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Overcoming the Odds

Haven Shepherd diving into a swimming pool

For Haven Shepherd, 2018 Beautifully Flawed retreat attendee, living life as an amputee is all she’s ever known — but that hasn’t stopped her by any means. It’s a life she’s embraced to the full, a life of looking challenge straight in the eye and saying “game on,” a life of overcoming odds, inspiring young people, and accomplishing world-renowned achievements, all with an unwavering trust and faith in God.

Coming Full Circle

Andrea Zavala with Bethany Hamilton

We have a saying at Beautifully Flawed — it’s the filler we see between a prayer and a miracle, just as God changes the page from tragedy to triumph — and it is “But God.” “But God” moments follow a time of despair or crisis, signifying a pivotal change brought about by divine intervention. They reveal God’s ultimate authority and transformative power in seemingly impossible situations. When we feel hopeless, He is still writing our story.

From Attendee to Leader

Josh Reed wakesurfing

No one wishes to walk through fire. No one dreams of journeying through the difficulties. It goes against everything in our human nature that desires safety, comfortability, and control. And yet, what if?

Beauty from Ashes

Carley and Bethany Hamilton showing off their stumps

Much has transpired in Carley Shoesmith’s life since she stepped out of the van in Del Mar, CA to attend her very first Beautifully Flawed retreat in 2013 — the inaugural retreat for the foundation. Her story hasn’t been easy by any means, yet, it’s one filled with hope, a story of how God took chapters of pain, disappointment, and loss and used it for good, turned it into purpose.

The Power of a Care Package

When our team receives a Friends of Bethany Care Package request, we do everything within our power to have a quick turnaround because we know how vital it is in the midst of a traumatic limb loss to have a support system.

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Ira Rich surfing

So often, it’s the people that have gone before us that pave the way for our victory. It’s those who have fought for their breakthrough, and walked through the fire to find their healing that fill others with contagious hope. The belief that if God did it for those before, He can do it for me too.

“But God”

Beautifully Flawed 2023 Del Mar, CA

Celebrating 10 years of retreats has brought me on a journey of all that the Lord has done in that time and even before it all started. I remember many years ago laying in a hospital bed with a broken neck and back and truly feeling life as I knew it was over. It was […]

A Story Yet to Be Written – Heather’s Story of Hope

One of my most fond Christmas memories isn’t with extravagant gifts, or where everything looked like a Hallmark movie. Christmas in our home growing up was very simple. My mom was a single mom of five kids, and money was always tight.

An Aloha Story – Lauren’s Story of Hope

One of my most fond Christmas memories isn’t with extravagant gifts, or where everything looked like a Hallmark movie. Christmas in our home growing up was very simple. My mom was a single mom of five kids, and money was always tight.

The Journey Is Not Linear – Jesse’s Story of Hope

One of my most fond Christmas memories isn’t with extravagant gifts, or where everything looked like a Hallmark movie. Christmas in our home growing up was very simple. My mom was a single mom of five kids, and money was always tight.