Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.
Well this morning as I was getting dressed, I had on a basic t-shirt jersey that is grey, white, and blue in color (one of those shirts that supports my children as lacrosse players). Since the shirt contain mostly grey and white and I didn't feel so colorful and the shirt probably affirmed how I was feeling, I was just going to put on neutrals as part of my glam look. Nothing wrong with neutral colors at all, I love the many looks you can wear using those colors. While I was about to put on my makeup, I continued my daily prayers and kept re-adjusting my focus on God's word. I found a lot of things bombarding my mind and bleak circumstances seemed to come at me full force. I thought about how I kept speaking "you said if my mind is stayed on you, you will keep me in perfect peace." I believe in good reports. I believe that no bleak circumstance is bigger than an almighty and all powerful God. My faith is not based on how I feel yet it based on truth in which your word declares.
All of a sudden, God began to use the very gift that he gave me as a method of praise. Several days out of the week, I try to place makeup looks on all of my social media sites so my followers, clients, and potential clients can view or get a feel of the makeup that is available. I am not only a professional makeup artist yet I am also a Mary Kay consultant. I found myself taking golden and purple eyeshadows. I began to hear him whisper --- Daughter you are royalty. As I placed my black liner on my upper lash line, I saw it as darkness yet not without hope. When we know God, when we have written biblical accounts and have witnessed personal and external accounts time after time in our own lives , we know; just as he did as he created the world --- every living thing and even us - out of nothing, we know there is hope. God looked upon a world that was voided -dark and began to take what appeared to be nothingness and said "Let There Be!" Remember he took us from the dirt - dust of the earth and made us in the likeness and image of him. As I placed my blue eyeliner on the bottom lash line, I thought about how we are seated in heavenly places and it described as holy places and peace within biblical text. As I placed my eyelashes on, I even thought of how we are hidden under his wings --- how he is our refuge, our present help. I felt so encouraged, I found my purple ruffled shirt and just wanted to wear something more symbolic of how I felt. As God continued to minister to me, my outer bore representation of how lively I was feeling. Remember, he is the living word. The word brings life --- He breathed life into our nostrils. He came that we may have life and life more abundantly.
If I could rewind to Monday of this week, I had this much awaited anticipation to get my hair in red. I went through the process of doing that only to cringe when I saw it. I hated it. Even though, everywhere I seem to have gone people raved over it. As we know, people can tell you something looks great or you are doing great all day yet if you don't believe it, you will not walk confidently. I went to a doctor's visit one day this week and every station each person complimented me and shared their feelings on how gorgeous I looked. When my doctor came in, he said girl everything you do and wear just always come out so beautifully. It was if a wall of disbelief was there because I lacked the confidence to even accept that. I am not saying we should accept what others say about us and be moved by flattery yet the real lesson is that I did not walk in confidence. Since I hated my new look, I immediately said I need to do what ever I need to do to get my hair changed. Well I thought today, crimson/red obviously means the Blood of Jesus. I thought of it more... Jesus is not just my savior yet he is Lord of my life. He is the head of my life. Religion always want us just to accept Jesus yet him being Lord over our lives requires a relationship and it invites him into every arena of our lives.
This week isn't so bad after all. He always has a plan. He is bigger than anything we face. Even when things don't turn out like we'd like, he is always there. If we have been impacted by trauma, he is the great physician and he heals and yes we grow from it. He will take the foolish things and confound the wise.