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My name is Amanda Ledford. I am a Texas girl living in South Carolina with my beautiful family. I am a wife, mommy, daughter, sister, aunt, therapist, singer, photographer, friend, and Christian. I have many roles to play and many passions. I love capturing the beauty of my God in...

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  1. Amanda this is just what I needed to hear this morning. I feel as if I am always struggling to find my beautiful. Through what you wrote God really spoke to my heart. Thanks again!

    • Thank you, Charity. I am so glad that God spoke to your heart as that is my only purpose in sharing my thoughts is for God to use my words in some way. God Bless!

  2. Hi, Amanda! Welcome! I read a previous article and I found my “Beautiful” in what I call “scars” on my limbs but they’re really not as it goes away, if I don’t have the flare or episodes.

    I have this mysterious illness (yes, doctors admitted and in history that Panniculitis is not treatable, it just goes away). I am still on a non-traditional medical trial treatments by my kind treating physician to suppress the manifestation of my skin inflammation – the debilitating rashes (achy, red, bumpy & swelling). Well, not so much on the illness now. I found God during and still ongoing disability period. I was confused, depressed, worried, anxious and angry, too, when I was starting disability. God revealed so many Beautiful Things as I medically journey with time and now excited to see, feel and taste what’s more in the offing with God. Lost count on my blessings but I need to reflect to count them to stay grateful, content, peaceful and cheerful. Take care!

    • Wow, Purple. you have definitely dealt with a lot of difficult things. I hope that you continue to give all your worries and negative feelings to our Savoir. He is amazing in what He does for us! I am confident that he will give your strength in all this if you continue to ask Him. My prayers are with you!

  3. This is so sweet! I love that you are “reminded” when you hear the rocks pinging in the dryer. That is an awesome reminder. Why is it as kids we just accept things and as adults we build walls between us and acceptance? Craziness!

    • Thank you!! God is always using my kids and my clients to speak to me!!

  4. Amanda, this is such a wonderful reminder for us all. Thank you for sharing this! 😀

    • thank you for taking the time to read this Jenny! Hope you are doing well!!!

  5. What a lovely analogy. And, I think it would be a great idea to put those lovely, gift given rocks in a jar. You know, just to remember.

    • I am definitely doing that lisa!! Thinking of using it as a table centerpiece or something. …a wonderful reminder for me. thank you!

    • thank you for reading, Christine! Its interesting really…on days that are especially tough..God makes sure I get one of those rocks from my little one. 🙂

  6. I have often thought that you can tell a woman’s a mother, if she reaches in her pocket to get change and finds a rock. My boys were giving me rocks all the time. right now it’s dandelions. They beauty for me is in their giving, not really in the gift itself. Thank you for giving me another perspective and a reason to enjoy the sound of rocks in the dryer.

    • thank you for taking the time to read it!! And yes you are right….i find all kinds of things in my pockets and purse…some of the popular things are ligtning mcqueens and superheroes. lol. But rocks seem to be my favorite! 🙂

  7. Way to go Amanda!! I am so thrilled for you for so many reasons. What joy it brings me to see your words here. I know the effect they must have on you…or at least I can imagine. That feeling, is God using your passions to further His Kingdom, and also to increase your joy by folds and folds! It is exhilarating, and I am so happy to see that in your life. I’m honored to have shared a season of life with you sister. Keep at this. Keep at your amazing photography. And most of all, keep finding your beauty and worth at the open tomb’s door, at the feet of a Risen King. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Leigh! You are such a sweet and Godly woman! I hope you continue to find your beauty and worth as well! I know we are far from each other…but keep in touch so we can pray for each other!!

  8. Amanda,

    This paragraph–fits me to a tee!! “I’ve struggled with the way I view myself–in probably every way–spiritually, physically, etc. Letting myself believe that I’m not good enough..I don’t do enough of something…and on and on with these negative tapes in my head…letting others steal the joys of my talents and passions.” I’ve struggled with feelings of inadequacy for a long time. It only takes one sentence–not even spoken to me or a bad day at work & there is the Evil One shouting loudly in my ears–stupid, dumb, ugly, not good enough–why even try!

    Thank you for the reminder that I am a beloved Child of Most High King and He sees me a beautiful masterpiece!

    • He sure does, Beth! We all need reminders of this! The devil knows how to get to us…I am like you..if I am having a bad day …that might make it easier for these negative tapes to get louder and louder…we always have to be on our guard! “put on the full armour of God…” Thank you for reading! 🙂

  9. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” Fabulous words.

    Thank you for writing and for your perspective. I love how our little children are fulfilling God’s purpose for their lives EVEN NOW to bless not only their mommies but entire online communities. Thank you.

  10. Thank you for taking the time to read this! I too…LOVED that quote and want to frame it as a constant reminder. oh and yes… Aren’t kids awesome?! 🙂