about the project

In our society, beauty has become a brand. It’s sexy. It’s skinny. It has flawless skin.

If you’ve watched a movie, read a magazine, or listened to the radio in the past decade, this isn’t new information. You’ve passed the magazines and billboards of digitally altered women, and clearly heard the message,

“You’ll never be quite good enough.”

For a long time I have criticized myself against this impossible standard, questioning in my heart if I was beautiful. I’ve spent years feeling insecure, dissatisfied with the way God created me, because I don’t measure up to this standard.

But in the past year I have realized something, the standard is wrong. Beauty isn’t something that can be airbrushed or photo shopped. It’s not a certain look or body type. It’s much more than that.

The goal of this project was to highlight a different type of beauty, a kind you won‘t find in magazine. It’s a confident, strong, creative, and unique. It’s found in womans' heart and it shines through her eyes. It glorifies the Creator.

These women exemplify this beauty and have graciously shared their hearts on the subject. I hope you enjoy their wisdom and realize that

you are beautiful.

the video

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Linda (my mom :)


**this is my mom...she is rather fabulous :)

Linda runs a kitchen cabinetry business. She has been married for over 26 years and has three children. Linda enjoys cooking, entertaining, gardening, and being with her family.

Do you think your beautiful?

Only when I am reflecting Christ...Because I was created to magnify Him.

How has our culture’s definition of beauty affected you?

It is easy to get sucked into my exterior instead of focusing on my "interior". When I do, I become very insecure.

When do you feel the most beautiful?

I feel most beautiful when I am selfless, serving, and when the supernatural occurs in my heart and being. When God pours into me and I (not in my flesh or my own strength) share that filling with others. For example, when we go out to Coatesville and minister to those kids, I am grimy, sweaty, usually have a baseball cap on and very little make up...not looking my best. But when I can love those kids with something that is totally beyond me, I truly feel beautiful. Because I am shining from the inside the way I was intended to reflect my Father.

What do you wish women knew about real beauty?

There are many things on this earth that are pleasing to the eye. Women being one of them. The standard that Hollywood sets is so unrealistic and unhealthy. I wish women would look beyond those standards and see what truly makes one beautiful. Her spirit and her ability to be a yielded open vessel for God to pour into.

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