September 12, 2011

Body Parts

Thank you all so, so much for the post ideas! I am so excited. It's funny because I have been having lots more ideas of my own, too! I will use them all! This is one of the topics: Favorite Body Part and Why. My favorite parts comes last, but here are a few others that I have something to say about, too:

I love my legs because they are strong. They have been the body part that has shown me I am capable of things I never even dreamed about. I ran 13 miles on my legs! That is hard to believe when I think about how difficult it was for me to even walk a mile in January 2010. My legs have definition that I never knew they could have. I like to feel them. I know that is weird! But I love the way they feel, especially when I shave.
The face is special to me. I had gotten to the point where I just didn't look in the mirror any more. I didn't want to see my face. I felt like no matter how perfect I got my make-up or how good my hair looked there was nothing that would make my face easy to look at. It was the most obvious reminder of how far I had let myself go. My face is now more alive and joyful. There is a sparkle in my eyes that I didn't even know was missing until it reappeared.

Uhhh. This is not my favorite body part at all. But it is worth writing about. All of my weight sits right in my stomach. I have two stomachs--the upper one (muffin top area) and the lower one (my butt in front). I have tried to think of something positive to say about my stomach. It is the grossest thing ever, but my fat stomach is pretty much what has brought me to my knees and got me started down this long path to finding out who I really am.

This is my new favorite body part. Many of the lies that crippled this part of me have been cleared out. The brain now enhances my progress rather than hindering it. This part of my body has seen the biggest and most dramatic transformation. Without the changes here, none of the other body parts would have been able to change either. They say the mind is a terrible thing to waste. I would agree. The mind is a beautiful thing to entrust to the truth of God's Word. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

The pattern of this world is to judge by the outward appearance. We all do that to some degree. As much as we try not to, I think it is just part of our human nature. We all want to be loved and accepted and by the world's standards, having beautiful and "standard" parts make that more of a reality. The more that I understand the unconditional acceptance that is available through Christ, the less acceptance by the world matters to me. Knowing that Jesus knew what all of my imperfections would be as he willingly gave his life for me makes the fat rolls and the double chins seem pretty insignificant.

For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7

Yesterday we studied Psalms 139. Wow. It speaks of the way that He knows us. The deepest, darkest worst things about us, the ugliest things about us, He knows and he sees. He doesn't care. He loves us. Oh! How he loves us. When God was making us, his focus was on the inmost being--not the legs or the face or anything else.
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. (Psalm 139:13-14)


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Elizabeth said...

Glad that you are back! You are definitely one of my faves! :) Great post!

Absolutely, Positively Josie said...

Your legs are wow!
Your face is wow!

And they've got nothing on your heart.


Lisa said...

You have a great smile!

Yeah, I feel that way about my stomach, too. I've just accepted that I will never wear a bikini ever.

Flabby McGee said...

I LOVE this post. I did sorta the same thing a while back, and it's good to know that (fat or not) there's always something about yourself to love and appreciate. I'm with you on the stomach thing. I obsess over torsos, b/c I want a flat one so badly. And I'm with Lisa - I've just accepted the fact that bikini's will never be my thing. Anyway, you are so beautiful - I love how genuine your smile is, it reaches your eyes. :) One of the reasons I keep reading your blog - Is you're so joyous! Keep up the wonderful posts!! (and congrats on the fabulous legs!)

AngryPorkchop said...

I've never been here before and had to stop and say "WOW!". I didn't even realize that the two pictures were of the same person. You are truly an inspiration!

Jan Mader said...

I am so happy I found your blog!

Anonymous said...

Hey, Keelie! Thanks for the kind words on my blog. I appreciate it.

I've been wondering where you where...I seem to have missed some posts and a rough spot--I'm going to backtrack and catch up.

It looks like you're back on track, tho. Great gams.


Liz J said...

Sometimes I listen to India Arie's "Video" when I'm feeling down about my body. Listen to it and let me know what you think!