How's Your Face?
Beauty Tips from the Heart
you know that you're responsible for your own face after
40? At least that's what I've heard. The wrinkles and lines
continue to form based on the expressions that you have
most commonly shown on your face throughout your lifetime.
Does that scare you?
your face? Does it scare others?
beauty and youth fade, which inevitably it does, some believe
the countenance is replaced with life experiences...with
the sadness and joy felt throughout a lifetime…with the
pain and scars…the angers, the hurts, the trials…and the
accomplishments. With the weathering and wuthering of life,
the face actually tells a life's story.
what makes Helen so scary to look at.
see long ago, Helen was wronged. It was a very personal
wrong, and very painful. True, Helen had every right to
be angry and wounded. It's just that she never got over
it. Unforgiveness and ugliness became the assemblage that
formed her countenance forever. There was no fake mask on
her…her sculptured face was real, hard, and unusable to
you don't have to spend much time with Helen to know there's
some underlying baggage between the wrinkles in her 60-something
face. She's got business to do with God and doesn't even
know it. She's spent a lifetime blaming "the other
fella" when in reality, if she would just forgive and
let go…well, then, she could forget.
perhaps all would be well. Maybe her face would even improve.
then there's Kathy. For many years, she's been a "quick
change" artist. She learned this skill as a young child.
It has proven quite effective over the years.
see, Kathy is a manipulator. As long as those around her
obey her standards, she is sweet and loveable! Charming,
really! But when she is crossed…when others disagree with
her, or even disobey her smallest demand…watch out! Her
adorable, smiling countenance shatters like fine china in
careless hands. Grotesque, biting words drip from the same
tongue that oozed syrupy comments only moments before.
Kathy's true self has been carefully hidden for many years
in that cabinet of fine china, as time has gone by, it's
become harder and harder to hide her true nature. Her sweet
countenance -- the fake side -- has begun chipping and cracking.
More and more, as life has dealt some hard blows, the sweet
and even light-hearted side of Kathy has begun to fade.
Evil shadows have crept in under her eyes and her mouth
has a slight snarl forming at the corners of her lips. Age
is moving in. Age tells all.
what is Kathy's solution? Can years of manipulation and
pride be torn away to produce a genuine sweetness and humility?
Only with God's help. Laying down one's strongest demands
for God's perfect will is a daily and difficult process.
A constant chipping away of pride and selfishness is painful
-- even horrible at times. But if Kathy is truly willing,
her Savior is truly ready.
her face improve? Yes…with time. As she learns to relax
the face of her demands, her countenance will be softer,
more palatable -- more like the fine china that she really,
truly wants to be.
hope…even for Jeanette, who just can't keep friends for
very long. Her outlook on life is always half-empty,
and never half-full. Expecting
disaster around every corner, she is rarely disappointed
as life deals blow after blow. When she meets a new friend,
she smothers them with attention, and then as she gets to
know them better, she gets to work convincing them that
life is never fair, people always have an ulterior motive,
and joy is highly over-rated.
walks slowly, since she walks with the heaviness of the
world, and she has the most wrinkles of anyone else her
age. Gravity is not just a force of nature for Jeanette…it's
a way of life. And she pulls others down with her.
is what's needed in Jeanette's life -- joy, light-heartedness,
trust, and courage. But Jeanette must choose this way of
life. It is her decision.
you know these women?
you ever been one of these?
are many more women that we will meet over the coming weeks
-- women whose faces are a testimony of the lives they've
Women who have something to
teach us, if we're observant enough.
expression are you wearing? Are you wearing the joy of Jesus'
love? The truth of His Word? The abundant living that He
has so freely promised?
happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes
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