the ugly, beautiful truth

I made ugly cookies this weekend.  You know the kind.  The kind that make you turn your head and frown with disappointment.  I had been hoping they’d be picturesque, but instead they are just …. well, they’re just plain ugly.  Yep.  That’s how my cookies turned out.  I promise you they smelled divine while they were baking.  And they taste even better – but they do not look good at all.

So, because of their appearance, I didn’t want to post pictures, mostly because I have a reputation to keep up you know.  I wouldn’t want anyone to know that I create a complete flop every once in a while in my baking.  I only want you to see my perfect products.  Only the beautiful creations...

Turns out this is kind of how I live my life.  There are things about me that are ugly.  I work, no, I labor over them to be sure no one sees.  Even as God is working in my heart, making something beautiful out of my life, I hide in shame.  I wouldn’t want anyone to know that I might have junk to work through.  Only the beautiful, please…

Warm from the oven, my children gobbled down cookie after cookie.  They did not notice my concern over the esthetic qualities that were lacking.  Nope.  They did not care one iota.   I guess thats a good thing, I mean they are who I made the cookies for anyway.   Ultimately, I don’t bake for the camera.  I make cookies and cakes and pies for my precious little family, friends and loved ones.  Their opinions are the ones that count.

This very thought brings a good question to my mind, “Who am I living for, anyway?”  If I’m concerned about what people think, I’ve completely missed the mark.  The one who matters, The One who counts in this lifetime is my Heavenly Father.  and what does He say about me?

All is now beautiful…

True and glorious words from Romans 3:

21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

In my mind I may have a hard time letting go; I can’t believe that I have been justified.  But it is true:  all has been made right.  According to God’s word, there is only the truth of His beauty and the reality of His forgiveness, given to me as His daughter… I just have to believe it is true.

That is His truth! How beautiful!


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