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5.05.2014
Quite the heavy topic for a Monday morning, eh? Well, I've had my May focus planned for over a week now, but I took a slight change in direction after yesterdays sermon. My original plan was to talk about how I've neglected to take care of my body with the change in pace with our work schedules and my time management skills. And then Jesus laid this message on my heart and I couldn't ignore Him.

Oh and before I get deep on you, if you are new around these parts and wondering what this monthly focus stuff I speak of is? As a 2014 New Year's resolution I decided to have a monthly focus because focusing on something for 31 days sounded much more attainable than 365. Last month I made it a link-up so all of us gal pals can share our hearts and journeys together. Sound fun? Join in sometime this week or follow up again next month!

So... May's focus. Body image - Our eyes vs Gods' eyes.

We fight a constant battle within ourselves with our negative thoughts about our bodies. As women we obsess over the bulges, the cellulite, the curves or lack thereof. It's quite silly, but media makes us feel this way. What's hot, what's trendy and what's acceptable is thrown in our face daily.

Do you know who started it?

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”
Genesis 3:1-11

Ironically a women is the reason body image became relevant. Maybe Eve wasn't paying attention to whether or not she had cellulite, but she became aware of her privates and was quick to hide them from God and Adam. Maybe Adam didn't worry if he had love handles, but he hid from God because he was ashamed he was naked.

What about the man who made us? What does He think about our bodies?
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
"You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight." 
Luke 16:15
You mean to tell me God doesn't judge me upon the wrinkles on my brow or the extra layer of skin on my stomach? He doesn't care whether my butt fills out my jeans or if my nose is perfectly straight? He cares that my heart follows and trusts in Him. That I share His word with His people. That I treat my body as a temple to love and cherish and offer it as a living sacrifice to Him. Whoa!

My monthly focus is to attempt not to conform to this world. I don't want to look in the mirror and have 10 negative thoughts as to how I should change my image. I want to look in the mirror and say, "I am a child of my God who adores me. He sees my heart alone."

This month is about treating my body like a temple and loving myself for who I am and forgetting about what the world expects me to be.

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20 comments on "Body Image"
  1. You are gorgeous inside and out!! :) I think my May focus should be to get show self love. I am really thinking about getting into yoga :) Thank you for sharing your may focus!

    http://neatly-packaged.blogspot.com/

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  2. Thanks for posting this!
    It really is an awesome reminder- and something that as women it's so easy to have a negative focus about!

    The Lord looks at our hearts....what an awesome monthly focus!

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  3. Love.it. It's amazing how loud & influential those negatives thoughts are within my head!! You are beautiful {inside AND out} and I look forward to encouraging you along them way!!

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  4. I think this is an excellent reminder and we need to re-evaluate and make sure we're thinking about our bodies the way God does every so often!

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  5. A wonderful reminder Maegen, and you are so beautiful inside and out. I hate how as women we are pressured from the world to try and look perfect, but God does not care and THAT is what we should care most about. This is definitely going to be on my mind too :)

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  6. Awww Maegen!! Just another reason why I love you :) You are SO right!! It's so easy to be down on ourselves. I've have been that way to myself recently! Ahh, I need to have this plastered everywhere!!

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  7. Beautiful post! It's funny how as a woman you can't help but notice the things about your body that aren't perfect and compare yourself to others. I love this post, it's a great reminder!

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  8. Great monthly focus and one I think we all should strive for yearly!! Our bodies are the one and only ones we have so we should be proud of them and should be thankful - whatever they may look like!!

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  9. Great post girl! It's so easy to notice all the things you don't think are perfect about yourself and not focus on all the things that are perfect! Definitely a great reminder!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  10. It's always important to take care of yourself! I hope you manage to! I started doing it a few months ago and it's working well! I really like your blog! I'm glad that I found it! It would be nice if you could stop by my blog sometime too (I'm from England) as I post my outfits, personal style, likes and much more :) :)

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  11. Starting this week off kind of shallow, aren't you? Haha. I heart you and your heart. For me, I know that I go both ways. I get obsessive about a number on the scale (aka not treating my body as a temple) or I don't care what I put in it (food wise..I don't do drugs lol) aka not treating my body like a temple. I am going to be praying about this for both of us!

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  12. Great reminder. Happy Monday and start of a great new goal for the month :)

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  13. Wow! I love this so much! This is truly something all girls (no matter what age) need to read and be reminded of.

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  14. I went to Women of Joy conference a few weeks ago & it was about Beauty & how God sees us - & the whole time I was staring the lady sitting next to me thinking how much smaller her legs were then mine. MISSING THE POINT REBECCA!!! So hard to focus on the important opinion... God's!

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  15. Ahh so important and such a great way of looking at this not always great topic. We need to be happy with what God gave us...but it's also oh so important we take care of it - and ourselves - too. Great focus!!

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  16. this is so beautiful. this is an every-other day battle for me. that is why I love running so much. it reminds me to love what my body can do. I am going to copy your challenge and use the month of may to focus on treating my body like a temple. I am a few days behind but so what :)

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  17. What a great post, girl! It's so easy to get caught up in this world's idea of perfection. This is something I will be reminding myself of this month.

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  18. This is so good and so full of truth! Women need to see other women preach (like you just did) the truth so the lies can lose their claim on our hearts. I love this. I have been thinking about writing a far too honest post and this might be the nudge that I needed. Stay tuned...(and thank you)

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  19. thank you for the lovely scriptures! this is very helpful for me. i will read this over and over on really bad days.

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