My body and I, we haven't always gotten along. Like a pendulum swinging wide and predictably, my appreciation of this soul taxi has varied depending on it's appearance. I gave birth - twice - and I was so proud of it's strength. I lost the baby weight - twice - and oh, how I loathed the changes that became permanent! Ran a race, proud. Pants are tight, negative thoughts swirl. You get the picture.
Every sunny day, life transition, sweet indulgence, and minute at the gym is stamped onto the fabric of our bodies. We have choices with some of the marks of our womanhood...acceptance, determination to make better choices, or all together avoidance.
A little over a year ago, I received a wake up call. God came knocking on my strongholds. In true "Him" fashion, it was a holy nagging. It was one that wouldn't go away. Write these things down, He said. Your story isn't just for you anymore. This year He's sent encouragers and critics, challengers and motivators to hold my hand as I took some first steps.
Has God ever rolled the mirror right in front of you?
Have you heard Him ask you to really look at your life and deal with it?
Who did He send to help?
On January 30th, I have the enormous privilege of speaking to women about this very topic. Truth be told, I'm terrified. I could fall flat on my face and of course, there's the telling of my story...but also, I'm ready for this. He's prepared me for it in our quiet, honest moments together. If you live in the Wilmington area, we'd love to have you.
For all of you who aren't local, would you join me in prayer and leave a thought or two for us below? What would you want to hear from a workshop on health and healing? I'd love your help fine-tuning my presentation.
I leave you in gratitude for this community of warriors, this sisterhood of grit.
With you and for you,
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"Pay careful attention to your own work, then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won't need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct." Galatians 6:4-5
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