Beauty Incarnate

Last week as many of you have found out, I wasn’t blogging as I took the week off due to a sinus infection.  I also attended an Encounter weekend which was a delight-filled pleasure.  The weekend reminded me of a topic I’d like to share on today regarding beauty. 

During the weekend I was surrounded by so many beauty-filled women who were comfortable and at rest- able to express their beauty to all those in their midst.  Being in this atmosphere was so amazing and created a safe place for me  also, to express mine. As women and men created in the image of God, we each carry the essence of His beauty incarnate within us, readily available to manifest itself through us.  The sad thing is, because of the hurts, wounds and the losses we’ve incurred, often times we do not feel the freedom to allow its expression. 

The interesting thing is this type of atmosphere creates an open invitation of safety which invites truth and honesty being spoken into our lives. When we know we are loved and accepted, we can trust what others have to say that otherwise might be difficult to receive, because we know that their motives are  for our best. When others take the risk to share truth for our well-being, we not only hear it, but receive it.

Our relationship with God is the same.  He loves each one of us sooooo much-  but too much to allow us to stay the same.  As we truly believe and experience His unconditional love as the foundation in our lives, He feels the freedom to come in and address areas He wants us to free us in.  During those times if we don’t give way to fear, we are transformed which frees us to become more and more an expression of His incarnate beauty mingling with ours for the world to taste.

This was what it was like to be in the company of these beauty-filled ladies and gentlemen this weekend. You see, none of them started that way.  They all came into the kingdom with all kinds of baggage like ourselves- including   such things as fears, unfulfilled hopes and wounds,  but God in His mercy, coupled with His truth, has transformed them.

Now together, they are an army of God inviting others to experience this same transformation. And that was exactly what this weekend was to be about; encountering incarnate beauty, Himself, the Father heart of God. It was a true picture of the kingdom heaven on earth; of  love, joy, and peace in the Holy Spirit.  We tasted and saw that the Lord was good!

I look forward to continuing this journey in hopes that I too can offer a taste of His incarnate beauty with those He crosses my path with in the days ahead.  May you too be touched today and feel the freedom to invite others to do the same.

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory,

are being transformed into His likeness

with ever-increasing glory,

which comes from the Lord, which is the Spirit. 

 2 Corinthians 3:18

 -The Quilted Poetess

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