In the eyes of The beholder

Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes.  Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.    1 Peter 3:3-4

Praise God for His beauty and truth!  When we put our hope in God our hearts are freed up to be beautiful! When our hearts are free to love, our image is absolutely radiant.   I do not take Peter’s words as a prohibition toward outward beauty practices.  However, our primary effort should not rest with trying to be pleasing based on our outward appearance.  You may be thinking this is hardly worth mentioning but search your heart and determine if it is true.

What is precious in God’s eyes is the fruit that results from our cleansed hearts.  Hearts washed by the purifying water of His word.  What a refreshing act our hearts so desperately need!  The imperishable quality of a gentle (accepting God’s dealings with us as good and therefore we have no need to dispute or resist) and quiet (peaceable) spirit is very valuable in God’s eyes.  This behavior results from a heart yielded to the Holy Spirit.

The divinely intended life for wives is focused on the beauty of the heart.  I pray we can discern the depth of contrast between the beauty that is valuable in God’s eyes verses the beauty our fleshly eyes behold and seek it to exhaustion.  Shall we have such beautiful hearts that our husbands find us completely “delightful”?  I know our husbands appreciate us being attractive – just as we appreciate their efforts.   I also know that as we seek to please God with our hearts our husbands benefit greatly.

Psalms 33:15,21  He alone shapes their hearts; He considers all their works.  For our hearts rejoice in Him because we trust in His holy name.

May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance as we seek to be our husband’s delight.

Amanda

What is some fruit you think your husband might enjoy seeing as your heart is washed clean?  Please post to help encourage others!

If you like this post please share!

Mended Hearts

Oh, Tuesday DIVAs!  I am so humbled by our Lord!  That in His mercy He would assemble us before His throne of grace and allow us to make our request known.  Can you fathom it?  That He would call our special group of women to His presence and allow us the priveledge of laying our hearts before Him to receive the ministry we each need.  What grace!  What mercy!  Let’s not hold back a thing before the One who is completely safe.  Run princess to the open arms of your King!  He has been awaiting your arrival.

If you are familiar with the book of Esther,  you will recall that Haman made an edict declaring all the Jews would be put to death because of his rage toward Mordecai.  Seeking deliverance, Mordecai took to the streets wearing sackcloth and wailing loudly.

While searching the bible I found the word “sackcloth” was commonly paired with two things (1) feeling the pain and allowing God to minister to it and (2) humility.

When our heart has been injured, our fleshly nature wants to respond by building a wall around it to protect it from further injury.   What if,  instead, we covered our hearts with sackcloth?   Would you be willing?  If we adorn our hearts with sackcloth we must (1) acknowledge the pain (instead of  constructing a wall and disregarding it) and let the Lord tend to it and (2) be humble and obedient to His direction.   Would we be courageous enough to step out from behind our hand-built walls, adorn our hearts with sackcloth and let the King of Glory come in?  Let’s fulfill the “hope of our calling” and let God do the miraculous in us!   When we allow Him access to our hearts we become something, in our own strength, we could never be.

Ephesians 5:19-21…speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.  Amen and Amen!

Request:  If you are a Tuesday DIVA please make a comment or a word of praise to our Lord so we know you are out there!  How does this apply to your circumstance?  What does it mean to you?  Thank you!

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,

Amanda

If you like this post please share!

Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed (DIVA) work gloves!

imageMy friend that either calls me, “my sister in Christ” or her “daughter in the Spirit” (either way I am blessed!) brought me these work gloves!  She uses these rubber gloves as she cleans her house.  As she cleans she prays!  I thought  what a fitting post to remind  us to pray even as we perform household chores.  You might get a chuckle as you picture yourself cleaning while wearing DIVA gloves!  Remember, you are Divinely Inspired and  Victoriously Anointed…pray like it!

If you like this post please share!

The Fruit of Love

Greetings fellow sojourners!

Why call you fellow sojourners?  All who join us on Tuesdays to fast and pray to be the delight of our husbands I consider to be only temporarily residing in their current spiritual places!  I am trusting the Lord to take us to new places with Him.

Here are some scriptures that I pray will give us encouragement.  We know we can recognize an apple, banana, and coconut tree by the fruit it bears.  We, as well as others, recognize a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives by the fruit we bear.  There are nine types of fruit that can be seen in the life yielded to the Lord.  The first of these is the fruit of love (Galatians 5:22).

Zechariah 8:12 says, “For they will sow in peace:  the vine will yield its fruit.”  Verse 18 tells us to “love truth and peace.”  These verses are meant to provide illustration to the Israelites that the discouragement of the past is gone and they should look now for encouragement.  We should not look back at disappointments but be encouraged for the future as we seek new and good fruit to appear on our branches!  Satan would have us believe the fruit of our past will be the only type of fruit that is able to come from our branches.  This is a lie straight from Satan’s depths!  We are redeemed and made new in Jesus!  Because of the Lord, we can be encouraged with each new day for He is the God of  new beginnings!

In John 15:1,5,  Jesus is saying, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper.”  You are the branches.  The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit.”  As we seek the Lord for direction and are obedient to Him, we will find our fruit to be delightful.  It is for His glory that we produce  the choicest of fruit.  Be fruitful Tuesday “DIVA” you are more than victorious!

Grace be with you,

Amanda

If you like this post please share!