Wait, there’s more…

In the beginning of the Book of Esther, we are told that a huge party is being planned by the King to display the riches of his kingdom. After much merriment, the King requests to also have his Queen displayed for she was very beautiful. She refuses. This action is what causes her to be replaced by another”more suitable than she”. The Bible scripture “Many are called but few are chosen” comes to mind. This scriptural theme continues throughout this Bible story. As we have read, many maidens are called to replace the Queen. All are brought to the palace and given the same beauty treatments, cosmetics and food. Yet only one maiden is chosen to be Queen, Esther.

As children of the King, The Most High God, we are all called to live in the fullness of His Kingdom. We have accepted His supreme gift; His Son , the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the word of God concerning Christ and the abundant life that He came to provide for us. However, like the maidens in the Book of Esther, we are in the city. We have been brought to the palace court but that is as far as we’ve come. We have yet to walk in the fullness of Christ promised to us.

Beauty 101

ImageOver the next few weeks I will be sharing some insights from an inspiration that I received sometime ago.  The concepts of which I felt I needed to “walk out” personally before releasing.  This journey began with reading the Holy Bible, the Book of Esther.  It is the story of a young jewess living in a heathen kingdom whose life is dramatically changed and that change impacts the entire kingdom.

As many of you may know this particular story, it has a very intriguing aspect in respect to our theme; beauty.  This beauty goes beyond the physical kind.  It is higher, deeper, spiritual.  There is a “Spa Day” that lasts 12 months yet the treatments appear to be more than topical applications.  I encourage you to read this story again or for some, for the 1st time.    The objective?  As I have said before, my desire is to inspire you to your highest and best in Him.  Share your thoughts with me.  I hope this will be an enjoyable and insightful journey.

Happy 2013!

It’s been a long time and I am happy to be back!  There are so many new things on the horizon for So Beautiful Ministries.  I look forward to your feedback as our goal is to encourage and inspire you from the inside, out!

I was recently asked what does my title “Beauty Evangelist” mean?  It is not a title as much as a function.    According to Merriam-Webster;:

Definition of EVANGELIST

1 often capitalized : a writer of any of the four Gospels
2 : a person who evangelizes; specifically : a Protestant minister or layman who preaches at special services
3 : an enthusiastic advocate <an evangelist for physical fitness>
 
No. 3 best describes what I am about: An enthusiastic advocate for Christ with a message that involves encouraging women and girls to realize their personal best.  Yes, I love the LORD and HE is a big part of what I do but this is not a religious site.  You’ll see!

 

What is Feminism?

I (Shaun-Charisse), have had some interesting conversations over the past week, in regard to the “Celebrate not denigrate” post.  It seems that some feel that it has a feminist view and that it made others uncomfortable.  Both women and men.  Why would both sexes respond negatively to perceived “feminism”? 

Feminism as defined by Merriam Webster (www.merriam-webster.com) is: 

1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes
2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests
 
Are we so inundated with marketing, social commentary and male-dominated views that we see an opposition to degrading advertising as political?  Besides “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests” sounds pretty good to me.  As intelligent women, can we appreciate  an alternative to sexist images and content without fear of being seen as political?
Well reader,what say you?

Celebrate not denigrate!

As sex and the female body  is used to market everything from soda to shoes, it is having an alarming effect on the self-esteem  of woman and girls.  Research in psychology and academia show that disordered eating, depression and substance abuse  is found to be a result of sexual objectification in the media, culture and music. 

Our desire is to provide an alternative.  Our goal is to celebrate the successes of women, not related to their appearance.  Our desire is encourage girls to see themselves as important citizens of the human community without striving to meet the demands of fashion and gender bias that is directed at them through television and magazines.  Images effect how we think, how we feel and how our culture learns what behaviour is considered acceptable is by what is constantly repeated thus,  seen as truth.  What do we propose to do?  What will be an effective counter offensive to the onslaught? 

More to come…….

That was then, this is now!

How do you see yourself?  Is it the beautiful you that God created?  Or is it an image held from the past?  Perhaps highschool or college?   The other day I heard an interesting conversation between two young men, talking about the things men talk about.  One man tells the other of how he was at a basketball game and there were 3 beautiful girls, triplets, taking pictures with various guys as many of them wanted a photo with them.  He said, ” They looked good and they knew it”    Then I heard a very interesting comment.  The other man responded, “Yeah, that’s why I like the ones who don’t know, the ones that were’nt that pretty in highschool and blossomed later.  They do not know how pretty they are.  You can tell them to lose weight or whatever, they believe you and do what you say”  Wow.  How many of us are still carrying an image from the past?   Do we see the  image based on what someone said about us as a child or a comment made by a loved one? 

The psalmist said, ” We are fearfully and wonderfully made”!   Yet there are many of us who are  looking in a dark mirror of low self-esteem.  Not seeing  ourselves as an awesome creation of beauty, unique and special to show forth God’s glory.  True, I was snooping  on their conversation.  However it  encouraged me to take a look at myself.  What past images are influencing the way I behave or impacting the way I see myself?  Am I allowing the media, fashion magazines or the comments of friends to alter my personal growth?    Take inventory!   You are a child of the Most High God!  If you find that there is need for improvement then it is your choice to make.  Not that of your spouse, boyfriend, mother, father or your best friend Susie.  Be empowered to go for the best you that You want to be!  See that person in your mind’s eye and go after it!  As a man (or woman) thinks, so it will be in reality.

Getting Started!

I am so pleased to begin this adventure as there are so many reasons to bring “good news” to the world today.  I am hoping that those who visit here will find encouragement and a reason to smile.   To give you an idea of what to expect from So Beautiful, let’s start with a bible scripture:  “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of them who bring good news, who publish peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation,…….who says , “God reigns”!   (Isaiah 52:7)   I think this is a good start. 

Blessings to you all!

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