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

Saturday, June 20, 2009



Sara has a gracious heart and a confident smile. She wants to be a missionary and is currently attending Bible college in Hungary.

What do you think beauty is?

“It is true beauty to see a person grow in their walk with the Lord. To see a heart that is pure towards God, truly is the most beautiful attribute a person could have.”

Do you think your beautiful?

“I can believe that I am beautiful, because I know that God has made me. The world certainly does not tell me I am beautiful, but I know that God see’s me so much differently then the world. Feeling beautiful is feeling accepted in the eyes of those who are most important to you. When Christ is the center of my life, when my satisfaction comes from Him, I can feel completely beautiful because the only eyes that matter are His.”

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

“I have been overweight my whole life. The world told me that fat was ugly, and skinny was beautiful. I thought that I couldn’t ever be beautiful until I lost weight. I crash dieted all I could, but I found that I never reached that point of being satisfied with myself. It was easy for me to compare myself to my friends, and think that I will never be pretty because I can’t get as skinny as them. This is a dangerous process because it breaks down your confidence. I realize now that it isn’t ever possible to reach that point because the worlds idea of beauty isn’t real.”

What do you wish women knew about real beauty?

“That the inner beauty we develop from serving God can totally outshine all of our outer imperfections. God has created us how He wants us to be, and when we embrace what He gave us, that is when we are beautiful.”

1 comment:

  1. Amen!!! amen!! i was sent here by a friend who has a blog account, i agree with your friend Sara, outer beauty that our culture says is good or pretty is usually blonde, blue eyed thin, dressed in a provocative way. But true beauty is what's within, the true essence of who you are is beautiful when you are living to glorify God in all you do. I've struggled with weight half of my life, and i can relate to Sara, but please tell her that she is so beautiful in and out. That what this society tells her is not true. That what the Lord thinks is most important, not what the media says. Her heart is beautiful that i see and that is what matters 110% to God.:)
    thanks so much for your beautiful blog!
    I've enjoyed it immensely thank you for showing other ways people are beautiful. Your blog is truly sweet and nice.

    Thank you so much for postings all these stories, they have touched my heart and inspired me to feel beautiful before the Lord no matter how much i weigh.


    p.s. please feel free to visit my blog account, i don't post often, but sometimes i write, leave comments and keep in touch :)

    Blessings always!

    In His hands, Jane