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“Let It Be” bonus track – girls only!

When my husband showed me all of the “Let It Be” passages in the Bible, this was one of them, and I knew I had to share this with you girls!  Consider this a little “Let It Be remix for chicks only.”  Here is the verse:

“Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear.  Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.  For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.” 1 Peter 3:1-6

Peter is specifically speaking to wives here, but there is so much for all of us as women to learn in these verses. Basically, Peter is saying that the role of the wife is to submit to her own husband, to respect him, honor him, revere him, and love him the way God has called her to. And in this very action – without even saying a single word – the husband may be won over to obedience in Christ because of her faithfulness in serving and preferring him before herself. That’s huge!  What an extreme difference can be made by being faithful in the “small” things.

Peter is reminding these women that this life is not only about making the outward appearance beautiful. He’s not telling women to completely ignore the outward, but he’s giving instructions to not let their lives consist of only that.

My husband and I just recently watched a TV special about a celebrity wedding that a few of our friends attended. The groom is a host on E News and the bride is a model. They are both believers and their story is spectacular.  The bride, Lauren, was in a tragic accident three years ago which resulted in the loss of her left arm and left eye.  She now has a prosthetic arm and eye, and looking at her, one would never know this had happened, she’s beautiful!  But hearing her new husband, Jason Kennedy, talk about her just reminded me of this passage.  He said that before he met her, he had heard of Lauren’s story, and was intrigued because she was a gorgeous girl. The fact that she could endure this accident and experience such extreme damage to her body, and still be so gracious and generous and kind and hardworking, blew him away, and he knew he wanted to marry a girl like that.  Little did Jason know that he would actually get to marry this girl.

What an example Lauren is of this type of woman Peter is describing.  She loves fashion and fitness, but she has such a heart of gold that far outweighs outward beauty.

And this is our call.  Women of all ages and shapes and cultures and styles – we are invited to cultivate this inner beauty, which is what?

“…very precious in the sight of God.”

This “hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.”

I love that God looks at us as precious.  He is a tender and loving Father who delights in us and smiles over us.  And a woman who understands the value of inner beauty is truly a sight to behold.  Specifically, a wife who lovingly and graciously serves and respects her husband with strength and confidence, this is precisely what a woman of strength and dignity and power looks like.  Not domineering over a man, but knowing her call to complete and encourage the man God has given her.

So, sweet fresh life ladies (and everyone else of course!), in a world that overemphasizes physical beauty, remember your call – whether you’re married or not – to cultivate that kind of brave heart that God is searching for:

“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

How do we get this loyal heart? How do we become more beautiful on the inside? Well, it’s first surrendering your life to God and receiving the gift that we celebrate this Christmas week, of His Son Jesus, sent into the world to rescue us and save us from our sins.  When we are His, He is the One who is faithful to “complete the work He started in us until the day of Jesus Christ” meaning as He justified us and made us just as if we never sinned, He will also sanctify us (making us more and more like Jesus until we see Him face to face in Heaven).  And then as we are reading the Bible and learning what God has for us to grow in, as we are planted in the House of the Lord – a thriving Bible teaching/Jesus worshipping church – we will always be learning and growing and seeing what God wants to accomplish within our hearts!  In this we are able to ask God to change us, to grow us!  And girls, this is a daily thing:

“although our outward [woman] is perishing, the inner [chick] is being renewed day by day.” 2 Corinthians 4:16 (I added those words in case you couldn’t tell)

It’s hard to see sometimes.  We mess up, we sin, we fall down.  All the time.  But we repent. We get back up.  And we fail well and keep on loving and keep on walking in His love.  And you’ll see over time, that God is beautifying your soul.  The Bible says He beautifies the humble with salvation (Psalm 149:4)! Dang that’s good!!

A verse that has been significant to me since my days in the depths of severe junior high acne – when I felt so ugly and unimportant on the outside – has been this:

“The Lord does not see as man sees. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Lovely women, God loves you, He looks at you as precious and beautiful, He created you.  Walk in His love.  If you love fashion and health and fitness, go for it , they’re important (I want to be better at these things myself!), BUT Let It Be that your hidden person the heart, your gentle and quiet spirit – your beautiful, brave heart in Christ – shines through your life and actions and words even more brightly!

I love you girls so much! Happy New Year!

  • Jennifer Riley Zetooney

    Thank you so much for sharing this. You have no idea how much I needed to hear this right now. ♡

    • jennie lusko

      i needed this reminder too! love you Jen!

  • Jennifer Lloyd Green

    Boom! Great message, Jennie! Love this — and I love how Peter ends with “no fear”! Reminds me again of the Proverbs 31 passage: “She is clothed with STRENGTH and DIGNITY; she can LAUGH at the days to come.” (v.25). May this New Year 2015 be faced with no fear — looking forward to LAUGHING this year with all of you.

    • Jacklyn Elgin

      I love that you ‘get’ this concept: Our gentle and quiet nature being linked to our influence. These passages aren’t undermining the important and powerful role of wives/chicas. God’s Word is once again reminding us that we are so very important. When living a noble and humble life in God’s Will – We need not even utter a word before men, to make an impact. This is especially why I personally love when you speak, sharing your insights and prayers in Church. Because you beam with beauty that can never be bought, you are a glowing example to me of a woman making a bold statement by never giving up the fight for humble obedience. When you do speak, you speak volumes.

      I am greatful for the example of God fearing leadership and marriage, demonstrated in real time by real people. Always refreshing.

      • Jacklyn Elgin

        Oops… I’ll figure out how to comment…

    • jennie lusko

      SO good Jennifer! i love that! love you!

  • http://www.brigettaschwaiger.com Brigetta

    Jenny – love this post. Powerful words of truth and spoken with such a sweet heart. I especially love how your personality shines through in this one.

    • jennie lusko

      thank you Brigetta 🙂 so much love to you!

  • Jacklyn Elgin

    I love that you ‘get’ this concept: Our gentle and quiet nature being linked to our influence. These passages aren’t undermining the important and powerful role of wives/chicas. God’s Word is once again reminding us that we are so very important. When living a noble and humble life in God’s Will – We need not even utter a word before men, to make an impact. This is especially why I personally love when you speak, sharing your insights and prayers in Church. Because you beam with beauty that can never be bought, you are a glowing example to me of a woman making a bold statement by never giving up the fight for humble obedience. When you do speak, you speak volumes.

    I am greatful for the example of God fearing leadership and marriage, demonstrated in real time by real people. Always refreshing.

    • Jacklyn Elgin

      Ehhh… I may have previously posted this as “guest”…and as a reply to “Ms. Green’s” comment, rather than just my own comment. Hopefully I figured out how to comment w/o my post reappearring too many times.
      I’ll just be quiet now. 😉

      • jennie lusko

        haha!

        • Jacklyn Elgin

          Just when I figure out technology…it gets an update…or something!

    • jennie lusko

      so good! thank you Jacklyn 🙂

      • Jacklyn Elgin

        You’re welcome Jennie 🙂

  • BuckandHolly Breckenridge

    Thank you, Jennie! I especially love that verse from 2 Chronicles. It’s one of my favorites.

    • jennie lusko

      Love you Holly!

  • Kerri Weigum

    So beautiful, Jennie! God has been putting these truths on my heart lately, and He just used your lovely words to do that again. Thank you for being obedient to His calling on your life. I (and many others) have been blessed because of that obedience. I need a lot of growth in the area of submitting to my husband as he leads our family. By allowing yourself to be used by God you are helping in His work to change me into the wife and mother He wants me to be. Our family prays for yours daily and we are so thankful for you all.

    • jennie lusko

      Thank you so much Kerri, I love how God does that, and how His Spirit moves in peoples’ lives so similarly, it’s beautiful and amazing to be a part of the Body of Christ! Thank you for sharing, and for your prayers! So much love to you!

  • Nicole Fisher

    Great thoughts expressed with such grace, Jennie. Not only do I need this for me, I need it for my children so that they may learn to embrace their true worth in the eyes of God.

    • jennie lusko

      Thank you Nicole! His grace is so amazing 🙂 so much love to you!

  • Courtney

    Thank you for posting this! I just stumbled on your blog, I wish I would have done so sooner! I have been watching sermons on Fresh Life online all the way from AZ. This post is speaking to me loudly! God has been in the process of working and doing amazing things in my life. Right now- I’m seeing him work in my marriage that has been an emotional rollercoaster. I believe God can fix our marriage and do amazing things with our lives. I had started doubting that things were ever going to change. I recently prayed for God to replace my feelings of fear, anger, and bitterness with joy and love for my husband and to help me see and love him the way God sees and loves him, and vice versa. If nothing else, it has given me strength to keep going despite of the pain I go through doing so. I’ve seen a change in myself that seemed to happen over night. I don’t know God’s plan, but I have faith in it. Now (because of your post) I’m also praying my conduct will influence him and that he will see changes in me that will encourage him to get to know the Lord and grow closer to him. He is lost spiritually and it was putting a wedge between us. If you feel it put on your heart to pray for us I would appreciate it immensely. <3

    • Jacklyn Elgin

      I hope it’s Ok if I reply to your post…I like to read feedback. I feel like it’s a form of fellowship, even online. What you wrote here, hits home and I just wanted to know if I could pray for you and your marriage, as well. I remember vividly, something similar to what you’ve described, in my own marriage. I remember the pain and the power of God over the impossible. So, with your permission, I’d like to pray for you as well. God bless you and your husband.

      • Courtney

        Thank you! I appreciate your prayers!! It’s nice knowing Im not the only person to experience this <3

    • jennie lusko

      That’s so amazing Courtney, thank you so much for sharing what God is doing in your heart! it’s beautiful! He is so good, and so faithful to give us the strength and grace we need. So much love to you!

  • LeAnn Mandeville

    Jennie, I have just recently found your blog and I’m so excited that I have! I also just finished reading Through the Eyes of a Lion, and I have to tell you God has been doing an incredible work in me these past couple weeks. I’ve been watching some Fresh Life podcasts and I have been challenged spiritually in a way that I have never been. I’m reading my Bible differently (and more often) and a hunger and desire to learn all I can. I’m wanting to be the leader that you were talking about in your post above. My husband has just received his pastoral credentials and I am in the pursuit of mine and this journey has been incredible and we know that God has big plans in store for us and the calling He has placed on our lives to reach people who don’t have to be ashamed of their past, because its not how you start but how you finish and that Jesus has a future for them. Sorry, I could go on and on. 🙂 Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to you and your husband for helping me re-ignite that fire again and for challenging me to dig deeper and see life through a different lens. I wish you and your family all the best and I hope to get the opportunity to visit your church next time I go home (I’m originally from MT) to visit. I’ll be keeping you all in my prayers. God Bless!

    • jennie lusko

      thank you so much for writing and sharing your heart LeAnn. i love how God is moving in your heart and life, it’s just beautiful! i pray He continues to strengthen you and direct your paths, and that you would grow in His grace! so much love to you!