The Story Behind my Blog
Hey there! My name is Sheridan. I'm 18 years old, and I live way up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. I, like many girls and women today, have and continue to struggle with undervaluing myself due to the messages of the world that surrounds us all. Over time, I have felt God working in my heart to reach out to other girls struggling in a similar manner. God has given me a heart for high school students and for other girls my age, and I hope that someday you'll see me teaching in a high school, either her in the US, in Canada, or in French-speaking Africa. Ultimately, what you need to know about me is this: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." -Galatians 2:20 NIV
The Beautiful Life
It all started at summer camp.
Actually, that's a lie; it all started thousands (not millions) of years ago, when God said "let there be light" and there was light (Genesis 1:3). My story started approximately 18 years ago, when I was born. The Beautiful Life started back in June (2014), while I was sitting under a tree at summer camp reading Proverbs 15, where it is said in verse 4 "the tongue that brings healing is a tree of life" and later "the tongue has the power of life and death" (Proverbs 18:21a). Words have power. I was reminded that my words can have more power than I know when I give myself to God and let him use me to speak.
I admit I know nothing about blogs; this is more God's project than mine. But after time in prayer, I felt convicted that this is what He has asked me to do, so here I am.
Attending a public high school, I feel constantly surrounded by the lies pushed by our society. Whether they confess Jesus Christ as Lord of not, women of all ages struggle with their own identity and self worth in our society. We are bombarded with messages that tell us we are only valuable if we are willing to compromise who we are, and that we are only as beautiful as the amount of skin we show. THIS IS A LIE! As I have observed the effects of believing this lie and even felt this deception try to take root in my own life, I have seen and felt how much it can tear a girl apart. In all this, God has laid it on my heart to reach out to other girls and show them what they really look like in the mirror and in the eyes of others. I have been called to make a difference among my peers, and I, like so many others who have gone into the world before me, cannot ignore that call.My heart aches for the young women of this generation, as does the heart of my Father in Heaven, and I am reaching out in an effort to remind-and in come cases, convince-young women that we are all made in the very image of God and are therefore perfect creations designed to serve a purpose and be loved.
"So God created man in his own image;
in the image of God he created him,
male and female he created them."