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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Monday Morning Munch No. 45 – For the ladies: Beauty and Pigs

Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
is a beautiful woman without discretion.
-Proverbs 11:22

What does that even mean? I think sometimes when reading the Bible we’re tempted to gloss over the parts that don’t make sense when, in all actuality, those are the parts we need to dig into most. We need to wrestle with the verses that seem absurd so we can come to an understanding of why God put them in the Bible.

I had to do that with this verse. When that happens, I usually start by defining words.

Discretion = The quality of being discreet, especially with reference to one’s own actions or speech, prudence or decorum.

Because that didn’t really add much clarity to the above verse, I kept searching Webster’s.

Discreet = Judicious (wise, sensible or well-advised) in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect; modestly unobtrusive (inconspicuous, unassertive); unostentatious (not given to pretentious or conspicuous show in attempt to impress others; lacking manners).

So a woman beautiful on the outside but lacking manners, lacking restraint in her lips, lacking modesty and respect, is compared to a pig with a gold nose ring.

Why?

Because something is clearly out of place. Something doesn’t add up. One thing is not like the other. A dirty pig that rolls in the dirt for kicks and giggles does not compute with a stunning piece of gold jewelry. Those two things just don’t go together.

And just like with the pig, when people see a pretty–beautiful–woman acting with a pretentious attitude or conspicuous show in attempt to impress others, they know what doesn’t belong and what’s out of place. 

But really, in the end, if a lady has a beautiful face but not a beautiful heart, what does she really have?

A beautiful woman is not really beautiful if her character doesn’t exemplify her beauty. And a woman without discretion is clearly not beautiful if she’s compared to a filthy, smelly pig.

A beautiful woman is not really beautiful if her character doesn’t exemplify her beauty.

My prayer for us as women is that we live with grace, class, poise, propriety and a behavior that imitates and emulates Jesus’ stunning and love-filled traits. May our behavior radically display the gift of the new heart we have received from Jesus, which makes us completely different from the women of the world, so that now we hold our tongue when we want to lash out, love when we want to hold a grudge, forgive when we want to cling to an injustice, serve when we want to be served and point to Jesus when we want to point to ourself. 

Here’s to being a woman of discretion and not a pig with a nose ring.

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