I have taken a bit of a break from my “Read Through The Bible In One Year” plan. It was just bringing me down.
Yeah, I said it… the Bible was bringing me down. No wait. It wasn’t so much The Bible was bringing me down as it was my reading plan was bringing me down. It had gotten to the point where it had become a chore. And I was reading through all of these doomsday prophets and… I just did not want to read anymore.
Until my Transforming Prayer bible study leader pointed out the concept that I wrote about on Day 269 that says, “The antidote for spiritual lethargy and heaviness is to put on a garment of praise.” And I decided to take a run through the Psalms… very refreshing.
So yesterday, I decided to look on YouVersion and see if there were any reading plans focusing on the Psalms, and when I opened up the “plans” section, my old reading plan was on Day 333. It’s a bit of a back story, but God has shown up in our lives several times in conjunction with the number 333. It became my husband’s fav number after Psalm 33:3 was the inspiration verse for his product and then it was like God would use those numbers to remind us that He loves us and cares for us… like having all 25,000 of the dice for his product delivered at 3:33pm. Yeah, we totalllllly kept that confirmation slip from FedEx!
Anyway, so I thought- I should probably pay attention to today’s reading just because that number is there, and well, whadda know…
My heart kind of caught in my chest… especially after Day 288 being entirely about getting a bunch of clothes from my friends.
But the words are too pointed and too clear to be mistaken.
Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God. This is how the holy women of old made themselves beautiful. 1 Peter 3:3-5
And as beautiful as I feel with all these beautiful clothes, and as beautiful as it was for my friends to help me with these clothes, and as beautiful as it is to be skinnier, all of that beauty will fade. And God will look solely at my spirit… and I so want Him to say, “Oh, January’s spirit… gentle and quiet. This spirit is so precious to me.”
And I thought of this verse too that deals with our spiritual clothes:
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colosians 3:12
And I was thinking that there are four basic things I put on every day that I could use to remind me to pray for those words. Feel free to laugh at my associations but I’ll probably remember them!!!
Under garments: Humility (cause I am humiliated if someone accidentally sees them)
Shirt: Tenderhearted mercy (cause it covers up my heart)
Gentleness: Pants (cause I gotta wash those suckers on gentle cycle lest they shrink!)
Shoes: Kindness (cause sometimes I wanna kick people to the curb… and that’s not very kind)
And what a great way to pray for those things every day? I get dressed every day… and I could pray for God to help me be humble. full of tenderhearted mercy. gentle. and kind.
And then I won’t have to worry about my outfits as much… cause it will be God making me beautiful.