Thursday, November 17, 2011

Unlearning


I've been reading Made to Crave Devotional, and today's devotion was about perceived body image and how women, in particular, are harsh critics of their own bodies. As I read, I thought about how many times I put myself down. If someone else said those things about me, I would be angry, but I allow the negative self-talk. Obviously, I need to "unlearn" what I have learned and accepted all my life.

At the end of this devotion, author Lysa TerKeurst states, "Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, 'Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.'  I’ve found my beautiful. And I like my beautiful. I don’t have to hold my beautiful up to other people’s bodies with a critical eye of judgment. I pray that you see your beautiful today and enjoy the blessings of the body that God gave you."

Today, challenge yourself by looking in the mirror and saying the following:


Repeat this exercise daily for a week. 

 


7 comments:

  1. The world tells us body image is the most important. God tells us what we think, what we do, what we say is the most important. God sees the heart. I want to be beautiful to God.

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  2. Wonderful post. We are our own worst critics. We'd never say - or think! - the things we do about our own bodies of a friend's...

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  3. If only we could always remember this!!

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  4. Loved your message today Nancy.
    I will refer back to it often.
    Thanks for being my friend.
    Cheryl

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  5. Good practice to keep...thanks!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts. I continue to struggle with my body image, and I know I don't have anything to worry about. Still, my fears of becoming overweight linger. I must repeat the little mantra...often.

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