What did my mom teach me about body image and food? Well, I can’t possibly put it all here, but I’m thankful that I can share just a few of them for my beloved mom this Mother’s Day. One of the many things that my mom taught me was that all food is GOOD, because it’s a gift from God, and God is GOOD. Food was never her master, because Jesus was her Lord. God was her Father, and she has always radiated that hope. She taught me that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, to be cared for, as a child of God, not a possession of my own. She grows in that hope every day, and her joy is contagious. Her joy is full, because Christ has made her full. My mom lives out what the power of God unto salvation does everyday. She is humble. She is kind. I could use SO many Scriptures that describe what God has done in my mom’s life, but this one, right here, is one that came to my mind right away.
My mom lives out this truth in Galatians 5:22-24 every day. Galatians 5:22-24, ‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.’
My mommy taught me three REALLY important things about body image, in particular, things I wish I had paid attention to before making my body and food my idols.
What were those three things?
1. My worth is in Christ. I can boast in Christ because He has won the victory (John 16:33, 1 Peter 3:18) even if the world says that I must boast in accomplishments. It’s not what I ‘do’ that makes me ‘good enough.’ It’s Christ that covers me, heals me, saves me. Romans 8:34, ‘Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.’
Galatians 6:14, ‘But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.’
2. True beauty is the hidden person of the heart. Beauty comes out of the heart, a heart cleansed by the blood of Christ and hoping in His resurrection. It isn’t something you paint onto yourself. 1 Peter 3:3-4, ‘Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.’
3. Mom taught me that even if I don’t feel brave or bold, God has called me His child, because of Jesus, and I can never be separated from His love. I need to start with the truth of who I am in Christ, before looking at all the things I do everyday. She taught me that what I do needs to flow out of my identity, my relationship to God. I need to not fear men or what they may say about me, because God is my Father. Proverbs 31:30, ‘Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.’
I also asked several of my blogger girl-friends if they wanted to share what their moms taught them about body image. I combined some thoughts of how God has used my mom in my life to show me true beauty as well as sharing thoughts from Kaila, Ellen, Kristy, and Catherine. I think you will find some SUPER gems in the girl’s words. I collected them all in a video; forgive my messy hair. It was taken um… post-workout.
In honor of Mother’s day, I also love making baked goodies for my mommy, so I tapped the resources of my sweet blogger friends who all have so many sugary, scrumptious sweets on their blogs that you can bake for your mommy on Mother’s Day. I decided to go for the ‘Chocolate Cake’ theme, and they answered with 10+ delicious recipes with everything from mug cakes to skillet cakes to gluten free flourless cakes. There is literally something for everyone in this round-up, and I hope you can find a favorite, as you thank the Lord for your mommy today and EVERY day! 🙂 Thank you Bloggers Gonna Blog gals!
1. Chocolate Protein Mug Cake – Masala Girl Travels (You can make your mama chocolate cake for BREAKFAST!)
2. Triple Chocolate Donuts – Strength and Sunshine (Donuts anyone? Donuts that are gluten free, to boot?)
3. Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Cupcakes – Healthy Helper Blog – (Chocolate + banana = unbeatable combination.)
4. S’mores Cupcakes – Scones and Patron – (Does S’mores give anybody else sweet childhood memories?)
5. Easy Chocolate Cake – Food Parsed – (Literally, this is the simplest chocolate cake (from scratch) recipe that I’ve ever seen.)
6. Flourless Skillet Chocolate Cake – A Traveling Wife – (Who wants to make this and eat it for breakfast? God made chocolate too!)
7. Vegan Brownie Cake with Raspberry Frosting – Love Me Feed Me – (I think I’m kind of wanting second dessert after that title)
8. Vanilla/Chocolate Butter Cake – Five Beans Food – Butter in cake. I’m so thankful God made fats to be enjoyed, because there is nothing like a buttery, yummy cake.
9. Healthy Chocolate Cake – Southern In Law – (Kristy knows how to do the delicious gluten free goodies. Mine never look like this, and I’m aspiring to learn from her!)
10. Single Serve Molten Chocolate Cake – 24 Carrot Life – (You could make each person in your family a mug cake for Mother’s Day.)
11. Triple (not just Double) Chocolate Mug Cake – A Fit Philosophy – (I am SO thankful that God gave us minds and abilities to continually take an ingredient like chocolate and make super delicious looking cakes like this one.)
12. Flourless Chocolate Olive Oil Cake – Emma’s Little Kitchen – Olive oil always makes really dense, delicious cake.)
13. Chocolate Chess Pie – Hello Spoonful – (The simplicity of this recipe … I like it. <3)
14. Chocolate & Courgette Honey Cake – Emma’s Little Kitchen – (This cake is beautiful.)
What are you doing for your mom this Mother’s Day?
How do you like to appreciate and thank your mom throughout the year?
What are the biggest lesson your mom taught you?