Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Aging Beautifully ~ Finding Beauty in Others and Ourselves


It has been some time since I last wrote a post in my aging beautifully series.  Life happens and whether  the days are challenging or restful,  they are always sacred ~ each and every moment that God has given us.



In aging beautifully, we find beauty in others.

There are times when it isn't easy to find the beauty in others. Sometimes tragedy smears all the beauty's colors. Instead of the pastels being soft and the brights being clear, it all looks muddy.

We can each try to stop the colors from running and smudging but in the end, the picture remains a mess. With all the fixing we try to do, the paper becomes soggy and tears.

The Master Painter comes to restore the beauty. His canvas is strong. His colors are new. His brushstrokes are gentle.

What does the Master Painter ask of me? He asked me to sit still and let Him work.

I do my best. Some days it is easier and some days it is more difficult. The beauty is restored regardless. The Master Painter sees what I can not.

In aging beautifully, we find beauty in ourselves.

We are often our own worst critics in how we see ourselves.  How do I look?  What will I wear? Will this makeup fix my face?   Is my hair turning gray ~ should I color it?  Will I fit in if I don't "look" like everyone else?  Do we judge our individual beauty based on what others think?  Or... do we judge our individual beauty based on what God sees?

On the outside, I look rather ordinary.  The beauty that I see in my eyes when I look in the mirror is the beauty of a gentle spirit that loves the Lord. Spending time reading my Bible, in prayer, and in worship should be my daily beauty regime. I often rush through it and then I am a mess. When I take my time and scrub away the cares of the world and hydrate my wholeness with His Spirit, my beauty will reflect my Lord.

This is the third post in my Aging Beautifully series.  To revisit earlier posts in the series, you can find them by clicking on the link in the Sampler left sidebar.  The next post will be on strength found in aging beautifully. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

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8 comments:

  1. Very wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome, Chrissy!

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  2. Gina, you are such a beautiful soul. You have a gorgeous spirit and your beautiful writing always puts a smile in my day. Your eloquent thoughts and reflections today have touched my heart...thank you lovely lady.

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    1. Kim, you are very welcome. I'm glad that my words brought a smile to your day. Visiting your blog is always a delight to my soul. ♥

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  3. Such a beautiful post Gina! I do try to think of the positive when I look at people. Mom always said, "if you can't say anything nice about someone; don't say anything at all". It taught me to try and look for the 'nice'. :) The older I become the more I try to be happy with myself. I think we are our own worst critics. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. Oh Gina, you have said this perfectly, we do need to be reminded that in God's eyes we are all perfect just the way we are, keeping him in the first place instead of ourselves all will be well! Like you said though, sometimes those bad voices tell us otherwise.

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  5. I'm so glad you are doing this series. I've appreciated every one of these posts. And I see beauty in the eyes of others, women especially. I don't have low self esteem (I did when I was younger) so I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be. I'm happy with who I am and how I look...most of the time! heehee! Hugs to you!

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  6. You are such a thoughtful writer, Gina, and such a gentle, sweet soul. I enjoy reading your posts on aging and I'm hoping that I'm aging gracefully.

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