The Best Bronzer Money Can’t Buy {PLUS my guest post at (in)courage!}

Do you ever look in the mirror and pine for the days when you had less lumps, wrinkles, or grey hairs?

Me too, friend. Daily.

Today, I’m over at (in)courage #keepinitreal about the struggles I’ve had with my own changing body and sharing how God is teaching me to be thankful (yes, thankful!) for all that these changes represent. If you’re visiting from (in)courage, welcome!

I’ve been getting daily encouragement from (in)courage for some time now, and I’m so excited to be the one offering some encouragement to my sweet sisters today! Sign up here to receive daily notes from (in)courage, sent right to your inbox!

While We’re on the Topic of Beauty…

Guess what I did this weekend? I went to Ulta for a whole hour without kids! Such a treat.

As I was scouring the shelf for the bronzer I needed, I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered a recent conversation with a dear friend. I had just read Psalm 34:5 which says “Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed,” and I told her that when I read that verse, HER face came to mind. She is one of those women that just glows with the love of Jesus!

She graciously accepted the compliment and then laughed. “Ya know, I have been admiring this one woman at church from afar because she has this amazing glow about her,” she said. “I’ve been thinking I have to ask her what bronzer she uses, but now I’m realizing, I think she is just radiant in the LORD!”

Radiance in the Lord, friends. The best bronzer that money can’t buy.

Seeking God’s Face

There’s a story in the Bible where Moses met with God on top of Mount Sinai. When he came down from the mountain top, the Bible says “Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.” (Exodus 34:29)

Moses’ face was literally glowing because he had just beheld the glory of the Lord. While we might not physically glow from meeting with God, he does promise that those who look to him will be radiant.

God’s word says that “God is light and in him there is not darkness.” (1 John 1:5) When we look to him, he brightens and uplifts our souls. As we gaze upon him–remembering who he is and all that he’s done for us in Christ–his face shines upon us like the sun kissing our cheeks on a warm summer day.

The Glory of God Made Manifest

Jesus Christ is the glory of God made manifest in human form. As Christians, God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Let’s take a moment to behold God’s glory in the face of Jesus, shall we?

But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-6)

Jesus is good and kind. He is our gracious and merciful savior. He has redeemed us, transformed us, and made us heirs to an incredible inheritance.

Doesn’t that warm your heart? It makes me want to bow down and say, “Thank you, dear Jesus!” What about you?

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

As we bask in the light of his glory, we grow less concerned with the worries of this world and more infatuated with him.

The weary-eyed woman looks to Christ and finds rest. (Matthew 11:28-30)

The woman whose eyes are heavy with shame lifts her eyes to Christ and finds forgiveness. (1 John 1:9)

The woman with anxious eyes fixes them on Christ and finds peace. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Looking to Jesus doesn’t magically make our struggles disappear, but it does make us see them rightly in the light of his glory.

As the old hymn says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will go strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.”

Be Radiant

Sister, as you go about the good work God has given you to do today, make sure you take the time to look to him. Read his word, meditate on the gospel, and let his face shine upon you.

May you be the woman of whom others say, “I wonder what kind of bronzer she uses.” And may your response simply be, “It’s not bronzer, friend. I’m just looking to the Lord.”