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Beauty Starts Within

Psalm 45:11 says: Let the King be enthralled by your beauty, for he is your Lord.

To be honest, I have battled body image issues at different times/stages of my life.  That being said, I wish we could all look in the mirror and see ourselves as God sees us: perfect, beautiful, His, worthy.  Unfortunately, our tendency is to seek the world to help us look a certain way.  The truth is we are all built differently; uniquely.  Tall, short, thin, chunky, small, larger, the list goes on to every body part.  The most important thing is to be healthy; eat well, exercise, smile, laugh, have friends, seek God.

So let’s talk realistically.  First off, you have to be content with your body even if your not completely happy with it at the moment.  Look at what you want to change, is it a realist change?  If it is a solid body part like, your nose, ears, toes, lips, eyes, etc you need to stop!  These are how you were made. The things I am talking about are things like muscles and fat.  These things can be changed.  The food we eat and the exercise we do can change these.  While you are working on changing yourself, keep your eyes on Christ.  I know looking in the mirror can be hard at times.  From my experience, I have made myself stand in front of a mirror naked and accept what I look like right now, not what my goals are.  I encourage you to do the same, stand there for as long as it takes to find some contentment.  It’s also important to remember your body didn’t change overnight or in a short period of time.  Give it time to change again, slow and steady will yield the best results. I do not believe in dieting, I do believe in changing your diet.  

I am in a season of change right now.  For 2 months I have changed some eating habits and  worked out 4-5 times a week.  My clothes are starting to fit oddly, and I don’t see big number change on my scale.  I start to feel discouraged, but I know there is small change happening that will last.  Please know I don’t believe everyone should be a certain size, I believe you need to figure out what is healthiest for you, weight, exercise, food etc. It’s about you and your body.       

Keep moving forward, and do what works best for you.  I pray you can look in the mirror everyday and smile at what you see!  

Hard part of parenting

Proverbs 13:24

He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

I personally do not enjoy spanking my children, many times I have cried right along side of them after I have had to spank them or do a hold therapy with them. I know by disciplining my children when they are young will be helpful in the future.  My children have a respect for authority.  I always say I would rather spank and discipline my young children than to leave it to the cops when they get older.

Being a Christian mama

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not part from it.

I know parenting takes a lot of work, both emotional,and physical.  You can choose to withdraw or deposit into your children’s lives.

The Bible and a bag of candy

So we are always trying to make the Bible a resource and fun book to read.  I like to buy a bag of Hershey’s Kisses.  I then have all my kids get their Bibles.  As we gather in our family room, my hubby will call out a book and verse in the Bible, the first one to find it gets a candy tossed to them.  Since we have 5 kids and age range of 4-17, we often make teams so the little ones are included.  If your kids are not able to read yet, you can teach them a verse and each time they can recite it give them a candy.  Lets keep our kids looking up!