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“Mommy your so pretty ” My sweet little girl says to me
“Dear, Mommy is far from pretty. I am way over weight, I am getting wrinkly and I am once again covered in a rash from being out doors”
I walked away from this conversation and it hit me like a ton of bricks. What lesson had I just taught my daughter. That because I have a few imperfections that I am not pretty. Instantly my mind fast forwarded to the future. Will she in turn start to think badly of herself because that is what I have portrayed to her as acceptable. After all I grew up in a family where you did not go anywhere without your “face” on. Your hair also must be styled. One of my Grandmother’s would have her “face” on even when she was going nowhere. Because what if someone stopped by? It of course didn’t end there I watched the women in my family try all kinds of diet plans and get slim quick scheme there was. I in turn have caught my own self thinking mmmm I wonder if that diet will actually work?
What do I see when I look in the mirror?
- I see the baby bump that is apparently going no where. Once I delivered my twin angels I asked the doctor when I would regain muscle in my tummy and well she laughed apparently that is not going to happen.
- I see the acme that I have dealt with all my life that has now decided to also be accompanied with red blotchy skin.
- I see weight that apparently is never going anywhere. At least anytime soon.
- I see a tired and worn down face that has lost it’s luster.
What do my children see?
- The woman who cares for them deeply.
- Their play mate when they need an extra person to run around with.
- Their biggest cheerleader.
What does God see?
- Someone who is perfectly made. (Psalm 139:14)
- All His….
- Someone who needs to show themselves a little grace.
Now I am not saying that we should not be caring for ourselves. But we should also be cutting ourselves a little slack. We also need to pay attention to how we are coming off to our children. We are helping mold their future mindset. To here more on this topic don’t forget to join me over at Marriage, Motherhood and Missions as we continue our book study on the wonderful book “No More Perfect Moms” by Jill Savage. Also if you are doing this book study with us you may be interested to know that we have a closed FB group you can join where you can connect with other women who are going through the same journey with you.
Now For Some Hearts for Home Blog Hopping Fun:
My featured post for this week is from Mandy at Women Who Worship. She blogged about Agape Love and how it applies to our marriages. Be sure to go check that post out.
Now it is your turn. Be sure to link up any family friendly post. You never know your post could be the next to be featured here or at any of the others co-hosts website. Please note that if you link up you are allowing us permission to use and image from your post to feature you on our site. I can’t wait to see what you all have to share with me this week.
I would like to invite you to my Facebook group Christian Homemakers in Training where we dive into homemaking, motherhood, marriage and group devotions. After all, we all need a safe place to grow together, right?