(This is Part One of my 3 part series on Women Who I Admire)
Below is a YouTube video of a lovely lady by the name of Eleanor.
She does not know me at all but has kindly agreed that I can share her testimony with you after I asked her permission.
The world today is very obsessed with beauty, being sexy, popularity and charm. It has even crept into our churches.
But God’s view of what is attractive is far different from ours.
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of make-up, luschious hair and nice clothes. I don’t have any judgements against ‘our Joyce’ and if it’s true about her facelifts, that’s between her and God.
She looks amazing at over 70 years old and her dazzling jewels don’t distract me from the message of God she so humbly preaches.
…there is also nothing wrong with wearing a bare face, covering your head in respect of 1 Corinthians 11, and dressing so modestly that no shoulder or shape is visible.
In fact, it is admirable and very special because all around us, this is hardly seen.
However, it is not my opinion that matters. Christian ladies who take great care to ensure their apparel brings God glory, are honoured by him as bold, humble and most of all, obedient daughters who just want to please him in everything they do.
Popular singer Carrie Underwood who claims to be a Christian, (Jesus Take The Wheel while I flirt at the camera) is externally, stunningly beautiful, but Eleanor far supercedes her in every visual way.
“Charm is deceptive and (outward) beauty does not last, but a woman who fears (respects) the Lord will be greatly praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
“People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
When Eleanor speaks, her quiet voice is full of confidence. She knows what she believes and she knows she is right. Not in an arrogant way, but because the peace of God floods her heart after every correct decision she has made. She just wants to be used by her heavenly father to help other ladies become who they were created to be.
It’s not easy to stand out in the crowd…
…it is not easy to speak the truth when you know many will ridicule. It won’t even be easy for her to read this, as the last thing she would want is for undue attention to be placed on her and for comparisons to be made.
The video is basically of Eleanor’s story of how she became a Christian and what God has done in her life since.
Now I appreciate that 20 minutes is long for some of you but hey, we’re bloggers! Unlike Facebookers and Pinteresters we have the patience to read, so listening should be even easier to do.
So I’m going to be quiet now and let you listen to her story.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. She is a positive influence on me and helps me to re-focus on what God wants from his children. She also reminds me of that lovely bible verse:
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty that depends on fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within – the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. That is the way the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. (1 Peter 3:3-5)
(…and don’t be fooled – a gentle, quiet spirit is not so much to do with pitch of voice or personality. A loud-voiced, assertive lady can be more quiet-spirited than a slow-talking, shy one whose critical, whispering words are trying to get her own way or cutting people down)