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19 hours ago

Holy Beautiful

Holy Beautiful Sunday Selah:

We encounter Selah seventy-four times in the Bible.
It is often thought of as a pause or break, a “stop and listen” moment, or an opportunity to, “pause, and calmly think of that,” as the Amplified Bible urges.

Every Sunday we will take a moment for Selah. A moment to pause with quiet reflection, prayer and worship.

New beginnings seem to appeal to all of us. A fresh start, a clean slate, a second chance—something about this concept moves a place deep in our spirits.

Please join us here in this space on Sunday’s.

Today, we bring you thoughts and quotes from the blessed

Mother Teresa.

(1910-1997)

Mother Teresa was the founder of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Considered one of the 20th Century's greatest humanitarians, she was canonized as Saint Teresa of Calcutta in 2016.

May we all embrace the quiet and passionate wisdom she had as women. Amen

Peace begins with a smile..

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.

There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

Mother Teresa’s work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding (1972). She also received the Balzan Prize (1979) and the Templeton and Magsaysay awards.

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1 day ago

Holy Beautiful

How to cope with death:
One of the best responses I have ever heard.
Amen 🙏

Psalm 107:13-14
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and burst their bonds apart.”

The Good News: Regardless of what binds us—physical illness, mental struggles, impending death—the Lord will free us from all our pain.

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2 days ago

Holy Beautiful

Reflections on Faith

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

16 So no wonder we don’t give up. For even though our outer person gradually wears out, our inner being is renewed every single day. 17 We view our slight, short-lived troubles in the light of eternity. We see our difficulties as the substance that produces for us an eternal, weighty glory far beyond all comparison, 18 because we don’t focus our attention on what is seen but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but the unseen realm is eternal.

Our verses today remind us that our faith is needed to walk out this life. We read story after story in the Bible of God doing amazing acts through the faith of a believer.

I am challenged by these verses to change my perspective on the things that stand before me like mountains. The lenses I am looking at my challenges with are earthly. I need to build my faith so that I get my eyes off my circumstances and my faith fixed on Gods Word. I do not want to live this short life with doubt and unbelief. Let us be women of the Word, walking by faith in a world filled with reasons not to believe. We are overcomers by faith in Gods Word.

Questions for reflection:

1. How do these verses challenge my faith for situations I am facing?

2. What verses can I meditate on to build my faith to stand and believe for what I can not see?

3. Am I walking by faith everyday?

4. Do others see my faith in Gods Word?

5. How will I allow my faith to help me live more holy and beautiful?

Share your thoughts in the comments below so we can encourage one another in our journey of faith.

At His Feet,
Sheila Millinder

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4 days ago

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Holy Beautiful Music: “So Will I”

“And we know that since the Anointed One has been raised from the dead to die no more, his resurrection life has vanquished death and its power over him is finished.”
--Romans 8:9 The Passion Translation

Today’s chorus is familiar in my school’s weekly chapel service, but until a student shared this video with me, I had never heard the last verses.

Wow. What powerful truth for us this morning:
Since Jesus left the grave behind, so will I.
Since He chose surrender, so will I.

He’s the One who never leaves the one behind.

Alleluia and amen, sisters! Let’s sing this song together as we join with Jesus in creation, in life, in victory!

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I
I can see Your heart in everything You've done
Every part designed in a work of art called love
If You gladly chose surrender so will I
I can see Your heart
Eight billion different ways
Every precious one
A child You died to save
If You gave Your life to love them so will I

Like You would again a hundred billion times
But what measure could amount to Your desire
You're the One who never leaves the one behind

Make your life a song,
Shari Finkler
2019 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women

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4 days ago

Holy Beautiful

“God smiles when we praise and thank Him continually. Few things feel better than receiving heartfelt praise and appreciation from someone else. God loves it, too… An amazing thing happens when we offer praise and thanksgiving to God. When we give God enjoyment,our own hearts are filled with joy.” - Rick Warren

A Prayer for a Thankful Heart

Lord, teach me to offer you a heart of thanksgiving and praise in all my daily experiences of life. Teach me to be joyful always, to pray continually and to give thanks in all my circumstances. I accept them as Your will for my life (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). I long to bring pleasure to Your heart daily. Break the power of the enemy in my life. Defeat Him through my sacrifice of praise. Change my outlook and attitude into one of joyful contentment with my present circumstances. I thank You for… [Name a difficult circumstance in your life presently and thank God for it.]

Jesus, I want to be like You who obeyed the Father without complaint. You embraced the chains of humanity when You walked this earth. Convict me whenever I complain or compare myself with others. Give me Your attitude of humility and thankful acceptance. I want to be like the Apostle Paul who learned contentment in every circumstance. I choose to continually offer You a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that give praise to Your name (Hebrews 13:15). I long to bring a smile to Your face. Teach me the power of a thankful heart. I know that Your truth dwells in a thankful heart.

“I will give thanks to the LORD because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 7:17-18:1). In Jesus’ name, amen.

Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City

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4 days ago

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The Rock in Our Lives.

“The Rock! His work is perfect,
For all His ways are just;
A God of faithfulness and without injustice,
Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4

“My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold, and my refuge. My savior, You save me from violence.”
2 Samuel 22:31

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He can humble those who walk in pride” Daniel 4:37

“Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?” Genesis 18:25

Lord,
You are my Rock. I appreciate Your faithfulness and daily protection.
You are Righteous and Just.
You are my Refuge, a shield, my stronghold, and forever Savior.
Thank You, Lord, for being so loving and merciful.
You are the King of kings, the King of heaven who protects every one of my steps.
Protect me for the evil schemes, and maintain a hedge of protection over my mind, heart, and soul.

In Jesus’ name, I boldly praise and courageously pray, Amen.

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5 days ago

Holy Beautiful

God’s Love Blows Where It Pleases

God cannot be understood: he cannot be grasped by the human mind. The truth escapes our human capacities. The only way to come close to it is by a constant emphasis on the limitations of our human capacities to “have” or “hold” the truth. We can neither explain God nor his presence in history. As soon as we identify God with any specific event or situation, we play God and distort the truth. We only can be faithful in our affirmation that God has not deserted us but calls us in the middle of all the unexplainable absurdities of life. It is very important to be deeply aware of this. There is a great and subtle temptation to suggest to myself or to others where God is working or where not, when he is present and when not; but nobody, no Christian, no priest, no monk, has any “special” knowledge about God. God cannot be limited by any human concept or prediction. He is greater than our mind and heart and perfectly free to reveal himself where and when he wants.

-Henri J. M. Nouwen

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6 days ago

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My sisters, let us reflect on how the Father wants all of us surrendered to him. It’s all in His Word. He loves every part of us. Peace, freedom, and salvation are found when you surrender all you have to His love and follow His will.

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Rom 12:1 (NIV)


You represent the King of Kings in all your deeds and actions. How you present yourself matters. Modesty, humility, and kindness are traits to strive for.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Phil 4:8 (NIV)

Meditate on His word. Fill your mind with honest and pure thoughts. Seek him. Fill your mind so full of His word that there is no room for anything else.

“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.”
Psalm 23:3 (NIV)

He cherishes your beautiful soul. He died to save your soul. He is the restoration for it. He will lead you in paths of righteousness, if you surrender to Him.

I have learned so much about being solely focused on him. I want to share with you that peace and joy flow through me more each day as I strive to be totally surrendered. The same can be true for you!

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Personal Prayer Of Surrender

Father, I acknowledge that You are worthy of all honor, glory and praise. I am thankful for the victorious work of Your Son, Jesus, at Calvary for me. I claim His victory for myself now as I willingly surrender every area of my life to Your will.

Thank you for the forgiveness and righteousness that has been given to me as Your adopted child. I trust in Your protection and provision daily. I know that your love for me never ceases. I rejoice in Your victory Lord, over all the principalities and powers in the heavenlies. In faith I stand in Your victory and commit myself to live obediently for You my King.

I desire that my fellowship with You becomes greater. Reveal to me those things that grieve You and enable the enemy to secure an advantage in my life. I need the Holy Spirit's powerful ministry in my life; bringing conviction of sin, repentance of heart, strengthening my faith and increasing perseverance in resisting every kind of temptation.

Help me to die to self and walk in the victory of the new creation. You have provided for me. Let the fruits of the Spirit flow out of my life so that You will be glorified. I know that it is Your will that I should stand firm and resist all of the enemy's work against me.

Help me to discern the attacks upon my thoughts and emotions. Enable me to stand upon Your Word and resist all the accusations, distortions or condemnations that may be hurled against me. It is my desire to be transformed through the renewing of my mind, so that I will not compromise with the ways of the world, or yield to the enemy's attacks, but be obedient to Your will.

I draw upon those spiritual resources that You have provided me and I come against the strongholds and plans of the enemy that have been put in place against me. I command in the name of Jesus Christ that the enemy must release my mind, will, emotions and body completely. They have been yielded to the Lord and I belong to Him.

Lord, enable me to become the person You created me to be. Help me as I pray to be strong in faith. Show me how to apply Your Word in my life each day. I know that I wear the full armor of God when I am committed to and stand firmly upon Your Word. I want You to have supreme place in my life.

I surrender myself completely to You, Lord. You are always faithful and You extend Your grace to me constantly, even when I do not realize it. I claim Your promise of forgiveness and cleansing in its fullness. In faith, I receive the victory today that you have already put in place for me. I do this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior with a grateful heart.
Amen
(Credit: Victory Churches International, Author Unknown)

Surrendered in Him,
Toni

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7 days ago

Holy Beautiful

Remember YOU ARE LOVED 💕

Song of Solomon 6:4-10 passion translation

O My beloved, you are striking—Lovely even in your weakness! When I see you in your beauty I see a radiate city, where we will dwell as one. More pleasing than any pleasure, more delightful than any delight. You have ravished My heart, stealing away My strength to resist you. Even the hosts of angels stand in awe of you! Turn your eyes from Me, I can’t take it anymore! I can’t resist the passion of the eyes I adore. Overpowered by a glance, My ravished heart—undone, held captive by your love I’m truly overcome! For your dying devotion to Me is the most yielded sacrifice. The shining of your spirit shows how you have taken My truth and become balanced and complete! Your beautiful blushing cheeks reveal how your passion is for Me, I could have chosen any from among the vast multitude of the royal ones who follow Me but onE is My beloved dove—unrivaled in your beauty, without equal, beyond compare, the perfect one, the only one for Me. Others see your beauty and sing of your joy, Brides and queens chant her praise: How blessed is she! Look at you now—arising as the dayspring of the dawn, fair as the shining moon. Bright and brilliant as the sun in all its strength. Astonishing to behold as a majestic army waving banners of victory!

What a beautiful reminder of the love our Father has for us. Things can shake our view of love but coming back to Gods word again and again keeps our hearts fixed on truth, renews our minds and transforms our spirit.

You are loved, adored and cherished.

At His Feet,
Sheila Millinder

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1 week ago

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Holy Beautiful Sunday Selah:

We encounter Selah seventy-four times in the Bible.
It is often thought of as a pause or break, a “stop and listen” moment, or an opportunity to, “pause, and calmly think of that,” as the Amplified Bible urges.

Every Sunday we will take a moment for Selah. A moment to pause with quiet reflection, prayer and worship.

New beginnings seem to appeal to all of us. A fresh start, a clean slate, a second chance—something about this concept moves a place deep in our spirits.

Please join us here in this space on Sunday’s.

Discovering Contemplation:
A Penetrating Gaze at the Truth
-Bill Vaswig

Contemplation comes from optical language and means to gaze steadily at something; to look at it calmly and continuously, attentively and searchingly. Thomas Aquinas describes contemplation as a simple, unimpeded, penetrating gaze at the truth.

In all Christian worship there is a sense of awe, reverence, and mystery. Adoration is the only appropriate response of a human being before the source of all being. God is other than me. He is totally other and yet chooses to be both transcendent and immanent. That God, in Jesus Christ, spent his first days in a manger in a stable is awesome. More awesome still is that he comes to live in a sinful human heart, creating the Body of Christ on earth.

At the physical level of contemplation not much personal involvement is necessary as, for example, in scientific observation. At the personal, ethical level (as well as all social levels) a higher response is needed by the contemplator. But the price to be paid by the contemplator at the deepest level—religious faith—is extremely high, involving total participation, total surrender, total involvement.


Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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1 week ago

Holy Beautiful

Help us welcome guest writer Rachael Marianelli.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us Rachael.

All I want to do
Is see You move
And when I can’t
I’ll make my faith the evidence

All you’ve done is still in the air
My praise and thankfulness will meet You there.

I just want You, Father
Weak in Your arms
Strong in Your army

Come and take me wherever You want me to go
In this world and in my soul
Healing spread
Your government, no end

Our Christian faith is full of dichotomies. One of them is that we are new creations full of the same power that raised Christ from the dead, yet we are still weak and very much in need.

It’s awesome that not only do we NOT need to be perfect but that God tells us our weakness is where HIS strength and power are made perfect. We are so used to criticizing ourselves for imperfections. But what if we just surrendered it all to Him and let Him bring good out of all of it? What if we actually REJOICED in our inabilities as the Bible tells us to? The reason we get to is because He is on the throne with no one above Him, He has seated us right there with Him, and He is worthy and able. This is why we worship and surrender and praise Him in faith even when we don’t see anything happening and when we are drowning in our failures. We look up. And as we do this again and again we are transformed into His likeness.

We can boldly step out in complete vulnerability to be who He has called us to be even when we don’t feel very different. We trust our Daddy who praises our steps. And as we learn to walk with Him in faith rather than how we feel we find ourselves blooming. There might be fear along the way but we crawl back to Him in-between conquests and find His comfort and purpose for us once again. Plus He’s always with us. And He does this with each member of the body and we are united under His one cause. Don’t tell yourself you’re just a finger and not needed. You are needed and you have a place in His global purpose. Bear fruit and produce good works, spreading His government wherever you go. He is in your breath and words. Stand and speak. Spread your living testimony. It all counts.

Amen

2 Corinthians 12:9-11 The Passion Translation (TPT)

9 But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. 10 So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.

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1 week ago

Holy Beautiful

Guess what ladies? Shari Finkler and I had the honor of being with Dr Brian Simmons today. If you don’t have a copy of the Passion Translation we highly recommend that you get one.
We use this translation in tons of our content we offer to you. Thanks Dr Brian. We adore you.

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1 week ago

Holy Beautiful

Dear Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this day.
I thank You for my being able to awake once again, to see, and to hear this morning.
I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God.
You have done so much for me and You continue to bless me.

Please forgive me every day for anything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to You, and I ask now for Your forgiveness.
Please keep me safe from all danger and harm.
Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.

Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.
Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over.
Let me continue to see sin through Your eyes and acknowledge it as evil.
And when I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrongdoing, and receive Your forgiveness.
And when this world closes in on me, let me remember the example of Jesus — to slip away and find a quiet place to pray.
It is the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak.
Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.
I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way.

I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood.
I pray for those who don’t know You intimately.
I pray for those who don’t believe, and I thank you that You are in my heart and that I do believe and have true faith in You.

Continue to use me to do Your will.
Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others.

Keep me strong that I may help the weak.
Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.
I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way.

I believe that You change people and You can change all things.
I pray for all my sisters and brothers, and for each and every family member in their households.
I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.
I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than You.
Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight.

I pray that these words be received into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.
This is my prayer, and I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.

Amen.

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1 week ago

Holy Beautiful

One beautiful and ancient prayer to the Holy Spirit was composed by St. Augustine, a holy bishop who lived in the 4th century. He had a particular way with words, and his prayer to the Holy Spirit is one that can lift up an uninspired soul to God.

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my thoughts may all be holy.
Act in me, O Holy Spirit,
That my work, too, may be holy.
Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit,
That I love but what is holy.
Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit,
To defend all that is holy.
Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit,
That I always may be holy.

Amen

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2 weeks ago

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Holy Beautiful Music "Come Thou Fount"

"So we must listen very carefully to the truth we have heard, or we may drift away from it."
--Hebrews 2:1

A friend recently shared a devotional inspired by Hebrews 2:1. He pointed out that unless we are careful to remain attentive to the Truth, we may drift away. Drift away. I reflected on the notion of drifting. It's a slow and passive process. We are carried away by the current of distractions. We don't set out to sin or grow distant from the Father, but little by little we drift away.

Let's help each other stay anchored to God. Our hearts are prone to wander, as today's song reminds us. Join me in asking God to bind our wandering hearts to Him.

This version by Chris Tomlin weaves the classic hymn with a beautiful praise chorus, "I Will Sing." May this song bless you and draw you ever closer to Jesus.

"Bind our wandering hearts to thee!"

Make your life a song,
Shari Finkler
2019 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women

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2 weeks ago

Holy Beautiful

I am delighted with His Truth.

"But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law, he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers." Psalm 1:2-3

"I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word." Psalm 119:15-16

"he righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
Planted in the house of the Lord,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
They will still yield fruit in old age;
They shall be full of sap and very green..." Psalm 92:12-14

Lord,
I meditate on Your Word at sunrise. I delight in Your wisdom at bedtime.
I meditate on Your precepts every chance I get.
Thank You, Lord, for your unfailing Grace.
I meditate on Your teachings and hide Your Truth in my heart.
I am flourishing and prospering in whatever I do today.
You are blessing me with Your unfailing love and never-ending mercies.
Thank You, Lord.
Your blessings are forever cherished.
You are protecting me from the evil schemes of my enemies.
Thank You, Lord.
You are guiding me day and night.
Thank You, Lord.
I will continue delighting myself in Your law.
In the name of Jesus, I praise this evening. Amen.

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2 weeks ago

Holy Beautiful

Good morning holy and beautiful friends! Today, please find hope knowing that God is concerned with what concerns you. Have a beautifully blessed day.
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“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me. Your Mercy, Oh Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the works of Your hands.”
Psalm 138:8 (NKJV)

“You keep every promise you have made to me! Since Your love for me is constant and endless, I ask you, Lord, to finish every good thing you have begun in me.”
Psalm 138:8 (TPT)

“The Lord will accomplish that which concerns me; Your (unwavering) lovingkindness, O Lord, endures forever - Do not abandon the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138:8 (AMP)

May you find hope in knowing that the matters that concern you concern God, as well. He has spoken promises over your life that already are, and will be, fulfilled! He has worked to craft you into who you are and what you need to be for His purpose and will not stop until it is complete. I praise God for you and hope you have a blessed day.

For His Glory,
Melisa

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2 weeks ago

Holy Beautiful

Evening prayers should be part of a special time at the end of your day where you take an honest look at your life with our Lord. Just as we offer God everything in our day in morning prayers, at night we reflect on our actions, asking Him for the grace to serve Him better the next day.

Eternal God, you see everything. I thank you for the gift of the day that is now ending. I pray that you would forgive the sins I have committed today and that you would keep me safe throughout the night. I commit my whole self, mind body and soul to you. Watch over me as I sleep, protect me from evil and equip me with the strength I need for tomorrow. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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2 weeks ago

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As I’ve been preparing to write each Tuesday on our MINDS, I was brought back to a passage out of Ephesians that holds special significance to my personal spiritual journey.

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:16-19‬ ‭NIV‬‬

During my mid-twenties I went though a time of great sin and betrayal of my husband, friends, and family. My mind was awash in lies, my thinking bent on sinning further and further. I was utterly lost in my mind- thinking left was right, up was down, and yes... not to be cliched... but wrong was right.

It didn’t start so starkly black and white, no. Rather Satan gently led me through a little blurred line here, slightly askew thinking there- bit by bit- until my thoughts were so ‘off’ that I no longer knew truth from lies.

My husband prayed that passage over me for a good, long while. Beseeching the Father on my behalf for a mind that KNEW the length and breadth of His love for me and would UNDERSTAND (past just book knowledge) the overwhelming insight His spirit can bring.

Dear ones- as I wrote last week, our minds are so important in having control over. So often we are our own worst enemy in not treating own selves with proper handling. We don’t give ourselves enough credit, or perhaps not enough grace. We live in past shame or in the shadow of inadequacy. Our minds can’t see (or refuse to see?) the preciousness that we are. We don’t know the mind of Christ- how He sees us. Oh to see myself through His eyes!

During my time of sin, so many of my actions were partially a result of not understanding how much I was cherished by the Father. I didn’t see or know my worth. I treated myself horribly- my body, my mind, my soul. I needed a mindfulness and understanding intervention. I needed spiritual insight! This passage was that ticket! Much to God’s glory- his prayers were answered and they continue to be daily in my life. But it wasn’t until I started understanding my worth to my Father, how my sin devastated Him, how the lies I’d bought into flew in the face of His grace and mercy to me- that the fallacy of my life began to unravel and eventually truth rang out. The undoing of the web of deceit, both within myself and without, took time, but my husbands prayer- that the eyes of my heart would be enlightened to KNOW- fought so many of those battles for me.

So I want you to know I’m praying this passage over you today. That you would be filled to the brim with the knowledge of the greatness of Christ’s love for you and the wholeness and fullness of insight brought by God’s overreaching and abundant presence in your minds. Be kind to yourself. Know your worth. Know you are precious and cherished.

Living Intentionally Fearlessly Truthfully
LIFT!
~Bethany
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Dear one’s please let’s take today to reset. The weekend is over, the normalcy of work, school, and life after the holidays has started settling in in earnest. I’ve found myself wandering a bit as the humdrum of day-to-day feels as if it’s lingering too much already. Monotony sets in so quickly! Boredom, or at least predictability tends to accompany it I find as well.

But there is exquisite kinship with the Father within the everyday! How marvelous to serve a God who never lets the fire within us go out. It may wax and wane- with seasons of roaring flames and others that feel like a meager ember. Yet fire... warmth... presence... HIS presence still remains endlessly. Hallelujah!

Lord we give you today. This week. This month. Yes- even this year- as a blank canvas to do Your will with.

We ask only that You help us to remain faithful in our energies and our vision to come alongside You in Your workings in our lives.

May we find utter contentment in You.

May we find ourselves longing for more of You.

May we forget the world and it’s enticements and look only to You for pleasure, worth, and approval.

We set aside a few moments to give it all up again, knowing we will needs be have to continue to do so... over and over. And yet You are worthy of such sacrifice and offerings!

So very worthy! Worthy of our time and attention. Our money. Our affection and our very selves.

We offer nothing less than all we have and all we are to Your, good, service.

For today. This week. This month. And yes, even this year. For the entirely of our lives!

Amen and amen!

Living Intentionally Fearlessly Truthfully
LIFT!
~Bethany

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We talked last week about Seeking the Sacred in 2020.
Being totally devoted to a life of Word, Worship and Sacrament.
Part of this beautiful and transforming journey of being a seeker of the sacred starts with truly believing your identity as a daughter of God.

Your identity is knit so close to your Creator that it can never come undone. Do you believe this truth?

Your heart is so woven together with His that it would be impossible to find the beginning of each thread.

Seeking the sacred requires faith and trust. It also requires humility and forgiveness.

Scripture tells us that if we seek the Kingdom of God first, then all the things we need will be given to us. When we place God first in life, we see Him working through all circumstances and events for our good. Whether you are just beginning to seek out God or you have been a Christian for years, we should never stop seeking to know God better.

Post in the comments if you will join us this year in being a seeker of the sacred.

1 Chronicles 22:19

19 Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the LORD your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, so that you may bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD and the sacred articles belonging to God into the temple that will be built for the Name of the LORD.

Amen

Keep Seeking

Have a wonderful Monday everyone.

Love Jennifer

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Holy Beautiful Sunday Selah:

We encounter Selah seventy-four times in the Bible.
It is often thought of as a pause or break, a “stop and listen” moment, or an opportunity to, “pause, and calmly think of that,” as the Amplified Bible urges.

Every Sunday we will take a moment for Selah. A moment to pause with quiet reflection, prayer and worship.

New beginnings seem to appeal to all of us. A fresh start, a clean slate, a second chance—something about this concept moves a place deep in our spirits.

Please join us here in this space on Sunday’s.

Today we celebrate,

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord:

The mystery of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan by St John, the Precursor, proposes the contemplation of an already adult Jesus. This mystery is infinitely linked to the Solemnities of the Lord’s birth and the Epiphany that we have just celebrated, as in some ways it takes up and represents their significance to us.

At Christmas we have contemplated the human birth of the Word incarnate by the Virgin Mary. In the 4th century, the Fathers of the Church deepened the understanding of the faith with regard to the Christmas mystery in the light of Jesus’ Humanity. They spoke of the Incarnation of the Word already working like the ‘Christification’ of that humanity that he had assumed from His mother. Or put in simpler terms: Jesus is the Christ from the first instant of conception in Mary’s spotless womb because He Himself, with His Divine Power, consecrated, anointed and ‘Christified’ that human nature with which He became incarnate.

In the mystery of the Epiphany, we then meditated on Christ’s manifestation to all nations that was represented by the Magi, the wise men from the East, who came to adore the Child.

Now, in the mystery of Christ’s Baptism in the Jordan River, we again encounter and represent the truth of the Lord’s incarnation and His manifestation as the Christ. Jesus’ Baptism is in fact His definitive manifestation as the Messiah or Christ to Israel, and as the Son of the Father to the entire world. Here we find the dimension of the Epiphany which was His manifestation to all nations. The Father’s voice from heaven shows that Jesus of Nazareth is the eternal Son and the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove shows the Trinitarian nature of the Christian God. The true and unique God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, shows Himself in Christ, through Him, with Him and in Him.

The Baptism in the Jordan returns to the great Christmas theme of ‘Christification,’ Jesus of Nazareth's spiritual anointing, His presentation as the Anointed One par excellence, the Messiah or the One sent by the Father for the salvation of mankind. The Spirit that descended on Jesus shows and seals in an incontrovertible way the ‘Christification’ of Jesus’ humanity that the Word had already fulfilled from the first moment of His miraculous conception by Mary. Jesus, from the very beginning, was always the Lord’s Christ, He was always God. Yet, His one, true humanity, that which is perfect in every way, as the Gospel records, constantly grew in natural and supernatural perfection. ‘And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with men’ (Lk2:52). In Israel at 30 years of age, one reached full maturity and therefore could become a master. Jesus came of age and the Spirit, descending and remaining on Him, definitively consecrated His whole being as the Christ.

The same Spirit, that descended on the water of the River Jordan wafted over the waters during the first creation (Gen 1:2). Therefore, the Baptism in the Jordan presents yet another truth: that Jesus has started a new creation. He is the second man (1 Cor 15:47) or the last Adam (1 Cor 15:45), that comes to repair the first Adam’s guilt. He does this as the Lamb of God that takes away our sins. ‘Looking at the events in light of the Cross and Resurrection, the Christian people realised what happened: Jesus loaded the burden of all mankind’s guilt upon His shoulders; he bore it down into the depths of the Jordan. He inaugurated his public activity by stepping into the place of sinners’ (Joseph Ratzinger, Jesus of Nazareth, Bloomsbury 2007, p 18).

Excerpted from the Congregation for the Clergy

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For Reflection Today

Philippians 3:13-15 The Passion Translation (TPT)

13 I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. 14 I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus. 15 So let all who are fully mature have this same passion, and if anyone is not yet gripped by these desires, God will reveal it to them.

1. How will run my own race this year, keeping my eyes on Jesus and staying in my lane?

2. What attitude do I have towards the goals I’m setting for this year and the direction I feel God is leading me in?

3. It is up to me to run my race, so what effort can I put forth to run this year well?

4. How will running my own race and achieving my goals look if I want to live this year more holy and beautiful?

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In the Midst of Winter

Lord:
In the midst of Winter, when the days are cold and wind can pierce remind us of the warmth of your love.
In the midst of Winter, when days are short, dawn comes late, and dusk arrives early remind us that in the darkness your light still shines.
In the midst of Winter, when the flowers of spring still lie hidden in the earth, when leaves are off the trees, and the world can seem bleak
remind us that Easter is but a short time away.
And when in our lives we feel as if we are experiencing a season of winter, reach out to us with the power of your resurrection so that we may feel the warmth of your love and see your light that alone can take away the darkness of our soul.

- Cal Wick

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Holy Beautiful Music: "Waymaker"

“I will shout and sing your praises for all you are to me—
Savior, lover of my soul!”
--Psalm 73:21 The Passion Translation

This morning my heart is heavy for the men and women from my hometown who bravely serve in our armed forces. Many of my friends, coworkers, church family members, and students have been affected by the recent deployment. As we join hands to support and comfort our neighbors, I am reminded of this popular worship song.

Indeed God is a Waymaker. He stands in the midst of our worry and fear and holds open His loving arms. Lord, we worship you. We stand together and raise our voices in Your praise:

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

Make your life a song,
Shari Finkler
2019 Holy Beautiful Ministry for Women

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Praise the Lord for a New Decade

"Praise the Lord!
I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart,
In the company of the upright and in the assembly,
Great are the works of the Lord;
They are studied by all who delight in them.
Splendid and majestic is His work,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonders to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and compassionate.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will remember His covenant forever."
Psalm 111:1-5 NASB

Lord,
Thank you for all of Your great works and all of the past blessings.
Your presence and faithfulness were palpable all year long.
Your never-ending grace, unfailing love, and forgiveness are to be treasured.
Give me clarity, direction, and wisdom as I take the next step in 2020.
I am surrendering my life one moment at a time. I am trusting in You alone.
In Jesus' name, I pray.
Amen

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Holy Beautiful Ministries 2020, prayer written by Adriana Morales-Spokane
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Winter in all of Our Lives

There is a winter in all of our lives,
a chill and darkness that makes us yearn
for days that have gone
or put our hope in days yet to be.
Father God, you created seasons for a purpose.
Spring is full of expectation
buds breaking
frosts abating and an awakening
of creation before the first days of summer.
Now the sun gives warmth
and comfort to our lives
reviving aching joints
bringing colour, new life
and crops to fruiting.
Autumn gives nature space
to lean back, relax and enjoy the fruits of its labour
mellow colours in sky and landscape
as the earth prepares to rest.
Then winter, cold and bare as nature takes stock
rests, unwinds, sleeps until the time is right.
An endless cycle
and yet a perfect model.
We need a winter in our lives
a time of rest, a time to stand still
a time to reacquaint ourselves
with the faith in which we live.
It is only then that we can draw strength
from the one in whom we are rooted
take time to grow and rise through the darkness
into the warm glow of your springtime
to blossom and flourish
bring colour and vitality into this world
your garden.
Thank you Father
for the seasons of our lives. Amen 🙏

- Author Unknown

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Good morning to you!

My hope is that you have a blessed day. From now on, Wednesdays will be reserved for a scripture of the day! I am so excited to share my favorite scriptures with you. My word for this year is hope. I will be posting scriptures this year that, I pray, will give you encouraging hope in our Lord.

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Today’s verse is from one of my favorite books, Hebrews. I have provided this verse in three translations for you to study and understand. I believe using the different translations help us to truly break down and understand the passages better.

“This hope (this confident assurance) we have as an anchor to the soul (it cannot slip and cannot breakdown under whatever pressure bears upon it) a safe and steadfast hope that enters within the veil (of the heavenly temple, that most holy place in which the very presence of God dwells), where Jesus has entered (in advance) as a forerunner for us...”
Heb 6:19-20a (AMP)

“We have this certain hope, like a strong, unbreakable anchor holding us to God himself. Our anchor of hope is fastened to the mercy seat which sits in heavenly realms beyond the sacred threshold, and where Jesus, our forerunner, has gone before us.”
Heb 6:19-20a (TPT)

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm snd secure. It enters the inner sanctuary, beyond the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.”
Heb 6:19-20a (NIV)

May this scripture encourage you to secure your hope to the One who has gone before you. His light shines, never stopping, even in the darkest of times.

Please keep all of my brave brothers and sisters-in-arms in your most fervent prayers. Please keep all of their families in your prayers, too.

For His Glory,
Melisa

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Welcome to a new Tuesday series that I’ll be facilitating. We at Holy Beautiful, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, are going to be more intentional and pointed in our devos this year. Each day will bring you something different. We are so excited for you to join us in this new adventure.

I’ve been in prayer for several months and my Tuesday blogs are going to be focusing extensively on Mind, Body, and Spirit- what scripture says about these tenets of our selves as well as how to keep them healthy and scripturally sound. The next 4 months every Tuesday will focus on our MINDS, and then we’ll move on the other two as the year progresses. So without further ado- lets dig in!!

Our mind is THE first and most extensive battleground for ourselves in this spiritual war we are fighting. As Kay Arthur says, “I believe if Christians don’t slow their pace and discipline their time in order to be in the Word of God in a daily basis, we are going to see more and more immorality. Why? Because when we’re not in the Word- reading it through consistently- we forget who our God is and what He expects and requires. We have a tendency to rationalize our humanity and forget His holiness.”

Whoa. Too true.

God wants us to have the mind of Christ. “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.... Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:1-2, 5‬ ‭ESV‬ So let us start this year with a mind clean out. Begin today with a simple prayer to ask the Holy Spirit what in your mind needs to be cleaned up (or even moved out!). What areas are dark and dusty and need some spiritual Mr. Clean? Be open to the areas that the Father wants to work on. Be brave. Some of those rooms may be scary and long-forgotten. That’s okay. Cleaning out needs to happen before we start redecorating with GodStuff (which we’ll get to I promise!)

Confession is key here. Once you know what needs cleansing- wash it out sister!! Confess those sins and let’s get moving- do the hard work of cleaning out so we can do the fun stuff later. Work on confessing the clutter, cleansing the sins, lighting up the dark this week. You can do it!

1 John 1:9 (ESV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

For those brave souls, confess below what you’ll be working on. Scripture tells us to confess our sins, one to another (James 5:16) so that we may more diligently pray for and help each other. I’ll have my confession below as well.

Living Intentionally Fearlessly Truthfully
~Bethany

(I encourage getting a journal to keep track of all we’ll talk through and walk through in this series. I’ll have challenges and questions for us all to mediate on as we go. I promise God has such rejuvenation and sanctification in store for us all as we walk this path together! See you next week!)

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