Monday, October 17, 2011

Not only fine feathers...

In a culture where we are saturated with images of what's supposed to be beautiful and sexy, I would be lying if I said I didn't struggle with our image-obsessed society a little.

As I near my 40's I am learning to redefine what is healthy and normal for a woman my age.
Embracing the laugh lines and the metabolism that is starting to slow down...
Remembering that my body gave me four babies!  What a miracle that is!...and the stretch marks and cellulite are well-worth it.

Having a daughter reminds me again and again that I want her to find her beauty in God's love...
that I want her to value her kindness, her intelligence, her creativity above any outer beauty that she may have.
I want her to remember that she is enough no matter what size she is...that her body is a temple, that she should be healthy and take care of it; but to nurture her soul above all else.

Even at five, yes, the earlier the better!  Because even at five she watches television, she sees magazine covers, she is already a target for consumerism and they are telling her she needs to be pretty and skinny to fit in.

But as her mother, I will do my darnedest to teach her that she is not what she sees in the mirror.
She is a child of God, and her beauty will radiate from the inside-out...




Me and my girl :)

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4 comments:

Leslie said...

that print AND the picture are both precious and you both are BEAUTIFUL! inside and out :)

Creatively Content said...

I think this post and this piece of art are one of my favorite of yours. I have two girls and I too have been considering age and redefining things in my own heart. That I would let go of my vanity and embrace true beauty. Thanks for this beautiful reminder.

Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh, wow...do I love this post & sentiment. I just turned 40 this year and have a 6 year old daughter - so I have the same feelings as you wrote here. I am SO thankful that my daughter can focus on what GOD considers beautiful & not the world. It is hard to escape though right!? Beautiful picture of the two of you! :)

Christi said...

Beautiful!