Monday, July 30, 2012

Body Image

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1 Min:

The girl in the mirror may not resemble the girl in your wedding pictures. Her once stylish hair is now kept in a pony tail. She squeezes in the shower when she can. If her baby naps, she may put on a cute outfit. Look at those dark circles under her eyes! And let's not even mention the extra 15 lbs she's carrying.
Reality check: pregnancy, birth, midnight feedings, and parental anxiety don't make us more beautiful; unless we measure beauty differently.
 If you look close at that girl in the mirror, you'll see new laugh lines. She radiates a warmth she never knew before. She is not someone's favorite person in the whole world. Can you accept her?

5 min:

Psalm 139:1-24

New International Version (NIV)
You have searched me,(A) Lord,
    and you know(B) me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;(C)
    you perceive my thoughts(D) from afar.
You discern my going out(E) and my lying down;
    you are familiar with all my ways.(F)
Before a word is on my tongue
    you, Lord, know it completely.(G)
You hem me in(H) behind and before,
    and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,(I)
    too lofty(J) for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee(K) from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens,(L) you are there;
    if I make my bed(M) in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,(N)
    your right hand(O) will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark(P) to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;(Q)
    you knit me together(R) in my mother’s womb.(S)
14 I praise you(T) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,(U)
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made(V) in the secret place,
    when I was woven together(W) in the depths of the earth.(X)
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained(Y) for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a](Z) God!(AA)
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,(AB)
    they would outnumber the grains of sand(AC)
    when I awake,(AD) I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!(AE)
    Away from me,(AF) you who are bloodthirsty!(AG)
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
    your adversaries(AH) misuse your name.(AI)
21 Do I not hate those(AJ) who hate you, Lord,
    and abhor(AK) those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
    I count them my enemies.(AL)
23 Search me,(AM) God, and know my heart;(AN)
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way(AO) in me,
    and lead me(AP) in the way everlasting.

Pray: My Creator, I live in such an appearance-driven world, and I confess that I spend too much time wishing I looked more beautiful. Please help me to take good care of myself without obsessing over it. Help me to accept myself and see myself as you see me. Continue to pray as the spirit leads you, or just sit quietly in God's presence.

10 Min:
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Proverbs 14:30

New International Version (NIV)
30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
    but envy rots the bones.(A)

Psalm 34:8

New International Version (NIV)
Taste and see that the Lord is good;(A)
    blessed is the one who takes refuge(B) in him.
Proverbs 3:7-8
New International Version (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes;(A)
    fear the Lord(B) and shun evil.(C)
This will bring health to your body(D)
    and nourishment to your bones.(E)

Proverbs 4:20-22

New International Version (NIV)
20 My son,(A) pay attention to what I say;
    turn your ear to my words.(B)
21 Do not let them out of your sight,(C)
    keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
    and health to one’s whole body.(D)

1 Timothy 4:7-8

New International Version (NIV)
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales;(A) rather, train yourself to be godly.(B) For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things,(C) holding promise for both the present life(D) and the life to come.(E)

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

New International Version (NIV)
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples(A) of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;(B) 20 you were bought at a price.(C) Therefore honor God with your bodies.(D)

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