remember talking with Jeffrey a few years ago. He told me his story and about
his love for his organization, Shear Hope. Initially I remember thinking that
it was really cool but also something I could never contribute to. I could never
shave off my hair that was at the time everything to me, almost who I was. As
the time continued I began seeing how beautiful all of these girls were and what
their journey has done for them and the families they touched. I started to feel
joy and a longing to contribute to the organization, but still I was unable to
let go of my hair. Last February (2012), I was in church glorifying God when I
felt Him speak to me. He told me to let go of everything I thought was beautiful
and embrace what He knows is beautiful. I instantly knew He was talking about
my hair. Growing up I never felt beautiful or skinny. I always thought that I
was just average. The one thing that I always thought made me look pretty was
my beautiful, long hair. It is the one part of me that I have always loved.
was excited when I heard God speak to me. I wanted to embrace His beauty instead
of mine, but I continued to be hesitant. It's hard when you have a low self-esteem
to let go of a piece of yourself. I was hopeful and everyday tried to lift myself
up. I wanted to embrace the beauty of God. The love, joy, and peace He gives me.
"Beauty in the eye of the Creator" is what I say now. I wanted to let
go of what society tells me is beautiful and fully embrace God's beauty. It's
nothing that I can earn but is a full gift through Christ. Then one day I woke
up and just knew, I was ready. I wanted to share this opportunity to bless another
person with something I have loved so long. I want to give them an opportunity
to have beautiful hair. Although we are all beautiful with or without hair, if
I help someone feel just a tad bit prettier with this hair then my job is complete.
This step is a beginning of a new time in my life. I am showing my daughter
what true beauty is and teaching her the beauty of Christ within me. I am walking
in faith and I pray others do too. I hope anyone who reads this or sees my story
can embrace their true beauty, not what society tells us is beautiful, but the
"beauty in the eye of the creator," because in the end that is what
1 Peter 3:3-4 ESV
Do not let your adorning be external-the
braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear-
but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable
beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious.
event was held on December 19th, 2012 at a private residence.