“You know, motherhood has caused me to come face to face with my less-than-wonderful qualities. Sometimes my kids bring out the worst in me. However, God doesn’t waste a thing. He uses my kids to bring me to Him. When I come face to face with my shortcomings, my weaknesses, and my sin, it’s a reminder of my need for a God who wants me to be more like Him each and every day.” –Jill Savage, NO MORE PERFECT MOMS
Challenge: The next time you let your emotions take control, take a minute to honestly apologize to your kids. Admit that you failed and ask for their forgiveness. Not only will you be setting a positive example on how to handle imperfections, you’ll draw closer to your child and your God in the process.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:32.
“There are no perfect bodies…but we each have one that serves us better than we often realize.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: Take a walk this afternoon or get down on the floor and play with your kids. As you do, concentrate on the blessing of being able to do this basic, but beautiful thing.
Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear… The king is enthralled by your beauty. Psalm 45:10,11
“When you look at yourself in the mirror, what filter do you see yourself through? Do you compare what you see in the mirror to what you see in magazine and television articles? Or do you see yourself through God’s eyes? We can make peace with our body if we will learn to see it through God’s eyes.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: The next time you find yourself looking in the mirror and zeroing in on a particular quality you dislike, stop! Instead, start thanking God for the AMAZING body he gave you. Thank him for eyes that see, ears that hear, hands that hug, and legs that get you where you need to go.
You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:6
“Often our body issues are a reflection of what is going on inside us… so we often try to change our outward behavior when we really need to focus on the issues in our heart that produce these behaviors.” –Jill Savage
Challenge: Take a good long look in the mirror and know this: regardless of what you see, God sees the beautiful person He created, and He loves every square inch of you just the way you are. Memorize 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 to help you remember this truth.
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; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20