Sunday, July 30, 2006

Ni Hao! (I Have Returned...)

Wow! What can I say? Visiting China was an amazing experience!
After leaving the airport when I first arrived in Kunming, our taxi was in a fender bender and we had to drag my luggage across the interstate. What a way to kick off the trip!
(The Yangtze River and Jade Dragon Mountain)

A few nights later, there was an earthquake that killed nineteen people. Thankfully, the family I was staying with and I were unhurt, and there was little damage in our area.

Every day involved stepping outside of my comfort zone (not an easy thing for me to do) but God was faithful, as always.(On the right is my friend, Nicole, and on the left is me.)

Perhaps the most touching part of the trip was the visit to a leprosy colony. I traveled with a doctor and his family to a village inhabited only by lepers. Outcasts of society, these people have been cured from leprosy for many years, but because of the general public's extreme fear of the disease, have been unable to return to normal living. Children and grandchildren of the former-lepers are also confined to the village, where they live off the land and have very limited contact with the outside world. Visitors to the village are few and far between, so when we arrived, the whole town congregated to see us.

As I watched the lepers interact with the doctor and his family, I was reminded of Christ. These people--some missing a nose or legs or unable to close their eyes--are beloved of Him. The reminder that He came from heaven in order heal lepers and even more so--those with the spiritual disease of sin--was a piercing thought. (A Tibetan woman in a valley)

Thank you so much for praying for me! I'm glad to be back!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Sick!

A few days ago when I posted several prayer requests, little did I know that I few days later that I'd be posting my own! Unfortunately, I have contracted a sinus infection that has taken a lot out of me - this is another reason I haven't posted much. I also have a swollen lymph node - and the doctor is very concerned about. Apparently, the lymph node problem has nothing to do with the sinus infection. Your prayers would be appreciated that I would recover quickly and that nothing serious would be wrong with me. Thank you!

While I'm "away", here's an article at Crosswalk.com by Carolyn McCulley (who also blogs at Solo Femininity). The article, What to do in the meantime, deals with a question that I've asked so many times myself. Here's a peek,

QUESTION: My nineteen-year-old daughter has graduated high school and is attending the local college. She wants to get married and have children. My question is this: what is she supposed to do with her time? Does she pursue a degree? Get a job? We've prayed and so far are not getting much direction. We've raised her to believe her role is to be a wife and mother but what if that's not where she ends up or what if it's not for ten years? Does she stay at home with us? At what time does she strike out on her own? She is our oldest child so this is uncharted territory for us! Just as a side note we have gone the courtship route and she has not found anyone yet.

ANSWER: A question like this requires a balancing act of tact and faith from my end. As an older never-married woman, I’m certainly glad I pursued an education as well as professional and personal interests. Though God has not (yet) answered my prayers for marriage and children, I have led an interesting, varied and full life serving others in the church and on the job.

Continue reading Carolyn's column here.

What are your thoughts on Carolyn's column?

Update: Jennifer at Jennifer's Musings posted on why she is thankful for her father's authority. This post is outstanding and I agree with her completely. I'd encourage every young lady to read it!

Related posts: Homeward Bound and Let's Talk

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Comfort Zones and Evangelism

I have a problem. Actually, I have lots of problems. My real problem is that I can't conquer my first problem. Yes, I definitely have quite a problem, wouldn't you say so?

So what is this problem? I don't want to come out of my comfort zone when I want to evangelize. It's not that I don't want to tell others about the gospel, it just has to be within my comfort zone. Really, I'm actually afraid that I'll be laughed at and scorned when I tell others about Christ. But that shouldn't matter. Jesus was laughed at when He was dying on the cross. Should I, a sinner, be willing to do a few things for HIM? Like spreading the gospel? I would think so. Jesus sure went out His comfort zone for me when He died on the cross.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Matthew 28:18 - 20:

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

God specifically commands us to take His Word and share it with others. When we procrastinate (something I can be good at) we're not obeying Him. While Jesus was here on earth, I don't think He procrastinated and said that He, a perfect man, couldn't eat with a sinner and share the Gospel. I don't think so. Jesus opened His arms to those who were lost. Why can't I?

I've been challenged lately to come out of my comfort zone and be a light to others. I babysit quite frequently and interact with children on a daily basis. I love to get down on their level and see life from their perspective and more than once, these opportunities to share my faith hace come up. I've just never been willing. It's sad when you think about it. Really it is. I am denying someone a chance to know Christ because I'm and can't come out of my comfort zone. How selfish.

I have been reading a lot about missions as well. I would love to take a missions trip one of these days. But I think God has been holding me back until I come out of my little zone and share Christ with those around me. Matthew 25:21 has encouraged me to be faithful with the small things:

'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.

Over the years, God has taught me quite a bit....and I'm excited. I just have to keep my eyes on Christ and remember that He is the one I should follow. He's my example. The more I focus on Him, the better I'll be.

From the archives of Spunky Jr.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Prayer Requests

Some of you may have heard about 16 year old Abraham Cherrix who has cancer and is fighting for his life. Abraham had cancer last year and was treated with chemo. When it returned recently, he and his parents wanted to try alternative treatments. Unfortunately, the state has intervened and wants him to do otherwise.

Edit: The very latest on Abraham's case can be found here at Spunky Homeschool and here at the Rebelution.

Please continue to keep Abraham in your prayers!

Most of you are probably familiar with the Young Ladies Christian Fellowship blog where Natalie Nyquist and Gretchen Acheson (recently married to Merritt) have done such a wonderful job encouraging us young ladies. However, Gretchen's husband Merritt was in an accident this past weekend that has sent him to the hospital for numerous surgeries. Natalie has posted several updates here, but let's cover both Gretchen and Merritt in prayer as they move forward.
O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. --Psalm 143:1
Unfortunately, posting will be light these next few days as well. I have several post ideas up my sleeve, but I also have an article that's (over)due for Regenerate Our Culture. I'm half way done with it...but half way isn't all the way!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Update on Hannah

As many of you know, Hannah is in China right now and I've received a couple of emails from her. It sounds like she's doing well and that she's having an awesome time. Please continue to pray for her as she travels across China.

Also, I (Kristin) am going to be visiting my grandparents this weekend. Lindsey is also preparing to attend camp all next week. Because of this we won't be around much, so don't expect many posts from us this weekend. I'll be back on Monday and with me, I should hopefully have a burst of inspiration. We're also working to get Stephanie (our newest contributor) set up so she can start blogging as well.

If you're looking for something good to read while we're away, I'd encourage you to check out some past posts including, Waiting for the Wedding, Feminine Role Models, Focus, focus, focus, and Obedience.

Have a great weekend!

Kristin
…for Hannah, Lindsey and Stephanie

Monday, July 17, 2006

Summer reading

During the summer, I love to sit out on the porch or sit indoors (depending on the temperature) and read, read, and read some more. I can never get my hands on enough books! While we do have a reading list of recommended books, I thought I'd list the books I'm reading and why I like them.



A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot
My mom recently picked up this book for me and I have eagerly devoured it. Amy Carmichael has been one of my heroines and her life story is very inspiring to me. Mrs. Elliot writes this biography with great depth and brings to life many wonderful things in Amy's life and missions work in India.

Jonathan Edwards: Basic Writings
I don't have muh to say about this book, as I have just started it. The few pages that I've read have blown my mind away. I am amazed at the wisdom Edwards possessed.

How to Study Your Bible by Kay Arthur
It's one thing to read your Bible but it's another thing to actually study it. There are many times when I've read my Bible and have wanted to study it indepth, but never knew how. Mrs. Arthur has written such a book that has been a big blessing as I study God's Word. She introduces simple steps to help you study and learn the Bible even deeper. I'd encourage you to pick up a copy today!

Girl Talk by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Mahaney Whitacre (of Girl Talk).
Hannah has told me this book is an awesome mother/daughter book to read. While I haven't bought the book yet, I'm hoping to pick it up soon and go through it with my mom. We enjoy sitting at Starbucks and sipping lattes while talking...I'm sure this will give us some great material to discuss!

What are you reading this summer?

Pictured above: Part of my antique book collection.

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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Awards and things like that....

Sallie at A Gracious Home is hosting the Blogs of Beauty Awards 2006. There were over 590 blogs listed and her hard work was incredible and everything looks great!

While Beauty from the Heart was a nominee in the group blog category, we weren't a finalist (that's okay, there's always next year). However, the ladies at Girl Talk were one of several finalists in that category. Solo Femininity and Young Ladies Christian Fellowship were both finalists in the Best Encouragement for Singles category (wow, this is going to be a tough choice to choose from - I love both blogs). My mom, Spunky Homeschool, was also a finalist in several categories (Best Discussion and Best Homeschooling) as well.

I'd encourage you to make your way over there and look at the entire list that Sallie put together. There are so many wonderful blogs to learn new things from. Oh yes, don't forget to vote! The voting for winner of each category will be open through 8:00 p.m. EST, Monday, July 17, 2006.

I've also been updating and adding many blog/website links to our sidebar, including Keepers of the Heart and Home, The Sparrow's Nest and Homeliving Helper. I've also added Pumpkin Seed Press under our ministry section. They have a wonderful array of books that encourage young ladies in Biblical femininity. Make sure you check them out!

Before Hannah left for China, she wrote an article for Issue 9 of Regenerate Our Culture. She interviewed Brett & Alex Harris of The Rebelution on time management. The interview is wonderful and encouraged me in my own life to manage my time better. Make sure you stop by and read her article, as well as the other articles in Issue 9 that center around productivity.

P.S - It has come to my attention that the graphics on our template (minus the header) are not showing up. I'm working on this, but if our blog is looking wierd, please stand by and hopefully things will be back to normal soon. Thanks!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Accountability

Accountability: to answer for one’s conduct.

Does the idea of holding yourself accountable to God or someone else scare you? It does me. Yet, when my Grandma wanted to lose weight, an accountability system was a huge asset in meeting her goal.

Accountability is something that we all have to come to grips with. I am by nature a fairly self-motivated person, but I still need prodding and I can let some things slack. (Math?) Next year I am going to graduate. I can motivate myself to finish, but that’s hard to do. It’s also hard to eat some humble pie and ask for accountability. In this case, my parents, particularly my mom, are keeping me accountable. Being accountable isn't just an earthly matter. Ecclesiastes 3:15 says (emphasis added),

Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

When Jesus returns, we're going to have to account for what we did here on earth. Every single action will be accounted for - the good and the bad.

Many questions circle my mind when I think of this. Did we do the best of our ability to serve God? Did I redeem the time? Did we spend our minutes studying to show ourselves approved unto God or did we spend a little too much time blogging? (This is a big problem for me too.) Did we spend time in God's Word and encouraging others? Or do we spend time talking others about the latest gadgets and gizmos? The list is endless...the way we spend our time will have to be accounted for.

I hate when people ask me if I've done what I'm supposed to. Just like I'm sure my grandma hated it when she stepped on the scale and it tipped in the wrong direction. But she was willing to humbly submit to that for a greater goal she wantedto accomplish. I want to learn to embrace accountablity to accomplish a greater good. In the process, I'll have to eat a little humble pie I'm sure.

Just remember, we're going to be accountable to God for our actions. It's better to get comfortable with it now than to wait 'till Heaven when all is said and done!

Posted by Kristin

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fear: Do or Die

"Imagine: Two people in a room, the first person, Bob, is bent on creating a famous quote. His friend, Frank, is trying to help.

Bob: “Ooh! What about this? You have nothing to fear, but fear itself.”

Frank: “But Bob! What about spiders? Because, you know, I really don’t like spiders, and I’m really afraid of them.”

Bob: “Alright. Then you have nothing to fear, but spiders…and fear itself.”

Frank: “But Bob! What about snakes? You know, there are some really poisonous snakes, and I really don’t like them, in fact, I’m downright scared of them.”

Bob: “Ok. Then you have nothing to fear but, spiders, snakes…and fear itself.”

*Five hours later*

Bob: “So what you’re telling me, is that there is nothing to fear but, spiders, snakes, the dark, clowns, hippopotamus’, peanut butter, books, string, trees, lighthouses, fish?…and fear itself!”

Frank: “But Bob! What about things like, rejection, failure, pain, disappointment?”

[HT to Adam Hardy for the intro idea. This was part of his Original Oratory for NCFCA competition this past year.]

Someone asked me recently, “What would you attempt to do if you did not fear failure?” I felt as though I had been hit over the head with a baseball bat. The question made me stop and think. Think hard. If I were to compile a list of every opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience, which I have rejected due to my fear of failure, the size of my list would rival Webster’s Dictionary. The times in which I have turned down the chance to offer an encouraging word to a hurting person– when I shirked from giving a gentle rebuke to a friend when one was needed, when I did not share the Gospel for fear of ridicule, or when I ignored the opportunity to serve because it would remove me from my comfort zone–are staggeringly abundant."


Read the rest of this co-post by Marshall Sherman and I, at Advancing His Kingdom.

Posted by Hannah

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Devotions before Email?

In general, I don't like posting about what others blog on. However this is just one of those rare occasions. Natalie at Young Ladies Christian Fellowship has written a short, yet excellent post on doing devotions before checking your email. While the thought may sound ridiculous at first, it's probably something that we can all relate to. She says,
Have you ever slipped into the frustrating cycle of starting the day with checking email which reminds you of another task requiring urgent attention...which leads to another job and on and on until the morning is gone and you realize you never had your time alone with God?
I will readily admit that I have done this more numerous times. Her post was very encouraging to read and it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who struggles with this! I'd encourage you to read the of her post.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wait

by Russell Kelfer

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate...
and the Master so gently said,"Wait."

"Wait? you say wait?" my indignant reply.
"Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I'm claiming your Word.

My future and all to which I relate
hangs in the balance and you tell me to Wait?
I'm needing a 'yes', a go-ahead sign.
Or even a 'no,' to which I'll resign.

You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
Lord, I've been asking, and this is my cry:
I'm weary of asking! I need a reply."

Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate
as my Master replied again, "Wait."
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
and grumbled to God, "So, I'm waiting...for what?"

He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine...
and He tenderly said, "I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.

I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You'd have what you want, but you wouldn't know Me.
You'd not know the depth of My love for each saint.
You'd not know the power that I give to the faint.

You'd not learn to see through clouds of despair;
you'd not learn to trust just by knowing I'm there.
You'd not know the joy of resting in Me
when darkness and silence are all you can see.

You'd never experience the fullness of love
when the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you'd not know the depth of the beat of My heart.

The glow of My comfort late into the night,
the faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that's beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.

You'd never know should your pain quickly flee,
what it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
but oh, the loss if I lost what I'm doing in you.

So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
that the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still "WAIT".

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Attention Readers!!

As you know, Beauty from the Heart has undergone several changes in the past few weeks and we're excited to announce yet another!

BftH now has its own domain name - www.beautyfromtheheart.org. We have transferred the entire blog over and will resume posting there.

PLEASE NOTE: www.femininebeauty.blogspot.com will be discontinued and there will be no further updates at this address. If you link to us, would you be so kind to change the link address?

Credits: Many thanks to Jake Smith and Alex King of StillThinking for helping us with everything. They answered our many technical questions and helped us make the final switch over. Thanks guys!

A note from Hannah: I am writing to ask for your prayer in the upcoming weeks. In the next few days I will leave to go visit China for two weeks. This is going to be a big adventure for me, as I have never done anything quite like this before. I have been practicing and learning the Chinese language for some time now, but this is where the "rubber meets the road."As I approach this trip with some nervous excitement, I would be very grateful for your prayers that all goes smoothly.
Also, if there is anything I can pray about for you, please let me know!

We saved the best news for last! BftH has a new contributor....that's right! Remember Stephanie - the wonderful young lady who recently starred in our latest movie? We are ecstatic that she has agreed to become BftH's new contributor. Please help us welcome her onboard!

EDIT 7/9/06:
It seems that in the confusion of moving our blog to the current domain, we lost our former address. Now, http://femininebeauty.blogspot.com is a website for... health insurance. (Boy, that's a big change!) We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. For those of you who read us through an RSS feed, you may want to update your feeds too!

Have a great day! God bless!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

What Are Friends For: Developing Quality Relationships

One day, a man was walking along a road, when he saw a piece of clay in his path. He stooped down to pick it up, and as he did so, he smelled a sweet fragrance. "This is but a piece of clay," said the man in bewilderment. "How is it that this scent is so sweet and fresh?" The piece of clay replied, "I have dwelt with the rose."

This story came from Aesop's Fables, but the moral is simple and biblical: You will become like those you keep company with-- for good, or for bad. Proverbs 13:20 says, "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm." And in 1 Corinthians 15:33, we are warned, "Do not be deceived: "Bad company ruins good morals.""

Psychologist Ruth W. Berenda conducted an experiment several years ago concerning peer pressure. Ten teenagers were taken into a room, where a teacher stood with three charts. Each chart had a line drawn on it, and the students were told to raise their hands when the teacher pointed to the chart with the longest line. The catch? Nine of the teenagers had been instructed beforehand to vote for the second longest line, not the longest. The teacher pointed to the second longest line, and nine hands shot up into the air. The tenth teenager looked around, confused. Then he raised his hand tentatively.

The experiment was repeated, and the results were shocking. In approximately 75% of the cases, the tenth person would raise his hand with the rest. He would say that a short line was longer than a long line, just because everyone else was doing it.

The truth is undeniable: Our friends have tremendous influence on us. They can help to bring out the best character in us, or the worst. Therefore, it is of vital importance who we choose to surround ourselves with. We can either choose friendships that will spur us on towards Christ-likeness, or we can choose friendships that will draw us in the opposite direction.

Julie is your stereotypical teenage girl. If you see her, she will probably be chatting with one of her many "friends" on her cell phone. Several times a week, and sometimes every day, she manages to tour her local shopping mall or catch a movie with one of her "girlfriends." Julie is rarely at her own home, and if she is, she usually has company. She has younger siblings that she occasionally babysits, though only after being asked by her mom several times. Julie loves her siblings, but would never consider them her "friends."

Does Julie sound familiar yet? Perhaps she resembles some of your acquaintances. Maybe she even resembles you.

Although there is nothing wrong with shopping or going to the movies with a friend, in our entertainment-addicted culture we have lowered the expectations for friendships, and have made our friendships themselves entertainment-oriented. A friend of mine mentioned wistfully in conversation the other day, "Wouldn't it be nice, if our friends were not only people we hung out with, but people we served God with?" It would not only be nice, it would be beautiful! It is what friends were made for! Friendships are not designed by God solely to add fun to our lives, but in order to encourage us to honor God.

Proverbs 27:17 says, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." An "iron sharpening iron" relationship requires effort and dedication. Although a godly friend should love at all times (Proverbs 17:17), an aspect of that love is very challenging to apply: Occasionally, when a friend is not behaving in obedience to the Bible, a godly friend must offer a gentle rebuke. As unpopular and hard is it can be, this loving correction is a part of a good friendship. Proverbs 27:6 states it plainly: "Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."

In friendships that are based on entertainment, rebuke is not a part of the relationship. However, as believers in Christ, the rebuke and correction of our friends should be a result of love. The rebuke is given when needed, so that our friends may continue towards Christ. In Hebrews 3:13, Christians are told to keep each other from sin. "But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called 'today,' that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin."

An old Nigerian adage is: "Hold a true friend in both of your hands." The reason one should hold a true friend with both hands is because true friends are hard to find. They should be valued, and held tightly so that they will not be lost. Sadly, we sometimes lose and overlook our dearest friends: the friends that are within our own family.

I cannot remember having friends who care more about me or understand me better than my family members. We all have faults and sometimes drastic differences in personality, but God has chosen them to be my friends. Unlike others, my family is committed to helping me pursue a deeper relationship with Christ. When I am troubled in spirit, my parents give me wise counsel and pray diligently for me. Above all, my family is concerned about my best interest. They are not motivated by ulterior motives as other friends can be; they are motivated by love, which is the chief attribute to a quality friendship.

1 John 4:7-8 tells us that love is of God. We cannot truly love anyone in our lives if we are not first in an intimate relationship with our heavenly Father. And as with everything else pertaining to life and godliness, Jesus is the ultimate example. Jesus had an intimate relationship with His Father, and close friendships with the twelve apostles. (John 15:15) When we make it our priority to have a close relationship with the Lord, love will flow out of our lives, into the lives of our friends.


For discussion.....
  • How many of your friendships would you define as "quality friendships?" (No names, please.)
  • What are ways that we work together with friends to glorify God?
  • What are ways to spur friends closer to Christ?
  • Do you have a friend that has stuck by you for a long time? What is it that has kept your friendship going?
Posted by Lindsey and Hannah

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Monday, July 03, 2006

Who We Are

Last October, when my new-found friend, Kristin, called me up and asked me to help her start a blog on femininity, modesty, and purity, I immediately said "Yes!" (After all, who would not want to be a co-contributor with someone as fun as Spunky Jr.?)

But when I sat down to write my first post, it dawned upon me that I did not have a clear perception of what femininity truly was. I consulted a dictionary, only to find a vague description that did not help me. Not long after, I realized that I had made a mistake. The Bible--not the dictionary--should have been where I started in discovering the definition of femininity.


Here are some verses Lindsey and I have compiled to show who we are in Christ, as well as some final verses to point out what the Bible says about femininity (womanhood). If you know of any other verses that would be appropriate to add, please let us know with a comment!

Who We Are....without Christ

We are worthless
"None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." -Romans 3:11-12

We are devoid of righteousness

"If you, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand?" -Psalm 130:3

We are worthy of eternal death
"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." -Romans 6:23

Who We Are...in Christ


We are set free
"...who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works." -Titus 2:14

We are washed of sin
"Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish." -Ephesians 5:25-27


We belong to Him
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body." -1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Because We Are His...

He takes joy in us
"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing." -Zephaniah 3:17

We are pure from sin, and protected from Satan

"We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him." -1 John 5:18

We are to love Him best
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might." -Deuteronomy 6:5


Who We Are...as Ladies


Made in His image
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." -Genesis 1:27

We are of equal value in God's sight
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." -Galatians 3:28

Because We Are...His Daughters

We desire inner beauty

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised." -Proverbs 31:30

We want to be wise
"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. " -Proverbs 31:26

We want to be servants
"A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies... She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls." -Proverbs 31:10,13-15

We want to be strong
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the ti
me to come." -Proverbs 31:25

We want to be home-loving and pure
"... and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled." -Titus 2:4-5


We want to trust completely in God
"Your beauty...should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and q
uiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear." -1 Peter 3:3-6



Saturday, July 01, 2006

Is this BFtH?

Perhaps you're sitting at your computer wondering what happened to Beauty from the Heart. You're thinking, 'This looks different, this can't be BFtH!' Or can it....?

Hannah, Lindsey and I are proud to announce the first of several changes here at BFtH - and changing the template is the first! I spent the majority of the week refining the template, adding links and much more. Now we want to know how you like it. Does everything look correct? Is there any code showing? Are there any links that go to the wrong place? Anything that looks wacky? If so, let us know so we can look into it!

In the coming weeks, we'll have some other exciting news to share! Stay tuned....

Update: Thanks for your patience as we even all the wrinkles out here. Glad everyone likes the new look!

Also, Regenerate Our Culture has launched issue 8 with many wonderful articles centered around the 4th of July. One such article is on the Life of Benjamin Rush by yours truly! Make sure you check out the entire edition of this magazine!