Welcome Kristin Williams, RDN, LD, CEDRD, to #fridayintroductions. Together, we have taught small groups and large groups about body image, shared stories about our own eating disorder recovery, and encouraged each other as mommas and friends.

In this season of my life, God is teaching me to see my body as a gift in the area of motherhood. I have just welcomed my 2nd baby into the world and am reminded of how fearfully and wonderfully made our bodies truly are. From nourishing and growing a child during pregnancy, to the strength, power and endurance of labor and then the nourishing of the baby through breast milk, it all points to a Creator.
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For me, pregnancy is a trying time in the area of body image. The enemy is ever present in trying to get my focus off of the wonderful gift of pregnancy and shift my thoughts to comparison, dissatisfaction, self-punishment and negative self-talk.
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However, the actual process of labor and delivery, for me personally, has very much been a divine intervention. I am reminded that my body was created to be able to deliver a child into the world. The pain is my body working for me and never against me. I am reminded that I am capable of doing difficult things and I stand in awe of what my body can do.
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How quickly we are as women to go back to bashing ourselves just as soon as the baby arrives. We seek out diets and workout routines all in the name of pursuing our pre-baby bodies. Perhaps we weren’t meant to return to our pre-baby bodies, but rather to nourish and move our current bodies. Our bodies that now bare the signs of motherhood.
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I pray for all current and future mothers that we would walk boldly in the truth of being made in His image. I pray that our bodies would turn our eyes to the Maker and turn our hearts to praise. That we would dispel the lies of the enemy.
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And that we would model for our children what it looks like to practice body kindness.

 

I had to add this sweet photo of Kristin and her family to conclude today’s post. Happy Friday!