I write this inspired by all the work DAfricanLadyhas done with Testimonies Speak – all glory to God; He will continue to bless you!
My testimony is around the opportunities God has given me despite of the ill feelings I have had towards myself. Having been raised in the church, I always had the privilege of knowing Christ, although it wasn’t until my late teens I fully accepted Christ and started my journey with Him. With that being said, I never thought I was pretty enough, having battled with my weight for many, many years. As an outlet to encourage others never to feel how I had in the past, I started a blog in 2011 around body confidence, particularly focusing on curvier women, and encouraging all to actively seek their God-given purpose in life.
As God would have it, my blog slowly began to grow and, after completing the Word of Faith Bible Institute at Winners Chapel in March 2014 (love my church!), God surprised and blessed me with two amazing opportunities; writing a column for the SPICE TV website and becoming a contributor for Trace TV Sports, a channel which is seen in over 160 countries. However, the enemy still did not leave me alone! In January 2015, I fell ill with food poisoning, causing me to gain a significant amount of weight. My blog ceased to exist for the next 6 months as I hid myself from others. I remember the high of the issue was when I didn’t even want to attend church because I was so ashamed of how I looked. I sought a scripture to help deliver me from these feelings as I knew they weren’t of God and God, being a God of double, gave me two.
The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? – Psalm 27:1
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7
To be strengthened by a Father who has no limitations to His abilities and is able to give you peace more than any person could was more than enough to kick-start the mentality that I truly am fearfully and wonderfully made. In the midst of this realisation, I applied to star in a Curve Edit campaign for Cosmopolitan UK and guess what? I was successful! The October edition came out this month and all I can do is give glory to God. Through Him, all things are possible. It was a fantastic opportunity to remind all women that, no matter your size, you are beautiful in the eyes of God and, thus, you must hold yourself like a wonder to the world.
LOVE THE WAY YOU LOOK.
..and that goes to all the men out there too…
Embrace your body and work with it. If you want to twig the shape a bit; then do something about it in a healthy manner. Ensure that God is in the centre of your decisions, your methods and your whole journey…and not a model on a magazine that has being 100 percent-ly being photo shopped.
Whether you’re in the process of weight gaining or losing, remember that the Word says that “you are not your own….For you are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body…” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) do not abuse it by going to the extreme ends that it has a toll on your overall health. It’s all about BALANCE.
This is not a post where you will find the do’s and the don’ts unfortunately because I never follow it religiously. I do however take notes from A LOT of Christian books (Look Good Feel Great: 12 Keys to a Healthy Life – Joyce Meyer) and in my own way, apply it to my own life style when I feel action needs to be taken (ie. running out of breath after running for 30 seconds …which means hello gym haha). The main thing is I do try my best to keep on top of my weight and regardless of what my weight says on the scale and how it might make me feel for a while…I make an effort to look good and presentable and that does go a long way for your confidence.
Let’s thank God for our favourite feature/part of the body today. (Otherwise thank God that you’re breathing)
Let’s also look at our least favourite feature/part of the body today, imagine if you were without that certain feature or part of the body (or it wasn’t working).
Now let’s thank God for every part of our body.
Let’s now glorify God in our body.
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