My blog is called "Behold the Beauty" and I thought I'd take a moment to tell you why.
A few years ago there was a verse that wrestled my wild heart to the ground:
"One thing I ask of the Lord,
this is what I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple." - Psalm 27:4
One thing. Wait a minute! One thing? As I thought about my life and the crazy, fast paced schedule that I so often kept, I was struck by a simple invitation in this moment. I wanted the whirlwind to stop. It was time to refocus. I realized that at the end of every day all that I was longing for was a connection with my Abba, God my Father. As I heard Him say to my heart, "be still and know that I am God" I responded with a humble "yes".
We become what we behold! Real change comes from a heart encounter with Jesus. He is looking for friends. He is seeking hearts to inhabit. He wants me to know Him and trust Him enough to let Him speak His truth into my life. He desires to talk with me and let me in on His plans. When I desire the presence of Jesus and ask Him to inhabit my life I am giving Him permission to take over!
The more I look at Him, I behold who He really is. He is not a small God. He is BIG! He is not a far away God. He is near. He is present. When I ask, He will answer. When I seek, I will find. When I gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek Him I am changed. I become whole. I become beautiful.
We become what we behold.
Heart Talk: Jesus, please continue to transform me into Your image. Who You are is so wonderful. I want to reflect Your character. I want to live the way You lived. Unselfish. Compassionate. Forgiving. Loving. Come and truly inhabit my heart. Take over. Change me. Help me behold You so that I can be an image bearer of You. For Your glory.