Life here is short. It’s too short to worry about superficial things like how stocky my body or is how small it is, because God has given me a short time here. I was reminded of that this week when a precious family that I’ve met, a pastor and his family, lost their 11 month old baby. They put these verses at the bottom of their message to all those who are grieving and yet hoping with them.
‘“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-8′
Guys. Gals, there is something so much deeper to think about than the size of our waistlines or the diet we follow. What will happen to our eternal, precious souls when they go? Are we ready to meet God, to give an account? Do we know Jesus, the One who came to heal every disease, especially the deepest disease in our souls?
Just some questions and thoughts that I thought I would share as I ponder why I’m finally happy and thankful for my stocky body.
This came as a result of going snowboarding.
I looked in the mirror many times and realized that I looked stockier than most people in the slim ski jackets. Granted, I do usually over-layer everything, because I like to be super warm.
I wasn’t made to be skinny or naturally thin like other girls or guys.
What are those reasons to love a stocky body?
1) I’m me. I’m who God made me to be. I can’t pout or cry over a body God didn’t give me. He gave me this body to serve Him. It’s the temple of the Holy Spirit now, because of Jesus’ sacrifice for my sin.
‘What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.’ (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
‘For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.’ (2 Corinthians 4:5-7)
2) Jesus Christ has already come and covered me with His righteousness. My identity isn’t in the size of my body or the calories I eat. It’s in Him. It’s in being God’s child.
3) Nothing can change that identity. Nothing can change the love of God for me, a sinner, saved by grace.
Will I be perfect at it? No, I’m not a perfect person, and that’s why I need Jesus Christ daily. I need Him alone, and He alone can keep me hoping and waiting and rejoicing in Him.
That’s why I feed my stocky body. Each fiber of my body was fearfully and wonderfully made for His glory!
How did I fuel this stocky, strong body yesterday?
9:00 AM: It started at 9:00 AM with a piece of the most EPIC PUMPKIN bread. It’s so moist and soft. You need to try Rachael’s recipe. It was also slathered with Earth Balance Coconut Peanut Butter and Blind Spot Nut Butter. I got their flavor with imitation bac’un bits that are vegetarian which really add a fun smoky flavor to sweet foods.
It’s super thick and crunchy like Bliss Nut Butters, but it definitely has a flavor of its own.
(I’m part of their ‘addicts’ club, and I got a free jar plus 15% off for ordering 2 of their jars.)
12:30 PM – I know that that was a long time to go between a slice of bread and peanut butter, but it was a THICK slice, and the morning was busy. So I kind of backloaded the day with more calories.
This was Nachos with:
And BBQ Sauce
1:00 PM – Lunch Part II was – One of Sarah’s Pumpkin Granola Bars with some Honey Greek yogurt. I have eaten so much of these the past 2 days. They are so soft, sweet, and have just the right texture.
Pre-Dinner Snack: An apple and an EPIC blob of Earth Balance PB. 🙂 The celebration of National Peanut Butter day continued. You should have seen my Instagram feed. There was so much Peanut Butter.
6:00 PM – Dinner: Taco Tuesday!!!! 🙂 It looks almost exactly like lunch, but it might have had a few more toppings. 🙂 I spent the evening with my sisters kind of helping watch 6 kids. I say, ‘kind of’ because my 16 year old sister may have done more than I did. Okay, she did. She’s a lot better at babysitting than I am.
7:00 PM: Dessert was: Another slice of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip bread with more Blind Spot Nut Butter and icecream.
10:30 PM: Night Snack was a big mug of: Multigrain Cheerios, regular Cheerios, Kashi Vanilla Crisp, and almond milk topped with Nut Butter Nation Brown Sugar Cinnamon Peanut Butter and raisins.
G’night! 🙂 I hope you’re having a delightful week.
I wanted to leave you with this encouragement of the simple gospel of Christ Jesus.
‘That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.’ (Romans 10:9-12)
This past week has been more peaceful. On Sunday, one of the guys from church shared a short exhortation on Philippians 4:6-8 and anxiety and how anxiety for the Christian is knowing that God is in control but worrying about how it will all come about… That was convicting to me, because I thought about how many things I’d worried about. That is a LONG list.
There’s no reason to worry. I’m learning that day by day by day. God is in control.
I’m linking up with Amanda to Think Out Loud for this topic too! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Love you. <3 Please message or email me if you struggle with anxiety or worry too.
Do you struggle with embracing your body whether it be stocky or skinny?
Do you struggle with anxiety?
Does the word ‘stocky’ make you think ‘strong?’
What has been your favorite food lately? (Mine has probably been… cereal at night.)