The True Beauty God Desires – Part 2


A True Bride of The King

“Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord…”

“Forget your people and your father’s house,” is the instruction to this fair maiden who has been chosen.

This here is not a frivolous request, but a passionate cry from the heart of the Lover.  Jesus, who gave Himself for His bride, would desire the same devotion.  To “forget your people and your father’s house,” means simply this – let go of everything upon which I have built my identity and depend for resources.

This cry from the heart of God has its unyielding grip on my heart, “Who is he who will devote himself to be close to me?” (Jeremiah 30:21).  Can you hear the passion, the deep love, the desperation in that cry?  The bridegroom saying to His bride, “Choose Me, pick Me, love Me… Give up everything else and just be with Me… I love you so much and I want you so much.”  Such is the unfathomable love of the King.

I had a prophetic dream in which God taught me about Devotion:

I was in a line, waiting for my turn.  At the beginning of the line sat an old woman who gave a ring to each person.  Each ring had a different gemstone of the individual’s choice, and with each gemstone came special powers.  These special powers denoted the destiny/calling of each person.

For example, a man chose a green gemstone.  This gemstone gave him the power to blast through walls.  Therefore, his destiny was to be a wall-blaster.

However when my turn came, the old lady did not give me a choice.  Immediately she looked at me, called me “True Blue”, and handed me a sapphire ring.  This “True Blue” ring gave me power, and with it my destiny, to defeat the Fire Girl and Ice Man.

I woke up to a sense of destiny and much-ness, but I was puzzled about what the dream meant as I had no prior knowledge of the significance of “True Blue” and Sapphire Rings.  When in doubt, Google it – so that’s what I did.

I did a search on the phrase “True Blue”, and found the following definition:

Loyal or faithful; staunch.  Unwavering.  Steadfast.

Next, I searched Sapphire Rings and here’s what I found:

The gemstone of sapphire for centuries has been regarded as an emblem of symbolized truth, authenticity, devotion, and faithfulness.  In many countries sapphire happens to be the most desirable engagement gem because of its symbolism.  The bestower often has an aspiration to endow his affianced with those very same qualities.

Now you may want to know what makes the sapphire ring highly expensive.  Sapphires happen to be the perfect gem for rings since they are extremely durable and almost as tough as diamond.  If you purchase sapphire rings you will be rest assured that it can withstand more than the other gemstones.

I was astounded – the 2 pieces of the puzzle were perfectly matched!  That’s when I knew for sure that the dream had come from the Lord; my human mind had no prior knowledge to be able to concoct something like this.

The old woman in the dream symbolizes Holy Spirit, who is Wisdom.  Only Holy Spirit can endow us with power from Heaven to be all that God desires.

The sapphire ring, which is the quintessential engagement ring, represents union and intimacy with the Lord.  It is costly, and likewise there is a price to pay to lay hold of the Kingdom – wholehearted devotion to the Lord will cost us much, but oh what joys we get in return!  Nothing compares to being beloved of the King.

True Blue represents devotion and wholeheartedness.  These are the qualities that the Bridegroom, Jesus, desires in His bride.  He is a passionate, jealous lover, who wants the whole heart of His dearly beloved.

Fire Girl characterizes the ungodly, demonic controls over the Church, and Ice Man is the spirit of slumber and passivity within the Church.  The only way that the Warrior Bride, the Church, can overcome is through intimacy with God and wholehearted devotion to Him.

Passionate yet tender,

tenaciously unbending to the enemy yet completely yielded to the King,

her strength and ferocity in battle is birthed out of a place of intimacy and love for the King,

she does all in Him, through Him, for Him and Him alone.

Wholehearted devotion.  This is the kind of bride that the King wants.

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The True Beauty God Desires – Part 1


A True Princess of the King

Psalm 45 says this, “Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.  Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord… All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.” 

This has been a precious passage to me for years, and it is a very personal call from God to me.  He is the one true King, and He desires me to be His bride, His princess, to be completely His.  He is not an aloof God who loves me because He is sort of obligated to.  No!  He is intense in His love, and His heart is captivated by beauty.

What beauty does His princess possess?  It is answered that the glory of the princess is within her chamber, which is the inner self.  That hidden person of the inner man can either enthrall the King with her beauty, or not.  It is the heart of the princess that captivates her King – she puts on a gown interwoven with Gold, which is the putting on of the nature of God Himself.

The mark of a true princess is aptly described in Frances Burnett’s book The Little Princess, “Whatever comes cannot alter one thing.  If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside.  It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.”

The highest mark of a true princess is the nobility of her heart.  That is what makes her “all glorious within her chamber”.  George MacDonald puts it this way, “Nobody can be a real princess – do not imagine you have yet been anything more than a mock one – until she is a princess over herself… So long as any mood she is in makes her do the thing she will be sorry for when that mood is over, she is a slave, and no princess.  A princess is able to do what is right even should she be in a mood that would make another unable to do it.”

The glory and beauty of a princess of the King of kings is found in the hidden person of the heart.  Anyone with the noble heart described above, even if she be in rags and dirt, is a princess, beautiful and captivating to the King.

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An article from my 19 year-old self

Browsing through my old writings circa 2006, I learnt some things from the 19 year-old me that this 25 year-old Samantha (now almost 30!) had lost along the journey of growing up.  I have stopped writing for a long time, and somewhere along the way, the bright-eyed idealism & passionate convictions of my youth have mellowed considerably – adults call it “growing up”, but the younger me would’ve called it “compromise”.

Like a good friend of mine recently told me, I need to start dreaming again. To dare to dream, dare to feel, dare to live.  I think that is why God has been telling me to start writing again, and I am taking a step of obedience beginning with the resurrection of this blog.  I have no idea what I will be writing, so I will just obey one step at a time and see how my Lord leads.

For now, here is an article from my 19 year-old self…

“The preoccupations of teenage girls – their looks, their social life – do not change much from generation to generation. But in every generation, there seems to be a few who make other choices” – Elisabeth Elliot

Please don’t turn the page just yet. If you are not a teenage girl, give me a chance; this writing might still have something for you.

If you are a teenage girl, please hear something from this writer’s heart; the heart of a girl-not-yet-a-woman whose experience with the world thus far, and with God the Father, might shine some light into these areas of your life.

The lessons God has taught me – the experience of joy and grief – can be summed up in the four words “Set apart for God”.

Too often my heart has been broken. I am not even talking about romantic relationships here. Sure, my heart has been broken by boys before (and by the way, you don’t have to be an “official couple” to have your heart broken; it gets broken the moment you stop allowing Jesus to be the One who guards it), but there are so many other people who have broken our hearts, aren’t there?

Friends, family, leaders, countries, organizations.

Betrayal, intimidation, telling you that you must be a certain way, making you feel worthless for being you, not listening, not really seeing you, telling you that it’s not enough to just be you… where does the list end, girls?

These pressures sometimes make it difficult for me to be set apart for God. How do I reconcile the fact that if I choose to spend time with God tonight, then I’ll miss being with my friends, enjoying great fellowship with them? How do I choose between these things that are both good?

And that is why I like what Leslie Ludy says about authentic beauty. In every generation, there are a few young women that discover their true Prince. Just like the Princesses in childhood fairytales, once they meet this Prince and realize His indescribable love for them, they willingly give up everything else to follow him to the ends of the earth. They live a life with their Prince that is utterly different from the world around them.

They are radiant.

They are confident.

They are fulfilled.

They possess a truly authentic beauty that flows from within.

They are world changers.

They are set apart in complete and utter devotion to their Prince.

And they stand out from among all other young women like a lily among thorns.

Still, we cannot deny that we long to be beautiful. Not just to be seen as physically attractive, but something deeper than that. We long to be treasured, cherished, worth going after. Not just beautiful to God but also beautiful to the world.

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. This is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful.” 1 Peter 3:3-6

that’s why I love the Bible. It’s a beauty manual, did you know that, dear sisters?

If you look through it carefully, the Bible is chock-full of beauty tips. A complete guide on “How to be beautiful” written by the One who designed you and, therefore, would know the best methods. It’s all there in the Bible, ladies.

There is so much more I want to share, so much more my sisters need to know. But for now, this is what God has called me to, and there will be time for more in the future. I would like to end with a quote from someone very wise, a quote that has helped me no end in my relationships: “A woman should bury her heart so deep in Jesus that only a man who would go through Him can find it.”

You are special. You are precious. You are worth fighting for.

You are a Princess.

Your Prince is waiting with arms wide open.

So set yourself apart for Him.

Set yourself apart for the One Man who deserves your tears.

The One Man who would never make you cry.

The One Man who sheds tears over your lost and broken heart.

Common sense says that if you choose the higher standard, you will never find a man.

Let go of Common Sense; you aren’t called to be common.

Set yourself apart, Princess.



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Idream of Eden. We were made for the Garden and the full pleasure of paradise. We got separated at Eden and we spend our whole lives searching for a way back into that secret paradise. All of life's pursuit + pain + questioning can be traced back to man's search for home. Our deepest instincts tell us that we are not home outside of this reality, and our souls will never stop searching until we return. Only there will we find rest and our true being. There, we begin to dream again the dreams that have laid asleep in our hearts all along.

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