Relief

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” -Colossians 3:23-24

Today’s post is part of the wonderful Five Minute Friday tradition that I love so much. And, it’s actually Friday. The rules are, write for 5 minutes, no over-thinking, no editing. Just writing around the theme word. This week’s word:

Relief

Ready? GO

71 Days…I can do anything for 71 days, right?

71 Days. That’s what my graduation countdown says.

In 71 days, assuming all the paperwork goes through and the registrar’s office get’s my substitution form in the system, I will be graduating with my Masters’ in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in MFT and finally able to get a field job and gather hours towards my license.

Meanwhile, I’m working for a man who doesn’t like me and is ready to get rid of me. Not my immediate boss, but my boss’s boss.

And, now that I know for sure he’s ready to get rid of me, a piece of me dies each time I have to wake up and go to work. A job I used to thoroughly enjoy, I now dread on the days I know I have to interact with him.

I have no desire to keep doing a good job, because I don’t want to keep busting my butt for someone who doesn’t appreciate any of it, and in fact, completely ignores it.

But, today, as I was thinking of the dozen or so passive-aggressive ways I could end my short time left at this job – one not even really related to the career I am working towards. (Things I would encourage my clients to not do), God reminded me of these two verses.

He whispered them into my heart, reminding me who it really is that I continue to work hard for.

And, relief came with them.

Sure, it sucks that my boss has no respect for me or how hard I work. He doesn’t care that the parents love me and are going to be sad to see me go. He pays no attention to the fact that I am excellent at training new staff. And, he completely ignores that I go above and beyond my job description to make sure our work place is up to standard.

But, I don’t do all that for him.

Ultimately, I do all that for God. And the part of those verses I left out is the promise: “since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” (v24)

And, what a relief it is to remember Who I really work for.

So, tomorrow, I will wake up, remind myself of these verses, and go to work with a smile on my face, whether or not he is there.

And, should I get frustrated, I will also remind myself: 70 more days…

And, oh, what a relief it is.

Beauty invites Beauty

Last weekend I was able to go back to my hometown for a visit. On my last night there, I was able to capture pictures of some of the most beautiful Creations God blessed me with: The lovely women I call my mom and sisters:

Here are my mom and my two baby sisters, who are no longer babies at all. One soon to be 16 and one 11, they are such a joy (and sometimes a pain 😉

This is my best friend, who is so much more like a sister, so I call her my “sisterchick” (as in Robin Jones Gunn’s books).

Two other beautiful women in my life are my two amazing cousins, who I have looked up to my entire life, and have now become friends as well as family.

Women really are the crown of God’s creation. Those that find their beauty from a gentle spirit are even more so, and that is what these women represent. To me they embody not only the Proverbs 31 woman (or, as in the case of the youngest, a Proverbs 31 woman in training), but they also embody Peter’s words in 1 Peter 3:

“[Your Beauty] 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…” 1 Peter 3:4

This is the beauty I found in God’s creation this week. Women who seek Him with all they are, and serve others in love and grace. I consider it a blessing to be among them.

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Do you aim for an inner beauty, or are you continually striving for outward beauty and attention? Are there women in your life who emulate Proverbs 31 and 1 Peter 3?

This blog is linked to Shanda and her In Search of Beauty Blog hop. Check out the beauty others found in the world this week. 

Beauty Lies Within

1 Peter 3:3-4: “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelery and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is of great worth in GOD’s sight.”


Each day, we wake up and decide what to wear, how to fix our make-up, and pick the perfect style for our hair. We then proceed to spend hours making ourselves “presentable” – much less Beautiful!

Is this all necessary though? I mean, are we not enough as is? As we were Created to be naturally? Or must we endure hours of beauty treatments to truly be beautiful?

According to this passage in 1 Peter, all of this work is not at all the object of beauty or modesty. Beauty comes from inside – a gentle and calm spirit exuding love and compassion. This is true beauty.

Now, check your heart. Are you loving others, showing of your calm and gentle spirit? If so, your beauty is shining through and will last longer than anything physical will. 

Beautiful = Peace & Love.