Beauty: Zumba or Zooombra?!

Honeychild, gather the girlfriends around the water cooler and prepare yourself  for some laughter! If you haven't heard I am making the gym headlines this week!!!

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There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind, that if it could happen to anyone it would sure happen to sweet, little, innocent ol' me! Just about the time the Zumba instructor told us to shout , "ole!" I turned around in a spin, performed an unrequested, unlady like squat, split my pants in three different sections and I could feel it pop!! POWWWWW!!!

Brassieres & Popping Noises

My brassiere, of course, had snapped undone in front of all twenty-five women and left me red-faced and unprotected. Talk about maracas!!  I better stop right here before I get thrown off the internet! Can I EVER just once look elegant, polished and refined?

SOOOO, I have decided to take up an exercise class. Just being candid, my weight has always been an undeniable struggle. It has been the one area in my life which in the past, I have permitted Satan leverage by allowing the attacks on my self-esteem. Not anymore! I have placed my stake in the ground and I am determined to get healthy, not just for myself, but for my God, and my spouse. I am raging an all out war against Satan and his pathetic demons. I REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM any longer to low self image. I am victorious through the power of Jesus Christ!

Comparison Syndrome

I am just one, among thousands, who have suffered for too long with the comparison syndrome, and we wonder why? Just look around at the fake standards of beauty placed on women every day. We see it on the air brushed pages of every magazine in the grocery store checkout line, on television, the big screen, billboards and even Facebook. Whew, yes, I said it, even Facebook.

Believe me I love that crop feature better than anyone! If my butt is too big I can crop it off, two rolls on my belly instead of one, honey photo shop it, crop it off!! And for the life of me, I have yet to figure out why most women's muscles go up on their arms and mine want to fall down! Ughhhh!

On top of that, millions and millions are spent on cosmetics, lotions, and surgeries... all for the sake of beauty. Even our shoes now cause grief. It seems like the more fashionable and the higher the heel, the greater the pain! I mean I have worn shoes that in all honesty could have caused a dislocated hip! As my nine year old little girl says, “mom, beauty hurts!”

Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

I am so glad that God overlooks my clumsiness, the dark circles under my eyes, the cottage cheese and varicose veins on the back of my legs and He loves me for who I am! He sees my inner beauty. I am a child of God! My father is a king and that makes me royalty! I am beautiful!

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. ~I Peter 3:3-4

You know I have read this scripture several times. I do not think the Bible is saying the outer appearance does not count, (I can tell you the men in our lives appreciate us taking concern on our outward appearance), rather I think the message is saying don’t let outward beauty define you! In other words, I am not going to stress over these extra pounds or let it take control of my thoughts.  I don’t know about you, but I want to be known for my inner beauty.

I want to spend more time in the Word and in prayer. I want others to be drawn to the countenance of GOD resting upon my face. Lord, let me be known for my compassion, for my love of Christ and others, not for polka dot high heels and my gaudy, big beaded jewelry.  Outward beauty will one day fade. It is inevitable, I will grow old, wrinkled and one day I will probably wobble around the house in panty hose, flats and my girdle. My son already says I look like a recycled teenager!

But may I, may WE, all strive for that inner beauty which is eternal that is given to us by our heavenly Father.

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