What Voice Are You Listening To?

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Note from Kat: Today’s post is from the lovely Jenni Keller

Ps 11973

Four of us stood around the kitchen island while our kids played downstairs. While we talked about the start of school and getting settled into new routines, our conversation took a sadly, familiar turn to the topic of body image.

While we four women have very different body types, we shared one thing in common: the struggle for contentment. And as one woman shared, I looked at her and couldn’t see what it was that she saw in herself and so clearly could not accept. We nodded our heads as she spoke, because we all have the same thoughts rattling through our heads at times.

While I could have gone around the table and noted beauty in each of these girls, it’s not nearly as easy to look in the mirror and make the same notations of myself. And as I strive for health, through healthy eating and exercise, I find that I have to lay down thoughts and motivations that aren’t honoring to God, more than I care to admit.

I want to be healthy for the long haul, so that I can live a long life, enjoy my family, serve God and remain active for many years to come. That’s the big picture. The picture I love and take pride in.

But, there’s also a voice I wrestle with, when my pants get a little snug, that lies to me about my worth. That wants me to punish myself or think negatively of myself, stealing my focus for days at a time.

This is a calculated, effective scheme of our enemy. And he would love nothing more than to steal our attention away from God’s grander purpose for our days, and ultimately, from who God says we are in Him.

After our conversation, I was reminded of how the enemy is whispering the same lies in all of our ears and how susceptible I am to those lies, again and again.
As your sister in Christ, let me share truth with you today:
Psalm 8:3-5

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.

Psalm 119:73
Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Proverbs 31:30
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
Luke 12:7
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
The struggle is real. We live in a fallen world.
When you feel tempted to hate your body, believe your less valuable or punish yourself because of lies, find a verse that speaks to you or stick these verses on your fridge or your mirror, and don’t just read them, but speak the truth out loud.
How do you combat the body image lies? 
 Jenni is a passionate Christ-fol14461727596_b274881371_olower. Wife. Mommy to four. Learning to embrace His redeeming work in my life through motherhood. I love cooking, running, coffee and community. Child sponsorship advocate for Horizon International, Inc.

Renew Your Mind

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(Note from Kat: Today’s post is from regular contributor Jenni Keller.)

I’m a first generation athlete. I grew up in a family that valued health and watched their diets, but athletes, we were not.

After my second pregnancy, I was up about 50 pounds and feeling desperate to reclaim my body and my health. And so my journey began.

I’m not sure at what point I crossed over the line and began to embrace and believe it; but after six years, I finally believe I’m an athlete.

One very important lesson I’ve learned in my pursuit of health and in my life, is that my “norm” is always changing. As I eat more healthy food, healthy food tastes and even sounds better to me. As I push my body to new goals, my endurance, my muscles and my mental toughness continue to evolve.

I often think of the verse in Romans that says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 (ESV))

Breakdown the word “renew”, to “new again”. Our minds can be made “new again” and will in turn “transform” us. As we continue to pursue Christ, get to know Him and his character, we are made new. More like Him. Our norm transforms from what the world says is the standard, to more in line with His Standard.

I love what this verse teaches, because I believe God’s truth is true in all aspects of life.

The lifestyle that feels normal to you now, doesn’t have to feel like your normal one month from now. The enemy wants us to believe that “I could never (fill in the blank)”. The truth is, “…with God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 (ESV))

And your giant leap of faith begins with the baby step of squashing the lie.

The truth is God has epic adventures ahead for you and pushing in on your fear and doubt is the first step towards His best for you. Set that alarm. Write down that goal. Do a search on a health topic of interest. And trust His renewing work, one day at a time.

 

What healthy lifestyle goal feels impossible to you? What lies are you believing? What doubts cloud your faith? Click here to join the discussion.

 

Passionate Christ-fol14461727596_b274881371_olower. Wife. Mommy to four. Learning to embrace His redeeming work in my life through motherhood. I love cooking, running, coffee and community. Child sponsorship advocate for Horizon International, Inc