Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Reflection on Inner & Outer Beauty

I can't believe I haven't posted anything on this blog since my Thanksgiving trip update.  But, life has been busy and full during the month of December.  It is good to be back though and hopefully, I won't allow so much time to elapse between blog posts in the future.

Today, I am joining Shari at What to Wear Wednesday for her Day 29 Challenge.  Being the 2nd day of the new year, I am feeling a bit retrospective and also looking at the future.  What does it hold?

"List 3 things you are grateful for in regards to your inner and outer beauty…things you either realized during this past year about yourself (inner beauty), things you accomplished in relation to your outer beauty, or new insights you discovered about yourself overall."

1. I pray that my inner beauty is always a reflection of Christ being the Lord and Savior of my life.
2.  I am grateful that the beauty others see does not necessarily reflect the time spent looking in a mirror.
3.  I continue to be grateful that the Lord has given me great genes and a Christian heritage; good skin, good health, and a desire to maintain and enhance those features with which I have been blessed; a desire to be more like Him in all I do and say.

Now What?
 While on our trip to Indiana for Christmas, I experienced a couple of episodes of what the docs termed "Syncope."  I understand this means "fainting spells."
Anyway, these little spells put me in the ER at 5AM on Christmas  Eve morning.  All three ECG's, chest X-rays, and multiple blood tests came back normal.

But, this little experience has left me a bit concerned.  Yes, I'd love to know what caused them and have made doctor appointments to try to find out; however, the greater concern for me is how do I go from here?
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By nature, I am a very strong person and believe that you just deal with things and get over it.  That is how I choose to handle this situation as well even though I continue to experience some issues that I know aren't quite right.  So, how does one who fully believes her life is not her own, and that a Sovereign God is in control, yet has a degree of trepidation of the future and slight fear of "syncope-ing" again, deal with her feelings?

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I think I choose to live my life not in fear but in knowing that I have done all I can under God's direction to be healthy, to find out what happened, and then do all to keep it from happening again.
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Everything that is not given is lost. This is a potent wake-up call. Because we are mortal, every talent, skill, ability we possess, every thought and feeling we ever have, every beautiful sight we ever see, every material possession we own, will ultimately be lost. So invest in those things that are eternal!

May your New Year be positive and full of God's richest blessings as you also reflect on how God wants to use your inner and outer beauty in 2013!


  1. Lovely, lovely post Libby and wow, I'm with you on those feelings. I've never really had anything scary happen regarding my health, but I do think about that. And, I know everything you said is true, but it's still really hard to wrap our heads around it. Praying that Drs. will get to the bottom of it and that it will be completely manageable and not interfere with your lifestyle. Hugs to you!

  2. Be calm, be still..... the watch word for the new Year :-)

  3. I do hope you get some answers as to the cause. Praying you feel God's perfect peace.

  4. Libby, I am so sorry about your episode of fainting but you have the right spirit and attitude. In our weakness He shows up strong! Praying for your health tonight! Loved your post about the painted churches!


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