A lot changes when you become a mother. Your schedule. Your priorities. Your post-baby body.
My post-baby body is not as firm and proportional as it used to be. I often look in the mirror and think, “Man, I didn’t used to look like this.” I’ve been stuck in-between pant sizes since baby #2 made her debut because my life-as-a-working-mom schedule doesn’t allow for gym time (that I used to have) and I’ve not been disciplined about reducing my sweets to shed the last few pounds of baby weight. Pants just don’t fit me like they used to.
The way my body looks may have changed. But there is one thing about it that has not.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, he lives in you momma! Jesus loved you enough that he died on the cross so that you can spend eternity with him. When you accept that fact, your body becomes his dwelling place forever. Even when your pants don’t hug your post-baby bottom just right.#Jesus loved you enough that he died on the cross so that you can spend eternity with him. When you accept that fact, your body becomes his dwelling place forever. Even when your pants don't hug your post-baby bottom just right.… Click To Tweet
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples 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 bodies.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
And here’s the thing. God knew what your post-baby body would look like before you were even born (and gave your mom her post-baby body)! And he still loved you. And now that your post-baby body is here, he still loves you. God doesn’t change his mind. (Hebrews 13:8) Yes, your pre-baby body was hot stuff. AND it was perfectly designed for the miracle of child-birth. God designed our bodies to pack on a few pounds, for our hip bones to widen, and for us to get stretch marks and varicose veins. Because experiencing his miracle is worth keeping a souvenir or two.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14
Practical Tips for Loving Your Post-Baby Body
Now, we all know that saying you love your post-baby body is one thing and actually doing it is another. That’s why I love the mission of Hannah from Curvy Christianity: to help women find true joy in their bodies through Jesus Christ.
Hannah from Curvy Christianity joined our Messy Tired Love: Mom Talk as a featured guest to talk about 5 practical tips for greater self love. We dove into how we can live each day with joy and love for our bodies, especially when we just want to stay away from the mirror.
Listen to @messytiredlove and Curvy Christianity chat about #postpartum #mombod, #jesus, and #momlife. Click To Tweet
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