Are you up for a beauty challenge?
Over the next 4 Wednesdays, I would be delighted if you could join me on a prayer journey. To discover the hidden beauty God sees in us [from the inside out] to become a part of our lives. Based on the biblical story of Esther, a woman and queen who impacted history with her bravery and outstanding beauty.
Do you long for the courage that allows you to shine and glow in a culture that is obsessed with appearances?
Esther was modest, self-controlled, and humble. There was a thread of grace that she possessed, winning the King of Persia’s heart. Part of this prayer journey is meant for you to find the courage to be the real you God made you to be. And realise the inner beauty that is more than skin deep.
We will pray for inner beauty (heart, mind, and soul) and outer beauty (physical appearance). As we focus on characteristics every week from one of the most exceptionally beautiful woman in biblical times. And though we cannot implement 12 months of dedicated beauty treatments she underwent before the beauty pageant that selected her as queen. In addition to aspire to be like Esther – a woman after God’s heart.
She portrayed outer and inner beauty and was revealed as ‘a woman of clear judgment, of magnificent self-control and capable of the noblest self-sacrifice’Herbert Lockyer
Every Wednesday in January, we will focus on…
- Inner beauty qualities drawn from the life of Esther.
- Qualities that you can unearth, the lesser-known ways to being more attractive, and showcase your personality.
- Outer beauty tips with a specific theme.
- Tips to inspire you to want to look your best every day without spending hours in front of the mirror or getting stressed, that makes you feel like a queen.
…for a second time. Over the wine the king asked her again, “Now, Queen Esther, what do you want? Tell me and you shall have it. I’ll even give you half the empire.” Queen Esther answered, “If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live. Esther 7:2-3
The king loved Esther more than any other woman because she had gained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins. So he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:17
If you keep quiet at a time like this, help will come from heaven to the Jews, and they will be saved, but you will die and your father’s family will come to an end. Yet who knows—maybe it was for a time like this that you were made queen!” Esther 4:14
Reflect on this prayer as we prepare to extract some amazing attributes from a queen who won every heart.
I want to be a mirror, Lord, A reflection of Your grace
To shine Your light for all to see
In every darkened place
I want to be transfigured Lord, So the image others see
Will be closer to Your likeness
And the light You’ve given me
I have no light source of my own , But when I look at You
The radiance of Your glory
Shines in all I say and do
I could stand to use some polish , I’ve been cracked and broken too
But it’s not myself that matters
It’s the light that comes from You
Though I have some imperfections, I’m still useful in Your sight
And in Your hand I know
That You will angle me just right
So that when Your face shines on me, It reflects on others tooMirror In God’s Hand, by Paula J. Fox
And as it does, please use me, Lord
To LIGHT my world for You
The best kept secret to Esther’s exceptional inner beauty was the grace and favour she found, because of her God. Her life leaves us with the inspiration to make a positive connection with anyone we meet. And modesty when she didn’t think she should be chosen as queen above all the other women. And let’s not forget the extensive beautifying process which included massages with mosturising, healing and uplifting oils for body, mind and soul.