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     27 ” Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  Luke 12:27-28 (NIV)

     I have never been known for my great wardrobe.  Even as a teenager, I found other things to spend my clothing budget on than clothes.  Yet there are times when I’m envious and even covetous of the clothing I see others wear.  On those occasions when I attempt to bolster my wardrobe, I’m often disappointed with the outcome. 

     For some reason, it so often isn’t the most expensive things I have purchased that have been my best outfits.  Rather, it tends to be the items I have found on sale at the times I really needed them that have been my best purchases.  And right in there with these purchases is clothing that has been given to me.  It hasn’t been hard to recognize these as two of the ways God has been there for me.

     I am also reminded of the passage in 1 Peter 3-5 in which women are encouraged to enhance their beauty with the “unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.”  If we put our faith and trust in him, we open the door for him to clothe us with a beauty that money can’t buy.

     Lord help me to draw closer to you day by day that I may be fully clothed in your righteousness.

Copyright © 2008 by Janice Green

Scripture quoted by permission. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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