Monday, December 17, 2012

JOY in Christ.

beauty

Before the semester ended, I had a coffee date with a beautiful friend. As we sat across from one another swapping stories, I kept thinking about this quote. My friend, Ketura, radiates joy and beauty. From the first time we met, I could tell that she was a young woman chasing hard after Christ.

As we talked our conversation centered on Christ. She gushed about God’s faithfulness. She wanted to tell me about the transformation in her own life and in the lives of those close to her. She wanted to hear about where I was in my relationship with God. She wanted to know about what I’ve been learning recently. During the drive back to campus, I thought about Matthew 12:34…”for the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” If you spend more than a minute talking with Ketura, it’s evident that her heart is full of Christ.

Being around her makes me want to know Christ more. I know that her joy comes from her relationship with Him. Her absolute trust and dependency rests in Christ and that has transformed her life.

I want to be a woman who “boldly and unashamedly knows who [I am] in Christ.” For that is the only source of true beauty.

P.S. I searched and searched for a picture of Ketura and this is the only one I could find of the two of us. It’s nearly a year old, but it gives you a small glimpse of how radiant Ketura is…

ketura

Sending each of you a hug this Monday morning!

3 comments:

sarah e said...

Great quote. It's something I've been seeking for a while now, but I've found it pretty solidly sits in the "easier said than done" category. A great goal to work towards though!

Melanie said...

beautiful post, and much needed. last night was a rough one - i was with old friends, and while trying to explain what i had gone through and learned this semester, i felt looked down upon and judged. like they didn't actually believe god's power and work in my life lately.
it got me to thinking that many times, it takes another like-minded christ follower to appreciate someone's heart for him. to those who don't fully understand... we might just seem weird. i think they thought that yesterday.
but this post is awesome because it really reminded me that there are other women like me who want to gush about god's goodness, and who also appreciate what he's doing in someone else's life. i'm rambling now and i probably confused you... haha i'm done!!!

Gina Alyse said...

Wow, I had never heard this quote before (Now pinning it!) and it is lovely!

It's so awesome to have friends around you to see what God's doing in their lives and to get to know Him more through them. And Matthew 12:34 is such a good reminder to see what our heart is full of.

Great post!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

xo, gina

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