Here’s what these wise women know for sure:

 Be faithful and hopeful in spite of circumstances.


“Without faith, no one can please God. We must believe that God is real     

 and that He rewards everyone who searches for Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

 Be committed and disciplined to Bible study and memorization.


“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:15–6).

Be intentional and expectant in prayer.


“If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you.” (John 15:7)

Be involved and active in spiritual community.


“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”

(1 Thessalonians 5:11).

 Be accountable and transparent with a close friend or mentor.


“There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”

(Proverbs 18:24).

 Be creative and determined to maintain a good sense of humor.


“A merry heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22).

 Be mindful and joyful about eternity.


“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has in store for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

     Jesus suffered the most brutal battle scars, yet He bears the most lovely beauty marks. Every visual depiction of Him clearly displays His hands. And what beautiful hands they are! Those broken hands are the very catalyst to make us whole. They are the hands that carry us when we cannot go on. They are the hands that lift us went we are faint and weary. They are the hands that reach for us when we lose our way. They are they hands that cradle us when we need to be loved. They are the hands that brought a miraculous touch to everyone He encountered.

   My prayer is that the scars of those who are overcomers bring hope and comfort to the hardships you or a loved one may be facing today. May those with resilient spirits encourage you along your way.

    Yes, life inflicts scars. Hold His wounded hand, ponder the stone that rolled away and gaze at the pure love that hung on a cross. You’ll be amazed and delighted as your battle scars become beauty marks. Trust God to do that for you. He promises He will. Only believe.

“‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 30:17).