Category: Body Acceptance

You May Rest

The Lord is for the body

Our bodies are not an acceptable place to hang our shame. Our bodies are not up for spiritually-backed scrutiny. Our bodies are called Redeemed.

The people we love aren’t “fat”

Language matters. Understanding our language and how we use it for each other and ourselves matters.

Work and Strength

I love things that allow me to be physically involved. More than once I’ve woken up before dawn on snowy mornings and grabbed a shovel so that I could clear the path on the sidewalk and drive-way in the crisp, quiet morning. There is something beautiful in seeing the result of your body’s muscles and bones working together to accomplish a job.

Praying Away the Fat

We are justified. We are sanctified.

Memory on a Sunny Day

this very short story originally appeared on my blog Mashena.

Bodies and Community

On Sunday nights we crowded chairs around a table, pulled out mismatched dishes, and took turns cooking a meal to be shared with everyone. I don’t recall anyone ever “apologizing” for their food choices – making a comment about how they would get fat if they had the desert, that they would need to run to work off the delectable homemade bread, or any other number of all-too-common conversations that normally surround tables of fellowship.

Heavy and Full: a love letter to my body

Body, this I promise you: I will not squeeze you, strain you, or compress you to meet an unattainable ideal. I will not wish for another body simply because the world has not yet learned how to embrace your greatness sufficiently.