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Living here in California and being so close to Hollywood and the glitz and glamour is not all it’s cracked up to be.  The culture itself lends to comparing ourselves to other women, and the women we see around here are all stylishly minded – maybe more than we actually would be if we were in a different place.  There is a mall about every five exits on the freeway, for goodness sake!

And if that’s not enough, there are a few sites on the internet where they “give you” a personal shopper that picks new shoes for you every month.  And for the low, low price of $39.99 every month, you can have these shoes delivered straight to your door.  How easy is it to get caught up in that. What a trap it can be! And how caught up in keeping up we can become.

stylish crystal and velvet shoes

Confession time: I actually did.  I signed up for one of those sites because I wanted to see the shoes they had to offer.  The only way to see their selection was to sign up.  So I did.  I was so shocked when I actually received my first unsolicited pair of shoes in the mail… and the first thing I did was quit the site.  But for some it may not be that easy or simple. There may be an addiction to shoes or clothes.

I recently heard a keynote speech by Tim Keller.  It was talking about the things we make idols in our lives. ‘If I can just have that pair of shoes, the perfect family, the best job, that much money, then I will have value, then I will be something”. Putting our identity in something or someone to create value in our lives other than God then we are hiding our true selves behind that something or someone.  Just a secret:  God sees you anyway! “When you’ve taken a good thing and made it so central to our lives, to our well being; when you’ve made something other than God a thing that can rescue you, you’ve created an idol.”

I think this is really crazy because God made everything.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27

Wow, we are made in God’s own image!  God is a better creator.  God is a better stylist.  He styles us from the inside out!  You may be thinking, “So what!”.  But here’s the thing!  It matters what’s on the inside.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Two things come to my mind – “You are what you eat”.  If that isn’t starting from the inside, I don’t know what is.  And they say that this gives a foundation for the outside of us to build on and be beautiful!  So how about if we build our foundation from the inside by “renewing our minds” in the scriptures.  What a fabulous foundation and a great start every day to being beautiful!

13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13

11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

Second thing – Our Father God, our Daddy is a much better designer, personal shopper, secret keeper, therapist, plastic surgeon, surgeon, physician, etc.  He makes everything beautiful IN ITS TIME.  And does He begin from the outside?  No!  It starts with the renewing of our minds, the digging in for a closer relationship with Him.

Not what the world sees What HE sees

Just look around at things like the sunsets which are each beautiful and different each and every day!  And the ocean scenes we’ve all seen, and the snowflakes that are each different and beautiful.  How much more care and love did He pour into each of us!

And have you ever seen a truly beautiful on the outside person become ugly and demanding and mean right in front of your very eyes?  I surely don’t want to be THAT girl.  That’s why God is my personal designer and shopper.  He is my Daddy who loves to give me good things, beautiful things.  And He loves me.

This is true for each one of you, too.  So press into Him today and every day and start building that foundation for the beautiful!