When I was younger, it was easier. But as I'm getting older, I don't really like what I'm seeing in the mirror.
I began blogging in 2007. I reviewed the blog posts I wrote at the beginning of Heart Choices. I found one that I titled 'What is Real Beauty'. Dove produced a commercial in 2007 that won an advertising award. You've got to see what really goes on behind the glossy photos that we see in magazines. It's unrealistic and places such pressure on women.
I met a new blogging friend in October of 2008. Her name is Jill Samter. I read a post she wrote on her blog and left a comment. She visited Heart Choices that day and left one for me. Since that day, I've come to know her heart as I've followed her journey. Jill is always accompanied by her camera and photographs life all around her. I've been so inspired by how much she has grown in her craft.
Oh and did I mention ...Jill has nine children? Jill and her husband adopted seven children from different countries.
Jill is passionate about women discovering their true beauty. This is her promotional video for the work she is doing. I cried when I watched it.
The world sends women the wrong messages about beauty.
1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV):
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, (A)“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, (B)but the Lord looks on the heart.”
If only we could get this message in our hearts and truly believe it!
I have to admit that I struggle with this. The last few years have been hard on me and it shows on my face. But those struggles have resulted in a stronger faith and an increasing trust in the Lord. So the extra wrinkles may represent lessons I've learned. And I want the beauty that is inside of me to shine out and bless others.
I encourage you to visit Jill Samter Photography to read her words as she introduces the I AM BEAUTIFUL project.
Blessings and love,