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CHAPTER V: MIRROR, MIRROR

⁣ At a very young age, my perception of self was quickly captured by the culture's cat call. I learned to eat lean and work for a worth that the world said I simply did not have. ⁣ ⁣ My struggle with body dissatisfaction followed me into high school, as I began to chase the control of my calories. Daily diets, scheduled exercise, and unhealthy habits consumed me as I became devoted to this distorted identity. ⁣ ⁣ Sadly, in this chapter of my story, I rarely ran to Jesus. I kept this part of me separate; yet my external struggle was clearly an internal issue, one which challenged my soul. ⁣ ⁣ Jesus met me here and reminded my heart with sweet words of truth which I still sing to myself in seasons of struggle. You see, it was in this part of my story, I learned that my pride & perception protested what God has proclaimed precious. ⁣ ⁣ My shape and size were never meant for me to weight my worth on. For my soul is secure in a worth that has no earthly weight. It is found in a love that the cross so beautifully illustrates. ⁣ ⁣ The "wonderfully made" bodies that we each breathe in, are more than a size 2 or 10. For our value and worth are not found in fitting in but wonderfully woven into our hearts from within. ⁣ ⁣ Chapter 5 of my story is where I began to heal from the hurt of my own hating and learned to hold tightly to the hope that my worth is found in nothing but Him. ⁣ ⁣ -CM•••⁣ ⁣

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