Aug 21 2013

There Can Never Be A More Beautiful You

Standing in the check-out line at the grocery store last night, I saw images of "perfect" women and headlines that promised that "The Flat-belly Diet," would get rid of my post-baby pooch and the miracle workout that would help me "Lose 10 Pounds" this month. I could achieve "perfection" if I tried hard enough. This message is repeated over and over on TV, in movies, in magazines and even, at times, in our own families.

That is why I am so grateful for those in the fashion and image industry who are willing to speak up about the unrealistic expectations that are placed on women in our culture. Model Carre' Otis has recently revealed that she was severely sleep-deprived, near starvation and using drugs at the height of her career. She has said that she often got letters from fans. She said “There was one type of letter that consistently left me uneasy: the type that made up about 80 percent of my fan mail, it was the one from the young girl in the age range of 10 to 15, seeking my advice about how to become what I was only pretending to be. They wanted my tips and my beauty ‘secrets.’ But I wasn't willing to reveal the real secrets: the destructive behaviors and inner torment. I was keeping those secrets not only from my earnest fans but from myself as well.”

A modeling agency is trying to change this unhealthy trend in our culture by hiring models sized 2-12 and promoting the idea that beauty comes in all different shapes and sizes. Yes! Thank you!

I am so grateful that there are those who are brave enough to say "Enough is enough!" But, I am most grateful that we have a God who "knit us together in our mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13) and who says "You are beautiful!" As Johnny Diaz sings in his song "More Beautiful You," "You were made to fill a purpose that only you could do, so there could never be a more beautiful you."

 

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Aug 19 2013

Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton Gets Married

When 13-year old Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack off the coast of Hawaii, she could have turned bitter and rejected all that she knew of God. But, with a maturity not often seen in one so young, Bethany chose to cling even closer to Jesus and allow God to use her tragedy to show others that God is faithful.

She said "I have this thought every second of my life—Why me? Not negatively, like Why did this terrible thing happen to me? But more like "Why did God choose me and what does He have in mind for me?"

A few years ago, Scott and I had the privilege of meeting Bethany and chatting with her on the show.  I came away with the sense of a strong woman who is confident of who she is in Christ. She has allowed God to remind us that God will never leave us, or forsake us (Deut. 31:6). And, because she is willing to be used by God, we know that the hardest things we go through can be used to help others who are going through something tough.

So, congratulations to Bethany and her husband Adam! We are celebrating with them. Oh, and I love the fact that she chose to get married in the same spot that she was attacked 10 years ago. Talk about God bringing beauty from ashes?!

Bethany's life is a beautiful reminder of this truth: God is faithful.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/19/the-unlikely-place-the-pro-surfer-who-lost-her-arm-during-a-shark-attack-just-married-a-christian-minister/