Beautiful Scars

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photo (4)I stood before the mirror that was reflecting my image.  Hesitantly I began to peel back the bandage that would reveal my scar.  I wasn’t ready to see where my surgery had taken place on my left clavicle…but ready or not, I had to change the bandage.  “I can do this, I have to do this” were the thoughts going through my mind.  Holding my breath I peeled away the four corners then the middle, and there it was.  My scar.

This scar, my scar will be with me for the rest of my life…a reminder.

Jesus bore many scars for you and for me.

“But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.  He was beaten so we could be whole.  He was whipped so we could be healed.”  Isaiah 53:5  NLT

The scars that Jesus had on his body are beautiful reminders of his love for us.

“Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him.  Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way.  Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.”  1 Peter 4:1-2 MSG

Our hearts can bear scars.  Scars that are black and crusted over from not wanting to let go and let God take them away.

It doesn’t take the enemy long to tyrannize you, by making you think his way it the best way…oh, and how sneaky he is my friend.  Just give him that foot hold and see how he does it!

The world will try to battle for my heart…but the war is already won.

Too many times I have wanted  to hold on to those black crusty places on my heart…but the more I keep holding on to them, thinking I am justified in doing so, my heart becomes more scarred.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:10 NIV

A black scarred heart can be turned into something beautiful, steadfast and secure, filled with God’s mercy and love.

“Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands.  They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.”  Psalm 112: 1, 7-8 NIV

My scar that will stay with me forever, is a reminder of God’s love and protection upon me.  A beautiful scar that says…

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.” Jeremiah 31:3 HCSB

The Author

Hey glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!


  1. Patty Taylor says

    What a wonderful testimony for the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord, Beth! Thank you for sharing!

    • Patty…just now realized who you are. Thank you for your kind words. I am praying for you!

  2. Tony Barham says

    This is such a beautiflul inspirational message Beth as you are such an encouragement to us all proud you are my cousin. God is good all the time and He had His guardian angel watching over you and Maria that day.

    • Tony, thank you for your kind words and so glad we are cousins…cousins who just happen to be in Sunday School, choir and worship service together! You and Tammy are so special to me. God is so good in his infinite mercy and love!

  3. Donna Prueitt says

    After I had surgery on my nose for skin cancer it was so hard to look in the mirror but the words to a song kept coming to me, “heal the wound but leave the scar, a reminder of how merciful you are” I am thankful every day that the cancer is gone, yes the scar is there and at times it looks really BIG to me but it’s at those times I know The Lord is wanting to remind me of His mercy to me. So you see friend, those scars can be beautiful if we look upon them and remember God’s goodness to us. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you Donna for sharing this with me also. I’m so thankful for God’s love and mercy upon us!

  4. Belinda Wilson Davis says

    Beth that is beautiful and so very true. All of the things that have happened in our lives that may have scarred us has also made us stronger. They tell the story of our life which to me is very exciting. I love your devotionals and thank you for sharing them with us. I’m so glad you are healing well too.

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