Friday, June 21, 2013

I Am Not Her

The LORD your God has chosen be His people, His treasured possession."
Deuteronomy 7:6b (NIV)

She's perfect.

Her hair is. No frizz. The ringlets fall in spirals. Her tresses flow like silk. The shade enhances the beauty of her skin...

Which is flawless. No blemishes. No age spots. Not a wrinkle to be found, except those darlin' little laugh lines that surround her perfect smile.

Her body is toned and beautifully tanned.

And her wardrobe...classic...sophisticated...or trendy and cute. She can pull off any style.

Not only is she a beauty, but she is savvy and smart. No task is her master.

She is the queen of hospitality. She whips up delightful fare in effortless fashion and serves it to the masses with elegance and grace.

She is the consummate wife and mother. There's only laughter in her home. Never an angry word or raised voice. She's even seen as "cool" in the eyes of her teenagers.

Her home is spotless. Dust bunnies don't know her address.

Even the lawn is impeccable. Her gardens lush, a paradise with the perfect combination of sun and shade. Always smelling of gardenias and jasmine.

And I am not her.

The good news is that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder," and the One whose beholding matters calls us His "treasured possession."

"The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession. The LORD did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were [perfect, cute, or have an immaculate house (KOV-Kristi's Own Version)]. But it was because the LORD loved you and kept the oath He swore to your forefathers....keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands." Deuteronomy 7:6-9 (NIV)

When we walk past the mirror, it is my prayer that we see a beautiful, beloved, daughter of the King...chosen, gifted, and called by Him..."a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor" (Isaiah 61:3b), not our own.


Susan Stilwell said...

Chosen, holy, dearly loved, blessed and highly favored. THAT's who we are :)

So glad to spend the week with you in the mountains. I can't tell you how much you bless me. I love you dearly!

Kristi Butler said...

Loved every minute!

And thanks for the inspiration. ;)

I love you!

quietspirit said...

We have to remember that God makes us all according to His wishes. And none of us is perfect. But, there are no women who aren't beautiful in their own right.(COV,Cecelia's own version.)

Kristi Butler said...

Cecelia, I love your version!

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Sounds like you to me. (At least the part I've seen.)

And also the "beautiful, beloved, daughter of the King" part.

Kristi Butler said...

You're too sweet, Joyce! Oh girl, I'm not even close! Love you and keep you in my prayers!!

Hester Christensen said...

Wow Kristi! I think you hit a nerve with every woman alive! well done sister.

Good word,
Much love, Hester