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EPISODE 6 GOES LIVE FRIDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2023. How do we live as confident Christian women? Join our lovely conversation full of courageous and bold confidence in Episode 6, “Beauty in Confidence,” with Michele Bowman and your host, Deborah Rutherford.
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Welcome to Behold-her Beauty where we talk about all things Beauty.
How do we live as confident Christian women? Michele shares her journey of
over 40 years to reach her current point of confidence. Michele and Deborah
discuss the importance of breaking free from the lies believed and finding
freedom in God's word, identity in Christ, discipleship, daily routines,
personal experiences, and interests, including a discussion about lipstick and
lip balm preferences.
Michele Bowman is an empty nest wife, mom, and grandma who lives full-time in an RV.
She loves encouraging women to put their confidence in Christ and not things of this world. She helps women break free from the lies they have believed and find freedom in the Truth of God’s Word
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Episode 5: Beauty in Friendship with Calyn and Blythe Daniel
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“It’s first important to get to know God and be a part of His kingdom so that you can have the very best friends that He would have for you. If we go out and find friends on our own, we might end up with friends that aren’t God’s best for us. Once we know who God is and what it looks like to be a part of His family, and developing our relationship with God, it’s really going to help us make good choices for friends.” -Blythe DanielTweet
Blythe and Calyn discussed their book “Let’s Be Friends” with host Deborah. The book focuses on navigating and developing beautiful friendships, particularly for girls, in the current culture. God is our number-one go-to when it comes to friendships.
Friendship Challenges in Current Culture
Calyn and Blythe discussed their book titled “Let’s Be Friends”. They shared their experiences on navigating friendships, particularly for girls, in the current culture. They highlighted the challenges posed by social media and the pressure to conform to certain expectations. The book aims to prepare the next generation for strong and lasting friendships. They also addressed the importance of maintaining one’s identity in Christ amidst these challenges.
Friendship Journey: Writing and Sharing
Calyn shared her experience of making new friends in middle school by actively reaching out and connecting with classmates. Calyn and Blythe also reflected on how writing their book, “Let’s Be Friends,” helped them improve as friends, especially in managing difficult relationships and pursuing friendships. They concluded that the book serves as a helpful guide for anyone navigating friendships, regardless of age.
Embracing Individuality: Shining Your Light
They encouraged the group to shine their light and stand out, rather than trying to blend in. There was also a focus on rejecting societal pressures and embracing individuality. They emphasized that God’s opinion is the only one that truly matters.
Friendship Rejection Discussion
Deborah, Blythe, and Calyn discussed rejection within friendships. They highlighted that rejection is a normal part of life and that friends can change over time. They pointed to Jesus’ experience of rejection as an example of how to navigate such situations. Deborah also raised a question about how to treat a friend who is rude, leading to a discussion about the importance of treating others with compassion, kindness, gentleness, and patience.
Princess Diaries: Confidence and Identity
Calyn shared her experience of watching the movie “Princess Diaries” and how it influenced her confidence. The group also explored the concept of being God’s masterpiece, as mentioned in Ephesians 2:10, and how this understanding can give individuals confidence in their identity and relationships. They concluded that focusing on God’s perspective of individuals as masterpieces, rather than external opinions, can foster confidence and strong relationships.
Friendship and Body Positivity
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of confidence and body positivity in forming good friendships. They highlighted the value of embracing differences and not feeling embarrassed by them. They also talked about using body confidence as a way to test the quality of potential friends, indicating that those who appreciate and value differences are likely to be good friends.
Honesty in Friendships
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of honesty and truthfulness in friendships, emphasizing that good friends will draw you closer to Christ. They acknowledged the challenges of navigating relationships, particularly in mixed environments of believers and non-believers, and the need for discernment in choosing friends. They also highlighted the importance of being able to recognize when a friendship is unhealthy and needs to end. The consensus was that it’s crucial to be open and honest with friends about the reasons for distance and that it’s okay to step back from a friendship if it’s no longer beneficial. They concluded by emphasizing the importance of developing the skill of being open and honest with others.
Respectful Friendships: A Guide from Jesus
The discussion centered around how Jesus’ treatment of others can guide us in building respectful friendships, particularly with those who are different from us. They emphasized the importance of listening to others, understanding their perspectives, and respecting their values, even if we don’t agree with them. Diversity in friendships enriches the group and respecting others’ choices can help maintain healthy relationships. The importance of knowing one’s values and not compromising them in the pursuit of friendship was also highlighted. Towards the end, the conversation touched on the role of faith in building strong relationships, using the metaphor of a cookie recipe to illustrate the importance of a firm foundation.
Authenticity and Faith in Friendships
Calyn, Blythe, and Deborah discussed the importance of authentic relationships in life and the role of faith in strengthening them. They emphasized the need for a strong foundation of faith in friendships, which helps navigate through the ups and downs. They also addressed the question of standing up for one’s faith when questioned by a friend. Calyn suggested asking the friend about their own perception of their faith and values and asserted the right to find a different friend if they don’t share the same beliefs or if they are toxic.
Sharing Faith: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom.
They emphasized the significance and fulfillment of contributing to God’s kingdom by sharing their faith with others.
Faith Warriors Book Discussion
The discussion centered around the concept of girls being warriors in their faith. The conversation concluded with a mention of their book and plans for potential future developments, including an online group for further discussion and exploration of the book’s themes.
Mothers and Daughters Friendship Book
Calyn and Blythe discussed their book aimed at encouraging mothers and daughters to navigate friendship struggles. They emphasized the importance of understanding one’s place as a friend and God’s design for us. The duo expressed their hope that the book would help readers feel less alone and lead them to Christ. They also mentioned their social media presence where they would love to connect with readers.
Remember, you are Beautiful!
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How does God see you?
Behold-Her Beauty seeks to help women see themselves as God’s beautiful daughters.
My whole life changed when I realized God sees me as His beautiful daughter. Not the distorted, flawed images I perceived, nor what others thought of me, especially not what the world told me.
The benefits of seeing ourselves as God’s beautiful daughter are revolutionary and freeing. We no longer find our worth and approval in the world because God values and loves us.
Today, right now, know that you have permission to be beautiful as you embrace your already God-given beauty and live as God’s beautiful daughter.
- We are God’s masterpieces. God created each of us, His work of art, in Jesus Christ for good work, which God prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).
- God made you 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 NKJV
- God chose you; you are His treasure and the apple of His eye. “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV
Embrace your God-given beauty and live without shame, bitterness, and self-condemnation.
I have put together 10 ways to reclaim your God-given beauty.
Start today by meditating on the Scripture in each declaration section. I like to write the Scripture verse in my journal and then pray about what God is teaching me. Then, do one of the action steps in each section.
You have permission to be beautiful. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and our Beholder is God.
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