jewels…
Strength and honor are her clothing, and she can laugh at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Her sons rise up and call her blessed.
He husband also praises her:
Many women are capable, but you surpass them all!
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
~Proverbs 31:10, 25-30

Proverbs-31-10Pray for me that I can be like this Proverbs 31 woman and that I may always fear the Lord and that I set an example for my daughter that she can follow.  Pray for her that she will fear the Lord and grow in him.  This world is so hard and give her the strength to stand up for God.  I will pray for you as you are a parent raising a teenager in this world.  There are times that we need to have support and need to trust the way that we raised our kids. 

Happy Mother’s Day to all….happy mothering!

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