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Have An Attractive Soul (by Nicole Boswell)

Society tells us that in order to be attractive we need to be a size zero and dress with our boobs showing and shorts so tiny that you can see the bottom of your rear end.  I get clothing ads that pop up on my social medial account and almost all of the women are so skinny.  I often find myself wishing I could have a body like that.  I would love to be that attractive for my hubby.  I’m currently 35 years old, I have 4 children whom I gave birth to, and am addicted to cereal.  I’m just getting older and things are saggy in all the wrong places.  It’s not as easy to lose weight like it use to be.  So what are some things I need to remind myself of when I am having model body envy?


To quote my hubby, “Your body has given us four beautiful babies.  I wouldn’t give that up for you to have a flatter stomach.”  He is so right.  My babies mean the world to me.  If I had to choose between them and a flat stomach, I would always choose them.  It’s the price most of us have to pay to be a mommy, and it is well worth it.  I am so thankful to have a husband who finds me attractive no matter what may be sagging, and who reminds me on a frequent basis that beauty is not what is on the outside.  


What does God say about my body?  1 Timothy 4:8 tells us that bodily exercise profits only a little.  Why?  Because it’s not the main reason we are here.  The rest of the verse says godliness is of value in every way.  We are here to serve Yahweh, to do good, and to bring as many people to heaven with us as we can.  This body will die, decay, and ultimately be changed into something more beautiful than we can ever imagine.  Spend the time perfecting what will last forever instead of what will decay. 


If your body is not what it used to be, there is probably good reason for it.  Life happens and we lose track of our health and form.  In the end it’s okay.  You are more attractive the closer you are to God!!  Curves are a result of the wear and tear of this world.  An attractive soul is a result of hard work in devoting yourself to God.  I don't know about you, but I definitely need to make sure my soul is more attractive than my decaying body.


"Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." (Proverbs 31:30)

"Your adornment must not be merely the external—braiding the hair, wearing gold jewelry, or putting on apparel; but it should be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God." (1 Timothy 2:9-10)




Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst.

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