Contentment Series: With Yourself

God has been dealing with my heart about contentment in finances, mothering, more mothering and marriage. At the same time, I want to help build up other bloggers, so this week, I am hosting some awesome women who are talking about contentment in various aspects of our lives. I pray that you’ll be blessed by these posts like I was, and that you’ll discover some new-to-you awesome bloggers in the process!

I’m excited to introduce Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake.  She hosts a weekly weightloss link-up every Wednesday, and her words and story are very inspiring. 

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Who Determines Beauty?

I had to laugh when Crystal asked me to write about contentment with weight/body issues.  Obviously God has a sense of humor.  He alone would know that this is one area of contentment where I still struggle.

You would think I would be at peace with my body.  I lost 60 pounds in the last 18 months.  I went from a size 16 to a size 6.  I now have more muscle than I’ve ever had in my life.

But that isn’t what I see in the mirror.

I still see the size 16 me staring back at me.  I see the big hips and the bulging belly that continue to plague me.  And I wonder if I’ll ever have the body I want.

In the back of my mind I question the ideal body image.

Will I ever be skinny enough?

The truth hit me like a lightning bolt last week.

NEVER

I will never be skinny enough…

…beautiful enough…

…good enough…

You see those are worldly standards.  And the enemy of our souls will always tell us we are never enough.  Unfortunately he’s been haunting me a little too much lately.

The enemy has tested my courage and made me afraid.  I’m afraid that I’ll go back to my old self.  I’m afraid that this new me is temporary.  I’m afraid to quit trying to lose weight because I might gain it all back.

So I keep pushing myself a little harder.  I keep working a little harder to try to be good enough.

But the reality is I will never be enough…in my own strength.

That’s why I need Jesus.

When Jesus died on the cross He made me enough.  He perfected me in a way that no diet or exercise could ever do.  And it’s only by His grace that I can learn to accept myself.

Because the truth of the matter is God thinks I am beautiful just the way I am.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  Ecclesiastes 3:11

I love this verse.  It not only says God made everything beautiful.  It says God makes everything beautiful in its time.  That means me…and you, my friend.  He made us beautiful in our time…at whatever stage we are in our life…big thighs, stretchmarks, wrinkles, and all.

I am slowly learning to accept this truth.  I am learning it’s not about a number on the scale…or a size in my closet. It’s about how my Heavenly Father sees me.  And HIS opinion matters more than the world’s standards.

“The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.”  Psalm 45:11

Dear Lord, we thank You today that You love us just the way we are.  Thank You for reminding us that we are beautiful in your sight.  Help us to understand that truth in our heart and to know your goodness always.  Thank You for life and the ability to enjoy it.  May we forever give You praise.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

About Alicia:
I am married to my best friend and together we homeschool our 13 year old son. I also work part-time for our family business & I am extremely involved in my homeschool group. All of this leaves me more than a little flaky. So join me, as we share life, from one snowflake to another.

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