I posted this in 2015 and was encouraged all the more when it came across my Facebook memories a few weeks ago.
“Random FYI: It frustrates me to see photos from high school and remember how I thought that I was “fat.” All women do it. Ladies of all ages, embrace your bodies and every mark on it. If you don’t like it then do the work to change it but never self shame. I love all of me! This body beat graves disease! This body birthed and nursed 3 super cool children and carried precious angel babies! This body is awesome now and will still be awesome as I lose weight! Love your WHOLE self. Change if necessary but never stop loving you.
#confidenceiskey #embraceyourbody #loveyourbody #workhard #earnyourselfie #loveyourselfie”
So, that is my tip for today and actually the reason I wanted to encourage you all to love your selfie this month. Embrace every part of your body, without shame and be grateful that you are fearfully and wonderfully made by the Most High God. If you want to change how you look then feel free to; however, adjust your body to be healthier and live longer, not for vanity or out of self pity.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:13-16 The Message Bible
I recently participated in a YouVersion bible reading plan called Captured & Crowned: 7 Days of Promises during which you read about God’s view of you, understand your Christ-centered value, and obtain a sense of esteem based on biblical principles. We enjoyed this reading plan and I decided to share one of the prayers from the study.
“God, forgive me for complaining about the body you have given me. It is a blessing to be able to walk, talk, breathe and hear. There are so many people who can’t do those things. I want to take a fresh new look at my body image in a way that honors you. Help me to praise you for each and every part of me. Also, help me to work on my inner beauty even more than I do the outside. Thank you for the gift of my physical body. Amen” **obtained from Day 2 of Captured & Crowned: 7 Days Of Promises via YouVersion**
Make this week grand,