Sunday, December 14, 2014

{Godly Beauty}: Kendra Kiser


Today's interview is from one of my blogging friends, Kendra. She and I go way back to our early blogging days and I've admired her willingness to serve the Lord, and her beautiful photography skills. Hope you'll learn what she has to say about godly beauty, and what makes a woman truly beautiful. *smiles*


< span class="null">What do you believe was God's purpose in creating you? // To glorify Him by loving Him fully and loving others.

How do you cope with body image? //
I used to really, really struggle with body image. I didn't tell anyone either. I used to think I was fat, my hair was bad, my skin was ugly, and yeah, I just didn't feel beautiful or appreciate the way God made me at all. I used to try and count calories and all that, but the more I focused on me, the worse it became. I've learned (and still am learning) to let go and to stop worrying about how I look. The more I focus on God and the more I focus on others, the less I worry about myself.

Who are some people (and Bible verses) that help you through it? //
Psalm 139 has helped me extremely. There was one lady who helped me (one of the only few I told). I think telling people is very important. One of the reasons that I struggled with it so much was because I was too afraid to tell. I wanted to be perfect, I wanted to look perfect. Once I told people that I wanted to look perfect, they knew I wasn't perfect, and it was the most freeing feeling ever.

What would you say to your younger self if you were going through this at a young age? // It's rough right now, but it's going to get better.

What do you think Adam and Eve looked like? // I'm not sure and I guess I can't right now. I know they were naked and I know everything was perfect before sin. So I'm sure that they were perfectly formed, but it's hard for me to imagine it, since the world's picture of perfection is so flawed.

The Bible indicates about the body and soul. To which is most important? // The soul, definitely.

How does your body reflect your soul? (not sure exactly what this question is saying sorry!)

How does the person's physical appearance manifest their soul? // I feel like if you're a joyful and peaceful person that can show on your face and reflect your actions. Though obviously we aren't always going to be smiling, sometimes life gets rough. Sometimes you can tell if someone is broken or not just by looking at them.

Should a Christian be concerned about their physical appearance? // No. I don't think they should be concerned in general about it. I mean it's one thing to be concerned if something fits or something like that, but another to be constantly concerned about your overall appearance.

How much time should you spend to keep your body in good shape? // I guess that depends on who you are! Some people likes to work out more than others, some don't at all. Some people like to bike or walk, which you'd have to do longer to be as in shape as the person who swims five miles a day.

One can take concern for physical fitness to the point of idolatry. What would be the indicators of this? // This can happen so easily! I think something becomes an idol in my life when I realize that it makes me upset when I can't go for that run that I had planned or I'm out and I have to eat something "unhealthy". If it's something that I start to worry about and all that, then it's probably getting in the way of Jesus.

When it comes to physical appearance who matters more; God or man? //
God.

What difference should the answer to that question make to me? // It's so much easier answered than done. It should make all the difference. It should mean that I don't worry about what I'm going to wear the next day or compare myself to the next girl. It should make me have an eternal perspective.

What makes a girl or woman beautiful to you? // This is sooo cliché, but when a woman smiles (like genuinely, authentically smiles) I feel like she's beautiful. I love it when a girl/woman can dress up and wear makeup, but can still be joyful without that. That makeup or cute outfits don't become where she finds her identity.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

{Godly Beauty}: Deane Blakemore

I've been wanting to do a series on godly beauty for quite awhile. So, I've asked women I know if they would be interested in participating in this event, and most agreed. I hope you'll learn from what they have to say. First up, is my dear friend from church, Deanne Blakemore.

  Deanne and I have gotten to know each other really well since last year when she and her husband started coming to our church. She's an amazing cook enthusiast and always seems to bring a smile to everyone's face. I love her spirit and fire for the Lord, and I hope you'll be encouraged by her words.



What do you believe was God's purpose in creating you?
God created me to worship Him. I am a witness to His love.

How do you cope with body image? Who are some people (and Bible verses) that help you through it?
I have a problem with body image, I have a picture of what I looked like in my twenties in my head and was at my peak and don't look often at what I really look like. So I perceive myself from that old mental picture.

What would you say to your younger self if you were going through this at a young age?
Stay eating healthy fruits and veggies that you love and only eat the meats occasionally like you did when you were younger. Stay active but moderately.

What do you think Adam and Eve looked like?
Like anyone of us, but healthier. Their bodies were blemish free. No toxins had entered their systems yet.

The Bible indicates about the body and soul. To which is most important?
My body indicates that I am fallen and still struggle with obedience to God.

How does your body reflect your soul?
My body reflects my struggle to obedience, it has nothing to do with my eternal soul. Believing Christ is my savior is my care taker of my soul.

How does the person's physical appearance manifest their soul?
Our souls are eternal. It matters not what are appearances are like. Each person looks different and their looks change from day to day, year to year. It is our inner souls that reflect our true beauty not our outer appearance.

Should a Christian be concerned about their physical appearance?
A Christian should strive to be like Christ. Living a healthy life and bringing Him glory is more important than physical appearance. However to do the job God wants us to perform we should strive for as healthy a body as possible to do His bidding. God created some broken bodies and the struggles that person goes through is for God's glory.

How much time should you spend to keep your body in good shape?
My biggest sin against God is me! I need to do this, I need to do that. My life should be, how much time do I spend in prayer? How much time should I spend in reading His word? How much time should I spend spreading His love? In our physical activity to help God's children should be all the actual time needed to stay in shape.

Can one take concern for physical fitness to the point of idolatry. What would be the indicators of this?
Most people take health and fitness to idolatry. We worry about what we should eat or shouldn't eat, how much exercise and what type. As soon as we start worrying about how much and how long we have shifted to idolatry. IF HOWEVER, we go for a run to focus on God and opening our hearts to hear His plans for our day then we are spending some quiet one on one time with our Father. IF HOWEVER, we lift weights and focus on God's convicting our hearts of our sins and ask to be forgiven, then again we are spending time in God's presence.

When it comes to physical appearance who matters more; God or man? What difference should the answer to that question make to me?
God is all we should focus on, the Trinity. If we focus on our looks then we are not focusing on God.

What makes a girl or woman beautiful to you?
A beautiful woman is one who is honest, open and loving. Even when life can be hard and a struggle they are at peace with God as their focus. The one physical aspect I see in a beautiful woman is her smile. It can be large or small, bright or bubbly, straight or crooked, but a true smile from the heart is awe inspiring! Deanne Jones-Blakemore 11/9/14
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Labor Day Barbecue



On Labor Day we spent the day relaxing and having a small cookout with friends. The weather was nice and cool, the little kids were playing in the nearby park, and even though the bugs were biting and a small herd of deer surprised us, it was a pleasant evening.
Hope your Labor Day was just as good and relaxing.
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Monday, September 1, 2014

5K Race {In the rain}

This past summer I've been running 3 miles, 6 days a week with an average time of 30 min. For this race, I wanted to run for at least 24 min. I felt like that was a long shot for me, but people said that it can be done so that uplifted my spirits for the time being. :) Race day turned out to be a very wet day. I had never really run in that sort of weather, but that wasn't stopping me from getting the best time for my running this year.


I went up to the starting line, and before you knew it we were off! I felt like I could have ran faster, but I was too nervous that I would get tired quickly. So I stayed on my pace, ran faster when I  needed too, and through the rain, the mud, and the wind I made it to the finish line in 24 min. and 54 sec. 
Best time {for me} EVER! :D
  Afterwards we went out to eat breakfast at an old restaurant with some family members and had pancakes, waffles, omelets, toast, and other various sorts of things.


A couple days later I found out that I was the 18th finisher of the 5k race, 3rd of the women to cross the finish line, and the 1st girl in my age group to finish. Overall, it was a very special day for me, and I couldn't have been more content and excited
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Church Kickball


Nearly two weeks ago, it was decided that we would play a game of kickball after our church potluck. Now, I haven't played Kickball since the last day of middle school so it's been a refreshing course for me to experience the game again. Needless to say, I've gotten stronger since then, and we all enjoyed a friendly kickball competition at the old school park.

The younger boys were doing pull-ups like pros. I managed to do at least three before letting go of the bar. Obviously I need a pull-up bar of my own to practice on. ;)
 
Organizing teams and getting ready to start!
 
SAFE !


Now this pictures is famous because the guy in the purple shirt actually broke his foot while catching the ball. He didn't find that out though until two weeks later. Ouch!

After the game we all celebrated by having root beer floats. Yum-o!
 
At the end of the day, it was a well-played game and everyone enjoyed it. I think church families should at least once a month do these sorts of things. It creates memories that will last a lifetime, especially to the younger generation. :)

What does your church family do for fun?
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