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Did you know...

  • 24% of women would sacrifice 3 years of their life to be thin.
  • Girls as young as five have expressed fears of getting fat.
  • 90% of high school junior and senior girls diet regularly even though only between 10-15% are considered overweight.

Does this surprise you? Do you wonder why this is happening?

I believe one of the biggest influences on girls today regarding beauty is the media.

The reason I decided to write this book is to help you recognize these influences and discover your true beauty. It’s always been there, it just needs to be found and rescued.
What is the one question all girls ask, even from a small age?

"Am I Beautiful?"

I remember that my dream as a young girl was to be "Miss America." At our slumber parties in my basement, we would actually hold our own Miss America contests...dressing up and coming down the steps to the familiar tune of "Here she comes, Miss America."

Unfortunately, we become disillusioned by life and the lies from the media destroy our hope....the hope that we will be found beautiful.

Girls, it’s time to relight our hope and find our true beauty!

We need to uncover the lies we’ve believed and replace them with the truth. "Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free." John 8:32

Jesus invites us to take this journey to discover our true beauty. Let’s embark on this journey together. Will you join me? I’ll be your guide, but we will both have many stories to share along the way. I look forward to sharing mine and hearing yours.

Advertising and body there a connection? As a teen girl, do you think it is fair that the media portrays an unrealistic "perfect image" for how you should look? How do you think this impacts your self esteem and body image?

The Truth About Beauty

What is the truth about beauty?

Well, let’s start by looking at the word authentic. It’s another word for truth or true. Authenticity, what is it?

Think of it this way...would you rather have a homemade turkey Thanksgiving dinner or a frozen TV dinner? Would you rather have a genuine diamond ring or one with cubic zirconium? It’s a no brainer, right? We want the real stuff. The authentic. But, so often, in life, I give in and settle for less than the best. I choose the TV dinner and the cubic zirconium.

What is authenticity? What does it mean to be genuine? I believe it’s being able to accept myself and be who I was created to be. It’s not about what others think of me or even what others want me to be. It’s about being who I was created to be. That’s where I begin to find the truth about beauty.

So, what was I created to be? What were you created to be?

Hmmm...this is a question that has stumped me many times. Let’s just brainstorm a little bit.

I know I was created by Jesus and for Jesus. “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” Colossians 1:16 So I was created to be God’s creation. I was created to be in a relationship with Jesus. What else?

Romans 8:16-17 says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”

Therefore, I am created to be God’s daughter and as the daughter of a King, a princess. With this role come both privileges and responsibilities. But, is there more?

Ephesians 3:19 says, “And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” The Amplified version says, “flooded with God Himself.” I am created to be filled to the measure with God’s love. That means there are no empty spots. My life is created to be full, not empty.

I am created for the display of God’s splendor (Isaiah 61:3). I am created to be a reflection of Him. I am created to become more and more like my Father. The real deal.

I am created to be beautiful.

Whoa...did that catch anyone else off guard? It did me. So many times I don’t feel beautiful. I feel the opposite. Homely and average. But, not always beautiful. Created to be beautiful? That one is sometimes hard to believe. But, it’s true.
What is authentic beauty...true beauty?

And why am I afraid to embrace my true beauty? Why do I instead do the easy thing and settle for so much less, striving for outward beauty and the world’s approval of how I look? Because it’s the easy thing.

Just like popping a TV dinner in the microwave is easier than cooking a full blown turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. It will not have the same rewards and results, but it’s easier.

Plus, our culture screams at us from every billboard, commercial, TV program, movie, magazine, etc. that our outer beauty is more important than our true beauty. That to be valued by others, we have to “look” a certain way. They are teaching us to settle for what they say beauty is instead of embracing the truth about beauty, our authentic and true beauty given to us by our Creator.

This is a picture I get of my true beauty.

I see my beauty radiating from the inside out. That when I love God with all my heart, soul, strength and mind (Matthew 22:37), it will naturally spill over to all my relationships and every area of my life. It’s as if God’s light and beauty is in my heart. And it is being pumped into every cell of my body, my brain, my muscles, my organs through my bloodstream. And as long as God’s Spirit is living inside of me, I will have that beauty radiating from the inside out. People will see the light in my eyes. They’ll be drawn to the joy in my smile. And they’ll want to find comfort in my friendship.

What about you?

Have you been settling for this world’s beauty instead of discovering your true beauty? If so, I encourage you to discover the truth about beauty! Ask God to help you change your thoughts and desires about beauty. And He will. It may not be instant, but He will slowly begin to change you from the inside out!

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