thirty one.

She Breathes Deeply

a few weeks ago i started reading this blog. today i logged in and saw this 31 day blogging challenge, i really want to blog every day, (or as much as possible) and this is going to be a really fun way to do so!  

this is called "project 31" and it is for celebrating  our God given beauty and the God given beauty of others around us.  and it is all based off of the proverbs 31 woman. so here i go... i hope you are inspired and join in too!  i found this list from another blogging  mama who is doing the challenge, so this is what i will be blogging about for the next 31 days.


Day 1.  What does beauty mean to you?
Day 2.  What makes you uniquely you?
Day 3.  Who is someone you know who inspires beauty?
Day 4.  Style 31.  Post a pic of you in your favorite outfit.
Day 5.  Write a blog thanking someone who has made your heart come alive.
Day 6.  Jaded beauty.  Has the world's definition of beauty ever jaded you?
Day 7.  Write a blog to encourage another beautiful woman.
Day 8.  Have a beauty secret (e.g. hair tip, make up tip)?  Share, please!
Day 9.  What virtues do you value in yourself?
Day 10.  What is Jesus teaching you as a wife, mom, or friend? (Or just woman in general?)
Day 11.  Post a recipe.  Or if you don't cook, try a new recipe and write about how it turned out (pictures please!).
Day 12.  Write about what wears you out as a woman.
Day 13.  Write about something you would like to change about yourself for the better.
Day 14.  Style 31.  Post an outfit pic!
Day 15.  Write to encourage a friend.  Inspire her beauty.
Day 16.  Write a letter to your daughter, or a young girl in your life.  Tell her what beauty means.
Day 17.  Write about 3 things that make you happy.
Day 18.  Describe your personality.
Day 19.  Write about your favorite comfort food (we are women- we ALL have comfort food!)
Day 20.  Write about your job and why you love it or hate it.  
Day 21.  Write a letter to your husband to encourage him (or if you are single- your future husband.)
Day 22.  What are some needs that need to be met in your community?  Blog about how to extend your hand to those who need you.
Day 23.  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses?
Day 24.  What is Jesus teaching you presently?
Day 25.  Style 31.  Post a pic of your favorite comfy clothes.
Day 26.  What do you hope your grandchildren will say about you someday when you are gone?
Day 27.  Write a blog to encourage someone and build their confidence!
Day 28.  Write about your insecurities as a woman.
Day 29.  Write about "a day in the life of me."  (Pics are great!)
Day 30.  Who is your role model as a woman?
Day 31.  Write about your dreams and goals as a beautiful woman!

day one
what does beauty mean to you?
beauty. to me it is little things. things that the LORD has created to give me joy. 
my feminine heart.
i think that it is the most beautiful thing in the world.
beauty is knowing that all the marks left on my body are there because i grew, and carried our daughter well. ( i adore that my husband calls them my "love marks")
beauty is seeing people age, and hearing about how the LORD has walked beside them through life.
beauty is the birth of a child.
and the moment that you hold that child.

honestly though, i struggle with an intense desire to be what the world tells me beauty is. 
somedays i think that beauty is a single digit on the size of your jeans, or the perfect curl in your hair. 
sometimes i fall for the lie that beauty is what you put on your body instead of what is on the inside.
i stuggle with, " am i beauty?" 
sometimes i dont even believe my husband when he calls me his "dark beauty". 
that is not what beauty is. 
my beauty should not come from my hair, or my jeans. it should not come from my shoes or my perfectly manicured nails, and it should not come from what my tummy looks like 2 months after giving birth to my lady baby. 
beauty should come from my heart. 
it should come from the LORD.
i should embrace my feminie heart; that thing that i find so beautiful. 
i should learn to be free in my womanhood. 
i must learn to be free in Christ.
freedom to be exactly who he created me to be. 
sunsets and sunrises.
the way a baby needs their mama ( and daddy) 
things that have seen more life than i have.
when people get baptized (which i saw a lot of today!)
 watching a girl become a woman. 
knowing that i am saved and loved eternally by the creator of this universe.
that, is what beauty is to me.


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