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Can I be honest with you?
I grew up despising my body. Body image? Definitely negative. Self Esteem? Wasn’t that a bad thing?
Dieting was on my mind all the time from a very young age.
I never felt satisfied. My weight went up and down right along with my perspective of myself.
I never quite looked the way I wanted to look.
Who They Said I Would Be
The funny thing is, before writing this, the subject of body image in my mind definitely fit in this blog series. I still believe it does, but I’m realizing that no one directly said I would be anything as it related to my appearance.
And maybe this is the point!
How often do we conjure up lies about what other think about us? We see ourselves a certain way, so they must see us that way too. I fear that I will be a certain way in the future, so they must think that too.
We put ourselves into categories- set to stay in them the rest of our lives. Before we know it, everyone else put us in those categories too.
As it turns out… it was I who told myself who I would be.
I told myself that I would be overweight. I told myself that I would be the type of person who would need to work especially hard if I ever wanted to have the body I desired. Yes, I would be the type of person who would have a life-long struggle that I would never quite overcome. I would never quite be confident or comfortable in my own skin.
I am NOT that
Here I am: 26 years old, 4 years into marriage, and my body has endured a lot. It carried Zariah and Zeke and our little baby who we lost to a miscarriage. 3 pregnancies, a miscarriage, and lots of life changes later… my body is very different than I ever imagined or wanted it to be growing up.
I weigh more now than I ever thought I would. There are curves on my body I didn’t know could exist. I have marks because I have been stretched. I have lines and dark places writing the stories of my life right across my face.
Despite all of this I am finding more confidence than ever before.
I am not who I said I would be.
Who I am
Words are powerful!
[[Proverbs 18: 21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.]]
The thoughts I had about myself and the words I spoke about myself and my body were nothing short of destructive. But praise be to God, He gives me the truth. And the truth is setting me free from the seeds of negative identity that I planted.
So today I will declare the truth that God has given me.
I declare that my body was designed by a masterful Creator.
I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
My body can do amazing things and it is a tool in the hand of God.
I can be healthy and strong without being consumed with dieting and weight.
My confidence does not come from the number on the scale or the curves on my body.
I am not a woman enslaved to an image set out to me by the world. I am free in Christ.
Today I declare that I am a woman who will gladly embrace the body God has given me, and I will commit myself to nurturing it to a better, healthier state.
So what about you?
What have you told yourself you would become? Maybe you spoke lies over yourself related to body image, maybe the lies were about something entirely different.
Sometimes the lies we believe about our identities are from no one but ourselves. And those lies can have such a huge impact. Words are powerful.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify the lie you spoke about yourself and to give you the truth to declare today. As you begin to declare, believe and live the truth, you will see so much power and victory in your life!
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Your identity matters. You matter!
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