Remembering Your Weight Is Not Your Worth

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As mom to 7, I’m often asked if they are “all mine.” After I briefly explain our beautifully-blended family, then I’m usually asked a second question. “So you had six of them?”  The saucy side of me wants to reply “No, they hatched.” But thankfully, the Spirit restrains me and I answer with “Yes, all 6.” And then a conversation follows with something like “How in the world do you stay thin?”  I am not telling you this typical conversation for any reason other than a woman’s weight is a very tricky conversation topic. I’m half embarrassed that it draws a frequent conversation. Now mind you, I really want to be healthy, just like you. And I definitely want to be attractive to my husband, just like you.

But just like any other woman on the planet, my physical weight has fluctuated. In fact, my personal weight has varied as much as 60 lbs. over the course of bearing my 6 biological children.  I’m guessing that many of you can relate to wishing that after baby weight didn’t stay indefinitely or at least dropped off faster.  Maybe it’s been years and you are still struggling with weight gain. Maybe your weight gradually crept up and you are currently in a stage of moving forward to a healthier weight.  Maybe you struggle with a thin unhealthy weight. Wherever you are on the scale, today I wanted to focus on remembering that your weight is not your worth.

  1. Your weight is not your worth because you were bought with a price.

“for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Cor. 6:20

  1. Your weight is not your worth because God’s work in you provides your purpose.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

  1. Your weight is not your worth because you are God’s child.

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Rom. 8:16&17

  1. Your weight is not your worth because you have no need to live under condemnation.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Rom. 8:1

  1. Your weight is not your worth because your worth is to be found in glorifying God.

Glorifying God means doing our best to have a healthy temple, but not allowing the battle of keeping a healthy temple define our worth.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:19&20

No matter your number on the scale, your worth as a Christian is found in Christ. His Word. His love. His peace. His joy. His gifts to us.

Have you ever allowed your weight to define your worth? Is it a day to day struggle? How do you combat this battle?

Rachel at RachelWojo.com

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How Your Smartphone Can Become a FITphone!

For those of you who have a smartphone, it’s time to make it your FITphone! Here are some great ways that it can be used to keep you on track!

How your SMARTphone can become your FITphone! : thebettermom.com

Here are 5 ways that I do this!
1.) Accountability

I do this in multiple ways. (And if you are wondering if I really use accountability in my journey, YES I DO!)

- Text Messages: Easy way to check-in through the day!

- Voxer (an app you can download): This is my current favorite! It’s like a walkie talkie, but better!

- Phone calls (remember the old school way? ha)

2.) Food Journaling

There are times when I need to lean up a little bit or get myself back on track. The food journaling apps on smartphones are excellent! Try MyFitnessPal or Lose It!

3.) Focus

Many times I’ll put a motivational statement or bible verse on my lock screen so that it keeps me focused on my goal. I have to change it often because it’s easy to get used to seeing it, thus you look past it, but it is an awesome tool.

4.) Music and Podcasts

I use music when I am running or at the gym, and I use podcasts when I’m doing pilates type exercises and FOOD PREPPING for the week! Keeps my mind busy while my hands work! Not sure who to listen to? Ask your friends, or put your hot topic items in the “search” menu on your podcast app! (i.e.: family, marriage, christian, leadership, marketing)

5.) Apps

Pinterest helps me when I need a recipe while at the grocer, Nike Training Club is great for a quick workout, Tabata Timer works great at the gym when I want to do a speed workout, and instagram to get food and exercise inspiration! (And to share what you are doing, too!)

So if you have a smartphone, why not make it your FIT phone?! Do you have anything you would add to this list?!

Press on!

Clare

www.peak313.com

blending beauty with grace | #thebeautybalance

I’ve been diving right into this 31 Day Writing Challenge, where each blogger chooses a topic to write about for 31(ish) days. Because it’s right where God has me, I’ve chosen to share on Blending Beauty with Balance.
(#thebeautybalance, if you want to follow along…or better yet, join the conversation using the hashtag!)

It’ll be a fun and encouraging 31(ish) days where I’ll be sharing tips and tricks while digging deeper, finding purpose, and blending beauty with balance — all with a heart of intention. {all 31(ish) Days will be linked here}

 a Mama and her little daughter lie on the grass

I tend to ponder so often about the message I’m putting out there on my blog and YouTube channel with all this beauty, makeup and fashion talk. And I confess that I have truly been in the trenches over this deep longing to know just how to live and share a life of beauty with balance.

And while it’s true that beauty, style, and fashion can make life a little more fun (I mean, can we just talk about the giddy joy in finding a fabulous shade of lipstick?) …what brings an even greater joy to my soul, is living that beauty, and knowing that the beauty we delight in is truly a reflection of our Creator.

But, I didn’t always see it this way, and I haven’t always had this sort of outlook when it comes to beauty.

I still remember the day I found out I was having a daughter, that day when I heard those four little words that brought tears to my eyes and a panicking fear to my heart, “You’re having a girl.”

And as we walked back to the car from our appointment, I grasped my husbands hand and whispered to him my greatest fear… “How will I keep her from becoming like me?”

For so many years up until that day, I had been struggling — drowning might actually be more like it — in placing my value and worth on what I looked like on the outside. And every time I looked into the mirror, I saw someone not good enough. Not beautiful enough. Not thin enough. And ultimately, not worthy enough.

These lies I believed to be truths caused me to turn down social invitations and withdraw from friendships where I just didn’t feel enough, or felt too embarrassed of the package I had to present. Instead it seemed better to be home where the only judgement I had to endure, was my own.

But on that day in that doctors appointment, when God knew what I needed better than I did, I realized that I had no choice but to finally choose the path to healing. And I had to get uncomfortable, even more than I already was, in order to really yank out the roots from the weeds of lies I’d allowed to take over my mind.

And on the day when Chloe was born, while I still had so far to go, I found myself finally in place where beauty no longer defined who I was or what I was worth.

It’s a journey, and I am imperfect, and I still have many moments of struggle.
But, the only difference is, I refuse to stay in that place.

And it’s those precious moments when I watch my sweet little girl sitting at my vanity, playing with my makeup, that I realize more than ever, that as women, mamas, and mentors, we have such a great responsibility to teach these little ones the truth about beauty.

And when I hear her ask me if I think she’s beautiful, I want nothing more than for her to know that her beauty is so much more than what she will ever see in the mirror. That true beauty is being adorned from the inside out, making every effort to blend beauty with grace, ultimately reflecting Him in all that we are and in everything we do.

And it’s when we ourselves believe and live that truth with devoted intention, that those little eyes and hearts watching us, will long for and understand the beauty God intended for us all to be and to live in all that we are and in everything we do.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10

We are His poem and His masterpiece.
I pray with all my heart that we live this, and more importantly, that we pass it on.

xo,

Summer
www.summersaldana.com

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