Wife and mom are my two most important titles. I’m a Dietitian by training and like to call myself a Battle Strategist because I firmly believe that we are all warriors! I want us to be empowered warriors with the good energy and health needed to fight our daily battles. We can do this Warrior Moms! We have an important job to do!
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Self love, self care….. these terms seem very, well, self focused! I think there is a world view of self love and self care and then there is God’s view. As someone who encourages others on their health journey, I have been thinking about these opposing views for some time.
On one hand, you have the “it’s all about me” mentality. A very selfish, self focused state. An all consuming obsession with looks and outward appearance; with little thought given to the heart and the soul.
On the other hand, you have the extreme opposite. Self care and self love are negative terms. A negligent approach is taken with regard to health and overall well being. A disdain when it comes to loving yourself.
So how do we reconcile these two extreme approaches?
As I grow in my relationship with God, I know that the answer is found in His word. Does the Bible have anything to say about self love? Sure it does! It starts by reminding us of who we are in our Creator, Jesus Christ. Psalm 139: 13-16 leaves no doubt that we are special…….
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be
He created us with a beautiful and intricate design. I love the part that says we are wonderfully made!! I think it’s pretty, crazy amazing how the Bible indicates that God cares about every, single detail of the body He created and our life. Luke 12:7 says even the hairs of your head are numbered! Now here is some detail!!! By the way, do you realize that that number changes daily?? If not, throughout the day?? All of us have a completely unique fingerprint. He created us and He loves us.
With all of this attention to detail, doesn’t it make sense that God would want us to take care of and love what He created? 1 Corinthians 3:19 clearly states that we are God’s temple and His spirit dwells in us. And then again in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 we are reminded that our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, whom we have from God. It further goes on to say…..”You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
So here’s the deal. In my head, it makes complete sense! God created me. God loves me! He wants me to take care of the body that He gave me. And He wants me to see myself the way that He sees me. As a beautiful creation. But here is where the problem starts! Here is where I hear the lies in my head. The lies that tell me I’m not enough. The voice that convinces me to look around and compare myself to others. The lie that leads to the never ending cycle of looking to others for acceptance and approval. Suddenly, everything I know about being a creation of God Almighty flies out the window!