12: Hot Chocolate

This page goes with chapter twelve of “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” book.

And here we are. We’ve reached the end of our wonderful series of coffee dates. It has been so wonderful getting to know you. I wish I could actually see your face and hear your heart! But I hope you’ve seen inside me – how weak I am and how strong my Jesus is.

Now here’s the video – part two from the very first video you saw. Check out the ways these women have found confidence. This doesn’t mean they’re all perfect; some actually said to me, “I really don’t feel like I’ve accepted all of me yet, but I do have certain areas I feel more confident in now.” We’re all works in progress and in different stages of the journey, but here are some ways they’ve found self-acceptance. This is absolutely beautiful.

Thank you so much for spending this time with me in my coffeehouse. You’re welcome to come back and visit anytime; find some fresh encouragement and inspiration amid the scent of coffee brewing. As we close, I just have a few more recommendations for you:

Deleted Scenes: I’ve got two for you today! (1) Have you ever felt like your past will keep you from your future? Or like your life is marred with regrets? Then read this section entitled “The Painter” – it’s from my first draft of the book, and I still love it. (2) Are you wondering why I didn’t have a chapter about inward beauty, or a new definition of beauty? Well there was a chapter like that…but I took it out. You can read it here: “A Lovelier Beauty.”

Songs: You can check out a clip of my song “This Is Who I Am” or purchase it in the online iTunes store. I also love Switchfoot’s song “This Is Your Life.”

Bible Reading: Jude 1:24-25 is a passage that has brought encouragement to my heart many times over the years. Sometimes I forget how strong the Lord is. In the past I’ve often felt like I was destined for failure, like I couldn’t keep walking with Him. But He is bigger than I am. He’s stronger than I am. And not only is He completely able, but He is also complete willing to one day present me faultless before the throne of God. I’m on a journey here on earth, and He is carrying me in His hands. I’ve never walked alone. Neither have you. He is with us, and He is bringing to completion the good work He’s begun in us (Philippians 1:6). Thank you, Lord!

 God be with you as you walk out this journey, and I hope one day we get to meet face to face!

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