Day 202: Radiant (Psalm 34-35; Acts 22)

SHE WAS RADIANT2When Moses came down from the mountain after talking with God, the skin of his face shone, so that the people asked him to put a veil on because they could not look at him (Exodus 34:29-35).

It’s taken me a long time to recognize that when I leave His presence – when I have truly spent time at His feet, that is when I am most beautiful. That is where I find freedom and I can breathe. My soul is filled with joy and my face is radiant. The day might be otherwise ordinary and I may be the same person I’ve always been, but being with Him makes me bloom. His love makes me come alive.

No amount of makeup or SnapChat filters comes close to the beauty that can only come from reflecting Christ. It can’t be faked, because it seeps out of your pores and bubbles out of your soul like a clear spring of fresh water. That kind of beauty sparkles and shines. It gives and covers a multitude of imperfections.

That’s why I strive to spend time with Him every day. I open my Bible and carry His word in my heart. It’s why I spend hours on my knees in conversations with my Lord. He knows me better than anyone… Yet, He loves me anyway. And that warms my soul – from the bottom of my toes to the top of my head. I am who I was created to be only when I walk in His presence.

The world tries to steal that away from me. Every day. All day. I get dusty and burdened down with the cares of this World. I worry and pick out my flaws. I call my reflection ugly and fat.

But His love reigns, and when I come back into His presence – dirty, bruised and worn out – He whispers His gentle lovingkindness to me and rains down grace upon sweet grace. Because He takes my burdens and anxieties upon Himself and He washes me as white as snow.

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