Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Can God Redeem How We View Ourselves?

If you've wondered if God can redeem how you view yourself, this post is for you. If you have a string of lie-based labels for yourself, and you want to get past them - this post is for you. If you struggle with accepting how God has made you - please keep reading.

My friend Brin is sharing her story today - a story of how God redeemed her sense of self. Brin, I am blown away at how God is speaking through you in this post. Your words today have truly blessed me. Thank you for your honesty!

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I have always had a problem with my weight. Chubby kid. Fat Teen. Obese Mom. Ugh. The last one always gets to me. I cringe at the thought that a doctor can, without a doubt, say that I am obese. I used to blame everything and everyone else. I use to take the approach "I'll start on Monday". That Monday comes and goes, and next Sunday the same ugly cycle continues. Soon after having Dexter I went home one weekend for a friend's bridal shower. Searching high and low for that perfect outfit for my not so perfect body was becoming a struggle. Eventually I gave up, grabbed my go to dress, and we hit the road. When I got to my mom's and we started talking about it all. I could think about was how embarrassed I was of myself for not only letting myself go after having a baby, but so much before. The next morning I began to try on the dress and it didn't fit. This wasn't a case of me just 'thinking' it didn't fit - it REALLY did not fit. And that is why I began to sob. Uncontrollably sob over the fact that I couldn't find an outfit that properly fit me. You have to know that I was still extremely hormonal and running on a small amount of sleep so it would not be uncommon to find me sobbing in the bathroom. At this moment is when it hit me, or should I say 'He' hit me. God told me that I need to let go of what I want to look like and use what I have right now. I sat there confused and thinking. I'm not that kind of person who has these 'moments'. I'm not that in touch with God sometimes so he can't really be talking to me. Can he?

My best friend, Moriah (I was attending her bridal shower) and I a couple weeks after I had Dex.

It's only then that I realized that He is telling me that I need to be myself and be comfortable with that. I need to take the steps that are needed and work on my health. But right now that is not an option and I can't fix it. The Lord helped me realize that the view of myself is not the one that everyone else sees. He will never judge me for my weight. He will always be there no matter what I need to see. He helped me redeem the view of myself as just that. Myself. I needed to stop thinking in my head that other people were judging me, and take the time to learn to love these extra curves (or three) and just go with it. And that I did. I found a great pair of leggings and a glittery top and shined the rest of the day. Literally.




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Are you crying yet? Cuz tears were flowing when Brin sent me these words.

I love this: "The Lord helped me realize that the view of myself is not the one that everyone else sees. He will never judge me for my weight. He will always be there no matter what I need to see. He helped me redeem the view of myself as just that."

I need to let the truth of Brin's words (and God's words!) to sink in today.
If this post blessed you today, will you please go tell Brin? You can find her at her blog, Bold Butter Baby, on Twitter, and on Facebook! Comments turned off so that you can say hello!

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