Saturday, April 20, 2013


I love saturday mornings...
waking up to the sun shining through my window
sipping coffee and reading in my cozy bed
breakfast outside on the patio
and sometimes going back to bed for a mid-morning nap

It's the one day of the week that I don't feel guilty for being lazy with no set agenda, 
just resting after a long week of work and craziness.


Something worth sharing....

"Women are their own worst beauty critics," Dove says. "Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful...we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see."

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. - Confucius

How do we define beauty...

: the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing 
that gives pleasure to the senses or 
pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness
: a particularly graceful, ornamental or excellent quality

Beauty is such a difficult word to define. We all have different perceptions of what is beautiful. Sure, the pop culture version of physical beauty is splashed all over TV, magazines, and the internet, but then most people would refer to another beauty that stems from a person's character and spirit, rather than physical appearance. Unfortunately, women feel tremendous pressure to present themselves as physically attractive and focus so much time, energy and money on their outward appearance. I am just as guilty of this as the next woman. 

Natural beauty takes at least two hours in front of a mirror - Pamela Anderson

While I disagree with Pamela Anderson's thoughts on natural beauty, I can't help but feel convicted by the amount of time that I spend thinking about the way I look and how others perceive me based on my appearance. When I stop and reflect on why I am concerned with my appearance it usually comes back to desiring the approval of others. What's ironic is that I feel ugly just confessing that sinful motivation. Focusing on outward appearance and "put-togetherness" as I like to call it, can be a huge distraction from true beauty that comes from knowing God and reflecting his character. My first and foremost concern should be God's approval...not something I have to earn, but something I can rest in knowing that he loves and accepts me as I am, and is constantly calling and enabling me to a higher standard of living and character that ultimately reflects his love and beauty...a beauty of the spirit that is much more attractive than any dress, hairstyle or body. 

"Do not let your adorning be external-the braiding of hair 
and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear- 
but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart 
with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit
which in God's sight is very precious." - 1 Peter 3:3-4

The "hidden person of the heart" is imperishable and worth focusing my time and energy on. When I think of the reasons I want someone to be attracted to me, it isn't my outward beauty, but my character and desire to love and serve God and others. These past few months I've been intentionally meditating on scripture to help align my attention and desires regarding beauty and character with God's Word. 

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, 
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."
-Proverbs 31:30

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
-2 Cor 4:16

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.
-Ps 34:5

"Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come."
-Proverbs 31:25

"But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, the but the Lord looks on the heart.'"
-1 Sam 16:7

Lord, help me to see myself and others as you see look on the heart, not on our outward appearance. I don't want to be distracted by the idol of performance and approval of others, help me to focus on you and the inward transformation that comes from knowing and obeying your word. Cultivate within me an inner beauty that radiates your character...your generosity, peace, patience, love and humility.  

Monday, April 01, 2013


Sometimes it's easy to forget who we are...I'm thankful that this blog is here as a reminder of who I am; the experiences that have brought me to this point in my life and the hope of being transformed into someone even more faithful and glorious by God's grace.

Tonight marks the end of spring break. It's been...
  • emotional...heartache and tears, disappointment and anger, hopeful and expectant
  • joyful...celebrating the new life of Levi West! and new life in Christ with baptism!
  • exhausting...swimming, running, yoga, biking, hiking
  • adventurous...learning to sail!
  • community...parents visit, teaching a friend to bike ride, discipleship, Easter baptism and dinner 
Tomorrow I'm praying for patience, creativity, energy and joy as I jump back into my last two months of teaching this school year. I'm expectant that God will continue to provide what I need exactly when I need it so that I can glorify him and continue to be his hands and feet in my vocation, home and community. I realize everyday how much more I need of him and less I need of me...


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