Ground YOUR Beauty In Christ!
"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"
1 Corinthians 6:19
As I got older, I felt the pressure to conform to what others thought of me. I needed to look a certain way, dress to impress, and do all the things Pinterest style. My identity was found in what others thought of me and not what Jesus said about me. And man that is exhausting.
I can think of so many times going through college, and then when social media became a 'thing', that I struggled with my identity. It is the world we live in. From women to men, humans can struggle with wanting to look like someone they believe to be more beautiful than them. I, often always refer to the common statement, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." And when your beauty is grounded in Christ, that is the only beholder you need, my sister. But when it isn't, it becomes a tiring way to live.
Comparison is truly the thief of joy. Social media can be an amazing, uplifting, positive outlet for people to connect and rejoice in others successes. It can also be detrimental for those of us that struggle with comparing. When I feel like I am not in the word enough, or giving my heart to Jesus for things I know that need him, I can still fall back into the comparison game. When I find myself doing that, I call on Him. I rest in His presence. I dig into the Bible. In this time where we are home more, scrolling more, 'watching' more. I pray that you write His words on your heart. There are many verses I turn to, to hear from Him.
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. I know that full well" Psalm 139:13-14. How can we question this?!? He knit us together, in our mothers womb! He chose you! He made you fearful and wonderful and his daughter, perfect in His eyes.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will" Romans 12:2. His will has been given to us. It is perfect and pleasing. If we allow ourselves to be consumed with our self worth being dependent on acceptance of the world, we will have forgotten our value.
There are seasons of life we go through to grow us, to humble us to have us call on Him more. I was in a place of not knowing what to do to fuel my body properly. I worked out tirelessly. I was 'in shape' for the most part, but very often had a stomach ache. I always felt bloated. Foggy in a sense. I knew that God wanted more for me. His desires were greater for me and not to be consumed by feeling the way I was.
I entered into a 21 day reset program, that provided me the knowledge I needed to nourish my body properly. I eliminated foods that I didn't realize were hindering me. It was eye opening. After that reset, I was on a journey to a healthier me. I rarely if ever consumed dairy. I ate minimal gluten and my sugar intake was dark chocolate! I drank lots of water, ate lots of vegetables and fruits. It was sustainable at the time and for many years.
In 2017, I was married to my now husband who loves me, encourages me, challenges me to grow deeper with the Lord. He has been a huge contributor to my confidence in who I am, along with Jesus. I know Jesus gave me him for so many reasons, but this one in particular, is so nice to have someone cheering you on, complimenting you and that always has your back. We quickly found out after our wedding, that we were expecting a baby! A baby changes everything .
Those habits I had formed, were quickly changing as I became nauseous for much of my pregnancy. I ate what made me not feel nauseous. I didn't move my body as much as I did prior to being pregnant. It was a big change for me physically and mentally, as I know it is for many women. Carrying a child for nine months and then caring for their every need after birth is something I leaned on the Lord with and still do! We are so blessed with a healthy, happy now two year old boy! He is a blessing from the Lord and what a fun, exciting journey it is to be a mom! Some women are able to shed the baby weight so quickly, and some hold onto those extra pounds for a long time. And does it matter? Not to God! He has given you the tools to mother your children. He chose you mama!
What I have found is a sense of freedom! He has called me by name! He has given me this heart, body, mind and soul to do great things! Whether you are holding onto 10 extra lbs of weight after having a baby, you haven't bought yourself a new article of clothing in a year, your house is a mess, except the little spot you cleaned for your social media picture, the cupboards keep calling your name at 11 pm, because you only eat the scraps your kids leave behind, your clean laundry has been sitting in the laundry basket for a week, waiting to be put away, just know we have all been there. None of that defines you. Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth, or even how you see your self sometimes. "Rather clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh" Romans 13:14
Praying for you sweet sister and that you place your worth in Him. Your body is a temple He gave you to love Him and love others. Don't dwell in the little stuff! You are worth more than rubies in His eyes and He is the one that matters!
Krissy Parsons - CTC Influencer
Krissy is from Rochester, NY. She is a happy wife to Rob (2 years), blessed bonus mama to Robby (8) and Laelynn (5) and is the loving mommy to Jax (2).
She works full time in the corporate world of insurance and loves her career. She loves to encourage other women to pursue the Lord and to take care of themselves! She has a passion for soccer, as she played in college (Charleston Southern University). She loves to kick a soccer ball around with her kids and include them in her daily at home workouts! One of her favorite places to go with her husband is Boston, MA. They both love history and the Boston Red Sox!