Red Flowers

I am super excited for summer, but that’s not all!  I got to go ride last week – I worked my horse outside for the first time in a long time.  She behaved beautifully.  I had a highly enjoyable and productive ride.  I was really happy.  It’s fun to have a day like this.  My garden has also sprouted and is coming together – the green beans are poking up out of the soil and I’ll definitely have them out soon.  My flowers are popping up with a full array of delicate beauty.

Beauty is mentioned in Scripture.  Psalms 96:5-7 (HCSB) states:

“For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.”

Beauty is not constrained to specific characteristics.  1 Peter 3:1-4 is directed towards wives, but those of us who are unmarried may still exhibit some of these qualities.  Women who play key roles in the Bible are not necessarily described with physical characteristics, aside from the fact that we may know their genealogy (i.e. Ruth was a Moabite and was not born in Judea, but she is listed in the Christ’s genealogy in the book of Matthew).  Queen Esther was a Jew living in Persia.

In the same way, wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, even if some disobey the Christian message, they may be won over without a message by the way their wives livewhen they observe your pure, reverent lives. Your beauty should not consist of outward things like elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold ornaments or fine clothes.Instead, it should consist of what is inside the heart with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very valuable in God’s eyes.”

While we do not have husbands as unmarried individuals, this does not mean that we cannot strive towards “a gentle and quiet spirit.”

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