Do you have a life verse? One verse that speaks to you directly, helps you in every situation. A verse you memorize and try to live by. The first time I read 1 Peter 3:3-4, I felt a nudge that said, “you need to remember this.” Those last eight words, “which is of great worth in God’s sight,” tugged at my heart.
In my closet, I have a jewelry organizer. A place to hang necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. None of my jewelry is particularly fancy and most of it is costume jewelry. A few things, like the locket my Nana gave me when I graduated from high school, the cross my Mom wore, and the silver bracelet engraved with Proverbs 17:17 my friend Jule gave me before I moved to Arizona, are more precious than money can buy. I rarely go through a day without putting on at least a watch and a pair of earrings, even if I don’t leave the house. There’s something about those little trinkets that make me feel put together and ready for the day. A little sparkle goes a long way!
Right over that jewelry organizer, I wrote my life verse
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, 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 Peter 3:3-4)
Because I need to remember what God values isn’t my clothes or jewelry or hair. He values a beauty that never fades, a gentle and quiet spirit.
How I long for a gentle and quiet spirit. The true peace that comes from trusting God. All. The. Time. A gentle and quiet spirit that
- Listens and hears before arguing and panicking.
- Responds with love, patience, and kindness.
- Loves and prays for others, even when they offend.
- Gives generously of time and talents without expecting anything in return.
Prayer for What is of Great Worth in God’s Sight
God values a gentle and quiet spirit. But I must rely on Him. So as I stand in my closet, getting ready for the day, I ask,
Lord, I’m putting on this jewelry today, but when I see this watch, the bracelet on my wrist, may I remember that isn’t what pleases You. It isn’t what makes me beautiful. While I put on that jewelry, may I also put on a gentle and quiet spirit. One that listens and hears and then responds with love, patience, and kindness. Today, when I see a need, help me meet that need joyfully without expecting anything in return. Most of all, Lord, let me love others with Your love. Amen.
This is Day Twenty-One of the #write31days2017 challenge. To read the previous posts in the #pray31daysforyourhome series, click here.