Bethany Hamilton: Virgin and Waiting till MarriageApril 22nd, 2012 by Olivier
The pressure to have sex is huge. Sex has become so casual in our culture. What is the big deal about having or not having sex before marriage? The big deal is that God created sex for a purpose- to unite a man and a woman in marriage.
Soul Surfer Devotionals, p. 51
Never did a surfer girl from Hawaii imagine that surviving a shark attack would catapult her into global spotlight. But Bethany Hamilton’s integrity, beauty, compassion, and courage are only some of the personality traits that have transformed her into a household name. From literature, to film, to international visits to wounded soldiers, Bethany, only in her twenties, touches the hearts of many as a globally renowned role model.
Quotes About Abstinence And Waiting Till Marriage
I don’t have a boyfriend… Life’s pretty hectic right now, and I’m not really in a rush. I’m really just excited to save my purity for marriage, and I’m not really hunting down any one person but just enjoying life.
I definitely believe God has someone special for me. I just want to honor Him and patiently wait for that special someone. Can’t wait! (haha, not so patient) I’ve only dated one person. I haven’t kissed anyone! I’m really glad with my choices and don’t feel the need to rush anything.
We have all done, said or thought things that we know are wrong. In other words, we have chosen to go our own way instead of God’s. This “going our own way” is evidence of what the Bible calls sin.”
On Her Faith
If you want to receive Christ, you can ask Him to be your Savior and Lord RIGHT NOW by praying a prayer like this. Remember, it is not only the words that are important but also the attitude of your heart.
168 hours in a week. 2 hours of church. Is this enough? It’s a relationship (: invest time in HIM!!!”
On Having A Boyfriend
I rather spend time surfing, then wasting my time with boys I probably won’t marry. Why go out with boys that aren’t mature or kind to me?
Interesting Facts About Bethany Hamilton
- Having lost her arm, Bethany has become a pro at cutting fruit with the aid of her feet! She holds the fruit steady between her feet while sitting on the floor and then cuts them.
- After the attack, the family opted to stay at a rental beach house in Anahola for a while, rather than dealing with the reporters who were waiting at their home.
- She started surfing when she was 4 years old.
- Bethany writes poems and songs.
- She has only dated one person and has never kissed anyone.
- She loves veggies! She tries to eat 70% vegetables for every meal.
- Bethany has two older brothers named Noah and Timm.
- She is a righty.
- Her shoe size is 8 ½.
- She has two Shar-pei dogs named Hanalei (“Hana”) and Fu Min (we call her “Fui”).
- Aside from working with World Vision, she has also founded the Friends of Bethany Hamilton, a non-profit organization that provides support to amputees and shark attack victims. She also works with Walking on Water, Beating the Odds Organization and the Foundation for a Better Life, among a number of others.
Born: Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. Begins surfing at a young age.
Age 5: Bethany’s parents, Tom and Cheri, instill their faith in Jesus Christ within Beth. At this age, she makes the decision to have a personal relationship with Him. Her foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength.
Age 8: Enters her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she wins both the short and long board divisions, and falls in love with competitive surfing.
Age 9: Receives first major surf sponsorships: Rip Curl and Tim Carroll Surfboards.
Age 10– 12: Receives sponsorship from by Angel eyewear and Gallaz shoes
Moves up the rankings in amateur surfing competition. Places high and wins many events.
Begins homeschooling to free up time to surf after finishing sixth grade at the Hanalei School.
Age 13: October 31, 2003, Bethany is attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack leaves Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany is on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude.
Just one month after the attack, Bethany returns to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. Places 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest (January of 2004)/ Becomes finalist in the “Most inspiring Person of the Year” award from Belief.net. Receives international TV, magazine, and newspaper recognition: ABC News 20/20 (Nov 21, 2003), Inside Edition (Nov 21, 2003), Good Morning America (Nov 2003), Anderson Cooper 360º (Dec 8, 2003)
Age 14: Takes 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title. Shares her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer.
Wins numerous awards including: Special “courage award” at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards, ESPY Award (by ESPN) – Comeback Athlete of the Year (July 2004), Woman of the Year from Gorbachev (Germany) (2004), Olympic Torch Honoree – Hawaii’s First Ever Triathlon (2004), FOX Teen Choice Awards – Courage Award (2004), Wahine O Ke Kai (Woman of the Sea) Award at the SIMA Waterman’s Ball (2004), Gene Autry Award – Courage and Inspiration Values (2004), Honoree recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Award.
Tours Europe and attends scholastic events to promote her autobiography. Visits wounded US Soldiers in Germany.
Age 15: Continues to receive various awards including: Takes Honolulu Citizens Award (2005), Mildred “Bob” Didrikson Zacharias Courage Award from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) (2005), USA Today – Free Spirit Award (2005), Honolulu Citizens Award (2005)
Travels to Phuket, Thailand on August 27-31 of 2005 for World Vision and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. During her time there she shares her story, raises awareness of disabilities and works with orphans, encouraging them not to be afraid of the water. Ultimately, this leads to many children and locals taking to the water and surfing.
Claire’s stores release “Bethany Hamilton / Soul Surfer” jewelry and accessories. Revelations Perfume & Cosmetics releases “Stoked” and “Wired to Live” Fragrance/cosmetic line. Speaks at Willow Creek Community Church Wins the United States national under-18 surf championships! (2005 NSSA National Championships, Explorer Women’s division). Appears in Richard & Judy show in UK (April 14, 2005).
Age 16: Receives Woman of the Year award from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia (2006). Travels to the Mentawais, Indonesia – one was a Rip Curl Girls Search surf trip; the other was with Walking on Water for the filming of their surf movie and Bethany’s documentary. Travels to Mexico for a missions trip with church youth group.
Age 17: Travels with her family to Mentawais, Indonesia for a surf trip. Does Indonesia surf/mission trip to help with community assistance program through Holidays with a Purpose. Releases personal documentary “Heart of a Soul Surfer”, which tours film festivals around the world (February 2007).
Does a lot of ‘motivational appearances’ worldwide – Surf trip to Puerto Escondido. Places 13th at US Open of Surfing in California. Becomes a guest speaker in Rock the Universe at Universal Studios, FL. Nominated for Best Female Performance (her documentary nominated for Best Documentary.) Goes to Mexico mission trip again with church youth group. Places 13th at Reef Hawaiian Pro on Oahu. Appears in the movie Down The Barrel.
ZonderKids publishes Soul Surfer™ book series including: the “Soul Surfer Bible”, “Ask Bethany”, “Rise Above” (a 90-day Devotional), and the Soul Surfer Fiction Series: “Clash”, “Burned”, “Storm”, & “Crunch”.
Age 18: Places 3rd at the Roxy Pro in Australia – her best finish yet in a professional surfing competition! First year full-time surfing on the WQS (Women’s Qualifying Series) Pro surfing circuit – traveling around the world for competition and training – end of the year finished 14th in the world on the Pro Qualifying Series rankings!
Places 5th place at US Open of Surfing in California! Travels to Bali, Indonesia for a surf trip with Rip Curl. Appears as a guest at Saddleback Church in Southern CA. Travels to Tahiti with brothers for surf training. Travels to other countries including Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Portugal.
Begins meetings with Hollywood ‘Bethany movie’ production team. The shark attack that nearly left her paralyzed helps her find her path in life and she soon begins studies in theology after high school, completing an Associate’s Degree at Calvary Chapel Bible College.
After a mission trip to Kauai, she decides that was where she belongs and ultimately moves there. She has since founded Kauai Child and a number of youth groups on the North Shore.
Age 19: Finishes second in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. Her story is re-featured in many top US networks/shows: Inside Edition, 20/20, ESPN, and E! Entertainment. Competes on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” – FOX’s hit game show, and wins $25,000! Travels to Sumatra & Bali, Indonesia for a surf trip with brothers! (Story featured on Surfline.com).
Places 3rd place at the Rio Surf International (WQS) in Rio de Janiero, Brazil! Featured on Surfer Mag’s IN THE LINEUP video! Brookwell McNamara Entertainment and Sony’s Affirm Films announces a FEATURE MOVIE about her story. Finishes 14th on ASP’s World Qualifying Series Ratings. Tow Surfs at the famous big wave Peahi “Jaws” on Maui, Hawaii, sparking the passion for more big-wave surfing in the future!
Age 20: Theatrical Movie, Soul Surfer, about Bethany’s story begins production in Hawaii. Special appearance on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (season 7, episode 24: Carr Family). Returns to Tahiti for surf trip twice. Boat trip with Rip Curl girls to the Mentawai Islands in Indonesia – a Tip2Tip adventure. Ranks 20th on the 2010 ASP Women’s Tour. Appears on an episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
Age 21: Her book is made into a major motion picture bearing the same title (Soul Surfer) which releases theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Travels around the USA, France, UK, & Ireland to promote the release of the movie. Surf trip with Rip Curl in Indonesia, sustains an arm injury with nerve damage. Movie nominated for several awards: Teen Choice Movie Drama, Teen Choice Movie Actress Drama (Anna Sophia Robb). ESPY Best Sports Movie, Satellite Award for Best Music Score (Marco Beltrami), Artios Award in Casting Independent Features (Joey Paul Jensen). Appears on ESPN Sport Center’s My Wish. Appears on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” with the Duggar family.
Becomes a nominee for VH1’s Do Something Awards. Goes back to Mexico for another surf trip. Travels to Maldives for a Surf & Charity trip with +H20. Movie wins ICM (Inspirational Country Music) Faith, Family & Country Award! Shoots a video for the Christian organization, I Am Second, telling about her struggle after the shark attack and how she trusted in God to get her through it.
Age 22: Receives ASP Peter Whittaker Award (2012). Releases a docudrama feature film Soul Surfer, based on her 2004 book. She is portrayed by Anna Sophia Robb—with Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Craig T. Nelson, Carrie Underwood and Kevin Sorbo also starring in the film. Hamilton performs all the one-armed surfing stunts in the film.
Becomes a guest speaker at Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. Receives the following award and recognitions: New York Times #1 Best-Selling Author: Soul Surfer, Life of a Maverick Award, Cinequest Film Festival (2011), Nominated for VH1’s Do Something Awards (2011)
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