One of the first things that came to my mind when I started preparing for Valentine’s Day is my struggle with accepting the my body. I have struggled with weight issues for several years, and came to the point where, not only did I not accept myself, I hated my body! BUT, the Bible tells us…
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
And if my body is a temple of the Lord, should I not be taking the best care of it that I can? But not only does my body belong to the Lord…since I am married, my body belongs to my husband as well.
1 Corinthians 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
Not saying I didn’t know this already, but I have come to understand it in a deeper way.
Now, I have never been someone who gets all into how I look and worry whether my makeup is perfect (I very, VERY rarely use makeup). In fact, I am perfectly comfortable in sweatpants and a t-shirt, which doesn’t work here in Europe (fashion is everything here). But most days I still get by with jeans and a t-shirt/pullover (depending on the weather). My hair in a simple ponytail, and…you guessed it, no makeup!
But, this is the exact area that I have been pondering. I know what I am most comfortable wearing, but if my body also belongs to my hubby, should not his opinion also count? Now, I know I will lose all the modern day ‘feminists’ here, with their chant line “my body, my choice” (which I disagree with in the terms that they use it most definitely), and I DO think that I should also consider my husband’s ideas and wishes.
For instance, I know that my husband appreciates it when I take a little time to dress up, put on a little makeup or find a new hairstyle to use. I know he appreciates it when he sees that I am taking care of my body, trying to get healthy and in shape. So that is one of the areas I am trying to work on this year. And, come Valentine’s Day I plan to go all out!
See you all again soon…I hope!