This week our book discussion will be based off of the book The Bride of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall.
Lena has grown up bearing the lasting scar of thoughtless jokes made by children when she was younger. While knowing now that she's older that they didn't know any better, some of the things said are not easily forgotten.
Lena was born with a large birthmark that runs down the side of her face. She's into her twenties and has never been courted. And the one man she loved ended up marrying a beautiful woman...
Lena has accepted how God made her and harbors no ill feelings toward Him, but some of the events that take place in her life she believes to be because of her mark: never having been courted and the man she loves marrying a far prettier woman. What Lena doesn't realize is that she is gorgeous and many people think so. And not only that, but it is her virtues that make her who she is - and it isn't how she looks that defines her.
It is what is within that is cherishable - not how we appear on the outside. Ever heard the phrase "Don't judge a book by it's cover?" Well as an experienced book-reader, I can say that this is enormously true. Some of the greatest books out there don't have gorgeous covers and you have to actually look into it to find that it is an amazing story. Well, the same is true with people. Outward appearances mean nothing to God. He looks within to find what is worthy. He looks for fear and reverence, humility, selflessness, kindness, compassion, patience, and faithfulness.
Not only that, but God wants us to be happy with who He has made us.
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Imperfections don't define you - it is how you overcome them and discover joy that matters.