One Year Devotions for Women
   Devotion for Tuesday , October 09, 2012
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The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace by Ann Spangler

Wouldn't it be nice to live with less fear and anxiety and more confidence and joy? In this 365-day devotional, you'll spend time with God every day, learning to breathe deeply and grab hold of the holy peace he offers. Each meditation includes a key NLT Scripture verse, a brief message, and a suggested prayer. 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Copyright 2012.

ROUGH EDGES

I will brighten the darkness before them and smooth out the road ahead
of them. Yes, I will indeed do these things; I will not forsake them.

- Isaiah 42:16

All of us have rough edges, places in our lives that need smoothing out. Let me offer a superficial example. Most women I know have little difficulty finding something negative to say about their hair. I have more excuse than most because I have what some people kindly call naturally curly hair. If left to go its own way, particularly in high humidity, my kind of hair is capable of inflicting psychic damage on small children. I know this because I once unwisely opened the door to neighborhood children who, seeing my untended hair, promptly exclaimed, ďWow, itís the Bride of Frankenstein!Ē

Last week I tried an expensive shampoo, touted to calm frizzy hair. What I didnít know was that instead of smoothing out my hair, it acted as a volumizer. Imagine someone seriously overweight donning a fat suit, and you will get an idea of how this product affected my hair. It brought back the earlier conviction that my curly-haired parents should never have been permitted to marry. Allowing two such people to mate, I am convinced, constitutes a form of child abuse.

Over the years Iíve found that using a flatiron helps the most. Sometimes I have trouble getting all the kinks out in back, so I simply do a few quick swipes on the surface and let it go at that. The problem with such a strategy is that the kinks beneath the surface insist on asserting themselves,exposing the pretense that I have soft, manageable hair.

Whatís the point of my bad hair complaints? Simply that each of us has our own set of rough edges to work out. True, we can make some surface changes. But these donít really deal with underlying character flaws that keep asserting themselves despite our most determined efforts to hide them. Willpower by itself cannot contend with problems like low self-esteem, a quick temper, stinginess, stubbornness, laziness, judgmentalism, and negativity. The only power strong enough to straighten out the twisted elements in our lives comes from God. Today letís ditch strategies that depend only on us, so we can follow Godís strategies for growing in his peace and grace.

Holy Spirit, kindle in me the fire of your love. Change, renew,
and transform me from the inside out, I pray.

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