Author Archive for: Lizette Gonzalez

About Lizette Gonzalez

Lizette González has a passion for kingdom creatives to answer their call to influence their culture and restore the beauty of God to the nations. Her calling is to teach, train and mentor through workshops, events and on the ground mission trips. She is the founder of Higher Lifestyles- Fashion, Image and Style workshops. She is also a writer for Evoke a creative evangelistic ministry.
  • “I have loved you with everlasting love I have drawn you with lovingkindness”. Jeremiah 31:3., He wrote me.  I dream about when I will see Him face to face. I am not afraid to loose Him. He promised me His love is everlasting.  I looked to see what He meant. He meant that it lasts […]

    Love Letters to My Bridegroom

    “I have loved you with everlasting love I have drawn you with lovingkindness”. Jeremiah 31:3., He wrote me. 
    I dream about when I will see Him face to face. I am not afraid to loose Him. He promised me His love is everlasting.  I looked to see what He meant. He meant that it lasts forever. That it is eternal, never ending. Perpetual, undying. Indestructible, infinite and timeless.  Sometimes I doubt. I doubt that His love for me could be that perfect. Then, I find another letter. He tells me “ I am His treasured possession”. Psalms 135:4.  Now I dream again. I can’t wait to spend time with Him. My bridegroom always makes sure I see His letters to me. He wants me to remember Him. I start making plans for the wedding.  He is longing for a bride “in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she may be holy and without blemish”. Ephesians 5:27. I start feeling like I can’t possibly be that bride.  I don’t deserve Him. He tells me He purchased me. That I belong to Him. 1 Corinthians 6:19. He makes sure I find one of His love letters every time I spend time with Him. Sometimes I forget what He said to me.  He reminds me “I am going to prepare a place for you”. I want to watch the romantic chick flicks and the Hallmark movies. I am always expecting the best love story with a beautiful ending. But, so does my Bridegroom.  He promises me a beautiful end that lasts through eternity. It is never ending! Indeed the best love story ever told!
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  • Worship happens every day, all around us and by all kinds of people, creatures, and things; this may surprise you. We have been taught to reduce our worship to an allotted time during our day of worship at church.  Not only have we assigned a specific time, but also a specific activity. When we come […]

    Does Your Worship Go Beyond Sunday?

    Worship happens every day, all around us and by all kinds of people, creatures, and things; this may surprise you. We have been taught to reduce our worship to an allotted time during our day of worship at church.  Not only have we assigned a specific time, but also a specific activity. When we come together in our churches we dedicate worship time to the Lord with songs. We sing and we give praise to God. While I am not saying this is the wrong way to worship, it is incomplete. Worship is a Lifestyle!
    One complaint I hear the most about the church and about Christians is that there is so much hypocrisy.  Could it be because we have failed to worship God fully with our whole selves that we are no different than the rest of the world?   “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God- this is your spiritual act of worship.”(Romans 12:1)  Here it says that our whole body has to be offered. So, in addition to our mouths when singing and praising God at church, we must also think about how can we worship God with the rest of Ourselves.
    What about our eyes?  Is what we watch bringing worship to the Lord?  When we are out with friends at the mall, or watching Netflix are we using our eyes to worship God, or the enemy?  
    What about my ears?  Is what we listen to “ holy and acceptable” to God whether it’s music, conversations, etc?  

     

    Read Christians and Secular Music: Why We Should Proceed With Caution

     


    What about our feet? Do the places we go and the decisions and choices we walk in, show that we are a worshiper of God?  
    And the rest of our body?  How do we conduct ourselves at our jobs, the supermarket, during traffic, at my home?  What about when we choose what to wear to church, our jobs, on a date, or even to the beach?  We must even include how we eat, what we eat and how we take care of our bodies. Is our whole body a living sacrifice that others can see and know that we worship God every day?
    I started asking all these questions to examine the way I live and the ways I worship God beyond Sunday.  I see the rest of the world and the things they are faithful to worship every day. Careers, food, music, celebrities, Netflix, and even accessories (statement earrings and shoes, I need you!).  The enemy wants to distract, tempt and pull us away with many things that calls for our worship. Matthew 4:9-10 says “Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me”. Jesus said to him, “away from me, Satan! For it is written: “worship the Lord your God and serve him only”. Our enemy, the devil, also desires our worship!  But, there is only One who has given His life for me and because of His love I now must also give my life, my whole self and my whole body to worship Him.
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  • “Beauty, beauty, and more beauty.”  It’s the biggest advertisement at this popular beauty and skincare store. As I go through their CATALOG, I find myself tempted to buy something. I was so visually overwhelmed with all of those brands speaking to me! Just out of curiosity, I counted about 75 brands of makeup and skincare […]

    Unveiling Your True Beauty (No Make Up Required)

    “Beauty, beauty, and more beauty.”  It’s the biggest advertisement at this popular beauty and skincare store. As I go through their CATALOG, I find myself tempted to buy something. I was so visually overwhelmed with all of those brands speaking to me!

    Just out of curiosity, I counted about 75 brands of makeup and skincare alone.  This number doesn’t even include the rest of the brands at the store! Why are there so many? Why are they all trying to grab my attention? Perhaps they all have the “perfect” formula to make me beautiful?

    More than any other time in history, if you are a woman, you are going to be pressured into conforming to society’s standard of beauty. Commercials, magazines, and even on social media we’ll see people who have flawless camera-ready complexions, extensive skincare regimens, lip fillers, and perfectly contoured faces.  You may find yourself needing to buy a new product, lipstick, highlighter, and serum every month, or needing something with miraculous anti-aging ingredient?

    The fast fashion concept of living in the trend of the moment has also become mainstream in the beauty industry.  New beauty brands and products emerge almost every month at the most popular beauty and skincare counters. It seems our culture has this insatiable quest for beauty.  

    Do you feel overwhelmed?  

    Anxious?  

    Obsessed or discouraged with the way you look?  

    Are you battling depression because you don’t feel beautiful or valuable enough?  Do you even find yourself at the end of the month wondering where your money has gone?

    As women, we are drawn to beauty because we were designed to carry and embody it. In scripture, Ezekiel 16:14 says “Then your fame went forth among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of My splendor which I bestowed on you,” declares the Lord God.”  Here we see this truth as the Lord says He gave us this perfect beauty as He bestowed His splendor on us!  The meaning of the word splendor is “magnificent appearance or display; grandeur. Great fame; glory.” So, here we see the byproduct of His splendor on us that creates that beauty!  This beauty is awe inspiring, refreshing, captivating. It is of eternal value and not temporary. It doesn’t change with age. And most importantly, its high price has already being paid!

    God’s word in 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  The more we are transformed into His image, the more beautiful we become! We also see that it is with “unveiled faces” which sounds like the total opposite of what culture tells us. The meaning of unveiled is “to remove a veil or other covering from; display; reveal.” Without God, it is impossible to achieve the beauty we long for. This is why beauty becomes so elusive, costly and hard to achieve.

    Injections, fillers, layers of makeup, and expensive beauty rituals are competing against our true beauty.  It is a cover up! When I learned through God’s word that I am already beautiful, I realized that the beauty standards from the world around me want to actually cover up my true self. Low self-esteem, insecurities, and discouragement about the way I look started to disappear as I accepted the truth about who God says I am!

    While I am not against the use of makeup, skincare products, etc., one should be aware of the amount of time and money spent obsessing or being anxious over looks and feeling unsatisfied in the end. There are skincare and makeup routines out there that are great (and I definitely love bold color lipsticks!) Some of us are more creative and love to experiment with color and textures.  As ambassadors for the Kingdom of God, we have to remember to present ourselves with excellence.

    “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.” [Psalms 50:2]

    So beautiful one, are you in this place of contentment and peace?  Let His love and care bring peace and comfort to you. Do you feel satisfied with yourself?  Let Him restore you. Is your beauty unveiled or covered up? Let His splendor shine through you.  Are your hearing the lover of your soul speaking to you? “You are altogether beautiful, my darling, there is no flaw in you.” [Song of Songs 4:7].

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