Saturday, June 25, 2011

No Make-up Challenge

Okay, so this past week I gave all the teen girls at my church this No Make-up Challenge!
I presented the challenge to them by writing this letter:

"I want to start out by saying you are Beautiful. Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
            I also want to be completely honest with you, I forget that about myself MOST of the time. Almost every time I stand in front of the mirror I am thinking about everything I want to change about myself. It is a daily battle for me. I have been blessed with an awesome husband and wonderful friends that encourage me and tell me I'm beautiful but most of the time it goes in one ear and out the other.
            The reason I am telling you this is because I KNOW I am not the only one that feels like this. I also want you to know that just because you get older you don’t suddenly figure everything out.
            There are things that I use as a cover up that keep me from listening to God when He says that "We are His masterpiece..." in Ephesians 2:10 and one of those things that I use as a cover up is make-up. So I have decided to give it up. I am going to start out by not wearing make-up for the next 2 weeks.

During the time I would be using to put on my make-up I am going to be studying/ memorizing the following 7 verses:
*Ephesians 2:10 - "We are His masterpiece..."
*Psalm 139:14 - "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
*1 Samuel 16:7 - "... For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
*Proverbs 31:30 - "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised."
*1 Peter 3:3-4 - "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
*1 Timothy 4:8 - "Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next."
*Ecclesiastes 3:11 - "He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end."
So I am asking you to take the NO Make-Up Challenge with me.

Now I know most of you don't do the whole make-up thing, so I want you to stop and think of what you use as a cover up. It may be fixing your hair, it could be the choice of clothing, it could be anything ... most of us have something we use as a cover up so think about what it is & Give it Up for the next 2 weeks and use that time to put God 1st!
So who is with me?

P.S. I don’t think there is anything wrong with make-up or fixing your hair but if we put it before God and we don't believe everything that is written in His word, that is when I think we need to re-evaluate our priorities and that is what I'm talking about!"


So I want to challenge you to do the same! Are you with me?

Friday, June 3, 2011

What time is it . . . .

and that is all that needs to be said! :)