When I’m packing to go to a speaking event or a family special occasion, I search my closet carefully, looking for the best outfit I have. I bypass my hole-covered jeans, my dirty hiking boots and worn out sweatshirt, even though they are what I am most comfortable in. Instead of picking what is easiest, I purposefully make a decision and choose what fits the occasion and is most attractive.
I so want to do the same each day in my life. Slowing down. Not slipping “on” irritation, annoyance, or impatience. I want to be purposeful, in each situation I find myself in, to choose love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Those traits that are not only beautiful in the sight of my Jesus, but are attractive to others too.
I know I don’t have you tell you, this is really hard. Our heart and mind easily gravitate what comes naturally. It takes so much more effort and self-control to not say and do what’s “natural”.
I’m trying to teach my daughters to do the same. To not let everything that comes into their head come out of their mouth. All too often those thoughts don’t honor God, nor do they help us become the woman we want to be.
We must carefully choose the words we say, the attitudes we have and the actions we take. Each day, in every situation, we’ve got one shot to make the right decision. And we can do that when we rely on the Holy Spirit, seeking Him and allowing His power and traits to flow through us. One choice at a time…we’re becoming the women He wants.
One thing that can help us in these situations we find ourselves in are visual reminders. At my events, I share with girls magnets they can put in their lockers at school: Gorgeous is more than a face in the mirror. Gorgeous is also a condition of the heart, love shown through my actions.
To help you and a young girl in your life put on love, today I’m giving away the Magnetic bracelet as another visual reminder for us to become the “girl” He wants; one who displays the fruit of the Spirit each day.
Created by our ministry partner, Fashion & Compassion, the Magnetic bracelet was designed by my daughter, Madi and I as acompanion to go with Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants at our A Magnetic Experience.
Today, I’m giving away the Magnetic bracelet and the companion book, Magnetic: Becoming the Girl He Wants to one blessed girl. To enter for the opportunity to win, share with me in the comments below a girl you know who displays the fruit of the Spirit or one you are investing in who you hope will develop these traits. (I’m so sorry…you must share in the comments section of my blog; emailed entries will not count. If you are receiving this post via email, please click here to head over to my site.)
I’ll announce the winner on my Wednesday Wisdom Tip tomorrow!