This image is me. Me at the age of 10,11,12,13,14,15,16.....30.
This image is so many of us. This image is all of us who thought we weren't worthy because we don't naturally look like supermodels or movie stars, or even the pretty girl next store. For those of us who rebel against conventional beauty because we know we can never be that, we can never fit that mold. This is for every girl that has spent time hating herself, and hating the reflection that looks back at her in the mirror.
I think the first time I was aware of the size of my body was when I was 10 years old. I was in gymnastics and I was always the biggest of all the girls.
I remember thumbing through magazines for hours wishing I looked like somebody else, wishing I could BE somebody else.
I refuse to raise my daughters like this. I WILL lead by example, and I will teach them that they are valuable beyond understanding. That it is not the size of their ass, but the size of their heart, that matters most.
That their beauty and value is in Christ, and that they are perfect creations in Him.
I REFUSE to pass on the cycle of self-hatred to my daughters. This is MY mission in life. To help other women learn to love themselves and understand their value so that they will pass it onto their children, and so that the next generation will understand the truth.
I AM not a number on the scale. I am not the skinny jeans that don't fit. I am not my crooked nose, or my mommy tummy that birthed 2 children and left behind the evidence.
I AM a warrior. I AM a victor. I AM the daughter of a king. It doesn't matter WHO I am, it matters WHOSE I am. And I am priceless because of Him. I will Believe it, and receive it in JESUS name.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.