Saturday, September 10, 2011
Hey guys. I'd like to introduce you all the my next featured blogger, Amber from I Love you to the Moon. I just love her blog and all the inspiring things she has to say. You know I'm a sucker for tattoos and she has some pretty adorable ones. So I hope you go check out her blog and give her some love. 

1.What does Beauty mean to you?
Ahh. Beauty is so hard to define. Everyone has their own vision of beauty. Most define being beautiful as outward qualities – slim, muscular, long hair, dark hair, light hair, blue eyes, green eyes ect. I really have found that true beauty lies within a person. While yes, God did create some very very physically beautiful people – He is an amazing artist, a beautiful heart wins me over every time. A heart that is soft and moldable, passionate and tender is a beautiful thing.

2. Have you ever struggled with comparing yourself to other women? Can you share some of your secrets for overcoming that battle?
I have definitely struggled with this. I think almost every girl has. There is something inside of us that longs to be beautiful, desirable, and wanted. There are also so many different opinions on what beauty is, that if we allow it, it sort of throws us around and drives us a little crazy. If I tried to be what every person thought was beautiful, I would be a big huge contradiction. Instead I have to focus on who I want to be. I surely don’t want to be immodest and dress inappropriate to draw attention to what some think is beautiful. I know who I am, and I know that I am beautiful. There are so many beautiful women in this world, and it’s so neat just how beautifully different we all are! I have so many beautiful women in my life, and I’m so thankful for them. Each one has taught me something different about being a woman of God, I love that.

3. When do you feel the most beautiful, and when do you feel the most insecure?
I feel most beautiful when I focus on how beautiful I am to God. He finds me beautiful. I think that’s enough of a reason to believe it- and I do, and it makes me incredibly happy.
When I put my worth in worldly things, insecurities start creeping in. I have found that I can find my identity in nothing but God alone. Nothing good comes from seeking approval from others. It always leaves me dissatisfied with myself.
4. How do you stay confident in who you are?
I know that God created me just how I am supposed to be. I love that He finds me delightful, oh that makes my heart swell. So who am I to say otherwise? It makes me love myself even more knowing just how much he takes pleasure in me.  This verse has been pretty life changing for me and floods my heart every time I read it – “Your love delights me, my treasure, my bride.” Song of Solomon 4:10
Something about knowing that I delight my God makes me want to dance. I am his treasure. He enjoys me, wants me, and finds me beautiful. Fills my heart all the way up.

5. Any advise to girls struggling with their self image?
Focus on positive things. Be a good friend to yourself. You would never be friends with someone that consistently put you down and called you names, so don’t do that to yourself! Pick out a few things that you really like about yourself and focus on those things. At one point, I made a list of things I liked about myself. Putting it down on writing made me focus on those things and was pretty therapeutic also. I’d read it every morning and add a new item every day. For some reason it’s so much easier to pick our selves apart than to pick things we appreciate. I found it easier when I started thanking God for making me just how I am, just how He wants me, to actually appreciate all the little things about myself.



Anonymous said...

I love women who find their beauty in God, but also see the beauty of this world. Her sense of fashion is awesome, but she knows it doesn't make her who she is.

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