SUMMER break is here and let me tell you……. the Edwards family is ready! We are ready to be schedule free! By August, I will be begging for a schedule!
Summer is great ….vitamin D…time with family…but it comes with its own set of struggles.
When it gets hot…the clothes come off!
When everyone’s clothing come off….my insecurities come out!
There is a unique pressure that society puts on women during the summer!
I have found this to be true, even more so, now that I am an online health and fitness coach.
I attended a pastor and pastor’s wife retreat in Destin, Florida a couple months ago, and I felt this added pressure to look awesome. DANG SHE DOES BURPEES.
I assumed the other wives would see me walk out on the beach and think “OMG BECKY, look at her butt! It is so big!”
As women, we feel the pressure from the magazines that remind us we need to get our bikini bodies ready. We feel the pressure when celebrities on those covers have six pack abs after popping a baby out last week!
We feel the pressure scrolling through Facebook and social media…..where everyone seems to be telling us they have a product that can fix us! And we may walk away from social media feeling like we are not enough.
The culture is screaming loud and clear that we need fixing. It will peddle us products to make IT better!
Whatever it is….as if fixing “IT” will bring us joy!
I am calling BS.
Do not believe the lie that you are less than because you have cellulite, wrinkles, stretch mark, and saggy skin…..DISCOVERY CHANNEL. Tribal. These so called flaws… they tell our story! A story, about a woman, whose value cannot be determined by the size of her JEANS or a number on a scale. WE are so much more than what the eye can see!
Mamas out there….. You carried a human being in your body for 9 months!! You sacrificed to bring another soul into this world…. of course it’s going to look different! For most women….it is hard to spend 3 hours at a gym!
We are not defined by our scars …..we are defined by God! He made us in His image and for His glory!
The problem with these so-called solutions is that they are skin deep.
These products lack the power to bring us JOY!!
Yes…. We can wrestle age and gravity with great products BUT true beauty is cultivated within the heart. Beauty that comes from inside.
This beauty is initiated and developed BY God.
Now you may be thinking, “Annie, haven’t I seen you posting all these annoying fitness and health posts…… aren’t you kinda married to the fitness industry? Don’t you want to look awesome?”
Yes…. I would love to have six pack abs and that used to be my ONLY reason for exercising and eating healthy.
But now my priorities have changed. I am going to continue to work on me but not become obsessed. I will not live for 6 pack abs and buns of steel…I workout to LIVE the life God has called me to.
My reason for exercise and eating healthy is to be the best I can be….for my family, friends, and God. I want to build a body that I can do life in.
Don’t you have amazing products?
Yes, these product have changed my life in many ways.
I encourage you to be a discerning consumer. Do research. Be curious. Make sure the product promotes a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix. And do not lean on any product to determine your worth or value.
Our junk in the trunk may be annoying BUT it’s not the main problem! Our main problem is lack of confidence in who God says that we are!
We are dearly LOVED by God!! He sees us, He knows us, and the joy that we are longing for can only be found in HIM through Christ!
Let’s stand united and say…No more BS!
I am not going to buy into the lie that fixing these things will bring me joy. I can live a joy filled life by practicing gratitude for the way God made me and all that He has done for me.
Does this mean we should live at McDonald’s and take an IV of diet coke to the vein…heck no! Taking care of our bodies is a great way to show God gratitude for the life He has given us.
I hope that you will stand with me to call BS, and I pray that we will find our joy in Christ this summer!
I don’t know about you….but the one thing I will not be wearing this summer…SHAME.