love in a dehydrated spirit

sometimes i scour the internet for things to blog about.  or to steal for my blog (wink) or to just learn about new news.  and as i was perusing the usual sites like theroot.com or cnn.com (yawn) i found nothing to satisfy my soul.  lots of reports of racism in the world (imagine that.)  lots of political nothing getting done … and then i went to my daily bread site …. and it echoed exactly what i was thinking (but it was referring specifically to magazines not the internet.)  and this reminded me of something i recently told my daughter: that your soul can get dehydrated.  and thus, we must actively feed the soul.  just as we do the body.  in times of stress, discouragement, hurdles, low self-image, or if you are just in a funk – that is your soul crying out for love, attention, fuel, food, and water.  anything to nourish it and make it grow.  anything to develop it and restore it will work.  i told her that sometimes it means simply taking a walk.  listening to uplifting & positive music.  being creative.  praying.  meditiating.  reading the bible.  sometimes your friends nor your family will be there to boost you & your spirits.  i realized that she could develop this as a good habit.  because sometimes we do not habitually take time to nourish the soul.  we stay on the go and we stuff our mouths, eyes, and ears with the flesh and the world.  toxic misinformation about twisted priorities.  being skinny, making money, looking fly, studying, cleaning … all these things do not tell our spirit:  you are God’s child, you don’t have to be perfect and you are perfect as you are in your imperfection, you are loved by the Most High, you are not what you eat, you are not what you do …. the things your spirit needs to hear everyday.  and this was today’s bread:

March 19, 2010
Authentic Beauty
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READ: Proverbs 31:21-31
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. —Proverbs 31:30

I often take a moment as I wait at our grocery store checkout stand to scan the covers of the magazines displayed there. It seems that if they aren’t about sex and money, they’re about diet, fitness, health, and outward beauty. There’s nothing there for the soul.

The problem is that people read the wrong magazines—those that are full of lies that fixate on beauty of face and form as though that’s all there is. This can lead to comparison and terrible despair.

Some years ago, a friend of mine told of a conversation he had with a lovely, self-assured teenager. “You’re very self-confident,” he observed. “Can you tell me why?” “Yes,” the young woman answered. “It’s because I’m so pretty.” “Oh, I’m sorry,” he said with extraordinary wisdom. “Why?” she asked in surprise. “Because,” he replied, “you may not always be pretty.”

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing” is the wisdom we read in Proverbs 31. Physical beauty all too quickly fades away; all one’s efforts to keep it are doomed to fail. But there is an inner beauty—authentic beauty that will endure forever—in the one “who fears the Lord” (v.30).  — David H. Roper

Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me—
All His wonderful passion and purity!
O Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine,
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me. —Orsborn

Righteousness in the heart produces beauty in the character.

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One Response to “love in a dehydrated spirit”

  1. […] had to detox from instagram for this very reason.  love yourself – logout … from whatever it is that has no real nutrients. even if […]

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