Star of TLC’s “Little People, Big World” Audrey Roloff and the former star of “Duck Dynasty” Sadie Robertson both understand what it’s like living in the spotlight.
And their similarities go even deeper than that — both Sadie and Audrey are deeply rooted in their Christian faith. As a result, Sadie recently asked Audrey to write a guest blog for her website, “Live Original.”
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Audrey wrote a devotional about what beauty means in the eyes of the Lord.
Looking at the 26-year-old’s Instagram, one wouldn’t think Audrey has ever needed to be too worried about her appearance, but she spoke in her devotional about how being pregnant has left her feeling vulnerable in front of a mirror.
But as she explained in the blog post, she has found “great comfort and encouragement” in the fact that she is “the crowned jewel of His creation.”
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I'm super excited to be part of the @liveoriginal team of bloggers. It's such an honor to partner with some pretty rad who are on mission to be truth-sayers and heart-encouragers. Thank you to my friends @legitsadierob and @itsjuliwilson for asking me be a part of this ministry! Today I'm sharing my thoughts on beauty: …To all my girls out there… ? your beauty is not defined by your physical appearance!!!! If you’ve run in Christian circles (or really any sort of uplifting women encouragement circles,) for any length of time, this is probably not new news to you… and honestly, sometimes I get a little frustrated by the constant, “You are beautiful” slogans, blogs, books and advertisements. I think we need to let the truth of this statement sink in deeper than a quick feel-good reminder that “oh yeah, I’m beautiful, got it.” We need to really dig into who defines our beauty, what defines our beauty, and how we can become even MORE beautiful. The Scriptures teach us that inward beauty is true and lasting. Inward beauty cannot be covered up with concealer, or photoshoped to be one size smaller… Inward beauty is eternal. The more we invest in our inward beauty, the more beautiful we will become in the eyes of the Lord. As mamma always said, “It’s God’s eyes that count." Click the link in my bio to read the rest of my blog post:) #liveoriginal #alwaysmorebeauty #alwaysmore pc: @dawn_photo
Think about the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen… Perhaps a sunset, a mountain peak or a waterfall? God says that you are MORE beautiful than that! I have found great comfort and encouragement in this truth throughout the past 8 months as I have watched my belly grow and my skin struggle.
Audrey said that since revealing that she and husband Jeremy Roloff were expecting a baby girl on September 1, she has often been told that daughters “steal” their mom’s beauty, while sons make their mom glow.
She admitted that the statement makes her cringe:
I cringe every time I hear it. Pregnant moms should feel even more beautiful than they normally do because of the gift and blessing of God’s carrying new life inside of them.
For Audrey, all women should believe that they are beautiful in their own way.
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Stop shoplifting other people’s ideas, and start tapping into the wealth of ground-breaking, awe-inspiring, innovativeness that is within YOU. I would consider Jesus to be a pretty creative guy. I mean come on… healing the bind, turning water to wine, and resurrecting the dead?! Unimaginable! And yet during His final days on earth he said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” (John 14:12) I take this to mean: Listen up you guys! You’re gonna do far more remarkable and unbelievable things than I did because I need you to keep on proving my divinity, beauty, greatness, power, and creativity to all the world when I’m gone! If we believe Jesus’s words to be true about us, that means that we have the ability to do even greater things than healing the sick and raising the dead! We get to think even MORE outside of the box than that! Through Christ in us (the Holy Spirit), we are able to do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine! We can do superabundantly more than we dare think. We can accomplish infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams! This ALWAYS MORE mentality calls us to live abundantly. Don’t look at other people’s creative ideas as an interference to our own. That’s scarcity thinking, rather than abundantly living. #alwaysmore #23weekspregnant P.S. If you have the LIKEtoKNOW.it app you can screen shot this photo for dress details!!
The mom-to-be wrote in the blog:
To all my girls out there, your beauty is not defined by your physical appearance! If you’ve run in Christian circles (or really any sort of uplifting women encouragement circles) for any length of time, this is probably not new news to you. Honestly, sometimes I get a little frustrated by the constant, “You are beautiful” slogans, blogs, books and advertisements. I think we need to let the truth of this statement sink in deeper than a quick feel-good reminder that, “oh yeah, I’m beautiful, got it.” We need to really dig into who defines our beauty, what defines our beauty, and how we can become even MORE beautiful.
And, according to Audrey, becoming more beautiful is only possible when people start to focus more on inner beauty and less on the surface.
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Whenever I find myself in a conversation with a young woman about dating or her current boyfriend, I always ask this question: "What do you like most about him?" The response almost always begins with, "Well, he's soooo nice…" and is usually followed by silence, a giddy smile, and then a loss of eye contact. Every now and then women will follow up with ".. oh, and he's cute, and we have fun together…" Ugh… ? Is this really what we have lowered our standards to for dating? Someone who is nice, cute, and fun?! To all my single but seeking friends out there, please don't just settle for nice, cute and fun. If the man you are dating is husband material, you should be able to describe his character using better adjectives. Look for a man who is kind, gentle and patient. Look for a man who is respected and self-disciplined. Look for a man who is hard working, commited, and intentional. Volume up… ?Look for a man who you would want to be the father of your children. I found that man and I'm so glad I waited for him. @beating50 #journeyofjerandauj #beating50percent #stayingido pc: @dawn_photo
She explained that there is nothing wrong with wanting to look physically beautiful, but outer beauty “should never surpass our desire for inward beauty.” Audrey continued by suggesting that women focus on their holiness in order to help improve their inner beauty:
The biggest inhibitor to the beauty of holiness is the ugliness of sin. Instead of focusing so much on working out, loosing [sic] weight, saving up for that new dress, or trying everything to clear your skin, focus on becoming inwardly beautiful! Focus on repenting from the sin in your life and refusing to believe the lies of the enemy. Focus on holiness.
Audrey added that people’s “earthly bodies are not immune to growing old and dying. In contrast, our hearts and souls will not wither and fade, they can actually grow more beautiful with age and time.”