Something on my heart, today, that could be helpful to a beautiful girl, somewhere...

         [Sadly] I'm often asked by girls, "When you photograph me...make sure I look skinny!" or sometimes, "Hey, you'll photoshop out my chubby [blank], right?!"  I always laugh politely and reply with my standard, "No, no! You don't need any photoshopping...You're gorgeous!"  I understand the concern, even fear, of being photographed.  When we, as girls, have allowed our worth to be defined by a culture that glorifies skinny & a warped kind of perfection...seeing images of ourselves that don't seem to measure up to that standard of "Perfection" can be painful, confidence destroying, and identity shaking.  Having struggled (myself) with eating disorders and image obsession...I know that, in our hearts, we've bought into this lie that the world can dictate our level of "physical beauty", and that our level of WORTH is somehow equal to our level of beauty.  This is so far from the truth!!!  We were each created uniquely beautiful, and we were each created with enormous value & worth!  Faces with different features, bodies with different curves, skin that lets us feel the wind, and feet that take us on new adventures...

Though my smile may not be perfect, it brings my husband joy to see me laugh.  Though my hands may not be dainty, they've dried the tears of my little loves.  Though my arms may not be tight and lean, they've held sweet friends in times of trouble.  Though my stomach may not be smooth & chiseled, it's brought new life into this world.  Let's be grateful for these bodies!  Different sizes, shapes, and colors!  Let's not be fearful of looking in the mirror or at a photograph we find...let's celebrate these bodies & know that we were each carefully Designed with purpose and intention!  We, my sisters, are each so beautiful, and we are EACH so much MORE...than Simply Beautiful.