This morning, while the sun was still sleeping, your alarm woke you from your beauty sleep. If you’re like me, you may have snoozed it once or twice. I don’t know what was waiting for you – your morning jog, a hungry baby, maybe clothes to iron and lay out for school. But before we made it to any of those things, we flipped on a light switch and came face to face with our own reflection in the mirror. Still trying to awake from your slumber, you make eye contact with yourself. What did you see?
A light in your eyes, an excitement for what the day holds?
Weariness, too many nights of not enough rest?
Dread, fear of what battles you may face in the next few hours?
Hope, that today may be something different?
Shame, wishing you could change your decisions from the day before?
I want to share with you a truth that God has been speaking to my heart. My worth is not dependent on me. God’s love is unfailing, it’s agape, it’s unconditional love.
No matter how many hoops you jump through or how hard you try, you can not make Him love you more. His love for you is infinite. And even on your worst day, in your worst moment, He will not love you any less. His love is unchanging.
I don’t know what you’re facing today. I don’t know your name, or where you live. But I know this – it’s going to be okay. No matter how big your problems are, God’s love for you is bigger. Don’t take my word for it – reach out to Him today. Do you know Him?
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
I realize this is not a beauty related post, and yet while I started this as a beauty blog, I’m excited to get to share my heart with you on other topics as well! Let me know what you think in the comment section below!
When I think of David so many thoughts race through my head. David & Goliath. David & Bathesheba. But just the other day I was driving to work and a very different story of David came to mind. A younger, purer David, a talented musician.
Today our curtain opens on 1st Samuel chapter 16. King Saul is depressed, anxious, and unable to rest.
“Some of Saul’s servants said to him, “A tormenting spirit from God is troubling you. Let us find a good musician to play the harp whenever the tormenting spirit troubles you. He will play soothing music, and you will soon be well again. “All right,” Saul said. “Find me someone who plays well, and bring him here. One of the servants said to Saul, “One of Jesse’s sons from Bethlehem is a talented harp player. Not only that—he is a brave warrior, a man of war, and has good judgment. He is also a fine-looking young man, and the Lord is with him. And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better, and the tormenting spirit would go away.” (vs 15-18, 23)
I like to think about what David must have played on his harp. I’m not a historical scholar and I’m not certain what his harp what have looked like, or what the tone and timbre would have been. Did the gift of songwriting come easily to David? Where did his inspiration come from?
It’s clear that David was gifted. But it’s also clear that David was rewarded for his obedience and service. Saul appreciated David so much that he awarded him the position of armor bearer. Even more, turn the page and we see God using David to deliver the Israelites from Goliath.
Maybe you, dear reader, are a musician – or maybe you’re not. Maybe you have a way of cooking & hosting that makes friends as well as strangers feel like family. Maybe you love teaching or easily make friends with young children. Maybe you excel at organization – things or people. Whatever it is, get out there and play your harp! To offer someone solace and comfort, what greater blessing could there be?
Go play your harp.