trying to learn to be kind to myself and my body. i’m not going to lie, it’s been a long journey, and it’s not any easier at twenty five than it was in sixth grade. i thought being stuck at home this season would mean more time for self-care, more sit ups, and less carbs. i also thought being married would mean finally being comfortable and confident in my own skin. yet two months into both, there is a lot of frozen pizza and i’m still hiding my chunk under big sweatshirts.
but loving ourselves can’t mean just losing weight or gaining muscle or always buying the cutest clothes, because when do we stop measuring? when will we believe we’re good enough? loving ourselves is not what the world teaches us to do; it’s hard, and it takes a lot of practice, but i think it’s worth the bad days.
and the truth is Jesus says i’m beautifully and wonderfully made and worth dying on a cross. who am i to argue with the King of kings?? who am i to say His creation isn’t good enough??
Psalm 139:13-15 – 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.
1 John 3:1 – See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
Romans 5:8 – But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
so today, i’m choosing to notice the details of God’s work and trying to speak kindly to them.
how do YOU practice self-love??