#MyBodyIsEnough-Pure Hearts Defined

I get emails and DM's on a daily basis asking for donations for projects and organizations and it tugs on my heart to want to help. My business started as a way to be able to give back and encourage others, so I always want to help when I can, but that also means have to say "no" a lot. When I got Taylor's email about Pure Hearts Defined, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of what she was doing.

I sent her dozens of #mybodyisenough cards to take with her on her trip to Belize in hopes that through her work, the girls and women she came in contact with would be able to hear that their bodies are worthy of acceptance and they are worthy of love for the first time. 

Here's a recap of her time there and the women she got to meet! It's a little different than the stories that are usually shared, but I know you will love it.

In 2012, I took the trip of a lifetime to the country of Belize. When people think of Belize, they often associate it with a tropical vacation or paradise. To me, it’s the country that changed my life in the best way possible. When we landed in Belize in 2012, we hopped on a bus with the founder of the ministry we were partnering with. About 15 minutes into the bus ride, he said five words that rocked my world. He said, “Women are not valued here.” I was stunned. I was confused. How could a human being not be valued? How could someone look at another person and have no care for them whatsoever? These words stuck with me. Throughout our time and Belize and the time after, I felt the Lord tugging on my heart to do something about it—to show these young girls that they are valued and they are enough. On my fourth trip to Belize, I saw some open time in our schedule, I asked if I could spend some time with the teenage girls during this time. I wrote a curriculum entitled “P.H.D.—Pure Hearts Defined” that was focused around purity of body, mind, and spirit. I wanted to show these girls that they were born to be enough and nothing in this world could change that. Girls were traveling on buses from villages 30 minutes away and were soaking up the TRUTH about themselves. To hear the voices of 30+ girls screaming “I am a treasure, I am unique, I am loved, I am so much more than enough..” is priceless. It is one of the most beautiful things I have experienced on this earth. I have had the privilege of watching the confidence level of these girls change from one year to the next. I have watched them look in the mirror and say to themselves “I am a treasure”. It’s been an experience that I would not trade for anything because these girls know who they are and they know their worth.

Body image in another country is the same as it is in the States. Our world makes it so easy to dislike ourselves and the way we were created. It is so easy to compare ourselves to the person on the TV or in the magazine at the grocery store. It’s too easy.

This year, in July 2017, we gathered for our third year of Pure Hearts Defined. We decided to focus on the word ‘enough’. We talked about different attributes of God and raised the question, “Is God Enough?” Is God enough because He persistently pursues us? Is God enough because of His loving-kindness? Is God enough because of His sovereignty? We went through these questions and answered each one with ‘yes’ or ‘no’, and on the last day we discussed how all of this affects our worth and whether we are enough. The girls had time each day to journal about what they felt each day.

When I asked Rachel to send something to me for the girls months before our trip, I didn’t tell her the topic of conversation for this year. She emailed back and said that she thought the postcards would be good. When I opened the package of the postcards, I read the words “You are beautiful, you are loved, you are so much more than enough”. There could not be more perfect words to sum up what these girls, and all girls, desperately need to know. There aren’t words more important for teenage girls to hear at this point in their lives when everyone around them is telling them otherwise.
— Taylor


For more information about Taylor and the Pure Hearts Defined trip, you can find details here!

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