Faith Tactic #3 Kindness

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“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

Just so you know I randomly picked verses for each day. So I am excited every day to see how the Holy Spirit will use any of the Words in the Bible to prepare me (you) to expand his Kingdom.

How can this verse be used in my life to prepare me to expand His kingdom? I hope you are asking the same question to the Lord.

When I am kind and compassionate to others it opens others hearts to receive the news about the kingdom and they want to enter in, therefore, expanding his kingdom.

I had the opportunity to be kind and compassionate yesterday at an outreach. The Mission in West Bradenton was giving out food, toys, clothes, hugs, prayer, and love. And there was a lady with 3 small children, a stroller packed and topped with all the goodies she and her family could carry, and one of the small children, Sadie, looked up and asked me, “Do you have a car?”

“Yes I do!”

“Could you give us a ride home?” she pleaded.

I looked at the amount of stuff they had and went to the trunk of my car to see if I had any room, however, it was full of beach stuff. So I asked another lady that was helping at the outreach if she drove the mom and kids, then I could take all the stuff. That worked out and I had room for 2 of the youngsters. So on the ride home, I learned that they had started walking at 5:30 am to get to this outreach that started at 11:00 am. They walked far. It meant a lot to this family that someone would show them kindness and compassion, and it opened the door for the gospel to be heard. Christine had given her life to the Lord years ago, however, she had drifted away due the worries of single parenting. Lord knows, I have been there and I know how hard it can be.

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It was such a blessing to be a blessing.

The second part of that verse says to forgive each other because Christ forgave you. We talked about forgiveness on day one. But I can definitely see how being kind and forgiving go hand in hand. Because if we truly forgive someone as Christ has forgiven us then compassion sets in our heart to see those who have hurt us find freedom as well.

What does this verse speak to you? How will this verse help you to expand His Kingdom? Comment below.

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180 days to print out the calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

 

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Faith Tactic #2 Die to Live

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“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

This verse is packed with so much goodness and freedom. Each person that chews on this nourishing nugget may have a different application that I have, and that is okay. God’s Word is not limited to our understanding. 🙂

How can today’s verse prepare me to expand His kingdom?

I am so thankful that this verse actually takes “me” out of the picture. He himself will do the expanding through healing me because of what He has done. Because I really believe what He has done on the cross for me, then dying to sin and living for righteousness becomes a way of life for me.

Now to you, who might ask, what does it mean to “die to sin and live for righteousness”?

I understand this verse to say that when you die to sin, you are being separated from sin so that it no longer influences you. Instead we are influenced to live unto God. We are to be, in regard to sin, as if we were dead, and it is to have no more influence over us than if we were in our graves.

He bore our sins, meaning he took our sins upon himself. Literally transported or moved your (my) sins and carried them upon Himself. Wow what freedom.

So because He took my sin then it no longer influences me like it did before I accepted Him as my Savior. Sure I still sin daily, like for example:

“If anyone, then, knows the good they ought todo and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” James 4:17

But now 25 years later after asking Jesus to be my Savior from all my sin, my life is more about living than it is about dying. I am at a point in my life where so much of the sin that influenced me many years ago, like smoking, drinking, drugging, swearing, etc… doesn’t affect me at all. Like as if I am dead to it. Not even tempted. However, because no one is good and we all fall short of His glory there are still areas in my life that I want to see die. I want to die to the flesh so that I no longer crave food, and not influenced by the caramel cheesecake. 🙂

Thankfully, this is a daily process and we are changing from glory to glory as we continue to die to that which influences us, and because of His stripes, the work of the cross, we are healed. We are healed because He didn’t stay on the cross. He rose again. Which means the live He gives us is His own, and the life we live in Him is so abundant that it makes living worth dying.

What does this verse speak to you? How will this verse help you to expand His Kingdom?

In case you missed what this is all about, visit the introduction. Click this link 180 days to print out the calendar that I created for this strategic plan to expand His kingdom. And don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you don’t miss any days.

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Faith Tactic #1 Forgive

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13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:13

How can this verse help prepare me to expand your Kingdom, Lord?

I come in contact almost daily with people who have no understanding of the faith I have and so they often shun me or sometimes even mock me. This verse helps me to remember wherever there is a grievance there must always be forgiveness. I need to daily forgive those who reject the message I desire to give them and remember I was once in their shoes. I was forgiven. I am forgiven. Therefore, I forgive them (you) for rejecting the message I have been commanded to teach.

Forgiving others may the strongest tactic we as believers have in expanding His kingdom. Not everyone will accept the Truth. Jesus said they are not rejecting you, but Him. Not everyone will like you.

Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:22

Just to think not everyone will like me, actually even hurts. I try to love even the unlovable, and I definitely don’t like the thought that there are people in this world who dislike me. This is where I need to forgive. First because if someone doesn’t like me then I know it is because they don’t know me. Secondly, I forgive because they don’t even have any idea how their rejection has affected me.

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:24

So Colossians 3:13 helps prepare me to expand His kingdom because forgiveness opens the door to a relationship that I shut for fear of rejection. If I forgive them, then it helps me to go forward to love them just as I have been shown love.

So thankful for the forgiveness I receive from you as well when I fail or disappoint you.

Have a blessed day my friend thanks for locking arms with me today.

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Introduction to 180 days

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In the book of Esther, the King of Persia hosted a banquet for his royal officials and military leaders for a full 180 days.

“Xerxes is known, in both ancient and modern sources, for the massive expedition he mounted against Greece in 480 BCE which, according to Herodotus, assembled the largest and most well equipped fighting force ever put into the field up to that point.”

Even though the Book of Esther doesn’t speak of the invasion of Greece, other sources state this banquet corresponds to the great feast Xerxes gave when he was attempting to invade Greece.

In these 180 days the King displayed the vast wealth of his kingdom along with all its glory and splendor of his majesty (Esther 1:4).

While reading this portion of Scripture I believe I received some revelation as to how this applies to the Kingdom of God. You see, King Jesus has also prepared a feast, which is His Word. Oh so tasty! His Word is so full of splendor and majesty that Jesus desires to display it among all His people. In fact, we are considered to be his royal priesthood, a holy nation, and His chosen ones to walk in the light according to 1 Peter 2:9. He has given us His Word to train us and equip us (1 Tim 3:16-17) to carry out His Work, to expand His Kingdom.

This is the mission at hand. The mission is to prepare God’s people to expand the Kingdom of God through the study of the Word, training in righteousness and equipping the royal line for expansion.

Recent data says that only about 2% of Christians actually share their faith with other people. That means only about 2% of the Church is being faithful to what God has called and commanded us to do in the Great Commission…

Matthew 28:19-20 (NLT) – 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

If this is a true statistic then 98% of the Church is keeping some really good news to themselves, while there are people all around who are lost, slowly dying and on the road to destruction. Church, we have the answer. We know the answer is Jesus. So why are we ignoring this fact that Jesus can heal, Jesus saves, and Jesus loves us all so much, that He actually gave us the blueprint to expand His kingdom.

I feel inspired today to be a part of this amazing army of believers to lock arms and expand His kingdom. It is not God’s desire that anyone should perish. He wants all to come into His Kingdom.

This is how the battle strategy plan begins. A calendar is attached to my blog. For a full 180 days we will prepare. Each day on the calendar a portion of Scripture is listed to look up. Obtain a notebook or a small journal and ask the Lord how the verse of the day can prepare you to expand His kingdom. Each day a small tasty nugget of wisdom will be prepared for your tasting on my blog as well. This way you can see that I am practicing what I preach and asking myself the same question.

After 180 days of tasting, and chewing on the Word of God, we will have trained our minds to know how to answer the questions the world has. We will be prepared to give the hope that we have and share the love of God that we have experienced ourselves. We will then take what we learned and hit the streets, and go anywhere and everywhere the Lord leads to share the good news. Leading people to Jesus is the heart of God and is the way to expanding His kingdom.

Are you ready? Then let’s do it. Make you sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss the devotional that I write for the day.

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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.

Visit our website for more information.

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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.

Hebrews 4:12

“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

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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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