Residual Make Up

Does this sound like you? Yesterday, running to the grocery store quickly, with no time to get ready, I offered up a quick “Please Lord, don’t let me see anyone I know!”

This weekend consisted of taking care of my nephew while my sister was sick with the stomach flu, and then me being up all night with my husband who caught that same nasty bug, to then being up all day with my healthy, happy, extremely energetic and curious baby boy. Needless to say, I was exhausted by last night.

Needing some soup for my husband (and ice cream for myself) I ran to our local grocery store. Trying to keep a low profile I stayed very focused on what I was doing, grabbing the items I needed and then darting to the check out.

Leaving the grocery store, I sighed with relief. I made it in and out without running into anyone. Thank you, Jesus.

Climbing back into our vehicle I caught sight of myself in the rear view mirror. Yuck. I had tried to wipe off the remnant of make up that was under my eyes with my hand, but hadn’t done a good job. Thriving had not been the priority of the day, surviving had.

I felt the Lord whisper something softly to my heart. Not in an accusing or judgemental way, just him putting what was on his heart into my terms. He told me that the residual make up on my face, was like the residual anointing left on us when we don’t come to him anew each day.

The bible talks about coming to the Lord each day for new anointing, new mercies and new strength.

Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:23)

You are arrayed in holy garments, and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew. (Psalm 110:4b)

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. (Proverbs 30:5)

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)

There are many other examples in the bible of people strengthening themselves in the Lord each day.

The Israelites in the Old Testament were given manna and quail from heaven. The Lord provided for them this food day by day. Deuteronomy 8:4 explains;

He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

 Just as my leftover make up from the day before doesn’t do the job of renewing my face, so leftover anointing from a church service or bible study does not renew my spirit.
Last week the Lord reminded me that I am his child first, and wife and mom second. Meaning that my priority is actually to him. But as the Lord works out all things wonderfully, he showed me how if I spend time with him first and put my relationship with him second to none, that will overflow into all my other relationships. That will shape the type of wife I am, and the type of mom I am.
As I renew myself with him, the fruit of that renewing spirit is found in Galatians 5:22-23
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
These attributes are definitely ones that I would want to transform my parenting and my marriage.
So you see it is a win-win situation. You spend time getting to know Jesus and being transformed by his spirit, and all other areas will be transformed as well.
No analogy is perfect, but I hope that each time you remove your make up, or re apply it, you are reminded of the new anointing we also need to receive. Beauty will only be enhanced by making time for this priority.
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. (Proverbs 31:30)
May beauty and love radiate from you today and shine on to someone who desperately needs joy from the Lord.
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