“The coming of spring after a hard winter is almost too glorious for a soul to bear. God’s beauty is lavished on the world. … Beauty may be the most powerful thing on earth. Beauty speaks. Beauty invites. Beauty nourishes. Beauty comforts. Beauty inspires. Beauty is transcendent. Beauty draws us to God.”
Taken from: “Captivating – Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul” by Staci & John Eldredge
Whatever else it means to be feminine, it is depth and mystery and complexity, with beauty as its very essence. Now, lest despair set in, let us say as clearly as we can:
Every woman has a beauty to unveil.
Because she bears the image of God. She doesn’t have to conjure it, go get it from a salon, have plastic surgery or breast implants. No, beauty is an essence that is given to every woman at her creation.
from “Captivating – Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul” by Stasi & John Eldredge
From a recent sermon about David and the time he escaped Saul by hiding in the cave of Adullam, which means “refuge”:
“We don’t see God as our Refuge until everything is stripped away.” Placing us in a dark, hopeless cave is God’s gift to us. He uses the caves of life to free us to trust Him, and Him alone.
David wrote Psalm 142 while hiding in the cave of Adullam. Verse 5 says, “Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, ‘You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.'” (NLT)
Reminds me of a chorus we used to sing in church youth group long ago. “He’s all I need, He’s all I need. Jesus is all I need.”