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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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A Model of Beauty // Inside & Out


Be ENCOURAGED

Did you know Titus 2:2 applies to not only the older MEN, but also to the women? 

I had never thought of that before reading the chapter for this week of Adorned by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth.  (Me mum is hosting a book study---check out this post to better understand)
Why do you say this, you may ask?  Well, because in the following verse, it clearly states, "Likewise."  And we know what that means, right? 

Please read the passage below:

"Older men are to be temperate, dignified, sensible, sound in faith, in love, in perseverance.  Older women LIKEWISE are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, sot that the word of God will not be dishonored."
(Titus 2:2-5, emphasis added)

These are great guidelines for our lives as Christians, young or old!  And if we commit to following such instruction, beauty is found.

So, this week and the next and next and so on, can we commit to being. . .?
temperate
dignified
sensible
sound in faith
sound in love
sound in perseverance
reverent in behavior
not gossips
pure
& kind

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When you are out and about in your daily life, what do others see in you?  Are you hiding your light under a bushel?  If someone sees you in Walmart tomorrow, will they automatically think you are a Christian---or at least that there's something incredibly different about you? 

If so, that is a model of beauty.

And if not, that is something we should definitely work on.

Food for thought!

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Pondering this Scripture certainly made me think whether or not I'm daily displaying a model of beauty for my Lord.  I know I am constantly falling short. But He is so good to forgive & to help.

Do you need encouragement in this area, dear heart?  I know I do.  Beauty doesn't end when youth does---it can grow with every passing year.  And you can help! by encouraging the younger AND the older women in your corner of the world.

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  1. Um, YES!! I definitely need to work on this! Thank goodness that God will show us mercy. Great post!

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    1. Don't we all :] Yes! So thankful for a merciful and loving God.

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  2. AMEN!!! Words I need daily, honestly. Pretty much every morning I'm like, "Okay, I'm going to act Christ-like all day today and shine His light." And pretty much every night I go to bed realizing how terribly I failed. But as you said, God is good to forgive and help! Fresh mercies every day. I just need to work on it harder and pray for His aid.

    I love having it all listed out of what we should be. Such a great reminder! And You ARE shining so brightly with His light. Your blog posts and constant words of kindness bless me every single time. <3

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  3. I do the same thing! I seem to start the day well and in that mind-set, but as the day progresses, I forget and don't keep Him at the forefront of EVERYTHING.

    So glad this has blessed you! And thank you! Some days are easier to shine brightly than others. But thank you! You have such a sweet spirit. Keep on shining YOUR light, m'dear!

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  4. What an important directive that true beauty comes from Christ-likeness in character and deed. Thanks for being a lovely example (though I know you struggle and fail sometimes like all of us) of godly beauty and light. Keep shining bright!

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    1. Awww, you are so sweet. Yes, I definitely struggle, but thank you for this affirmation!

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