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Progression to Beauty ~ God’s Perfecting Work in Us

The budding phase

The budding phase

When we get saved, God starts the process of perfecting us into His image.  It is a gradual, lifelong progression until we get to heaven, where our lives will then shine with the light of His glory.

I thought of this perfecting process when I took these photos of a magnolia flower, gradually opening over a period of days.  Our tendency is to try to rush God’s perfecting of our character; we want instant results and get disappointed in ourselves when we mess up.  He sees the finished product already.  He knows that what He starts in us will one day result in a work of splendid beauty.  Because of Christ in us, He will perfect that which concerns us. (Psalm 138:8)  May you rest in comprehending this truth as you view the photos. 

But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
Proverbs 4: 18

Just starting to open

Just starting to open

Sprouting forth

Sprouting forth

Opening up

Opening up

Fully opened

Nearly opened ~ this one is my favorite!

Glorious opening

Glorious beauty

God is the finisher of our faith.  Like me, do you struggle with fully accepting that your life has beauty?  I pray that we each remember His perfecting work in us.  Even though we mess up, and don’t see how anything good can come from our lives, God already sees us as His prized work of perfection. 

Blessings, always

I’d appreciate the feedback about the photos!  Thanks.

Sue Nash/ 2013

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Be You, For Me

Pansy, yellow double
Pansy, pretty purpleBe free to be who I’ve called you to be.

Don’t try to be someone you think you should be.

As pansies each have a beauty all their own,
Your life has a magnificence of its own.

You look at your failures and think,
Your life does not matter, or so you think! 

Pansy, yellow with sunI look beyond your imperfections and see,
You, shining My glory for others to see.

So, bloom just how you have been created by Me.
Being who I made you to be pleases Me.


“For we are God’s masterpiece.”  Eph. 2:10

Pansy, light purple*You can read more of my poems via the category Poetry Corner. Blessings always!