This past weekend Brandon and I were blessed with the opportunity to capture the beauty of sixteen missionary women who we have journey with this entire summer. These women are truly daughters of God who let His light shine from their hearts. Each and everyone of them is unique, each one possesses their own personality, characteristics, mannerisms, smiles, laughs and genuine fruits from the Holy Spirit. They are all different and divinely so. Their beauty is one that radiates from their hearts and flows into everything they do.
Lets take a look at true beauty for a moment and what it means to be a Daughter of God (this is my personal take on it). From a very young age we begin to ask – Am I pretty, Am I enough, Am I worthy and Am I tooooo much?
As we grow threw our teenage years these questions become even more daunting and there are usually only magazines and TV shows to guide us. Leaving much room for error. I believe that we as women need to take back the responsibility for teaching our young ladies that they are more then pretty… THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL and made in the image of GOD. Because of this they are HIS and they are enough, they are worthy and they are never to much! We as women need to instill this on our ladies.
I would love to see a world of strong women who know they are beautiful and flawless. A world of women who come together to protect ourselves and each other from insecurity and self-deprecating. Truth be told, there’s nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident in herself.
I often see what some consider flaws in themselves, to be not flaws, but unique traits that only they can offer to the world.
Song of Solomon 4:7 — You are altogether beautiful, my darling;there is no flaw in you.
God has made us, women, in His image. If we find flaws in ourself then we are essentially saying to God that He has flaws and we are rejecting Him.
To all the women who read this blog I encourage you to go beyond the quests to be pretty and instead ASPIRE TO BE BEAUTIFUL! Beautiful people are formed from the inside-out. Beauty isn’t having a pretty face, being enough or asking am I to much. It’s having a beautiful heart, and a beautiful mind, and a beautiful soul that is filled with Gods love and ready to pore out Gods love. These sixteen women did just that this summer and I am so excited for them to be sent back into the world to continue their missionary lives and to distill beauty upon it and upon our young ladies.
P.S. I have also included a few photos of my mother and the ever lasting beauty she glows with!