Meet Queen Lori

Meet Lori, and hear how the last retreat blessed her.

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Lori even wrote a beautiful poem to describe her experience:

BEAUTY TREATMENT RAP
Beauty Treatments inside & out
Exfoliation of all fear & doubt!
Preparing women to meet The King
Submitting to God’s purpose in everything!
So take off the mask others put you in
Identify with Christ, living from within!
Nailing the past to the cross, once & for all.
Count the cost, not the loss, to fulfill Christ’s call.
Moisturize/Massage/Stretch/ & Soak!
God will bring New Life- to what’s worn & broke!
Contour/Manicure/Hair/Nails/Face
After we spend time with God in the Secret place
As we abide with God in the Secret place! Peace!
—with Jodie Dye and Beauty Treatment Fall Retreat 2016😇

Next Beauty Treatment Retreat is Sept 22-24, 2017 in Bradenton, Florida.

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The Story of Esther

Orphan to queen.

An orphan girl. She lost both of her parents and Mordecai, her cousin took her as his own and raised her up in the law of the Lord. He was a scribe, so one would naturally assume he taught her everything he knew. After all, she was chosen to later become the queen. Not because of her looks, although she was said to have been a beautiful woman. No it was deeper than that. She had something else that attracted the King: Inner Beauty.

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Esther was given seven handmaidens to prepare her with beauty treatments and special food for one whole year. Why? She was commanded to. Unfortunately, it wasn’t her choice. She was taken from Mordecai and placed in a harem with hundreds of other women to be made ready for the day the king would choose his queen. They were all competing for the throne, but I don’t think Esther was. She just kept her eyes on her God, even though He is not mentioned in the book of Esther, you can see His finger leading Esther in her every step.

When the day came and Esther stepped into her calling, she wasted no time in doing everything she could for her people. She handled everything with grace, even her enemy. She made such a difference in her time by saving her nation from an enemy who planned to completely wipe out the existence of her Jewish people. But GOD had a plan and Esther was prepared to carry it out.

Just as Esther did, I spent a year of my life studying this book in the Bible and receiving my own beauty treatments for the heart and special food for my spirit. I prepared my heart for the King of kings similar to how Esther prepared for hers. This story has always been so fascinating to me, not only because I can relate to her story, but because of all the wonderful treasures I have found in my search for the King himself. I share more of this story in my book Beauty Treatments: Prepare to Meet Your King. (Please let me know if you would like to purchase one, because I will be making an order for more soon.)

In addition to writing the book, I started directing women’s retreats to bring home the message of inner beauty in a tangible way. You see, the King changed me; SOOO MUCH!!! After giving me inner beauty treatments, my past that was full of shame has been washed away never to be the same again. I started this ministry to women because I want them to see themselves the way I see myself after spending time in the presence of the King. I still have a testimony. I know from where I came. But the memory of what I did in my past, does not define who I am. He defines who I am, and what my future holds, and when you really truly believe that, and walk in that queenly anointing then sister, there is a difference this world needs you to make.

We are having an Inner Beauty Treatments Retreat coming up real soon. It is not too late to sign up. This is your chance to receive some inner healing, uncover who you really are, and learn what it is to walk with the authority He has given you, and make a difference in this world. Let us show you what difference He has made in our life. Let us be your handmaiden that helps prepare you for your King. Click the link to sign up and come experience a royal retreat like no other.

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Hammer of Hardship

What does a hammer of hardship have to do with inner beauty?

EVERYTHING.

The hardships you may be experiencing right now are the tools that God is using to break you; to tear down the image that you created of yourself. He is hammering out the old to rebuild the new. He wants to transform you into the image of His Son.

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There is an ancient art of applying cosmetics by a means known as contouring. Contouring is an art that has to do with shadow and light, and shaping the structure of your face and body.

Many different tools are used to accomplish this.

What are some of those tools? Brushes, Curlers,  and Sponges to name a few.

In the same way, the Lord has tools too to shape us, to contour us. His desired result is to beautify the WHOLE BODY. You and I are His Body.  He is a Master Make-up Artist.

And His tool of choice is the hammer of hardship, knowing the outcome of the brokenness that draws us to the Father.

This beauty treatment shapes our beliefs and brings light to the Truth of who we are. When it’s applied to our lives, we are can be content with what we have and who we are.

God uses Trials and Hardships to contour our lives

The Bible is the tool to contour our spiritual bodies. Think about the hardships and trials he has brought to shape and contour you.

Saved and delivered for over 25 years now from so many things. Mom left home when I was a child. Ended up on drugs, living on the streets, former gang member, etc. Got married to a man who physically sexually and emotionally abused me. Had 3 children with him.

After Daniel was born, life was completely shattered when that husband left for another woman. I was homeless with 3 children.

Standing in a heap of rubble and pieces of my life were everywhere. The hammer of hardship literally crushed me to pieces.

The chisel of chastisement began to cut away all that was not of him. I entered my year of beauty treatments and it was painful to undergo the Spiritual cosmetic surgery. The image that I had always thought myself to be was shattered. But I was being transformed into His image.

Ultimately this is the goal for us all. To become more like Him and less of us. So you can see how hardships in your life are actually a beauty treatment for your heart, if you allow the Master make up artist to have His way as the Potter and you become the clay.

Rejoice my friend for this too shall pass!

The hope of hardships: HE DOES REBUILD!

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Ridding the Tartar of Mistrust

Spiritual Gingivitis is when someone gossips, they are usually inflamed with a desire to spread the germs, or spread the news so to speak. Gingivitis is an infection that destroys the tissue that support the teeth. Likewise, gossip is an infection that destroys the support system that you have. It ruins and separates close friendships.

The cure is a deep cleansing of God’s Word in your mouth. God, in His beauty, is so very trustworthy, and He wants to exchange the spirit of gossip in us and make us trustworthy like Him.

Tartar of mistrust.

You know that you have this condition if others feel comfortable about approaching you about others.

My poor spiritual oral hygiene was exposed once when a friend approached me about breaking a confidence. I call it the tartar of mistrust. My heart was exposed; I realized that this was an area in which I needed a deep cleaning.

We need to avoid a man who has bad breath, or talks too much, because a gossiper always betrays a confidence (Proverbs 11:13).

When the Lord convicted me of the bad breath of gossip, it was different because it was with my best friend. I just felt like I could tell her everything. I knew that she wouldn’t tell anyone else; she was a safe person to confide in.

Oh how often it is when gossip is disguised with, ” we need to pray for so and so because…”

But the Lord showed me that speaking about others to her caused my best friend to distance herself from the one I was speaking about. It also caused my heart to be puffed up, as if I were better than they were. The sin of this practice made my heart heavy; I
needed God to touch my mouth with His cleansing coal. Dear Lord, exchange the gossip in me for the quiet spirit that is in You!

I fell to my knees in repentance and prayed, “Please forgive me, Lord! Cleanse my mouth; help me keep it shut. Keep my tongue from evil. Give me a spiritual mouth cleansing and rid me of the tartar of mistrust.

Spiritual Flossing.

Flossing out the filthy language is another beauty treatment we need for our mouths.

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When that coal touches our lips, we are receiving a beauty treatment for our tongues. That coal turns filth into pure gold.

I am sure that many of you will share my pain when we talk about going to the dentist. I absolutely hate going to the dentist, even though I know it is in my best interest to get that darn cavity out of my mouth. This cavity had been screaming at me to be removed, and I endured the pain until it was filled. I thought of the Holy Spirit filling me up to be
able to speak with His anointing. How could I not?

The handheld instrument called an explorer that the dentists use spotted that decay of selfishness instantly. But the hidden cavities of pride needed the x-ray vision of the Holy Spirit to be detected. That was me in real life. In my life, the decay was spreading, making me centered on myself. Once the hidden cavity of pride was brought to the light, I made it a point to remove it from my life. I confessed it as pride and selfishness, and then the Lord gave me a dose of His beauty that drilled right into the root, removing the decay and brightening up my smile with His radiance. He makes me whiter than snow.

When I first gave my life to the Lord over twenty years ago, He dealt with my filthy language. I was accustomed to talking like a sailor or a truck driver. Cussing just seemed so normal. My parents cussed, my friends cussed, and so naturally I cussed too. I remember when I was little and had cussed. My mom said she was going to wash
my mouth out with soap. I learned right away that it was not pleasing to the Lord—one of my first beauty treatments as an early believer. Now when I hear foul language, it does not stick to me like plaque; instead, it is quickly forgotten.

With pride and haughtiness comes a lot of trash talk, and that needs to be removed if are going to be virtuous men and women whose speech is humble and gracious. Another word for this prideful talk is godless chatter, and we are instructed to turn away from it and avoid it because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly (2 Timothy 2:16). The Bible is the best mouthwash out there. It cleanses your mouth as you read it and speak it out loud. We need a Spirit-filled cleansing mouthwash for any unwholesome, foul, or abusive talk that comes out of our mouths.

The beauty comes when we turn from trash talk and become discreet and chaste in our speech. That, my friend, is better than lip gloss. It has been my prayer that when I open my mouth, I only do so to let my speech be filled with humility and wisdom, in kindness, and for edification only!

We have the power to either tear down or build up with our tongues. It is true what our parents told us, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” In other words, shut the mouth, and open the ears. Let’s start building God’s beautiful kingdom as we genuinely listen and speak life to each other.

Now that is the beautiful breath of God!

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Inner Beauty Treatments

What is an Inner Beauty Treatment?

Well first I want to tell you what it is NOT!

It is not a message that promises a Cinderella-like experience to anyone who will allow a team of cosmetic magicians to give them a radical facelift…sorry! This message is all about transformation…allowing for change to take place from the inside out.

Far too many people spend thousands of dollars trying to look like a million bucks, only then to discover that we cannot change from the outside in. Real change comes from the inside out.

Beauty Treatments are what treats the heart. The inner man.

1 Samuel 16:7

“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

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When you start to change first on the inside things change also on the outside. You will radiate His Presence on the outside because of the time you give on the inside.

The Lord wants to do drastic (not plastic) surgery on the heart.

His tool of choice is the scalpel of Scripture and it is used to cut, wound and heal all at the same time.

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“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

Beauty Treatments go deeper than skin deep.

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“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

The more we can look at ourselves and see the beauty of God the more the world will be able to look at us and see the beauty of Jesus Christ.

 

Why prepare your hearts with beauty treatments?

Because in our time, more than any other time in history we see the signs of the end of time unfolding more clearly. The time of Christ’s return and our final judgement is quickly approaching. These days that we are living in are short, it is a time to take seriously. Even if Christ should tarry we must remember our days could be brief.

The Bible says that the bride of Christ is the Church and He is calling His church to be ready for His return.

Whether your male or female single married young or old, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ you are to prepare yourself not only for His return but also so that He can use you to expand His kingdom.

He is sending us out to bring the remnant that has not yet been found. If you are not prepared and ready you will not be effective in building His Kingdom.

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This is what you will find inside the Beauty Treatments book. This book that I wrote about 5 years ago is still what the church needs today. There is no time to waste friends, the Lord is coming! I hope you will be ready.

Ladies we will be having our next Inner Beauty Treatments Retreat in just a few months, and I promise you will be so blessed if you came.

Next Beauty Treatment Retreat

Sept 22-24, 2017

Held at the Christian Retreat Center

Bradenton, Florida

For more information email Jodie Dye

Follow the Facebook Event Page for updates!

 

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Pimple of Pride

Everything hidden will eventually come to the light. Those pimples will appear once again.

  • What is the first thing you think of when you look in the mirror and see a pimple?

I know my first thought is to cover it up. And sometimes I am tempted to pop it.

As we allow the Holy Spirit to apply a spiritual mud mask to our hearts and reveal truth in our lives we will have to face and deal with many spots and blemishes, one of those being the pimple of pride.

When you pick at that pimple enough, it becomes a scar of self righteousness. By nature, all of us are rebels who want to be celebrities instead of servants. It takes a great deal of beauty treatments for us to exchange this pimple of pride for His spotless humility.

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This may be a beauty treatment that we will need for the rest of our lives until He calls for us to come home. Always be aware of that ugly pimple of pride. It pops up when you least expect it and it must be immediately removed.

Pride will blind you from seeing the Truth. Others will see it, but unless you look intently into the mirror, that pride will remain on your face and you will not even realize it.

“In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’ But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are a god” (Ezekiel 28:2). You can be sure that when our hearts become arrogant and hard from pride, God will depose us from our royal throne and strip us from all glory, just as he did to any king that set themselves above God” (Daniel 5:20).

It was said that Moses was more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth (Number 12:3). If Moses was more humble than anyone on the face of the earth, then we need to be humble like him, if we want to see God’s Glory. He was chosen to be the leader, not because of his eloquence or education; no, he was chosen simply because he was humble. So what was it that made Moses so humble? Why was he able to ascend the mountain of God and come away with a radiant face? If you want the radiant face that Moses had, then you need to get rid of those pimples of pride. Humility comes in different forms. If someone was correcting me, then in humility I received the correction knowing that I do not know everything and I could learn a lot from others.

Can you see the pimple of pride on your face? You may need someone else to point it out to you, and if it is brought to your attention then don’t try to cover it up, just acknowledge that it is there, it is true, and allow the Lord to remove it from you, give it to Him and exchange it for His spotless humility.

Our King will not be done with us until it is time for Him to take us into His palace in Heaven. Until then, we must gladly receive all the beauty treatments that He wants to give us to make us a more blameless and spotless bride.

We need to be completely available for a dose of His beauty. Even just a smudge of His beauty is better than what this life has to offer. He is so beautiful! The more that we gaze upon His beauty, the more His beauty reflects upon our own faces.

 

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Blackheads of Bitterness

We all have them. The stubborn, annoying, unwanted little demons otherwise named as blackheads. The development of blackheads and how to get rid of them are not well known. However, we do know they clog up the pores, and they multiply rather quickly.

As a creative writer I like to contrast the outer with the inner. Isn’t it crazy how we can also see a connection to the heart with blackheads? I think of bitterness as a blackhead that can literally clog up our spirit man. Not only that, but the Bible says in Hebrews 12:15 that a bitter root in someone’s heart can grow up to defile many. Bitterness has the potential to corrupt everyone around you.

And just like blackheads, we can all struggle with bitterness. Just when you think you got rid of bitterness, someone cuts you off in the other lane and love is NOT what explodes from your heart. Come on be honest!

Bitterness takes root in a heart that is not completely purified; in a heart that holds judgement against God and others. Even though you may believe in God and worship Him in song, and read your Bible, and tell others about Him, you yourself may hold some deep un-forgiveness inside of your heart that is just covered up by a little make -up.

In Acts 8 we see of a man named Simon who was set free from sorcery after hearing Phillip’s message and he changed his outward ways. He went around with him spreading the gospel, and was amazed at the signs and wonders that followed him. Yet when he was approached by Peter and John, men who were full of the Holy Spirit discerned and called him out on the motives of his heart and rebuked Simon for the bitterness in his heart.

“For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin.”

When we are set free from the things of this world, it usually becomes evident to the world because of the changes that happen outwardly. But it takes a while longer to do the deeper cleanse. Bitterness starts early in life. It becomes such a terrible root and if it is not dealt with early on, it is a stubborn enough to stay put and increase in strength.

Here are some of my favorite tricks to rid your heart of the blackheads of bitterness and leave you with a clean and clear complexion on the inside:

  1. Exfoliate With A Friend. By doing this, the dead stuff is buffed away by the particles of iron sharpening iron, getting rid of clogged up areas that can lead to blackheads of bitterness. Simply mix a little forgiveness with the love you received from God and others until the smooth feelings are formed. When done regularly, this will aid in ridding the heart of the blackheads of bitterness.
  2. Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. The unsung hero of blackhead-free hearts are the stripes that He bore for you found in Isaiah 53:5. Simply touch the area of your heart you wish to treat, apply the Scripture and let it sink in for at least 15 minutes. When you’re ready to remove the strip, pull it off like you would a bandage: very swiftly. What’s left behind in the strip will most likely gross you out, but it’s better to be on the strip than in your heart. Get rid of it.

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  3. Remove the Masks.Masks are meant to be removed. Many of us leave the earth based masks on our faces covering up our blemishes. We don’t want anyone to see our dirt. Masks that are clay-based draw out the impurities in our skin much like it does when the Holy Spirit covers our heart. Think of the Holy Spirit as a magnet that draws out the blackheads in your heart. By regularly using a deep cleansing mask, you’ll start to see amazing results.
    “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
  4. Don’t Pick. The worst thing your can do is pick at blackheads. In other words, dwell on it. Picking at it and dwelling on the offenses of others will only make you more bitter.  Let your inner beauty routine do its job!  Even though it’s tempting to quickly get rid of them, picking at blackheads will only make the long-term situation worse.
    “But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.”
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Internal Concentrates

No matter what I am wearing or how my hair looks, I always feel my best when my spirit is refreshed. When your spirit is renewed, you can skip the makeup and show off your true beauty.

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While cleansers rid your spirit from the buildup of dirt, and moisturizers lock in hydration, concentrates are a new type of inner beauty treatment everyone should add to their list.

What is a concentrate?

According to the dictionary it is a substance made by removing water or other diluting agent; a concentrated form of something, especially food.

A quality concentrates like 2 Timothy 2:15 is meant to protect your spirit and strengthen it to help prevent against external stressors. It’s the perfect application to add into your internal beauty routine when you’re just starting to see those early signs of agitation and you want to build up your spirit’s immunity to protect against damaging effects of the worlds pollution.

How to apply 2 Timothy 2:15:

Studying to show ourselves approved unto God involves more than simply learning the facts. Meditation on the text is the next step in your regimen. Only as you meditate on Scripture whether it is a verse, several verses, or a passage – will you begin to see the principles which can be applied in your life.

Applying God’s Word is the best way to gain wisdom, and be healed from our broken hearts and bitter souls. It is not enough to know His Word, we need to take it to heart and see how every word can apply to you. There may be only one interpretation of His Word but many applications.

Try this one for starters. Simply apply James 1:22 to your life, and turn your hearing into doing. Applying God’s Word simply means doing what it says. Being who God says you are. Living the way God tells you to live. Walking the way Christ walked and yes it can be done through Him. Just DO IT! Just live it! Put on Christ and apply His Word daily.

One word of caution: don’t try to apply it to someone else because they will become an irritant to you.

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For example, if I read something in the Bible that would apply to my husband, and I see that he doesn’t apply it himself, then I get quite irritated that he is not doing the same inner beauty routine as I am. On the contrary, when we look at the flaws of others we fail to see our own. So let’s focus and concentrate on how the Word can apply to us only.

Amen? Amen!! Ok so what Word has been your concentrates lately?

 

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Exfoliating your Inner Man

At least 2 -3 times a week, I find it helpful to exfoliate. When someone exfoliates they are removing the dead cells revealing the fresh new skin underneath.

Exfoliation is great for the heart too. It leaves your spirit super soft without stripping your identity. I highly recommend you willingly place yourself at least twice a week near someone who gets under your skin; someone who rubs you the wrong way. They will help you get rid of the dead stuff in your life and reveal a smoother nature underneath your tough exterior. As you go near, bless those who curse you. Love those who are not lovable. Pray for those who persecute you or say harsh things to you. In doing so, you will be become radiant as you leave the avenging to the Lord.

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There was someone at work who was acting as an exfoliant to me, and no it didn’t feel good at all. I had to push past my feelings of irritation to see a different perspective of how this person could actually help me. Even though it didn’t appear she could help me one bit, I needed to trust that God uses the rough edges of people to help us become more polished ourselves. God will definitely use those who are the closest to you to make you more beautiful. Thank God for those who exfoliate you.

It is equally important for you to surround yourselves with people who moisturize you so that you do not become a dry irritated patch. Too much exfoliation from others can cause irritability in you leaving you short -tempered. If you are in a position where someone is exfoliating you everyday, then not only should you be in godly friendships to nurture you, pray for you and encourage you, but you may also need to set some healthy boundaries as to not affect your own spirit.

Ask yourself these healthy questions:

Aside from your spouse or the children you are rearing. Are you spending too much time with someone who is expecting too much from you and is drying you out? Then you may need to exfoliate them from your life. You know the saying, “bad company corrupts good morals.”

Are you unequally yoked with an unbeliever as a spouse? I am not an advocate of divorce. I do believe in divine reconciliation. However, if constant drama and friction is in the home, I do believe some separation often helps to renew the spirit and regain perspective. This is a whole study in itself, but the point I want to make for this statement is that the focus needs to be on you. Not what your spouse is doing or has done, but the point of separating yourself for a short time is so that you can be refreshed and rejuvenated. Go away to a retreat for a weekend (which I offer, click here for more details). Stay at a relatives or a close family member who wants to see your marriage work. Ask your spouse in kindness, to give you some space in your home to get away from the drama so you can examine your heart and motives for the dead stuff that is in your own heart. Take a long bath with candlelight and soft music. And I guarantee the moment you start working on you, the Lord will start working on your spouse.

Try using a dab of Zechariah 13:9. I love how it truly removes any dirt from the surface and goes deep down beneath bone and marrow. Ah! I am refreshed. I hope you are too!

Follow my tips for your daily inner beauty regimen.

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My Daily Regimen

On a daily basis, we need to remain consistent with a cleanser and a moisturizer.

Try this amazing cleanser called Psalm 51:7:

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Use the same cleanser day and night (Joshua 1:8), and then switch up your moisturizing routine for night. Apply some Jeremiah 33:8 to your heart and mind, and it will leave your spirit squeaky clean. I highly recommend pairing it with Isaiah 4:4 to really hydrate your inner man even while you sleep.

Moisturizers lock in hydration. Your prayer time with God is what moisturizes your life. The more time you spend with Him, the more the oil of the Holy Spirit will help you retain the Word that cleanses you. Prayer and Bible reading go hand in hand just like cleansers and moisturizers do. If you try to cleanse without the moisturizer it could leave you dry. If you moisturize without the cleanser then you could potentially lock in the build up of dirt. Likewise those who just read their Bible but do not pray, become spiritually dry obtaining a form of godliness but lacking the power. Similarly, those who pray yet fail to cleanse themselves by the washing of the Word, will look good on the outside but inside will be so full of filth.

Psalm 51:2 is another cleanser to keep near by – “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” What cleansers have you kept on the shelf of your heart to keep you from sinning against the Lord? Share your cleanser of choice in the comment section below. It may be just the cleanser someone else needs.

One last tip for today: To internally add moisture, I lean towards Words that are super hydrating to my heart like Hebrews 10:22.  I speak them out loud and believe it is for me. It works wonders!

Follow my tips for your daily inner beauty regimen.

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