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Lovely Lady Interviews 2017-06-18T22:35:14+00:00

The Lovely Lady Interviews

Encouragement is all about celebration.

Every time we see something positive in another person, we have a choice.

We can become jealous and insecure, or we can celebrate it and learn from it.

I hope these stories help you to choose celebration. Celebrate those around you, celebrate yourself.

Meet the Lovely Ladies

  • Interview with Andrea about Living Life Invested

Beauty is letting lessons sink in

I really did not know what to expect at all. I knew that any expectations I had would be shaken once I got to Uganda and would most likely leave me broken and disappointed. So I decided to, as much as I was capable of, have no expectations of my semester abroad beside expecting for God to work in those four months. It was incredibly difficult most days but I truly believe it left me more free to experience my semester for all God intended it to be.

  • Interview with Meaghan O'Connor on Jennifer Spoelma.com

Beauty is Living Life Invested

As I stood in a circle of friends my last night in the city, I was sad and emotional, but also so aware the Lord was showing me direct evidence of the fruits of my labor. That he was whispering, "Well done. This is how it's supposed to be. This is how life is meant to be lived. It's going to hurt sometimes, because when you invest, it does. But the fact that it hurts so much means you did it right."

  • Interview with Tammy on JenniferSpoelma.com

Beauty in the Art of Serving

One of the biggest changes for me has been shifting the focus from just teaching the stories of the Bible to teaching kids about the real hero of each of those stories, God. Even though we see Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David, Daniel, Paul as the central figures in their stories, God is the person central to everything including our story. Kids need to see God in all His greatness, complexity and wonder.

I started capturing & sharing interviews in August of 2013.

I wanted to explore the topic of beauty in a new way and encourage women to look for beauty in themselves and others in a deeper way. To me, common sayings such as, “it’s what on the inside that counts,” “your beauty is within you,” felt true, but also extremely vague. I wanted to learn how to develop my inner beauty and help others do the same.  

My goal starting the blog was to create a little community online where women learned to identify the tangible traits of beautiful women that started from within.

Things like courage, patience, resilience, joyfulness, justice, vulnerability.

When you know how to recognize characteristics like these, you are empowered to develop them further in yourself and also to speak specific encouragement into others.

  • Mashup of recent interviews

Mashup: How do you see beauty in other women?

Beauty for me is when people trust each other, when people smile at each other, and when people help each other. Beauty is honesty. Beauty is truth. Beauty is the sensation of being present in the world, fully encompassing the past and the present to understand exactly where you are.

  • Robin Long Interview on JenniferSpoelma.com

Beauty is Choosing Grace Over Guilt

I believe excessive guilt is toxic to a healthy, balanced life. Somewhere along the way we learned that if we just make ourselves feel bad enough about our bodies, our choices, our looks, etc. we'll finally have the motivation to make a change. We've learned to use guilt as a motivator. But this rarely works and if it does, it's a miserable path to take.

  • Hallie Darphin Interview on JenniferSpoelma.com

Beauty is Pursuing Dreams that Change Lives

Hallie is the 23-year-old founder of Dot Products, a Mississippi-based school supply company that funds education around the world. She's an entrepreneur filled with passion and dreams to help people and end the cycles of poverty in the developing world. Every Dot product that is purchased send one child to school for 1/2 a day. Today, Dot sends children in three countries to school, providing school supplies, tuition, uniforms, and fees to ensure success.

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  • Hannah Van Dyke Interview on JenniferSpoelma.com

The art of capturing beauty

When I share those things it might be big deal to me and I’m inviting others into that. They may or may not get it, but that’s okay. I’m putting myself out there which takes a lot of guts, but I’m glad when I do it and I want others to be willing to put themselves out there too.

  • Interview with Moriah on JenniferSpoelma.com

Worship is Being Honest with God

Worship can be a lot of things. I just talked about worship being transformation, but sometimes worship is an offering. Sometimes worship is a “get to,” and other times it’s an “I don’t want to, but I’m going to.” So to sum it up, I would say worship means being honest with God. All these things add up to being honest with God, even when I’m falling apart, yet choosing to worship despite how I feel because He deserves it.

  • North Park University sign

Building community that lasts

I really don’t believe I would have been able to get through college without them because we constantly prayed for each other, held each other accountable, challenged each other and were always having fun! We reminded each other not to take ourselves too seriously and to really enjoy college. I learned through a lot of them that life isn’t always about doing well in school or in anything that you are doing but that you are enjoying the present.

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