1 Peter 3:3-4

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewellery or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. - 1 Peter 3:3,4

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Attention UE Lovers!!

Hi all! We hope you've had a fantastic week. 

Meggie and I have news, and it may be hard for some of you to take ;) Now that we're both graduated from high school, Meggie and I have chosen to further our studies. Meggie is now juggling work and University as well as all her other responsibilities, and I am now studying full-time at TAFE. This means we won't have as much time to dedicate to Unfading Elegance. 

We appreciate the love, support and encouragement you've all given us over the years. Now you're probably thinking we're going to stop the UE blog. Well, we are very glad to say that's not true, but our posts will be reduced to one post a month, instead of once a week. But so you all don't have to wonder when the next entry is coming out, we can tell you that we will be posting in the FIRST week of every month. So you can still look forward to what we have to share! 

We are sorry for this, but know you will all understand. Meggie and I are very excited as this is a new chapter in our lives. But we also have to realise we now have more responsibilities. Thank you so much for every thing over the past years. You will still be hearing from us! Don't forget you can still  ask questions and email us at: unfadingelegance(at)gmail(dot)com(dot)au!! We look forward to hearing from you. 

Keep an eye out for our next post in the first week of April :) 

Much love and God bless, 

~ Meggie and Taleisha 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Extending Love (Being God's Hands And Feet)

In a world full of 7 billion people, how is it that so many people live their lives feeling unloved? As Christian's we are called to a life of love. The Bible says; the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:35), to abide in faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13), love each other deeply for love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8), love comes from God and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7), there is no fear in love (1 John 4:18). "I love everyone!" You may say. But it's easier said than done.

My pastor on Sunday made a good point that we can love others, but only so much. I'm sure we've all reached a point where we love this person, but hate that one. It's conditional love. This isn't the love of Christ. The Word says that God is love. His love is agape and unconditional. So in order for us to love unconditionally, we have to have God. If we don't have God then we can't love like God loves us - with our entire beings.

When we invite Love into our hearts, the restraints are broken and there are no limits. Now that this Love is dwelling in is we are able to love each and every individual, regardless of their sins and our previous beliefs about them. If we can't forgive someone, how can we love them. If we can't forgive, how can we possible expect to be forgiven? In all of life's questions, God is the answer. Sometimes we forget that. We forget to call on Him when we stumble or are tempted. But our Father is the answer to everything.

God didn't die just for me. He died for all the sinners. The Bible often speaks of Christ's love for each of His children. If we want to live an abundant life, we need to welcome God inside us so we can radiate the unconditional love that comes through Him.

Love them anyway.

I Love You Anyway by Holly Starr is a lovely song about the love of God. Click the link to have a  listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrF0-8TY7U4&list=PL45DF8A3624D11E2E

God bless,

~ Taleisha 

Monday, March 10, 2014

An Amazing Woman Of God

A while ago I stumbled across something my Mum and Dad wrote to me in a birthday card. One tiny line kept repeating over in my head.
They said:
“...you’re maturing into an amazing young woman of God!... ”

But am I? Am I an amazing woman of God? Am I truly trying to become a woman of God? Not just by going to church regularly, but by digging deep into His Word and seeking Him, not only because I should, but because I hunger for an intimate relationship with my Father? Often it's difficult to hear directly from God. But a question I've had to ask myself is: "Am I looking in the right place?" 

... An amazing woman of God? Me? 

When I think of what an amazing woman of God looks like, I imagine someone who sincerely tries to please Him and not man, someone who is constantly in communication with Him because He's genuinely her best friend, someone who seeks time in the day just to soak in His presence, someone who knows what God wants her to do so she does it with fearlessly. She is someone of continual growth who yearns to know His heart and be used in His glorious plan.  

When I look at myself and my life, I find it hard to see that ‘amazing woman of God’. In fact I feel like the complete opposite sometimes. I feel like there is a candle in me that just wants to burn bright. This candle is God. I know I have Him in me. But sometimes it's hard to make a flame. I can't find the matches. Where are the matches? Am I looking in the right place? God's Word is the right place. Through meditating on the Bible we can light the candle and be ignited into something incredible.

I believe this 'amazing woman of God' is inside me, but it's up to me to bring her out and let her reach her full potential. What kind of things are holding her back? Is it lack of trust? Lack of confidence? Is she scared of being judged? Is it guilt? Shame? Hurt? Fear? Whatever it may be, God has the power to take away those things, to uncover the beauty within. In Him all things are made good. So when we first seek Him, this amazing woman of God can come out of hiding.

You have an amazing woman of God in you too. And maybe it's time to let her shine! Let God strip back the chains that are binding her, and let her be all that God made her to be.

"My chains are gone. I've been set free!" 
- Chris Tomlin 

God bless you, sisters!

~ Taleisha 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Seeing What God Sees

When you look at the girl hiding behind her hair, with the glasses and braces and out of fashion clothing, what do you see? When you see that girl in the mini skirt and low cut top flirting with guys, what do you see? In our modern world today, it can be so easy to judge. 

Ever heard the phrase, "Don't judge a book by it's cover"? Even as a Christian it can be a struggle to refrain from making quick judgments about someone and forming your own (and not always correct) opinion about someone, without even knowing much about them. We can't only look skin deep. There is so much more to a person than what's on the outside.

So what does God see? I'm not God, but I'm sure that when He looks at those girls He sees someone who is so dearly loved. Someone who, if they only knew how much He loved them, would start to love them self. He sees His daughter, His love, His joy.

We need to learn to see behind what is right before us, but learn to see deeper and past the mask that people put on. Maybe they're hurting and don't know how to disguise the pain. Maybe they struggle with self worth and feel insignificant. Maybe the world as they know it is crashing down around them and they're trying to put on their 'brave face'.

Don't be quick to judge but be quick to look past what we physically see. We need to remember that we don't know their story. We don't know what they're dealing with or have gone through. But what we do know is that God loves them so. And as part of the Body Of Christ, it's our duty, and hopefully our joy, to love them as well and to show them how much they are cherished. Imagine how you would feel if a person came up to you and told you how much you are loved. Wouldn't that be enough to make you at least smile, or maybe even your day? Even the smallest acts of kindness can speak volumes! 

Love is something we can all share with no cost or sacrifice. So why not share it to those who need it most? The Bible says that love is demonstrative. Our love for God is shown by the degree we show love to others. "Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." - 1 John 4:11 (Also see: Matthew 25:40, 1 John 3:23) Love is active - an act of will, not an obligation. (See: 1 John 3:17) Love is responsive. We are able to love because we have been and are loved by God. This love causes us to respond lovingly to others. (1 John 4:19) 

Let me encourage you all this week, to put a smile on someone's face by telling them how much they are worth, not only in our eyes but in the Father's. I will do the same. If it is you reading this that needs to know how important you are and how loved you are, then here are a few songs to encourage you:

Nobody Ever Told You by Carrie Underwood (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO3pzvuQ-wc)

God bless!!
~ Taleisha