i feel like sharing some things that are on my heart about this subject. 1 because it breaks my heart that women struggle with this so bad & 2 because i feel like i have been having this conversation with so many people lately.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
— we need to wake up people. this is a battle people fight everyday. the media throws so many things in our faces about what we are “supposed” to look like or who we are “supposed” to be. every where we go there are images jumping out at us saying, “hey, you need to look this” “hey, you are not good enough”. our little girls are walking through the malls and society is shaping their beautiful little minds into something it should never be. an image that is false. we are turning on the tv and every commercial is about weight loss, another diet, or a model showing us what we “should” look like. the world has this standard that we measure ourselves with & it ends in heart break, a poor body image, we tell ourselves we are not good enough, we don’t measure up, it ends up with children in the hospital from depression & self harming. it breaks my heart. we all struggle with it. i just want women to step up and show these girls the truth. every single one of you are beautiful. don’t get me wrong, i don’t have a problem with people working out, eating healthy, doing your cross-fit, or the women that are naturally thin. what i am saying is when what you look like becomes who you are, when your self-image is found in what you look like instead of who God has made you to be.
God new us before we were ever made. he planned for each of us to be here. he made us all different. how amazing that we are so thought out. that every action led to each and every one of us. i want to encourage every person that is effected by the world standards and speak good things into one another. speak like into each other. surround yourself with positive people and read the word of God over your life. you are not who the world says you are, you are so much more.
check out this video that amy poehler made here
this breaks my heart
this world is sad, but it doesn’t have to be. lets stand up for each other. we need to support each other & remind each other of who we truly are. lets not focus on what we view as negative- lets speak the positive. lets not speak bad about each other & complain. the cup is always more full than we think. we are so blessed to have every thing that we do. don’t take it for granted. lets love each other. lets love ourselves. lets not be a statistic, lets break the strongholds that are so prevalent in this world. lets truly believe what the word says about us & lets step into who the lord has called each one of us to be. we are all different & unique lets be that person.
“Your real, new self (which is Christ’s and also yours, and yours just because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him. Does that sound strange? The same principle holds, you know, for more everyday matters. Even in social life, you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making. Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. The principle runs through all life from top to bottom, Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favourite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end submit with every fibre of your being, and you will find eternal life. Keep back nothing. Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.”
what i always like to say. “be true to you”