- Who can find a virtuous woman? her price is far above rubies
- She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
- Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
- She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
I'll be honest, I felt a little overwhelmingly UN-beautiful around that time. A sort of is-this-the-best-it's-going-to-be-for-me? mood struck me and stuck around for a while. Don't you hate it when that happens?
Thankfully, though, the Lord arranged one of those wonderful "coincidences" that I don't believe are coincidences at all!
I went to a special prayer service at a friend's church. There was some beautiful soft music playing, and a soothing voice leading the participants in guided prayer, while leaving time for personal reflection and prayer, as well. And even in that situation, what subject came up? Guess! The beauty of God's creation--and the Lord dropped a bit of wisdom into my heart.
You can have a beautiful life if you cultivate it.
Immediately thoughts and examples started flooding my mind.
This was my garden this year.
Because I didn't cultivate it.
Last year I did better. I planted....
...and watered some more. (And even tried to shade some of our plants from the hottest of the sun--for no avail for those particular plants--it was just a bad year for cucumbers that year.)
But we had a bumper crop of cherry tomatoes.
This year a friend of mine kept telling me all of the good things she was harvesting from her garden and her fruit trees--and I had nothing that I'd grown in myself in my own garden--because I didn't cultivate it.
Earlier this year I shared about what a mess my house had become--you can see the whole Clean In 30 series. It got that way because I wasn't cultivating a clean house....
But little by little, one room at a time, I started cultivating clean.
There's a reason I had started calling this my "Ugly Room"....
Until I challenged myself to do something about it.
I'd like to say that everything has stayed just as clean and organized, or gotten even better (which was my intent) since then, but the truth is, while it's better than before, it's not as good as after right now.
Why? Because I haven't cultivated it.
I will probably never live in what I call a big, nice house. But my little house is paid for, and it's as beautiful as I make it. If I want it to be better--cleaner, more organized, prettier--I have to cultivate the habits that not only make it that way, but the ones that keep it that way, too.
I will never be younger, or taller, or have less wrinkles and gray hair than I have right now, but if I eat right and exercise and do the little things that help me feel prettier, I can be beautiful in my eyes and in the eyes of those who love me.
I just have to cultivate it.
If I want beauty of mind, soul, and spirit, I have to be careful what I allow in. What books do I read, what television shows do I watch, who do I spend time with, with what do I fill my conversations? How much time do I spend with my Creator, or in His Word? Am I all about me, or do I reach out to those around me?
Do I cultivate it?
Until next time...
This post is linked to:
Make Your Home Sing Monday at Mom's the Word
Faith Barista Jam Thursday
Proverbs 31 Thursday at Raising Might Arrows