"Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God."
~1 Peter 3:3-4 (NASB)~
"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
~1 Samuel 16:7 (NASB)~
I look forward to exploring these concepts this year on my blog. As I mentioned in my December 31, 2013 post, one of the things I felt God was speaking to me about last year was letting go of my outward appearance in order to begin working on the inner beauty that He desires for me. I don't plan to "let myself go" in the traditional sense of the phrase, but rather, focus on creating a more beautiful heart. Often my heart is so ugly I can hardly bear it. However, I know that God has much bigger and better plans for my heart.
I'm giddy with excitement and anticipation about how this year is going to unfold. I feel so much more at peace when facing the future when I have placed everything into God's hands. I'm not sure why I chose to live the way I did for so many years of my adult life (that is, trying to keep control over so many things by my own power), but I feel so free in knowing that, while I don't know what the future holds, I know who holds the future. And that gives me peace. A beautiful peace.