OK, true confession time.
I hate bathing suit season.
Those are strong words (we don't even use the "h" word in our home)...but I'm being painfully honest. Something about being in a bathing suit out in public magnifies every single fear and insecurity that I have.
I'm sorry if I've disappointed you. I just need to get this off of my chest.
I know the Truth. I know that I am loved, accepted, and chosen just the way that I am. I know that my body is just a physical shell, and that what really matters is on the inside. I know that what my kids will remember someday is their mom having fun in the water with them. Splashing alongside of them. Helping them learn to swim. Cheering as they go down the big slide! I know my kids don't know if I wear a size 4 or 14 or 24 (and truth be told, they don't care). And I know my friends don't care either.
I'm really good at encouraging my friends and reminding them how beautiful they are ~ inside and out. And I mean it sincerely.
I also know that I hate bathing suit season.
I hope that by the end of the summer I will share with you how my mind was so renewed by the Truth that I frolicked all day long at the pool with my kids and enjoyed every single minute of it. I hope to tell you that this was the year I finally ripped down all of those lies and embraced the Truth of who God created me to be. I hope this is the year that I celebrate the victory that is mine in Christ!
What does victory look like? For me, it's not even about being a certain size. It's more about not allowing the world's standards to define me...and knowing (and receiving) the love and acceptance that God has for me. Just the way that I am.
But for today I feel led to share that this is a very real struggle. And it is sad for me. I desire to live a full, free life in Christ ~ and this is one area that I have so much work to do.
What about for you?? What is God teaching you this season?
Are there areas in your life where you are allowing lies to hold you back from being all that God has created for you to be??
May Summer 2009 be a season of Truth and Freedom and Victory for each and every one of us!! For His purpose and His Glory alone!!
Let's pray... Dear Lord, Thank You that You are a God of Truth. Thank You for Jesus...and that in Him we can live a full, free, abundant life. Thank You for molding us, shaping us, growing us to be more and more like You. Lord I pray for each one of us...that You would rip down any lies that we have believed for way too long (the lie that says we are not_______ enough) ~ and I pray that You would replace the lie with TRUTH ~ that in You we are MORE than enough. Thank You for hearing our prayer and for the assurance of VICTORY in You. In Jesus' Life Changing Name I pray. Amen.