True Beauty - Spiritual Sundays

“I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.” - Socrates

I always try to help our LVN’s when “Accucheck” time comes on days that I’m working. Usually, that’s the time when we, nurses, get done transcribing doctor’s orders. I like helping on the female side, as there are so many male diabetics on the other part of the Infirmary. I do that so that the deputy does not have to supervise the females and he can help out where he is needed the most: on the male side.

Female diabetics come, marching in a row. Some are walking fast, some are slow. I can’t help but notice that some of them are looking more feminine. Because they know how to improvise and create make-up for their faces. Some use the ink from pens as their eyeliner. Others use coffee to use as their eyeshadow. Vaseline for their lips to make it shine as if they just applied a glossy lip gloss. I heard one time from another inmate during sick call that they wet the magazines and could get the ink from there to use as lipstick for their lips.

Doing so, what’s called “fake-up”, surely does make their appearance better. But I often wonder if they are fully aware of the environment they’re in and what brought them here at the prison. They can change their outside appearance so well using the simplest things available and even beyond one’s imagination, because of their creativity, but what matters should be the inner change. For true beauty comes from the inside. When make up bleeds or gets rubbed off, it just proves that these things on the outer part do not last. If they don't get that opportunity to change what's inside, then, they are still prone to committing crimes once released.

Many are deceived by what we see through the media or by what we hear, that an outer beauty is just something great to possess. With the invention of a lot of photo editing softwares, how true are these ads that we see that highlights the outer physical traits?



 
“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.” - 1 Peter 3:3-4 [ESV]

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36 comments:

  1. Rosel, that is an awesome post and an awesome reminder. I know you didn't do it for this reason, but I felt convicted for what I posted on my blog. Thank you for ALWAYS keeping it real.

    Love you bunches sister,
    Lisa

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  2. Amazing what they will use to try and make themselves "feel" pretty! Breaks my heart!
    I have soo missed visiting here and learning from you this week! I pray for you right now as I know you are working and serving the Lord and all those around you! May you feel HIS Strength and Love flowing in and through you my precious friend! I love you so!

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  3. Excellent. Thought provoking and great use of a video. I want to show it to my daughters.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Rosel,

    I just read a great devotional this morning speaking of this very same thing. I am constantly reminded that it is our inner beauty we need to be concerned with and the things that only God can see.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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  5. What a great post...so glad that I stopped by tonight....

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  6. Thanks for talking to my heart, love you.

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  7. those inmates trying to make themselves feel pretty on the outside....but inside are hurting, lost, broken...I find it really sad...Great post...as always.

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  8. I too find it quite sad that they would resort to pen and coffee to try and make themselves look a little better. The inner beauty should be their concern. How much we are influenced by the world we live in that does nothing but shout the importance of the outer beauty. How different might things be if it were the inner beauty that was pushed. This was a great post as always Rosel. Have a wonderful week-end. Hugs, Debbie

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  9. I agree with Sarah - these women are hurting inside and looking for answers.

    Great post Rosel - I always enjoy reading your blog.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  10. I didn't know this about the inmates. Great inspirational message about the beauty of the Lord being our priority!

    Love,
    Mary

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  11. You are so right. Physical beauty fades but spiritual beauty gets more beautiful. I have the feeling that the inmates are learning a lot about inner beauty from you as you relate to them and help them.
    Blessings,

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  12. How very sad,but this really touches us all in our secular world. Beauty comes from within as you say....Great post.

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  13. So true.Great post to think on.
    Cindy

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  14. I think that, because we were created in the image of God, all women desire beauty. You've only to look at creation to recognize that God is beautiful. It's just that the outer beauty has to come from a true inner beauty.

    My heart goes out to these inmates who recognize their desire for beauty, but most of whom don't realize it's source. I'm comforted knowing that you are working there; you're such a good nurse and example of Christ's love to the inmates.

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  15. We're created in the image of God and, even with the fall, we still bear his stamp. God is most definitely beautiful; we've only to look at creation to verify this truth. I think this is why the heart of all women yearns to have a beauty to unveil.

    My heart goes out to these inmates who recognize the yearning, but don't understand it's source. I'm so glad that you are there; you're such a good nurse and instrument of God's love in that place.

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  16. Aw. That is sad for those women to go to such great lengths to look prettier. If only most if not all knew the joy of the Lord as we do... Just think how beautiful they would look and feel.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. God bless you, sweet lady!!

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  17. This is very intersting, I never new the females did that. I'm so glad that the Lord knows me from the inside.
    Thank-you for this great post,
    Ginger

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  18. How interesting, yet so sad! It's a shame they don't recognize that true beauty comes from the inside! But then, even in prison, they want to feel better about themselves. You have quite a ministry there among them, and I know the Lord is using you. Thank you for your post.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  19. this post is so real and true Rosel!! Very little truth ever is relayed in the media especially in photos. The only beauty that is real and true is given to us by our creator both inside and out!

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  20. There is just too much emphasis put on looks these days. It is hard for young girls. That is a wonderful verse ans post. Thanks for your sweet visit. Hugs and Blessings ~

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  21. Rosel,
    Very interesting to see how some of the women incarcerated improvise makeup for themselves. So sad they don't know that true beauty is inside...
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Friday 55! It was a fun exercise to do.

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  22. Blessings Rosel...What a fascinating blog as regards the lengths people go through to "feel pretty"...it truly is sad to me, because your words are so true. It is the inside that they should be working on for their release and change for the better and applying their creative endeavors to healing that brokenness, hurt, anger, from the inside out. It saddens me that our society does put so much emphasis on the outer beauty. Great blog and the video clenches it but God's Word speaks forth the truth. Now this is easy for me to say, cuz I'm not much in the makeup, fix up the outside me.
    I have enough just working on the inside!

    I'm glad to meet another Don Moen fan. Thank you for the reminder of how God wants our temple to shine with a gentle and quiet spirit..whoa...years to go for me to work on this! Enjoy a wonderful Spiritual Sunday & weekend in Him!

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  23. Wonderful post dear one.
    Praying to be like more Jesus inside and out.

    Have a lovely day.

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  24. so true... I never would have thought of those things to use as makeup... I guess I don't care about makeup as much as I thought... =)

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  25. Thanks for all you do to help these men and women.

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  26. Wonderful Post !
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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  27. My Sweet Sister,

    I apologize that it has been a bit in commenting here. So much going on here physically and emotionally especially in the past couple of weeks...I've found it hard to get to a lot of blogs during this time.

    I am amazed that these women go to such lengths in what they use for makeup...just to try to look and feel good about themselves...so sad...so very very sad. I pray that a strong anointing fall on this prison, this place where you work day in and day out...I pray that His anointing falls so clearly and so deeply on this place and I pray that He continues to use you more and more and more in this place filled with people who are hurting, desperate, angered and so much more. I pray for His peace to fall on all of their hearts and that they be changed totally from the inside out in Jesus precious name. Amen!

    I love you my precious sister...so very much. I have missed coming by and commenting.

    {{Big Hugs}}
    Alleluiabelle

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  28. I feel sorry for these ladies. They might not be so beautiful on the inside yet, if they haven't invited Jesus in. So the outside must feel like all they have to work with. I often thought about what it would feel like to live in jail. No privacy, and apparently no creature comforts of makeup and curling irons? I didn't know that wasn't allowed.

    What a unique position you are in to love these women right where they're at!

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  29. Wow! That is amazing what the women come up with to use as "fake" up! And the video is a wake up call, too. What a powerful message both the post & video are to show the difference of the way the world judges & the way God judges. What a great divide. Very convicting. Have a blessed Sunday sister!
    Wylie

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  30. A great reminder of the truly important things in life.

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  31. What an incredible video! That was really eye opening about how that ladies use makeup. Fascinating! Yesterday I saw the movie Precious. It so grieved my soul. It made me think of the ladies as well as men that end up in jail and the loveless lives they are raised within. I can see now that God is clearly putting all of this before me, I just don't know why yet. I received mail from Prison Fellowship asking for money. I don't have much, but I am sending some along. :)

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  32. One of the sweetest things my husband every said to me was that what he loved about me was "my heart." Heart beauty trumps face beauty any day. Lisa Bevere wrote in a book years ago, using the scripture of the woman in chains who was freed but stayed in bondage because she didn't know how to live delivered. Another book that my son read in YoungLife training was "To Tell the Truth" that discussed how the language of the Christian could not longer be used in reaching youth for Christ because youth were no longer raised knowing who God is. Imagine saying to a teen, "Hey, when you die and go to heaven, do you want to hang out for eternity with God the Father?" Well, if the only father that youth has ever known beats him and curses him, then he probably wants to run the other way. So you need to define what kind of Father God is - and give examples of what He has done for your life.

    A poignant post about women who want to feel beautiful - kind of like the woman at the well getting regular water when Jesus offered Everylasting Water!

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  33. I always enjoy your applications of life in the prison to the scriptures. I'll need to come back to watch the video. My computer is running slow tonight for some reason so it starts and stops the video.

    Blessings.

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  34. Beautiful! This is one of your best posts!

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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