Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Body Talk

I try my best to stay away from message boards on pregnancy and motherhood. Why? I can't really relate to everyone's opinions there. People are also viciously negative when you aren't joining the complaining about side effects and realities of pregnancy. Having a unique, happy pregnancy is not popular, trust me.

One of the comments you hear the most is 'I want my body back.' That sounds crazy to me, no matter how many times I hear it. I wrote about 'body awareness' before getting pregnant and I have been inspired to do the same once again. This was my comment before getting pregnant:

"This week I decided that I might as well develop a great love for my body because I don't get to change it for another one while living here on earth." - read the whole Body Awareness post here

This is what I know for sure:

1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;"

1 Corinthians 6:20 "you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."

So, my body is not my own and I am to honor God with my body. How can I get back something that's not mine to begin with?

As a pregnant mom to be, I have the same opinion: I was given one body when God formed me in my mother's womb. It's amazing how my body changes from an infant to adult. The only thing I can't get (not event with plastic surgery) is a new body. Most of it will be the same thing God meant to give me.

I find it easier to accept my body, no matter what phase I'm in. What do I mean by accept? I'm carrying a son. I accept my stomach grows, organs are rearranged and I can't run 5 miles as I did before. Once I give birth and recover, I will get back to running. I don't think we should accept unhealthy habits, I believe we should be thankful for the wonderful gift of God and learn how to take great care of it.

This is not the deepest post I've published but it's truthful. Let's all stop complaining about stuff that makes no sense and enjoy where we are on the way to where we are going. There's beauty in accepting God's gift to you. There's virtue in taking care of yourself body, mind and soul. There's peace in contentment.

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