“Howdy Ladies! My name is Erin, and I am a sophomore Sports Management major from Houston, Texas. I am a part of Aggie Sisters for Christ at Texas A&M University.

I love to cook, bake, do zumba, and watch any and every Houston professional sports team!

Psalm 139:14 is a verse that I have always stuck to when I think of my body. It says: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

God fearfully and wonderfully made us!

During my middle school youth group days, I heard a speaker once say, “God made you himself. You would never call something that one of your friends made on their own, “ugly!” So why would you call yourself, something that God hand crafted himself, “ugly?”

This is something that has really stuck with me throughout my middle and high school years, especially since body image is such an important thing for young girls.

As I focus on body image and our bodies, I keep thinking about how God created our hands. God has taught me a lot recently about serving with my hands.

During my senior year of high school, I got the opportunity to go to Riobamba, Ecuador, during Spring Break. My group was sent to the most remote villages there.

These villages had never seen people who were not Ecuadorian, much less people who were coming to them to wash their feet. Most of these people had never had a pair of shoes before.

Being on my knees and washing the dirty feet of people I didn’t even know was truly a humbling experience. And it changed how I saw my hands as a gift from God. It helped me see how our hands further the Kingdom in incredible ways!

My hope for any young girl reading this is that you strive to love yourself and your body, just as God made it. And to appreciate how using your body well can further His kingdom work!

You are fearfully and wonderfully made, and I hope you never forget it!”

Erin leads us directly into our message for next week – How do our hands affect body image? I’m already looking forward to Monday’s post!