“The eye is the lamp of the body. Therefore if your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.~Matthew 6:22 TLV
One morning as I prepared for work, irritation over my uncooperative do resulted in a rotten attitude. It baffled me how hair could possess so much power over my emotions. But like a wart on the tip of my nose, the enemy convinced me others would notice, which spiraled me into a perpetual state of self-consciousness, giving strength to the spirit of misery. Similar to a black hole, I allowed its gravitational influence to take hold until I surrendered.
As I pondered this paradox, God directed me to 1 Peter 3:3-4 TV, “Don’t focus on decorating your exterior by doing your hair or putting on fancy jewelry or wearing fashionable clothes; let your adornment be what’s inside—the real you, the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit, in which God delights.”Let your adornment be what’s inside—the real you, the lasting beauty of a gracious and quiet spirit, in which God delights. #VineWords #IreneWintermyer #MirrorMirror Click To Tweet
While I meditated on this scripture, Jesus told me to look in the mirror with spiritual sight because it’s not myself, but Him I should see. The words in 2 Corinthians 13:5 NIV hit me like a bolt, “…Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?” When I stared at my reflection, into the gateway of my soul, searching for my Savior, stress lines began to soften, and the corners of my mouth turned heavenward. And there He was…His loving eyes filled my heart with peace, telling me not to fret. Whenever the image reflected isn’t to my liking, I search until I find Jesus.
“Whenever the image reflected isn’t to my liking, I search until I find Jesus.”Irene Wintermyer, contributing author to Whispers of Grace
Who do you see when you look in the mirror?
Heavenly Father, Help me to remember that You dwell within me, and I am beautifully and wonderfully made. And because of Your sacrifice on the cross, I am made perfect. Not perfection according to world standards, but those of heaven. Remove anything vain within my heart, not allowing earthly adversities to steal my peace. Restore my focus on You, so I may spend every minute of every day remembering that You, Lord, created me in your image.
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Irene Wintermyer has a diverse background in medicine and business leadership which gives her a foundation of experience to broach many matters of life. With a zeal for writing, her aspirations are to encourage and ignite others to climb that mountain, reach the summit, and bathe in the blessings of God.
After retiring from her medical career, Irene joined the Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild where she learned the art of writing and editing. Irene is also an active online member of Word Weavers. In addition to devotional writing, she is currently working on a Christian fiction novel entitled, Prophecy of The Key. She is a devotion writer for VineWords: Devotions and More.
Irene’s devotion, Just Joy, won the EA Books Publishing contest at the 2020 Florida’s Writer’s Conference, and will be published in the book, Whispers of Grace, in 2021.
She currently lives in the sunshine state of Florida with her daughter, son-in-law, and father. Irene’s daughter will attest that her mother is addicted to education. After completing her medical degree, she worked full time while earning an MBA. After retiring as a hospital administrator, Irene attended a Christian college obtaining a degree in Theology. With her passion for writing and a skill for editing, her next goal is to pursue certification as an editor.
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