Welcome! My name is Loreli and I am a beauty seeker.
In 2013 I actively began researching beauty on a hunch and hypothesis.
My hunch was that God cares about beauty – not only our “elevated thoughts” about beauty, but how we translate that into living freely day-to-day. I realized my ideas about beauty needed some attention when I was working in women’s ministry. I found that despite women’s claims of knowing Jesus and his freeing, forgiving power, they were very much struggling with notions of their own self-worth commonly displayed in insecurities about their physical appearance. Although I would say some women suffered more (or differently) than others, it seemed that no woman went unscathed. Including–especially myself. What was the missing part to our wholeness?
My hypothesis was and is that seeking true beauty leads to healing and freedom. It is the believer’s promise, “seek and you will find…” We are challenged to actively search out answers and embark on a journey of discovery with the assurance that we will find what we’re looking for.
Some may think that this would be a simple journey, that beauty is everywhere and easy– way too easy–to spot. But the truth is that real beauty is rare and evasive. It is the pearl of great price. We’ve called things beautiful that don’t deserve the designation. We’ve been groomed to hold a diminished view of beauty, and we’ve diminished ourselves in the process. This beauty-seeking journey requires heart-wrenching learning and unlearning. It is an attentive examination of our culture and an examen of our soul. It is a surrender of what we have previously known in search of what is to be known through Jesus.
In this diary, I share my beauty travels, both literally (such as my two-year cross-cultural immersion in Ghana, West Africa) and figuratively (unexpected enlightenment from everyday encounters and life experience), in the hopes that it will inspire your own journey. I welcome your company! This isn’t meant to be a solitary trek – I believe that together we will help each other in our quest.
Ultimately, it is my hope that the steps you and I take to seek, understand, and live out true beauty, which God intended for us, will leave a legacy of wholeness and freedom for all who follow.
Come, children, listen closely;
I’ll give you a lesson in God worship.
Who out there has a lust for life?
Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty?
Psalm 34:11-12 MSG
Loreli lives in a high-rise in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, a pastor, and two daughters, Mallory & Sophia. Loreli is the Young Parents Director with Youth Unlimited GTA and a lay minister at Kingsview Free Methodist Church. Loreli has a terrible/wonderful habit of filling up her calendar to overflowing with coffee, lunch and dinner dates with friends. Still, she never misses the chance to nap on Sundays.