My daughter-in-law, Victoria Halydier, is competing this weekend in the Mrs. America pageant. So, Victoria, this is for you and for all the beautiful Christian women reading this. God has made you beautiful. He has clothed you with grace and righteousness, with dignity and strength. Outward beauty will fade as the grass of the fields, but inward beauty is forever. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” My prayer is that you will not only shine outwardly, but that others will see your inward grace and beauty as you smile and help and give a kind word of encouragement to others. Let your life be so different that others will ask you how and why. Be courageous and speak the name of Jesus. It could be the difference between eternal life and death to those around you.
Contenders for Mrs. America, my other two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Hannah and Eighmy, and each Christian woman, know that, “Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised (Prov. 31:30). Do you spend more time in front of the mirror or shopping for clothes than you do in the Word of God? Are you seeking to be admired by others or are you content with the acceptance, love, and delight of the Lord? Use every opportunity that is given you to shine before men for the Father’s glory. Use your voice to speak forth His love and acceptance. Don’t be trapped by the world’s standards of outward beauty. Know that we were each woven in the womb by our Heavenly Father and we are each fearfully and wonderfully made in spite of physical or emotional scars.
Victoria has been voted Miss congeniality in the two other pageants in which she participated. I am more proud of that than the title of Mrs. America. I hope we all, including me, live our lives in such a way that we stand out for our beauty of spirit, our righteousness which is ours through the blood of Jesus, and our grace that we generously gift to those we love and to those we have never met before.
Hint of the Day: Do a word study on Grace, beauty, and/or Fear of the Lord.