Tuesday, May 15, 2012

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand —
when I awake, I am still with you.
-Psalm 139 :13-18 NIV

Yesterday we took our youngest son up to Denver Children's hospital for an urgent Cardiology appointment. He had some bloodwork come back very wonky that suggested muscle deterioration in his heart. I had spent the 4 days before this appointment very stressed out, very upset and worried for my little guy.

I had a beautiful opportunity with Elliott yesterday to watch his heart during the echo-cardiogram. I was struck again with how beautiful God's creation is. I watched his four chambers work away, watched the valves open and close and was completely blown away by the intricacy of how we are made. God spared no expense on any of us. Think of how many muscles are used every time we smile, every time we laugh, every time we walk; and don't get me started on our brains!

Yesterday I was reminded again just how beautiful we are in God's eyes. My little guy is perfect, God created him the way he is supposed to be and Praise be to God that nothing is wrong with Elliott's heart. He is perfect.

If I can say that about my son, why can I not revel in the creation that God made in me! I am made as beautifully as my son. My muscles work, I can smile. I am beautiful and I am strong.

Why do we think ourselves higher than God to judge what He created as wrong or right. I'm not saying we are wrong to want to lose weight, or be more fit. Just the opposite. I have a new perspective. God gave me this body. I only get one. I have a job in taking care of my body, what I'm saying is how arrogant are we to judge ourselves as beautiful or not.

I've always thought of myself as the ugly duckling. I've been heavy most of my life. I've never felt worthy of being loved. I always felt judged by others because I judged myself so harshly.

Yesterday I had a shift. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am strong, I am made in God's image and for the first time, that's enough for me.
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    How happy we must make God whenwe choose to carefully tend and nurture the bodies God blessed us with! Let's choose healthy foods to nourish us, and keep moving all those muscles to keep (or get) them strong! And let us rejoice in knowing God knows all about our frailties, or weaknesses, and doesn't condemn us ... He just promises a way of escape from temptations that threaten our well-being!
    2759 days ago
    I'm so glad to hear that your little one's heart is "perfect". Your heart is perfect also in that it loves and references the Lord. Isn't that the main thing that He looks at in us? He looks at our hearts more than our exterior appearance. But, because we are human and often don't see things as He does, He gives us a picture in His word of how we are to view ourselves. It's our responsibility, then, to come into agreement with His word instead of our feelings. We often feel fat, or inferior, or ugly, but that is in opposition to what the word says. It's at that point that we need to change our mindset to agree with Him. You are a beautiful lady! Don't let the devil rob you of that realization! Keep on believing what God says about you instead of how you feel about yourself!

    2760 days ago
    It's so easy to get caught up in judging ourselves from the worlds eyes, instead of God's. Those verses are great food for thought! I remember when our premie twins were born 21 years ago - we were so amazed at how perfectly formed they were. They were only 25-26 weeks along, but they were perfect - just tiny! God's creation of our bodies is mind boggling for sure! :) And you're right! We only get one, so we best take good care of it! :)

    So relieved your little one's heart is perfect!! Yea!!!
    2760 days ago
  • 22CHUNKY
    GOD is good all the time!

    Loved your blog. It served as a wonderful reminder of the unimaginable love of our Creator. Often times, we are way to hard on ourselves and failed to realize the uniqueness of our being. It is so refreshing to see young people truly appreciate the awesomeness of GOD. Yet, what better reminder that to look into the face of a small child?
    I am so glad your little guy is "perfect" and no problem was found with his little heart. Now, nurture him and raise him to "fear" GOD. After all, that is the most important responsibility placed upon a parent.
    Hope you havae a WONDERFUL day.

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    2760 days ago
    Loved your post. We are wonderfully made by God but it is soo hard for my brain to take that in. I short change myself all the time. I wish I felt AWESOME about myself all the time but that is soemthing I struggle with.
    Glad your son has a perfect little heart.
    God is good.

    2760 days ago
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