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Embracing Yourself

Having grown up in a strong Christian home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Raelynn Reimer considers herself blessed to have lived a wonderful childhood.  While she had come to know Christ as a very young child and had accepted Him into her life as a little girl, it wasn't until she was 18 years old that her life was completely changed by the presence of God.

After praying about entering into the modelling industry for nearly a year, she felt as though she should take the step despite her own insecurities. This first step brought her into a world that she could never have dreamed that she would personally live. She loved the work, she loved meeting with new people, and she loved going to jobs because each day was so different. Yet, despite this, she soon realized how unglamorous a model's life truly was. The constant pressure of trying to attain the "socially acceptable" size led her to the emergency room because of heart palpitations and became really sick.

Finally, she realized that God had made her who she was for a reason and that if she would simply trust Him that He would direct her path despite her size. She also came to a realization that in order to see a change within the industry, she had to be different. God would not be able to use her to change the perspective of women's body image if she was just as thin and just as tall as every other

model out there.

Raelynn has been devastated by the strong hold that such values have had not only over herself, but in girls and women worldwide. In a recent study on body image the researcher stated that "the current standard of attractiveness for women portrayed in the media is slimmer than it has been in the past to the point of being unattainable by most women." Our current generation is growing up in a society permeated by the perversion of beauty. It has become so perverted that the young women of our generation are being influenced to reach a standard that is truly unattainable and therefore feel as though they have lost their identity.

The bible says in 1 Peter 3:3-4, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." And indeed, when Raelynn changes her perspective and focus to God, and trusting Him to lead her, she found peace, contentment and most importantly, a love for who she was created to be.

Watch this interview that Raelynn had with Moira Brown as she shares on her journey to truly love and see herself the way God had originally intended.

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