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Living A Beautiful Life
By Elaine Creasman


One area where I've battled pride is with my children. If I do all these things, they'll  turn out great, I thought. I did everything I knew to raise godly children, but still they rebelled. Self-pity fueled by pride set in. I envied mothers of young people who were devoted to the Lord. I had difficulty loving my children. I felt continually angry with them -- and with God.

Fortunately, God brought me to Philippians 2:3 "in humility consider others as more important than yourselves" This gave me a different view of my children. I realized it wasn't all about me. I saw that the prideful reason I desired my children to turn out beautifully was because I wanted the credit.

As God humbles me, beauty springs forth from my brokenness. He gives me the grace to love my children right where they are. I empathize with their struggles as I'm reminded of those I had when I was their age. I believe God will intervene in their lives just as He has in mine.

Psalm 149:4 promises "He will beautify the humble with salvation." (AMP) This verse is talking about more than just eternal salvation. Salvation can also be about God's rescuing power. He may not rescue me from difficulties, but as I seek to align my will with His, He will free me from my destructive responses to them.

The lie I'm tempted to believe is that if my life is hard and involves deep suffering, then it's ugly. But then I’m reminded that Jesus suffered, and His was the most beautiful human life ever lived. Also, great beauty sprang forth from His suffering.

Nancy Guthrie challenges readers with this question, "Would you look beyond this life and embrace the Redeemer, who will take the pieces of your life and transform them into something beautiful if you invite him to do so?"

That is my heart's desire. I pray the following for myself, my loved ones, and the whole body of Christ: "And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us…" (Psalm 90:17 KJV) That's what makes our lives beautiful.

This article first appeared in the May 2007 issue of Journey. ©2007 Lifeway Press

"I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free."
Psalm 119:32 NIV





























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