Chapter 3 is titled No More Perfect Bodies. I am quite certain this chapter was written just for me. On occasion I find myself looking in the mirror pinching, poking or lifting something. I have days where I cannot find a single thing to wear, and yet my closet is completely full of perfectly good clothes. I get frustrated when something doesn’t fit the way I believe its intended to and then there days where I just look plain frumpy.
I am sure we have all had similar situations in our lives where beautiful or pretty are not the words we would use to describe ourselves. We see other women and wonder how in the world they look the way they do and we just wish we could obtain that perfection.
Despite the fact that I do have insecurities about my self-image, I try to always remain confident and embrace the body I have been given. As mothers, some of us have been given the gift of bearing our children. We also run our households, raise kids, and some work outside the home. It’s not easy to do all those things and still always have time to look “perfect.”
I also try to portray this to my children. I carefully try not to repeat any negative thoughts about myself aloud to them. The last thing I would ever want to hear my daughter say is that she doesn’t feel pretty or beautiful. So why not keep the same standards for myself?
Fortunately, God has placed tiny blessings in my life that remind me of what I should really believe. Just yesterday, my daughter asked to play outside early in the morning. I threw on a pair of shorts and a tank top. Before walking outside, I looked in the mirror to double check my appearance. I thought “Man, my stomach looks huge in the shirt”. After I came down the hall, my daughter looked up at me and said “Mommy you look pretty!” I couldn’t help but smile!
Tiffany is a Christian, wife and stay-at-home mom of 2 wonderful children.