Do you ever wish you could see yourself through someone else's eyes?
Time for a mini #humblebrag because this made me realise a couple of things!
Last week I done got myself a bit of a new clothes haul from @sainsburys@tuclothing in their always awesome 25% off deal.
It has historically been a very rare thing for me to make a clothes order and love everything and crucially got it all to fit fabulously. I ordered everything in a 14 and expected to have to take it all back. I really should have more faith in myself. It all fit. Down to the last item from the bag - as I pulled those jeans on I was still telling myself that something wouldn't fit. I'd be "too fat" for it. I'd "look stupid", or "embarrass myself" in some way. Well FU voices because it's all here and it's all awesome. (the jeans are even a bit too big!). Let me be clear. This is not about conformity, this is about me feeling healthy, fit and able to enjoy my life. This is about my own body positivity.
Even after my achievements of recent months, I clearly still find it hard to shake off the inner negatively. Clearly Mr Me is far more capable of seeing how far I have come, as he's the one that said "definitely order the 14!". If I could see myself through his eyes, I wonder what I would see?
We must see ourselves as in a process of becoming a look-alike partner of the Son of God. Today, Christ truly sees me as fully perfected. He does not focus on my hypocrisy or double-mindedness. He has intentionally limited His own vision, so as to place my sins as far from His sight as the east is from the west. I am washed clean and perfected. Dwelling in the consciousness of His adoration over my beauty is the thing that continually draws my heart into His life.
It is so important we know that we are lovely in His sight. The power of hope is released when we drink of these words. Knowing we are loved while unworthy builds a fortress around our own souls. Doubt, fear, and accusation cannot take root in us. When we are tempted to quit out of self-disgust and condemnation, it is this revelation that redeems us. “Listen, My radiant one, because you seek Me even in your weakness.” The great secret of your heart that God will someday reveal is not your sin, but your fervent love for Him that would not give up in your search for Him (1 Cor. 4:5). Pray this prayer today: “Lord God, You know everything there is to know about me. Yet You still love me with endless love. I want my heart to soak in Your words today, ‘Listen, My radiant one.’ Continue Your work in my heart until radiance shines through my doubts and my discouragement. I take Your words as my life and my strength. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen. Brian Simmons The Sacred Journey #radiateone#trueidentity#howHeseesme
2 710:32 AM Oct 31, 2018
Un risveglio. Milano. Tell me all about your dreams.🍁
Missing my son today .. he’s a great kid and I think a great photographer.... I asked him to take a photo of me earlier this year when we were in San Francisco ... this is the photo ❤️... #nofilter#justkidandmom#kaiphotos#howheseesme
"I will photograph you the way I see you." The lows will come back, and the brief episodes of self-doubt and frustration are never too far away. Just for a little while I can cruise ahead of them because in these photos, I see me, too.
Sometimes in life we feel that God has called us to do something that is out of our realm of expertise. But, if God was thinking of you before the creation of the world, what makes you think He doesn’t know you, what’s inside of you, your skills, your mindset, your passion?
He created you and only one you for a reason. Don’t ever underestimate or downplay it. You have the skills, you have the know-how. Just because you haven’t tapped into it yet doesn’t mean it’s not there!
The next time you look in the mirror, stop and ask Him how He sees you. Then speak those words over yourself and believe every single one of them, because they are true!!
5 391:46 PM Sep 6, 2018
I am realizing just how hard I am on myself. The guilt I pour on myself because I compare myself to how so and so spends more time educating and playing their kids. Or, how my time in God’s word can be sporadic and I forget to tap into His strength for extra patience, understanding, and loving when it’s hard. Sure, I can do better. We all can. There is always room to improve. But do we ever acknowledge the growth we have made so far, the things we are doing right in this moment?
Recently my husband and I were listening to a sermon about the parable of the farmer scattering seed. It talks about the different places the seed fell, so the seeds either didn’t plant, was stolen by birds, chocked out by weeds, or flourished in fertile ground. I was listening and beating myself up for not “doing enough” and letting daily life weeds choke out my faith and my growth in God. Yet, when my husband and I were praying together he praised God that I was an example of the flourishing soil to him and our family. And again, yesterday I was watching Kirk Cameron’s Connected documentary with my oldest and as they were talking about what parents can do to stay connected with their kids she kept saying. “You do that! You are a good mommy.” It was good to hear from two of the most important people in my life, my closest family, the people whose opinions REALLY matter, that they see God and LOVE in me. Sometimes we need to stop beating ourself up for not being perfect and love ourselves for where we are. I just want people to see God and love in me, no matter if my house is spotless or I spend an hour reading the Bible. My heart is what matters. My kids see that, and that’s what really counts. ....
My first post. And it’s nothing glamorous. Being body confident and body positive is a new journey and a long journey for me. I follow a lot of body positivity accounts and I love them. They pick me up when I feel crappy. Like I’ve failed. But it was a post I saw that showed @bodyposipanda having a crap day that made me feel the best. Not because I wanted her to feel shit, but because I went’ oh my god. I’m allowed to feel shit. I can still have this journey and be real’. And so here I am, my life with no filter, keeping it positive with all the highs and lows.
This pic my 5YO took sneakily whilst I was packing something away for him. I was in my daggies and it made me see how he sees me everyday. A reminder of how I want to be seen by him :) #bodypositive#bodypositivity#nofilterlife#howheseesme#thejourneybegins#firstpost