Radiance and Other Beauty Secrets

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Blog Posts | 3 comments

Sunday was day three of week two of chemo.  I was told I would be tired on days 3-4 each week.  I didn’t believe them until I came home from church Sunday, had lunch, and could not resume working on Isaiah in the afternoon.  The need for a nap was real and I took one.  Evening plans made in the morning went by the wayside.  Bummer.  They were good plans and I was disappointed as the reality of low blood counts set in.

Prior to Sunday, I had been feeling really well and so thankful for God’s goodness thus far to keep me aloft, alert, and somewhat “normal”.  I use that term loosely because even on my best days some might wonder if I am normal.  Ha!

People had commented on how good I looked (my coloring, I’m talking).  Some said I looked radiant!  I attributed it to God and this verse I found in Psalm 34 during my QT Sunday morning.

“Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.” – verse 5

I have realized several things that are too true:

  • I am not immune to the effects of chemotherapy.  God made my body to react this way.  It’s okay.
  • I will not stop looking to Him on good days or not so good days.
  • His glory is radiant and I pray I reflect it even in times of fatigue.

I love reliable beauty products.  You know, they are the ones that actually do what they promise.  Very few actually live up to their promises. 

You can be the most beautiful and well-dressed woman around, but without the radiance of Christ (the best beauty tip) you’re not “all that”.  Think about what is said in Proverbs 31 about the virtuous woman:

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” – verse 30

So, when I’m putting on my make-up each morning, it’s better that I put on my awe, reverence, healthy fear and respect of God.  These are to be genuine products of a real relationship with God that do not fade or lose their shelf-life.  These are things that cannot be manufactured.  These are the result of time with Him, looking to His face, regarding highly His Word, and walking faithfully with Him in all life’s situations.  

    If you did not read yesterday’s post, go back and do so.  Thanks for stopping in today!

    3 Comments

    1. Bless you Amy…I hope you are feeling better. This is a journey that you have surrendered to. My pastor’s wife’s word to us Sunday was “surrender all to Him and be enveloped by Him.” You are definately enveloped by Him and radiate Him as you always have through this journey your radiance will testify to His Glory! My pastor spoke on denying yourself and taking up your cross and following…now surrendering and following can be so challenging for all of us at times especially when the time are tough…Praying that you can remain enveloped,following and RADIANT!
      Love you

    2. Yesterday’s post was awesome. So awesome I did not know how to comment. I think it is one of those post you have to spend sometime really thinking about..

      This is day 5 and I hope your energy level has returned. We will have to put in a little special prayer on days 3 and 4 that you can maintain your energy and radiance, but of all days Sunday is a day of rest : )

    3. My mother says that beauty is skin deep, but that isn’t totally correct! Beauty is heart deep, coming from the heart which is filled with His love. Sorry Mom!

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