Thursday, June 23, 2011

Painting Butterflies

Makeup seems to be a controversial topic. Some girls swear by it and won't leave the house without it while other girls never use it. I would be somewhere in between. I wear mascara, powder and lipbalm on a regular basis. (I really don't like my skin being all shiny) Until Monday I wore a full face of makeup just to go to the store. Then my eyes were opened and I realized I what I'm going to share with you in this post.
God made everything on your body for a reason. Your freckles were hand drawn, each hair was placed and planned, your height and weight were chosen by your creator for a specific purpose- even if it be only for his pleasure. Why would you try to cover-up something that was given to you for reason?

If you're thinking we should ditch all make-up, all fashionable clothes and all hair brushes and razors, you can guess again. There's nothing wrong with hygiene or feeling pretty, but there IS something wrong with hiding behind the masks that so-called fashion and beauty give us.

How is a face caked with layers of concealer, powder and foundation any more beautiful then the natural you? The True, simple answer? It isn't.

In my opinion, the unmasked, sincere, pure face of a girl is more beautiful than the painted sheet she puts on every day. It's like painting a butterfly. Who would ever dream of painting such a beautiful creature? No one I know. Yet we do to ourselves on a regular basis.

I'm not wanting you to toss your makeup collection in the nearest trash bin. (unless it will make you feel better) I mean, as I said before, I wear makeup. I've used all of it! From full coverage concealer to plumping lipgloss  to Lengthening mascara and I don't believe it's wrong. What is wrong is when it stop accenting our God given beauty and covering it up instead.

Black Swan

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Before the World, There was You

The world is full of lies. One of the big ones is beauty, looks, etc. In the next few blog posts (Maybe more than a few) I'm going to try and untangle this lie. I feel like this is what God wants me to do, so here it goes.

Let me be frank with you- I've never viewed myself as beautiful. I often feel average, fat, ugly, the list goes on and on. (and on and on and on and on and...) When I looked in the mirror, I saw a girl with pain. I realize what caused that pain. LIES.

When I looked in the mirror sans-makeup, I felt as plain as a grain of sand in a seashore of mother of pearl shells. I envied my best friend because I she has perfect skin, perfect hair and a perfect face. Did I mention the perfect body? And, would you believe it, SHE thinks she's ugly. We've all believed a lie.

I've been told I was beautiful. I know I'm fearfully and wonderfully made. I knew everything the Church, my parents and this twisted world taught me. And I believed the WORLD.

Until Last night.

As I mentioned in the post Made for Beauty, I've been reading a book called uncompromising by Hannah Farver. You know what's funny? I almost didn't get this book because I didn't want to spend the money, BUT I broke down and spent the $12 (or was it $13?) because I felt a tug on me to get it. I was reading it last night (Chapter 4, the Beauty cause) and all of the sudden I felt weak, yet strong at the same time. These words left me breathless:

God formed you.

I"m sure you've heard it all before. some people brush it off, as I did. But think about this Before a blanket was wrapped around your tiny body, before you were concieved before God created the stars and the moon and the earth, God had carefully formed evey hair, shaped every toe, curved each tiny eyebrow of your body. He took you into his hands, caressed your tiny cheeks, curled every eyelash, placed every pore on your skin.

He cares that much.

Chew on that for a while.

Black Swan


One of my friends read my last blog post and said that it reminded her of this song. Listen to it. It's really good!

Black Swan

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Made for Beauty

Just wanted to give you a head's up that I'm going to be writing a  series on beauty. I was inspired to do this by a book I'm reading called "Uncompromising" by Hannah Farver. Hannah has some amazing and flat out WONDERFUL views in this book and I would like to add my own thoughts while sharing hers.

Stay tuned!

Black Swan

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

So small

This song is absolutely amazing. It almost had me in tears when I first watched it.

What's your favorite song?

Black Swan

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The adventures of Me

Wow! I haven't posted in what seems like forever! life's been interesting since my last post. I've been to NIKO. and seriously, that was life-changing! Getting down to the bare necessities is a great way to connect with God. As someone on NIKO said "when you think you're at the end of your rope, God will show you there is more." That is something I'm clinging to,

Last night, I cut my hand (with a pocketknife) while I was carving a piece of wood. The knife slid from my wood to my hand. I won't go into details, but OH MAN.... it was bad! After 3 stitches and a pretty-ish pink bandage around it, it's getting better.

Needless to say, everyday life isn't that boring when you're with me!

Here's to making life a bit more eventful!

Black Swan