• Laura Alvarado-Newson

The facial

I remember the first time I looked into a magnifying mirror as an adult.  I used to play with my mom's mirror;  it was like a funhouse for my face.  Fast forward a few decades and the funhouse turned into a house of horror😱😱😱.  I couldn't believe that was my face!  What happened to me?  I saw wrinkles and crepe paper, at least 4 different shades, holes, moles, volcanoes and caves!!!  Reality literally punched me in the face!  Needless to say, I haven't picked up a magnifying mirror since.  That was a shocking truth, a truth that was hidden because I kept my distance and I will continue keeping my distance.   Did I make a facial appointment?  Yes!  Yes, I did.  Don't worry,  I'm not going to try and sell you a beauty product.  

The Bible says that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.  Many people have a hard time in their walk with God because if they let God into their lives too deeply, His presence may magnify certain areas and truths that we have purposefully hidden away.  The truth can hurt and to allow God to examine our hearts, magnify the pain,  the brokenness,  the failures and the infection of sin would be scary, embarrassing and humiliating.   You see the only reason I went to have a facial was because I saw my skin's true condition and realized I needed help.  It was very uncomfortable to see my skin and all of my blemishes, but it brought change.  We need to allow God to shine His light on our hearts and minds, revealing truth; yes, it's gonna hurt, but there is no need to feel scared, embarrassed or humiliated.   Jesus already did the dirty work, He died to cover all of our defects.  He died so that we would not live in shame.  So what do we do once we allow God to show us the real us?  We admit our need and we ask Him to heal and restore us.  He will work on those nasty infections that have been festering for years.  The process may hurt a bit, digging deep to remove bitterness,  unforgiveness, hopelessness and more.  God wants to cleanse us, renew us, transform us.  It all starts with truth.  God doesn't condemn, or judge when we open our hearts to Him, HE HEALS AND RESTORES.   

I'm getting sleepy, good night all.

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