Merry Beautiful Christmas

Merry Beautiful Christmas

I awakened early December 20, 2006 and walked the hall from my bedroom to the guest bathroom.  I entered the bathroom in the early dawn hours and turned on the lights.  While there, I looked directly in front of me and saw five Christmas towels.  The towels were not new, they were simply ones that I pulled out once a year to spread Christmas cheer in the bathroom.  As I looked at each of them, I could not help but notice the golden thread of the motifs engraved upon them.  I saw the rich colors of red and green, and yes even pink woven into the poinsettias on the Christmas trees.  I thought, "These are really beautiful towels."  I could not even remember in what year they were purchased.  They had been around for a long time.  They only had to be on display at Christmas. 

I was stunned by the beauty of the five Christmas towels. I immediately discerned God’s presence and He spoke to me.  He said, “Suppose the sum total of the beauty in your world was only what you saw before you in these towels.   You would then say the sum total of your world was beautiful.”  God said to me so lovingly, “Behold the beauty that is set before your eyes.” 

I immediately got the message.  In life, it is all about focus.  The world in which we live consists of many things, circumstances, and people.  God’s intent is that we focus on the beauty that He has placed right before our eyes.  We can behold the beauty of His Son’s life given for us, the smile on someone’s face, the presence of a child’s love in our lives, and any blessing that God has given. If we focus on the beautiful presence of God and His blessings, we can live happily.

 Are there things that are not beautiful in the world? Yes!  Are we faced with dealing with conditions, circumstances, and people that are not beautiful?  Yes!  However, because God loves us, He has indeed set something beautiful before our eyes.  Recognize the beautiful blessings He has placed in your life and lock your focus on them.  “Whatsoever things are just, lovely, true, of good report…think on these things.”Philippians 4:8 God will settle the rest. 

Oh Wow! The lessons learned in the bathroom!

Why "Hepzibah in Training?"

More than twenty five years ago I stood in a powerful praise and worship service. As I entered into worship weeping in the presence of the King, I heard the voice of Jesus in my spirit. He called me two names. The first name was Hephzibah and the second was Beulah. I was stunned and immediately sat down on the bench to ponder these two names. Neither of these names appeared flattering to me.

I left church and called my sister, a mighty warrior of God, and told her that God had called me two names. Her reply was “If God called me names; I needed to find out what they meant.” I searched scripture and found that the name Hephzibah means, “The Lord delights in her” and that Beulah meant, “Thy land is married (committed, spoken for, etc). Needless to say, I was delighted in the significance of these two names that my Savior has bestowed upon me. My goal and treasure in life is to fulfill the plan for my life on this side of Eternity and to train for the other side of Eternity.

I offer you the revelations, thoughts, and meditations that God imparts to me in this blog “Hepzibah In Training”.

I thank you for your comments.