Hebrews 12:2

Posted On December 10, 2010

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In the movie, “Steel Magnolias” Shelby Lynn said, “Daddy always said that an ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure”. I try to stick by that quote in all things in my life–so even here in the blog I am going to be honest with the things that God is doing in and with my life.

You know in the bible when it says there will be all kind of seasons in your life–I am the reason those bible verses were written. 🙂 In some aspects it just feels like my life has no balance. It is beyond frustrating. Then I remember Jeremiah 31:3 that says “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” There are seasons–that I am so thankful for—that God uses His loving kindness to draw me back into Him.

I loved the Bible Verse Psalm 34:5 “Those who look to Him are radiant”. In my mid 20’s this verse was just written all over my life. I have always struggled with self image problems, but (other than maybe my wedding day) I have NEVER felt more beautiful than in that period in my life. I had 2 ladies in my life that were constantly praying this verse over me. I was in a cooking class/bible study in addition to being in the Beth Moore Bible Study “Jesus the One and Only”. God’s word was saturated into every aspect of my life. I was single, teaching 1st grade and I had so much time to be with Jesus. I loved it. There is no wonder that Hunter fell in love with me — 🙂 — during this time because I literally was RADIANT. I used every spare second memorizing bible verses, reading His word, praying, and just seeking Him. Now even though my life is so much more fast paced, I cherish the time I used when I was single to seek after Him. I lean on so many of the things I learned back then in my every day life. I often wonder who I would be today without that season of my life!

I saw the same radiance coming from a Chinese student that was baptized on Sunday. He said “I just wanted to turn towards the face of Jesus, and live a holy life”. It was exactly what had been on my heart all week. Maybe that is what being truly Radiant is: looking at Him, following Him even though it’s a sacrifice, and wanting to be more like Him.

Hebrews 12:2 says “Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.” I know when we keep our eyes on him we are radiant.

What are you doing this week to put on radiance? I got out my trusty “Jesus the One and Only” bible study and I am gleaning through the words I read, highlighted, underlined, prayed over, and memorized. I am praying for a fresh radiance to be on me this week! I also got a new lip gloss–so that might help too! 🙂

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