Fear Not

“For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” ~Isaiah 43:3-4 ESV

It’s easy to get off track, in life, our relationships, future goals, even in our heart and mind.

We lose valuable time, getting caught up in circumstances that we can’t change. We waste energy trying to fill the areas of our life, especially the empty places, simply because we don’t allow God to be in control of them.

Some of us are even guilty of forgetting that God is on the journey with us.

We all face something at one point or another. We’ve all experienced that one thing we wish could be changed. Nevertheless, God is in control. He is a good Father.

What would today look like if we decided to let go of the things that are weighing us down? Or surrendered the areas of our life that are out of our control? What would life be like if we feared not, trusted God, believing that he will be faithful regardless of the outcome?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for never leaving me. You redeem me and you love me. I am grateful and I honor you today. In Jesus name. Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

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Overcome Evil With Good

Paul was such a fantastic man and teacher. In Romans 12:20, Paul stated, “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for it is by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

It seems natural to become offended by others who have hurt us, judged us, haven’t agreed with us, or don’t live in a way that we think that they should. I have had many moments where I have become offended and not only by the people in the world but even those who are dear and closest to me.

I am wondering what life could look like if we chose to live in the teachings of Paul? What if we decided to investigate the reasons why a person behaved poorly against us instead of wasting time being offended by them? What if we chose to live out the message of love in the way that Jesus did?

Jesus, thank you for providing your message of love. Thank you for loving all of your children, no matter where they’re positioned in their life, or what they have done in the past. Thank you for loving us even when we seem unlovable. You were the perfect example, and we are incapable of fully understanding such a love as yours. As we learn more, by who you are, may we choose to deny ourselves and take up your cross. In your precious holy name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Refresh My Spirit

Recently, I was driving in my car on a long distance road trip. My car had a light, reminding me that it was time to change my oil. However, I had recently serviced my car and forgot to reset the button. Although my car was doing what it was programmed to do, I couldn’t get the light to shut off. It reminded me how my Spirit could be like that.

Time passes, and I can quickly get caught up in the high demands of life. However, it doesn’t take long, and I can feel the void in my Spirit. I can hear these words, “Spend some time with me. Refresh your soul and renew my Spirit within you.” Many times I have prayed this verse. “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”~ Psalm 51:10 NIV

When I take the time to push and hit the reset button in my heart, my thoughts, my patience and compassion towards others shift. I move towards the life God desires for me.

Lord, I thank you today for allowing me an opportunity to spend time with you. Thank you for providing the freedom to do so. Please forgive me when I get caught up in life and forget you are waiting for me. Refresh my Spirit in you and create in me a pure heart. In your precious name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas

Live A Beautiful Life

“But in the end, does it really make a difference what anyone does? I’ve had a good look at what God has given us to do—busywork, mostly. True, God made everything beautiful in itself and in its time—but he’s left us in the dark, so we can never know what God is up to, whether he’s coming or going. I’ve decided that there’s nothing better to do than go ahead and have a good time and get the most we can out of life. That’s it—eat, drink, and make the most of your job. It’s God’s gift.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:9-13 MSG

As we enter this week, let us rejoice and be glad for the beautiful life Jesus created for each one of us. Jesus sacrificed himself, so that we might choose to live an abundant life in Him. He desires to live life with us each day. May we include Him in our thoughts, prayers, conversations, and praise. 

~ Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

For I will Yet Praise Him

In Proverbs 18 it says, “The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?”

Have you ever had a time where you just felt broken, vulnerable to a world full of contention and mockery?

Have you been exhausted from the things in life thrown at you?

Perhaps you felt, or feel that there is nothing left to give?

Moments like these cause us to question our purpose, our identity, and God’s love and presence in our life.

God wants to meet us in the places that seem too difficult to move in.

The Lord has a plan for us all, and He understood it entirely before we were born.

Have you ever tried to surrender your pain, shame, guilt, or exhaustion to Him? If not, he awaits you. He lavished you with the riches of His grace and love.

My arms are wide open.

I feel naked and vulnerable.

I know that when I am weak,

you make me strong.

I will be free because I am broken for you.

God, here I am.

I surrender.

For I will yet praise you Lord.

Teach me. Guide me. Change me. Love me.

Help me to understand your intended purpose for my life.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas

Honor Him By Your Beauty 

Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.” ~ Psalm 45:11

Wounds hurt. Pain doesn’t feel very good when it is experienced. In fact, I have found it challenging to focus on anything else when I have been in pain. Relief was my desire. 

You and I know that pain isn’t always physical. Broken relationships can produce similar feelings and emotions. It never fails, in the middle of the commotion, our hearts expose the truth that is there. We can get consumed, finding an immediate need for relief, instead of praying for an opportunity to find a solution to the issue at hand. We allow our emotions to dictate our reactions. When we are hurting, we choose to move towards those we love, or we walk away from them. 

Forgiveness can seem challenging, yet the reality shows that holding onto anger, and hurt is more of a challenge. It isn’t always easy to walk towards beauty when circumstances or people seem rejecting, ugly, or down and out cruel. However, we are called to love people despite any fractured pieces that may exist. Jesus did that precisely for me, and he did that for you. When we were worthy of nothing, he gave his life so that we could experience everything through him. 

Wouldn’t it make sense that even amidst the turmoil of this world, that Jesus already exchanged it with his goodness? Even before his death, by deception from his most intimate relationships, Jesus chose to love

It is through his sacrifice that we have an opportunity to walk into his presence while mirroring his beauty. The answer is simple; we have the freedom to choose, love today and be beautiful. By doing this, we honor our lord. 

Thank you, Jesus, for giving us the opportunity to choose to be more like you. I am so grateful that you never walked away from any of us. Please help us to forgive so that we might find the beauty in our relationships. May the essence of what we demonstrate to others be a reflection of who you are. Thank you for loving us right where we are and finding us beautiful despite our imperfections.

Baring His Beauty 

Tiffany Thomas 

He Loves Us Anyway 

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.” -Psalm‬ ‭107:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Lord has been reminding me that there is beauty in everyone, even when I am guilty of not having eyes to see it. I tend to forget that everyone’s behavior is developed from something, whether that is from life experiences, or a lack of accurate knowledge. 

I actually forget, that even I, have times that are less than beautiful. 

I am so thankful that Jesus loves each one of us, despite our lacking qualities and characteristics that fall short of who he is. 

He came to earth to minister to the broken and wounded hearts who needed him in a desperate way. He didn’t condemn anyone for what they were doing wrong. He invited them to learn something they didn’t know. 

I’m wondering how life might look if we took a little more time to offer more invitations instead of quick judgements?

Thank you Jesus for loving in a way that we are incapable of. Teach us to be more like you. In your precious name, amen.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

Wait In Hope 


We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. ~ Psalm (33:20) NIV

At a time where things are in chaos, and many situations undermine the value of life, tranquility is a place that we can be present by knowing that Jesus was the embodiment of peace. 

God didn’t create us, with a filter, nor to be spiritually settled in violence, hardship, pain, or death. These things, by themselves, are unfathomable. Our world is overflowing in sin. The only way to embrace life here on earth, considering it for what it is, is by acknowledging that Jesus is our the bridge to eternal life. Life doesn’t stop here on this planet. 

We have to determine whether or not we will trust in the existence to which is almighty and everlasting. It is up to you and me to accept the peace that Jesus offers. Life is not guaranteed here; it is only but a vapor. Nevertheless, we have to keep moving forward and not get stuck in what we are unable to change. Being faithful is a foundational step that produces a significant peace within. 

Dear Father, we are waiting for you. Many of us are experiencing a time where seems impossible to find any comfort in the day. We find it burdensome to hear about another headline, news story, or tragedy. Some of us are carrying wounds in our heart. It is grueling to think about another day of pain. Lord, we are faithful to you and trust that you are coming. We will be steadfast while preparing for you take us home. May the suffering on this earth end soon. Hear our cries; comfort our heart while we wait. In your Precious Name, Amen.


Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas 

Broken-Redeemed-Beautiful-Chosen 

For many are invited, but few are chosen.” ~ (Matthew 22:14) NIV

Have you ever stopped to think how God would describe your experience in four words if He had to? I am not sure about you, but it sounds a little creepy to think about a disembodied part of the human flesh doing anything, let alone, being capable of writing four words describing someone’s life and how they lived it. In the book of Daniel, the description of King Belshazzar’s life was handwritten on the wall with four words. 

The word broken comes to describe how I happened to know and understand Jesus. I lived much of my life in a state of brokenness. When I finally had enough and realized that I couldn’t do life on my own, the Lord met me, right where I was. 

After I repented, Jesus redeemed who I was. Jesus said that I no longer was defined by my sin, but instead, He was living in me. Life as I knew it changed. 

Beautiful was the person God had created. God made me in His image, and that is nothing less than beautiful, to Him. When I started to claim God’s truth, the perception I had for myself changed and also the view I had for others. 

Chosen is the new name that I received. No longer do I live by the name attributed to my past. I received a new name. The Lord has spoken to my heart, revealing to me, a new name that I am to walk by and be confident

The beautiful thing about the description of Jesus is that He doesn’t stop at four words. He has so many reflections of me, just as He does you. He provides relationship and connection in a way that we can’t fathom. God’s love goes beyond description. Accompanied, is the action of love, one more profound that we only get to experience a piece of it. I challenge you to think about your own four words that Jesus would describe of you with. What would He say?

Dear Heavenly Father, I want to thank you today for understanding that you see me more than just a description. I want to manifest into the person you created. I want to carry out your purpose. Allow me to accept your invitation, I can’t wait to see you at the celebration. In Jesus name, Amen.

Baring His Beauty 

Tiffany Thomas 

Walk Beside Me

You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. You, GOD, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. Oh, that my steps might be steady, keeping to the course you set; Then I’d never have any regrets in comparing my life with your counsel. I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. I’m going to do what you tell me to do; don’t ever walk off and leave me.” ~‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:1-8‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for building relationship with me and inviting me to know you more. Teach me to walk beside you. Bless me at each and every step. Guide me when I get off course, so that I may be righteous in your eyes. When I look back I don’t want a heart of regret. Stay with me and never leave. I desire to be all that you ever wanted me to be. ~ In Jesus name Amen.

Baring His Beauty

Tiffany Thomas