“And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.” Galatians 3:29
I’ve struggled with body image since college. I can remember when I went from wearing a bikini bottom, to boy shorts, to preferring a one piece, to dreading bathing suit season all together; not wanting to wear sleeveless shirts, or even shorts for that matter. I longed for the winter (though summer is by far my favorite season) where I could hide more by adding those extra layers of clothes.
Before cancer, I had come a long way toward resolving such issues. When I was told that it would be in my best interest to have chemo, where I would lose my long blonde hair, a bilateral mastectomy, where I would lose my breasts, and a total hysterectomy where I would lose even more of my womanhood, I worried that I would again backslide.
I had no idea how I would handle losing my hair. I did well, but the growing back was difficult. No longer that woman with long blonde hair, but now trying to adjust to short grey hair. After losing both breasts, I did fairly well during the fall and winter, but as it became warmer, I began yearning for breasts. Lastly, after losing even more of my womanhood from a total hysterectomy, I came to the realization that although my husband and I already decided that we were done having children, there would be no “oops!” or change of heart. And even on a basic hormonal level, my body was in a state of shock.
Then comes God’s Grace!
I was reminded last night during a bible study that as believers, we are heirs of the Almighty God. We are princesses and princes to the King. We stand to inherit His Kingdom. We are a direct line from our Father. We are God’s children, and He is our “Abba”. On my way home, those words began to resonate within me. It doesn’t matter if I don’t have long hair, breasts or ovaries. What matters is that I have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
I am a princess, and so are YOU!
To God be the glory!
This writing originally featured in Compassion That Compels via: https://compassionthatcompels.org/2017/07/12/body-image/
Jennifer Smith is a mom, wife, friend, former mental health professional, teacher, and believer who loves to spend time with her family, nap, read, enjoy dinner out and helping others. She met her husband when she was a sophomore in high school when they both ran track. Along with Jason, the other two loves of her life are Jacob (13) and Jonah (9).