Changing our Body Trash Talk to Temple Talk

Changing our Body Trash Talk to Temple Talk

June 28, 2017

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” 1 Corinthians 6:19a (NIV)

Devotion Graphic

Cindy is a fat red cow.”

These six words would define me for two decades.

Scrawled on the chipped bathroom door of the girls’ restroom at my high school, these words attached to me like a sticky name tag. “Hello, my name is Cindy. I’m a fat red cow.”

I didn’t realize girls would snicker about it for a time, and then forget, or that a janitor would scrape the words off and paint over them. If only he could have painted over my memory, too.

I didn’t know the truth yet, that God calls me something very different — His daughter, the apple of His eye, a princess of great worth. Instead I allowed a bathroom stall scrawl to have tremendous power over my life.

Whenever I thought about my body or my looks, I flashed back to those ugly etchings. A fat red cow … yep, that’s me. I believed my body was shabby, too big, too much, yet not enough.

Eating disorders and substance abuse issues soon followed. I became promiscuous, throwing my body away like pearls before many swine. You name it, I tried it. I’d do nearly anything to numb the sting of those wounding words.

Sadly, years later, even after I surrendered my life to Jesus, I struggled with a poor body image. Here I was, a Jesus-loving girl, telling anyone who’d listen how He set me free from addiction. But I couldn’t get past those sharp words that cut my teenage heart so deeply.

Eventually I began to realize that this lousy body talk was really something else: terrible temple talk.

Freedom came when I finally believed the truth the apostle Paul taught the Corinthians: My body is a temple carrying the very Spirit of God.

Paul was very intentional when he used the word “temple” in 1 Corinthians 6:19. Temples were everywhere in Corinth. The early church members would have been as familiar with temples as we are with skyscrapers. Except this time, Paul was saying something different about temples — shockingly different.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19a)

The recipients of Paul’s letter would have instantly imagined what a temple looked like: domed ceilings, glossy columns, exquisite woodwork overlaid with gold and silver. Fancy. Elegant. Important.

Those words must have blown their minds. The Corinthian church had bought into their city’s slogan: “Food for the body, and the body for the food.” They had new hearts but still practiced self-gratification. Drinking to excess and gluttony were A-OK. Using and abusing your body was no big deal. It didn’t affect your soul, or so they thought.

Now Paul was telling them their bodies were temples — sacred places, where the Holy Spirit of God resided? Wow!

The same is true for you, me and Christ followers everywhere. Yes, you!

Whether you feel like a temple or not, it is T R U T H. In Christ, when you ask for forgiveness, you become a clean, pure temple — no matter what impure, unimaginable things you’ve done. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and His mighty resurrection, we can rip down the trash-filled thoughts from our past and redecorate our mind with God’s truth.

That said, how is your temple talk? If your self-dialogue were broadcast, would it be trash-talk or truth?

Sweet friend, let’s start talking about our bodies — God’s sacred temples — in a whole new way. They are more precious and costly than the most awe-inspiring mansion or latest HGTV Dream Home. Our bodies — no matter the size, age or agility — are sacred, good and holy. Our temples have infinite value, and God is incredibly interested in what we do with them, and how we treasure them.

It’s time we ask God to give us brand-new T3 — Truth-filled Temple Talk.

Dear God, I acknowledge You as my Creator and Maker. Forgive me for the times I fuss and fret about my outside appearance. How it must grieve Your heart when I focus on my flaws and faults. Give me eyes to see myself as You see me. Teach me Your truth about my body and worth. May my beliefs and behaviors be based on Your Word and not on the world’s messages. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)

RELATED RESOURCES:
If you’re looking for ways to live for God in a sin-soaked world and handle each situation with grace, you’ll appreciate Live Full Walk Free: Set Apart in a Sin-Soaked World by Cindy Bultema. This journey of 1 Corinthians touches on themes of identity, unity, purpose and purity to show how believers today can navigate through a wayward and confused culture.

Practice your Truth-filled Temple Talk with free A-Z Scripture Cards available for download on Cindy’s website, here.

CONNECT:
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REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Declare aloud three words of Truth to describe your temple.

What is one practical action step you can accomplish towards living as God’s treasured temple?

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  1. I was called H I P P O and alicia is her name O!! I was always put down, I’m a very hurting woman at 38 still feel hurt and see myself fat so I don’t eat

    • Oh Alicia, my heart hurts for you and I know so does Gods! You ARE His Creation and He loves you so much! He doesn’t want to see you in pain, but dancing, free from the burden of a wronged body image! He thinks your body is beautiful and loves how all the healthy functions work! You may feel pain in this world, but God loves you so much that He promises to stand with you through the pain and when the time is there, He will walk with you through the heavenly gates. And there you will never feel ugly again, because thats the life He wants for you. Please eat, you need food tot stay healthy! Hungering your body will not make you better! It may feel like it gives you control, but it doesn’t solve your problem.( I have seen many friends of me try to solve their weight-issues like this, but it never was a lasting solution.) Look to God for what He says about you, not to people with no love for who you are. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL ALICIA. I will keep praying for you that you will find help and people who love you and take care of you and will shower you with Gods truth. I love you and so does God. ❤ Sarah

    • Praying for you, dear Alecia. May God’s voice be loudest in your life. He delights in you and sings His Words of love over you. Spend time in His Word getting to know who He says you are. You are Accepted, Loved, and Cherished–today and every day.

      • “May God’s voice be loudest in your life.” What a beautiful prayer. I will be praying this prayer over and over today. Thank you!

    • You are B E A U T I F U L!!! Hateful words and negative self talk can destroy us but daily even every other minute is necessary we need to remember we r created as beautiful images of God. Please know I am praying for u. I know it is hard to get the negative thoughts out but if u work on it you can silence them!!! God Bless U

    • Alicia! I feel so angry and so sad for the words that were said to you. I feel even sadder that an adult did not call it out as cruel and stop it! Those people were wrong and cruel and heartless. Their words say so much more about them and their character than they do about you. How I wish you could take those words and that experience and release it to Gods hands. He can and will turn it into something beautiful and meaningful. It is part of your story and I strongly suspect that you have never allowed harsh words like those to slip from your mouth because you know the pain they can cause. God bless you today! You are in my thoughts and prayers today!

    • For sure, Sarah tells the truth. I think even those women all of us *chubbies* were jealous of probably also had sad self-images. No one knows what others are going through. I thank God for loving me just the way I am. There will always be that glimpse in the mirror that makes us think, “OH NO!” But then we can just say, out loud, “Wait a minute here, God LOVES ME.” Sometimes I have to laugh when I think that we are all made in God’s image. I think when the time comes and we are able to meet God face-to-face, God will look like each one of us. We will see US. Thank you Cindy for sharing your story.

    • I’m so sorry you went through that. I understand because it happened to me too. A boy said to me in front of the people at our lunch table, “No wonder you are so fat, you can eat two lunches.” I could eat two lunches, but I was growing. I was also told by a girl”s mom that I was cute, but not pretty. I let these things affect so much of my life. I realize now that I hurt my self, the people around me, and missed out on a lot by being overly concerned over what I could or couldn’t eat, having to workout, or having a fear of eating certain things. It’s not worth it! Our bodies need food! It is a blessing to have that nourishment. I was thinking that I can’t let this disorder hold me back from being with people and enjoying food! It’s okay to get help for this. There are Christian councelors to help. There’s no shame is getting help and healing! We need to believe what God says about us not people. He is the only one we will stand before, He loves us with an everlasting love. My prayer is for God to heal us and help us to see ourselves they way He does! (as the author stated.) May we walk in the freedom that Christ died yo give us! In Jesus’ wonderful Name! Please seek help, because I don’t want you to waste so much and suffer like me!

  2. Linda L Livingston says:

    Achieve Believe Received

  3. Wondering if this would be appropriate for jail ministry.

    • Are you wondering if my book would be appropriate for jail ministry, Gloria? My vote would be yes. It’s a Bible study from 1 Corinthians, but I also weave in much of my personal story–including how God rescued me from a cocaine addiction. I only wish we lived closer so I could go with you, Gloria!

  4. Loved this! I struggle with body image all the time. Thank you for posting this! ❤️

    • Sarah, I pray God would meet you in your struggles and fill you afresh with the Truth of who you are. You are significant, accepted, rescued, adopted into His family, and redeemed. And that is the capital T Truth! 😊🎉🙌🏻

  5. I’ve struggled with body image, weight issues and insecurity for 40 years now. Thank you so much for this. I need to remind myself of this every day in the hope that eventually I’ll believe in this truth x

    • Gayle, may today be Day 1 of walking in the freedom and Truth of who God says you are. Believing by faith for 40 years of security in Christ for you! You are accepted, adopted, forgiven, loved, and chosen! He promises!

  6. sally darlene woods says:

    An Overcomer-from tragedy ,trials, triumps My first child died, my second chtld was born at 7 month weighing 2lbs with incomplete digestive tract,couldn’t eliminate was given a 1% chance of surviving,he made it.I was an abused wife finally divorced,have COPD,deafness.I raised two sons on below poverty income.I suffered humiliation, depression and anxiety.I have overcome through my faith in Jesus.I thank him for my journey for making me a stronger Christian woman

    • Sally, you are an overcomer! What a woman of strength and determination in the Lord you are. May God continue to infuse you with His grace and use you to shine His hope and healing with others. God’s richest blessings to you, dear sister. You are loved!

  7. HENRY HADULO says:

    Cindy you are right. In God’s sight we are all beautifully and wonderfully made. Thanks for the encouragement and God bless you.

  8. SYLVIA TUCKER says:

    I’m so encouraged after reading this!
    Thanks.

  9. Even tho I’m almost 71 years old, I still don’t realize how sacred, good and holy my body is to the Lord. I’ve struggled with my self-image since I was in high school. My father always teased me about my weight saying I was starting to look like my mother (who was quite heavy at the time). I weighed about 115 lbs. at the time. After I was married we moved away and before each time we went home for a visit I’d go on a strict diet and exercise to lose weight hoping my father wouldn’t comment on my weight “again”. Many years ago I developed Chronic Depression, Fibromyalgia, and Neuropathy. The meds I was put on made me gain weight. I would diet, lose some, and then gain it right back. Today I weigh much more than I did even with any of my four pregnancies. I hate the way I look. I cringe when I see pictures of myself. I want more than anything even at my age to be thin. But as long as I’m on the needed meds I will never be thin. This article by Cindy has encouraged me that God knows and understands “why” I’m overweight. He doesn’t condemn me for it or love me any less. I know if I truly trust in His Grace and accept myself as I am that He will give me the peace to accept myself and stop beating myself up for not looking like I think I should. To this day my father, who is 93 years old, still makes fun of my weight. “Lord, thank you for Cindy’s devotional today and how it has spoken to my heart. I promise when the body trash talk about myself comes I will turn it over to You knowing that You love and accept me for exactly who I am and what I look like in your eyes.” I’d love to win Cindy’s book “Live Full Walk Free”. I know it would be a much added encouragement at this stage of my life.

    • Carol, it is more important to take care of your health than your looks. So eat healthy, try to move a little bit at a time. I have a friend with fibromyalgia, who runs the seafood department at Publix, she is inspiring to me. At 61, she shovels ice, moves heavy trays of seafood, 8 hours a day. Then closes the department and cleans up several nights a week. Her body argues with her but she tells me, “it hurts, but if I quit, I won’t be able to move, I won’t give in” She is one of my heroes. Be blessed and see what this amazing temple God gave you can do if you don’t give up.

    • Dear Carol, thank you for your authenticy. I wish I could give you a big hug. You are not the only one. You are not alone! I’m praying for you now. Asking God to remove the lies that have filled your mind for far too long and rewallpaper your mind with His Truth. Carol, you are Cherished. Accepted. Redeemed. An Overcomer. And Lavishly Loved. May God sprinkle your path with tokens of encouragement to remind You that He is with you!

  10. Carol Fillmore says:

    This post revealed some truths that I’ve been denying, the big one being, trashtalking. Needed this, just didn’t know I did;)

    • Praying today would be a day of freedom for you, Carol! Grateful for the revelation God gave you, and the good news of do-overs (goodness knows I need them!) You are beautiful, worthy, valuable and loved. Walk in Truth, sweet Carol!

  11. Eric Williams says:

    The renewing of our minds is the renewing of our temple.

  12. Being 37 weeks pregnant I have found myself more critical of my body. I’ve always been self conscious and quick to listen and hold onto the cutting words from exes about my body. After almost 4 years of marriage the scars run deep still. I question my husband’s compliments. I truly needed to read this and know that I’m truly beautiful in His eyes!

    • Dear Naomi, your body is supporting a new life. Congratulate it! You can choose to look with a critical eye or stand back in awe over the amazing way your body works–You can touch the smooth fur of a kitten and the crinkly crispness of fresh lettuce. You can see sun-washed scenery and blinking stars. You can sing a tune and tap the beat. You can drink milk and build bones. You can breathe in and wash each cell with oxygen.

      You can focus on the one thing you don’t like or you can praise God for his delightfully complex handiwork.

      You are carrying a new life . . . and you are carrying the Spirit of God. You are beautiful.

    • Dear Naomi, I’m praying the scars that define you would be the scars of your Savior. He loves you, calls you His own, and lavishes you with His unfailing, unconditional love. Stay in His Word, sweet friend. You are beautiful, your body is beautiful. Enjoy and embrace this sacred season and rest in His Truth: you are to die for! 💕

  13. This is so true. Our bodies are God’s temples, and those (smokers etc) who destroy the temple will be destroyed.

  14. I so needed to hear this today. I have struggled all of my life with weight issues. Called many names during my high school years. I can really relate to this. God is still working on me.

  15. cindy otten says:

    very good devotional. it certainly hit home this morning.

  16. Jen williams says:

    I was called Lumber-Jen in high school because I was fat and wore flannel shirts. Years of eating disorders followed and I got so thin I should have been hospitalized. Closer to “normal” now but still have disordered eating. I have come to be thankful that no matter what shape my body is in, God has blessed it enough to work–I can bend and twist when I clean my home, I can carry multiple bags of groceries, I can crouch in my garden–simple things this “temple” can do that some others cannot.

    • I’m sorry other people can be so cruel Jen! I was calling a cow in 4th grade and I don’t think I will ever be able to forget it. I try to remember that hurt people hurt people, and that seems to put it in perspective. We have to try to remember that we are a temple! Thank you Cindy and I’m praying for you today Jen!

  17. Joan Webster says:

    I would love to be selected to win your book. I’ve been beating myself up for years and would love to read your book. I know it would be very helpful to me. Thank you Joan Webster

  18. Charlotte Woods says:

    Cindy, Thank you so very much for your inspirational columns. I am dealing with Stage 4 metastatic cancer, with a lot of discomfort and fatigue. Your writings are a great comfort to me. Please pray for my precious grand- daughter, Faith. She just turned 18 and is on the wrong path. Thank you very much. Yours in Christ, Charlotte

    • Cindy, I pray for you to have more energy, and an easing of your discomfort, and for healing if it is His will. I ask the Lord that your granddaughter would find HIS right and true path. God bless you; He loves you so

  19. Ranae Altman says:

    Really loved this devotional- many ” wow” moments when I read it. It was positive, encouraging, thought-provoking. Thank you for her and your ministry! I am believing in acceptance and change by the power of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me!

  20. Good devotion. I struggle with this daily!!!

  21. Thank you for this wonderful devotional. It was much needed 🙂

  22. Linda C says:

    Thank you for sharing your struggle. I can so relate. I struggle with body image even today. But God is good and I am on a road to recovery in every aspect of my life. Blessings to you in your life and ministry.

  23. Naomi Collins says:

    This devotional was powerful and wonderful to read as well as absorb and apply to my personal life. I truly want to honor my body since it is THE TEMPLE of God!

  24. Suzanne Crockett says:

    Thank you, Cindy. My temple is getting old and creaky, so I really do appreciate the encouragement. 😊

  25. Mirella says:

    I struggle with believing that I am okay, both in body and soul, and have for pretty much my whole life. I’ve gone from in hospital being treated for anorexia to obese, and I hate myself for it.

  26. Sounds like a great book. I’ve struggled with body image and feelings of being ugly all my life as a result of my childhood experiences. Slowly learning who God says I am

  27. Thank you for this devotional, because it is just what I needed to hear today. I have struggled with weight issues all my life. I would love to read your book.

  28. Emily Mangum says:

    Would love to read this! Thank you for your words❤️

  29. Emily Mangum says:

    Would love to read, thank you❤️

  30. Donna Morris says:

    Thanks for this,devotion. It was very encouraging.

  31. Cyndee Crout says:

    Thank you for sharing this message…God’s blessings always!

  32. Thank you for THIS devotion today. How I needed this-only God knows.Fifty years ago, when I was a teen, my dad told me I would never amout to anything, because I am deslexic. I struggled for years, so many tears, so much pain, always, always feeling like a huge failure. Sometimes those hurtful words still ring in my head and heart, then the pain starts all over again. Now I’m told to grow up and act my age, when I have remembered and have a not so good day.
    I NEED peace in this matter.I NEED to forget these words of so long ago. But, how!? I want to forget. I oray aboug it, but no answer yet. I keep the faith gojng, hoping that before I die, I can say–I’m special.

    • I never comment on things but felt like i should today 🙂 Allow me to tell you: Shari- Dyslexia is not something that is wrong with you. It does not mean you don’t have some thing to offer the world. It is basically a different way of viewing the world. It can cause difficulty is some areas of life..but..it doesn’t mean God made you wrong. You should look up a Christian singer : Mark Hall -of the band Casting Crowns He wrote books about being Dyslexic & having Attention Deficiet Disorder. He thought He wasn’t smart enough but discovered God loved Him still. Words from unkind earthly dads are painful. I know- from experience. Can I tell you today: You Are Special In Your Heavenly Father’s Eyes!! It has been hard fro me to grasp too, at times. but i am slowly learning this truth for myself. Someone sent this to me..not so long ago..they won’t mind if i share it with you- i am sure 🙂 It helped me a lot. Hope it can do the same for you:
      My Dear Daughter,
      I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are, because there is a father of lies who will try to deceive you. He will try to tell you that you are not good enough, not attractive enough, not thin enough, not strong enough, not righteous enough, and that you are simply unimportant to Me. He will try to tell you that you have broken one too many promises, that you have fallen one too many times, that you have lived one too many lives, and that you’ve been going in the wrong direction so long that it is pointless to turn back now.

      But guess what? You do not belong to him. He is not your Father. I AM.

      You see, you are My creation. My workmanship. You have been borne of My thought, every part of you placed together by My Hands. You have My thumbprint upon you. You are a princess, did you know that? You are My child, a daughter of the Most High God. I look at you and I see a precious, priceless pearl. There is NO ocean I would not swim, NO mountain I would not climb, NO price I would not pay to have you and to be with you and call you My own. I already have. How I long for you to talk to Me every day. My love for you never grows cold. My promises are never broken (contrary to what he might lead you to believe). My character never changes. And you, my child have been made in my image. I love you dearly, unconditionally and completely. I understand every emotion that you have. I count every tear that you cry. I know every hair on your head. And do you know what?

      I even know your weaknesses and your failures and your fears. I know those hidden parts of you that you wish would go away. Those dark corners of your world that you stuff deep down, praying that no one else will ever see. I have seen them and they will not change my love for you. Nothing will. I love your heart and I desire all of it. I just wanted to remind you today of how beautiful you are and how precious you are to me.
      With immeasurable love,
      Your Heavenly Father
      **SEE: YOU ARE ALREADY SPECIAL! You don’t have to tell yourself -God is telling you right now:) May God Bless You with His Great Love Today & Everyday!

  33. This devo was a great reminder that God has wonderfully made me, and He certainly doesn’t see me the way I see myself!

  34. Susanna says:

    I would love to win a copy! 🙂

    I too, need to talk about my self in a healthier way. 🙂

  35. Suzanne says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book!

  36. Juanita says:

    Lord help me to see myself as you do..as I am your creation and you made me perfect! PTL!

  37. Great read this morning! I struggle with this every day. Every single day. I constantly worry about being overweight but lack the motivation to do anything about it yet again. I know the spirit dwells within me but I still abuse my body with food. I have to get past this and accept me for who I am. Satan uses the body trash talk to prevent us from pursuing our Kingdom work. Praying that I can once and for all quit focusing on being overweight and make some positive steps to taking care of this temple.

  38. Thank You for sharing your story. Like You, I have been hurt by words spoken so many years ago. Words that probably aren’t even remembered by those who spoke them yet they linger on. After a long battle with depression I now choose to defend myself with scripture, reminding myself that I am a child of the Most High God, made righteous through Christ Jesus, loved and cherished. How good it is to find comfort in Our Saviour.

  39. Amy Stanley says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story! I found myself relating to it all too well. When I was in high school, I began struggling with weight issues. I had taken a required history class. Everyday the boy who sat behind me had a very hurtful name for me. He would call me that name each day when I would come into class and sat down at my desk. That name is still “etched” in my mind. I too had become promiscuous allowing other boys to take advantage of me and thinking or hoping at times that they would really like me. I did finally find a guy who really loved me for who I was. We were together for 3 years and he would tell me not to believe what others would say about my overweight body and that he thought I was beautiful. That relationship ended after I graduated and began working at a place where I met my husband. He knows my story and he truly does love me for who I am. As of today, I continue to struggle with my weight…being morbidly obese and struggling with health and mental health issues. You’re story brings me new hope where I can begin feeding myself with God’s truths and to rid the trash talk that goes on in my mind. God bless you!

    • Yes Amy,keep holding on to the truth of God’s word and never give up. He will help you to begin to see yourself as He Sees you. God bless.

  40. Margaret Bailey says:

    Would love to win a copy. Needed to be reminded that my body is the temple of God.

  41. Melody Hampton says:

    I would love to read this.

  42. Carol Hukill says:

    A wonderful reminder of who we are in Christ!

  43. I have also struggled with similar issues. I can remember comments made about me as a younger girl that would scar me later in life and lead to a battle with bulimia. in addition , this spiraled into other out of control behaviors to fill up that emptiness and self-hatred I had for myself. Your direction in scripture this morning is appreciated.

  44. Jo Earp says:

    Thank you very much for sharing. Our culture is so stuck on “beauty”. We should not allow companies that sell “beauty” cause us to feel bad about ourselves. Prayer and meditation will get us back on track. We need to focus on the real beauty, our inner beauty – because outer beauty is of this world. We are all beautiful when we bring glory to the Lord and love one another.

  45. Thank you so much for these wise words. Too many women listen to the ‘trash talk’ of their minds berating the fact they feel they don’t live up to the world’s expectations.
    It’s not what Jesus wants. It’s not why He came.
    Thank you for bringing the truth clearly into focus!

  46. Deborah Sharpe says:

    It is 6 a.m. and I could not sleep so I slipped out of bed and went to the computer. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful message. Your words ring true in my life. At 70 years old, I am still trying to figure out just how God can use me. I want to rid my temple of trash talk. The older you get the more things you have to look back at and regret. God, help me to forget the past and look forward, keeping my eye on the prize….You!

    • Yes! I have been praying about the same thing, Deborah. I am 60 years young. 🙂 I want to be done with my past, and the negative it seems to keep at the forefront, once and for all. Someone else commented here about their “insecure past.” That resonated within me. Be done with it, because we are secure in Christ – there is no place we could be more secure! Glory! May God bless you richly!

  47. Susan Thompson says:

    Thank you for your honestly and truth. I’m learning to focus on God’s truth. It reminds me of that beautiful song, “The voice of truth”.

  48. Mona Riggs says:

    Thank you for this much needed message. I think we can all benefit from it.

  49. Barbara Paskell says:

    How I really needed to read those words tonight. I could hear them speak into my inner most being. Thank you

  50. Krystle Marton says:

    I needed these words.

  51. Jennifer Madison says:

    Thank you…just what I needed to read this morning.

  52. Thank you ! I needed to hear this!!!
    I look forward to reading the book.

  53. Thank you for this devotional! Unfortunately, like many others, I have suffered with self trash talk all of my life. It astonishes me that so many of us older adults have carried hurtful comments from childhood into our adulthood. Some probably don’t remember saying it but Satan wants us to never forget. I am not who a child or thoughtless adult says I am. I am who my Maker and Savior says I am. At 51, it’s time that I etch that truth on my heart and into my thoughts. Because, I know which opinion I will believe. God bless!

    • Yes, Cindy! I am another Cindy, and I am blessed by what you have written here. God has been dealing with me, and I with Him, about my past and its negative affects in my life. I really like your statements “I am who my Maker and Savior says I am.” and “it’s time that I etch that truth on my heart and into my thoughts. Because, I know which opinion I will believe.” I have a huge smile on my face. Thank you so much for sharing with us. May God continue to bless you richly!

  54. Learning to love myself as I am can be a struggle. I would love to read this book. I would then pass it on to others who also struggle with body image lies, insecurities and self doubt. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

  55. Suzanne Conner says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I have been fighting a poor self image and your prayer is exactly what I prayed last night! Help me to see myself as you see me Lord.

  56. Lynn Wagoner says:

    Thank you for sharing this message.

  57. Thank you for these words!

  58. I’m looking forward to reading this book!

  59. Sandy Crain says:

    Thx for the timely encouragement . Unfortunately, culture places more importance on beauty & youth than the grace & wisdom of maturity. Having reached the “60” mark, it becomes harder to feel useful & relevant. This scripture reminds me Who still finds me lovely! Would love to read the book!

    • Thanks Sandy! Laughing joyfully as I read your statement: “This scripture reminds me Who still finds me lovely!” 😀 Wonderful! I am 60 years young and dealing with the affects of past hurts and confusion. I want to be rid of the hurt and anger once and for all Remembering “Who still finds me lovely!” and that I am secure in Him is of great help. May God continue to bless you richly!

  60. My heart aches for that little girl and all the little girls today who are tortured by words. Please Moms be aware of what your daughter is saying or doing to other girls. Follow them on social media, watch them when they don’t realize, talk to them about a child you seen standing, or sitting alone.

  61. Suzanne says:

    Thank YOU for this beautiful devotional from a beautiful child of God!

  62. Kathy Collins says:

    This one really hit home with me because of all my negative self talk about being overweight. I need to treat my body better in terms of nutrition to feel better and improve my–life thank you for today’s thoughts

  63. Thank you for today’s devotional. It hit home for me!!! I am so thankful I am loved by God!!!💕

  64. Shari Leithauser says:

    In reading this, I was reminded of hurtful things (about me) that I, probably all women hide deep inside or repeat about themselves to others, self,countless times. Knowing who He is for us and then who we are in his heart can be our heart and mind transforming food that he knows we need and wants to give abundantly. My prayer is that I believe and remember so that his salvation can speak and be accepted by others..I need daily dying and dependence on Him, His power..thank you, so needed this encouraging word!!

    • Thank you for sharing this Shari. Whew! All that you have written is touching my heart – tears in my eyes. To be done with the past will indeed be aided by “Knowing who He is for us and then who we are in His heart…” Wow! I echo your prayer. 🙂 May God bless you richly!

  65. Cheryl Cavender says:

    “Cheryl,Cheryl fat as a barrel” are the school kids words that swirl in my brain.Also have a thin sister so I was the fat one and she was the skinny one – thats how relatives would describe us to tell us apart.

    • I am so sorry, Cheryl! Please read others’ comments here and be blessed! There are so many good words: Secure in Jesus and His love for you – my summary of some that have spoken to me. Just above here – Shari Leithauser’s – “Knowing who He is for us and then who we are in His heart. . . ” I am convinced we can let go of the sting of hurtful words from out past ( and whenever they might come again) knowing how much God loves and wants to redeem us from our past – along with all Jesus has already taken with His sacrifice for us on the cross. I hope this makes sense. I am writing to myself, too, as I am dealing with God (and He with me ) about my past and the residue from it. Enough! I am choosing to rest in the security of His love for me – His love is what matters. He tells me frequently now, “Hope Thou in Me.” 🙂 May you know His presence greatly and find rest in His strong everlasting arms! Deuteronomy 33:26,27 (The Amplified Bible): “There is none like God, O Jeshurun [Israel], Who rides through the heavens to your help and in His majestic glory through the skies. 27 The eternal God is our refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He drove the enemy before you and thrust them out, saying, Destroy! ” How much more now that Jesus has given His life for us. Glory!

  66. Beautiful and great reminder. It’s amazing how even at 54 I continue to need to hear these words!

  67. Suzanna says:

    Encouraging and truth filled words… I identified much with your devotional and I thank you for your openness and honesty and allowing God to use you to encourage others.

  68. Kathryn Davis says:

    I would love this book, I know a precious sister in Christ I will give it to.

  69. I would love to have this book!

  70. Elizabeth Price says:

    I would love to read this book.

  71. Sherri Stone says:

    I appreciate the chance to win this book as I’ve struggled with my weight and self confidence since high school. Reading your post today made me feel such a connection with you.

  72. Monica Shue says:

    Shamu and fat pig was hat I was called in my youth. I still hold onto those words.

    • Oh, Monica. I am so sorry. I am dealing with God, and He with me, about residue from my past and its affects on me. I want to be done with it once and for all. ( I am 60 years young. 🙂 Jesus took all that on the cross. Our God Redeems! I am literally laying myself out before him and praying for Him to show me things that need to be dealt with, asking Him to help me/cleanse me. Have you read some of the comments here? Wow! God is speaking about our security being in Him, His knowing us and loving us so greatly, and so much more. I hope you will take time to go through them. God speaks to me often lately – “Hope Thou in Me.” Father God, I pray you will help Monica let go of the negative words of the past – the ill affects and residue – and find security in Your outstanding love for her. May we realize that it does no one any good for us to hold onto to those words, hurts, angers, etc. . Instead we cling to You and the hope, joy, peace and love we have in You. Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice for us, reconciling us to our loving Heavenly Father. Thank You for Your mercy and grace and for Holy Spirit who dwells within the believer revealing Your great love for us and helping us be transformed to the image of Jesus Christ our Savior. May Monica know Your loving presence right this very minute and rest in it. Please strengthen her in her inner man and enable her to look to You, see Your accepting Face, when those negative words come to mind. Please help then, to let them go – no more power over her, as Jesus took all that on cross. He can, and does, relate. What comfort is in that. He knows! He wants us free! Praise Him! May we use effectively that weapon of praise He has given us. He is good and what He does is good! Glory! In Jesus Name, I pray, Amen! Love, hugs and prayers for you, Monica.

  73. Thank you! I needed this today; it spoke to my heart in a powerful way!

  74. Shirley says:

    It sometimes takes a while for our minds to truly comprehend that our body is a temple with the Holy Spirit living in us. Since the Holy Spirit is our helper and our comforter, do we let him do his work in and through us or do we just keep doing things our own way? Galations 5:1 tells us it is for freedom that Christ has set us free!

  75. Thank you. I needed this reminder today.

  76. Thank you for the reminder, I needed this today.

  77. Elisabeth Reddic says:

    I truly needed to read this, this morning. Thank you for allowing God to use you to reach out and help someone else.

  78. Gail Honey says:

    Would love this!!

  79. Janet Lindsey says:

    Thank you for this… negative self talk consumes me .

  80. Kim Longbottom says:

    Cindy, thank you for your honesty in sharing about your life and how we can be our own worst enemy’s. I worked really hard on changing my inner dialog when I had my little girl- I would say my inner talk out loud when she was with her dad so I could hear what I was really saying. Because as long as I kept it in my head it seemed perfectly fine to talk ugly to myself about my body or anything else I didn’t like that day. But my body was the topic most days. When I heard what I said, it was shocking! And I would never talk like that to my daughter nor would I allow someone else to say those things to.me, so she why was I saying them to myself. I have been able to change those words in my head with a little practice and prayer. But now my daughter is 13 and I’m finding myself right back there again as she is growing into a strong athletic young lady, I find I’m mourning the times when I was as her age and looked cute in everything, and had the abilities to exercise like she does now!! I don’t want to feel like this anymore. I think your book Live Full Walk Free would be a great gift to help me move away from this thinking and move towards being more positive.

  81. Candice Adams says:

    Thank you Cindy for your words of truth. God is using them!

  82. nancy schutte says:

    Let Gods light shine and release the doubt in your mind.

  83. Megan Margaret Tracy says:

    What a Timely Message! I’ve struggled with my weight, getting older & all around
    Poor self image. I know “I am HIS” & the most important part of me is HIS PLAN
    That lives inside of me! I’m Blessed to share God’s love with the ladies at our local homeless shelter. I know we would enjoy your wonderful message together!

  84. Thank You so much for this devotion. I’ve been struggling with loving my body for a long time. I was always tall and slim. Then I got hurt at work and over the years I’ve had to take plenty of steroids. I try to make myself to always remember that my body is Gods temple, but it gets hard sometimes. To hear you say it makes me feel better about it. It lifts my self-esteem. Thank you so much for this article.

  85. Jane Kuc Shrom says:

    We get one life and one body. Let’s live free. Let’s cherish the one body He gave us. Let’s take care of it – whatever that looks like for each one of us! And yes, we are all different!

  86. I really needed this. Thank you! I sometimes wonder why God had to make me this way. Why can’t I look like other ladies, especially after having kids?! There has to be a reason, right?! Accepting that is hard! Sometimes I wonder if my husband still thinks of and feels for me at as when he first met me.

    • After having kids, i gained a lot of weight, I have no breasts & I got severe separated stomach muscles. 8 years later I’m still struggling even after losing so much weight. I got motivated to go back to school for sports & exercise studies & got personal trainer certified but I still feel this way of myself I don’t see how I could help others. The separated stomach muscles is the worst!

  87. Oh goodness! It’s so hard not to think negatively about our bodies. It’s almost unacceptable not to say negative things! Thanks for the reminder Whose we are.

  88. Cindy Houser says:

    I am God’s princess, what a wonderful reminder of God’s love and our responsibility to represent him well.

  89. Thank you so very much for today’s devotional. when I was a kid in school, I was also teased about different things and I let them shape my thoughts about myself. I know that I am a child of God, but even today, many years later there are times when I let those times shape my thoughts about myself. May God bless you in all that you do.

  90. GODONLYKNOWS says:

    Psalms 118:5 – I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place.

    Psalms 141:3 – Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

    James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

    James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
    Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

    1 Peter 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

    Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

    Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

    Words can hurt in many ways. But one has to learn to put on the armor of God Ephesians 6:10-18 on a be a Survivor and Conqueror!

    I have been crucified by many words in life. People talk about overweight, but trying being born very thin and remaining thin for 3/4’s of my life. Then take unfit conditions of a home life, for a child to grow up in. Then take physical and mental illness in the family. The list would go on and on what has been brutally said to me by people in my pathways. But I will share with you something that Jesus said to me several years ago. There was a season of people in my pathways that stoned me with hurtful words. As an adult you would think the childish nonsense would have disappeared. But not out of many people in my life pathways in the work place, the volunteer service work, the spiritual work in church, and so called family and friends. I was broken! I was crushed! I was wounded! I cried out to the Lord. He said these words to me, many years ago he was crucified for being different. In todays world he is still crucified by people who do not believe, or who are not willing to receive what he has to offer them. But he died on the cross so we can be spiritual healed. All we have to do is give it all to him!

    Once we surrender the troubles other people have to offer here in this carinal world, we will be restored through Jesus. We can place an armor of God on! Then ask the Holy Spirit to anoint our head, ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet, and let us be able to STAND STRONG!! and not let the devils wiles of ill spoken words enter into our body, mind, or spirit.

    WE are each created by God! For you have formed my inward parts: you have covered me in my mother’s womb.Psalm 139:13

    You can either let the devil have his hayday by making you feel down by the words you let hurt you, and destroy you in many aspects. Or you can say LORD!! I surrender ALL the firey arrows that have been fired at me by the devil, to YOU!! To be delivered by your anointing blood.

    Dear Lord, let each person on this devotional be renewed by YOU!! Let them not be falsely deceived by the devil. Let them see that they shine with the Love you provide. Let them be renewed in their minds, body, and soul. Let them be a Warrior! Let them Be a CONQUEROR! Let them be Spiritually renewed by you! Let them see that they do not need to be chained by the hurtful words that someone has spoken. Let the words fall down on the ground broken and not pierced in their mind, body, or soul! Let them be anointed by YOU! To stand STRONG! Let them be renewed! In your precious name! Amen

  91. It is hard sometimes to talk and walk as I know I should, when I let anger or pride get in the way. I would like to read the advice/perspective of others.

  92. It is frightening to realize how hurtful words can shatter our perceptions of who we are in Christ and what He has and is currently creating us to be. Often those phrases from the past still haunt us, but Christ sees our beauty and potential. When words and people have left nothing but devastation, Christ can step in and sort through our pain piece by piece. I think it is the sorting part that is most difficult. It is so hard for us to release what holds us captive. I am so grateful He patiently waits to capture our burdens and hold us close even when we feel defeated by the numbers on the scale. Everyday is an opportunity to see how He can walk us through and teach us more about Himself. He wants to heal every part of our lives. He lovingly can help us move forward and grow towards health in all the key areas. He sees our potential not just the reflection in the mirror. He sees the path to create a masterpiece for Him even with broken pieces.

    • Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing these truth-filled, encouraging words. God has been dealing with me (and I with him 🙂 about being done with my past. I have allowed it to adversely affect me for far too long. I want to see manifest in my life what you have written. Praise God for You! May He continue to bless you richly!

  93. Oh my goodness can I relate. I trash talk to myself all the time. I was called ” thunder thighs” in school plus some other hurtful names. My father always picked apart my body parts, my uncle would say ” just push your chair back from the dinner table sooner, fatty” My sister’s are all thin and beautiful. I’m the short fat sister.UGH! I wake up daily and hate what I see and even tell my husband I can’t go somewhere because I don’t want to be seen. I want to stop the negative hurtful destructive talk but it’s so ingrained in my head, my memory that it’s hard. Just once I want to be thin and pretty and feel I fit in, like I belong. Not be ashamed of who I am, what I look like. I just don’t want to embarrass my family or husband anymore.

    • Myrna
      I am so sorry your family members were awful to you. For each cruel and careless word they said rebut it with the words of our Lord and Saviour. He created each of us in his likeness which means we are perfect. God loves you and that is what counts.

  94. Samantha says:

    Enjoyed your message and would love to read your book.

  95. Jessica says:

    Thank you Cindy for this much needed reminder. The world is constantly bombarding us with messages of what we should be like so that we feel we are not enough. I needed the reminder to constantly be filling my mind with truth to I won’t find myself believing the world’s lies!

  96. Truth-filled Temple Talk for my soul…
    My gray hair may irritate me as I look in the mirror. Truth is… God knows how many hairs are on my head!
    My weight loss left me with more wrinkles and loose skin. Truth is… God blesses me with renewed health to live!
    My body is shaped like a pear & I don’t see that changing. Truth is… God gave me some real strength there!!!

    One thing I can do to live as God’s treasured temple is exercise and eat more of the foods He made every day.
    Love this verse… Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

  97. I would love to bless my 17 year old daughter who is desperately struggling with her body image ❤

  98. Thank you for this! This is a big struggle. No matter what I weigh, I have huge calves and thick ankle ie candles. I was called Miss Piggy Legs, told by a guy in college that my roommate was so pretty that to make up for it I just had to put out. I am now very obese and need to lose for my health. I lost over 100# 10 years ago and my husband and I couldn’t believe how much better I was treated. I have since gained it back plus more. I need to start temple talk. Right now

  99. Lynn Bond says:

    Cindy, Thank you so much for sharing the our bodies are a temple devotional. I can so relate to my own body and talking trash talk!!! What a wonderful reminder that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Praise God for your boldness to stand up and speak real truth. May we all know that God made us according to HIS way not what the world says.

  100. Felicia Buff says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  101. I also wish to bless my teenage daughter and her friends who struggle to remember how much God loves them and how truly beautiful they are! I want to be an encourager, but sometimes struggle with that confidence myself. Please for us!

  102. Ruth Mosher says:

    Your devotional for today was encouraging, eye opening, and reminds me of when I was younger.

  103. Christy says:

    This reminds me so much of my story and how the Lord redeemed me from my gluttonous tendencies and saved me from an insecure past. Your book would be amazing to read!!

    • Thank you, Christy! Your words “saved me from an insecure past” are ringing within me. That’s it! I have been praying about being rid of deep hurts, anger, and God knows what else from the past. Our God does indeed REDEEM! We are secure in Him, no matter how things look! 🙂 Glory! May it continue in your life, and be so in my life!

  104. Deborah Smith says:

    Cindy- I haven’t read your story yet, but sincerely appreciate these words of truth today. It is a constant struggle to overcome comparison, judgment, culture’s expectations, etc. to live in God’s truth about our bodies and our whole selves. Thank you SO much for this reminder today that we are treasured temples.

  105. Sharon Seneker says:

    Entering this giveaway as every word in this message applies to me ! Thanks 🙏🏻

  106. Lindsay says:

    So needed to hear this, I’m slowly working on loving my body, but similar words scar deep.

  107. Karen Thomas says:

    I look forward to reading more by Cindy. Her words today about terrible temple talk rang true for me.

  108. Kayla Newton says:

    Your message on body image really hit home. No one ever wrote it on the wall, but my peers called me fat in high school. ( I was 5’6″- 125 lbs) I see now that it was jealousy that caused their horrible behavior, but at 16 you believe what other kids say.
    I have overcome addictions and self hate through God’s love. I thank and praise him and die daily for Him.

  109. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you!

  110. Virginia says:

    As a mom of three girls 14,12,10. I hear body trash talk from them already. I don’t know how to handle it or tell them so they will believe me, when I struggle with my own body issues. Very interested in amy help at this point. Looking forward to reading your book.

  111. Jan Yost says:

    Thank you for this truth. Satan can certainly disable us through just a few words. I want to be more intentional about treating my body as a temple of God and putting on the mind of Christ.

    • Yes! Me, too. Thanks Jan! May God strengthen you in your inner man for the fulfillment of this desire. May you know His peace, love and joy in great measure. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

  112. Janet Lash says:

    I am beautifully and wonderfully made, designed, created by God. He is my Lord my maker my Love. My body is not my own, I have been bought with a price, therefore I glorify God with my body. I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, He has anointed me to preach the gospel. I bear about in my body the death, burial and resurection of Jesus Christ. Arise shine for the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
    Enter to win the book.

  113. Beth Gibson says:

    As a christian it saddens and angers me the way of the world. I know i can help by prayer but also by showing the world how a christain warrior and child of God in my walk with the Lord acting thru love and not fear!!

  114. Stephanie says:

    Well said. I was also a believer of what was said about me as a young adult. It was destructive both physically and mentally. It took me years to understand I am a temple of the Holy Spirit. Through growing in my relationship with Christ my temple has changed from one of darkness and unworth to light and hope. My prayer everyday is for people to see Christ in me. I do believe he lives in me. Through me actions and words I pray others can see that as well.

  115. Susan Wolverton says:

    The devotional was very encouraging today.

  116. Michelle says:

    I would love a copy of the book!

  117. This one I cannot get past…………..

  118. Lance Gracy says:

    I would like to win a free book!

    Thank you,
    Lance

  119. This was an eye opening devotional. Thank you!

  120. DHartwick says:

    I’ve struggled with my self image my whole life but there is no one incident that stands out. My biggest reason has always been my weight which after each pregnancy seems to continue to grow. Over the past 3 months I have even gone gluten and basically sugar free without dropping a single pound…really frustrating!

  121. Ginger Queen says:

    Cindy,
    I too have struggled since high school of a poor body image. I traded it for affection in whatever way I could just to feel better and think I was liked. I didn’t realize that I was creating a name for myself and it wasn’t beautiful. Even when I was saved and became a child of God I didn’t treat my body as a beautiful temple. Once I really began to read, study and take in to my heart God’s word that is when I knew that size, appearance or age does not matter to God. Only that I view me as He does and by doing that a smile greets me in the morning in my mirror. That same smile is there in the evening in that same mirror. Thank you so much for your words.
    Ginger

  122. Janet Jaynes says:

    Thank you for this today! It really hit home for me I am super hard and negative on myself on how I look…..I was teased a lot as a child about having chubby cheeks and many other things. thank you

  123. Nancy Aguirre says:

    Iam always amazed at how Gods Holy Word can inspire us. When our hearts are broken, our family has been going through a very difficult time,but with Gods encouraging words , strength and courage,we will overcome this burden because it has been laid at Jesus’s feet.Thank you my Ssvior and Lord for loving me as I am!!!

  124. Heather says:

    Thank you for this. I don’t normally comment, but this devotional spoke to me. I’m almost 30 and words from when I was in elementary school still follow me. Cholesterol Girl, Fatso, and not getting invited to places because they “didn’t have Weight Watchers restaurants.” I got it from my parents, grandma, everyone. Even now as I’ve tried losing weight for the umpteenth time of my life, I still wasn’t thin enough to be “trophy wife” status to the dates I had with one guy blatantly saying he wanted me to lose weight. That led me right back to gaining weight I had worked so hard to lose and it feels hopeless and that I’ll never win. But I’m grateful because the very Spirit of God IS living in me and no words or anything the enemy throws at me can take that away. God chose to dwell in this body even if the world keeps telling me it’s not a beautiful temple ❤️

  125. my three words are: wonderfully made, God-made!

  126. Would love a copy of this book. Thank you for the devotion

  127. Thank you. Your devotional was written for me – literally. My name is Cindy and I have had many of the same issues. Thank you for your encouragement to turn our thoughts to His thoughts.

  128. Thank you Cindy for sharing yourself with us through this devotional. I am so glad to see you writing for Proverbs 31. You are an amazing woman who is truly a blessing to others. Thank you for sharing yourself and for caring for us! I am a leader in the Griefshare program and enjoy listening to you talk to our hurting members through the DVD program. God bless you! A fellow sister in Christ.

  129. Thank you for this devotional and especially for the prayer. I too have held onto the words that were said to or about me from my childhood on. It is my prayer for me to see myself as God sees me.

  130. Michelle Avins says:

    Oh how I desire to speak Truth Temple Talk ALL the time! What a conviction to see that the way I’m talking about my body and self is actually talking about Gods Temple!!! Thank you for these blessed words showing us that God is in us, so we must talk better about ourselves!

  131. I was never called names or made fun of (except for two girls who laughed at me in 7th grade because my breasts weren’t as “developed” as theirs!). I had plenty of friends, mostly boys but a few girls too. I was comfortable with who I was and how I looked. But now, 35 years later, I have a really hard time accepting a compliment, because I don’t think it’s true. I don’t know where I lost that belief in myself but somewhere along the way it fell by the wayside. Now when someone tells me I look good or I’m pretty I think “they need their eyes examined!” Or “they’re just being nice cuz I think I’m ugly”. But the words from today’s devotion really hit home for me. “My body is a temple carrying the very Spirit of God.” I need to remember that and picture myself as a precious vessel for the Spirit of God!! It doesn’t matter what I look like, good or bad, it matters that God sees me as his daughter and loves me enough to entrust my body with carrying the Spirit of God.

  132. Cindy Robinson says:

    This devotion really spoke volumes to me. I have struggled with my body image my entire life. I was told for years by my grandfather that, I’d be such a pretty girl ‘if you’d just lose weight’. He’s been gone for many years but I still hear that in my mind from time to time. I need to work on this area because I still get out of the shower and catch myself making a terrible face at what I see. It’s been such a part of me for so many years. I’m 48 years old now and I am going to change the way I speak about ME! Thank you for sharing your story!

  133. Kendra Grizzle says:

    About four years ago I stared in the mirror and was distraught at the person I had become…short and unhealthy. I watched as my parents health slowly declined due to unhealthy choices and God had the ‘temple’ talk with me. I cried in the bathroom as I felt him impress upon my heart to clean things up. My journey of health and exercise took me to a 65 pound loss and a better wife, mother and disciple of Jesus.
    Now some of my weight and eating habits have reverted…and I have to tighten the reigns and refocus. Living healthier mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally is a daily commitment to Jesus.
    This devotional was very encouraging to stay the course for my future so I can always serve Him and others at my best. Thank you!

  134. The enemy says, “Take that.” But I love how every hurt we give God becomes seed to grow good things. We are stewards of our hurts and we can use them to accomplish some of our greatest ministry accomplishments when surrendered to God. So to the enemy you just said, “Ha! Take THAT!”

    • 😀 This is great, Sharon! Thanks so much for sharing. I say Amen! So be it! Oh, Yes! May God continue to bless you richly!

  135. Thank you for this devotion: it was encouraging. I have lived in bondage to food my whole life. Now, at 58, I am just starting to break this stronghold.

  136. Melissa says:

    This was such a good devotion. Thank you for your wise words. They were a wonderful reminder of how I should be taking care of, and viewing my body.

  137. What a wonderful reminder that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Thank you!

  138. Michele Wagner says:

    Thanks for this devotional!

  139. Thank you for this timely message!!

  140. Wendy Hansen says:

    Thank you for this devotion, it is a struggle for me. God always knows what we need and I needed this today. Blessings to you.

  141. Loved, accepted and complete

  142. Mrs. Denise Besecker says:

    I would love a copy of this book because even though I am happily married now I had some real struggles with the worthiness of who I was, and maybe there is still a bit in me that needs to be squeezed out.
    After I am done reading it I would like to send it to my sister.

  143. Martha Parrish says:

    I really enjoyed your writing today and am so thankful for the truth of God’s word and that you found hope there. I would love to read your book!

  144. Thank you for this eye opening message. I have had a lifelong struggle with the healthy weight of my precious God given temple. I have managed to reach a healthy body weight 4 times in the 6 decades I have been on this Earth. Then I would fall back into old habits of consuming too much along with the old adage “I guess I am just meant to be fat. ”
    This message and scripture today has slapped me in the face and made me realize I have conveniently allowed myself to believe this lie over and over again. I am vowing to take control again with God’s assurance and support and make my God given temple healthy once and for all.

  145. the negative talk of guilt and shame can plague me at times. I need stop, recognize this is NOT from God or how He sees me, let it go and feel His love surround me like a warm blanket. thank you for the reminder.. daily working on this… He loves me, oh how He loves me

  146. God is SOOO GOOD! I needed inspiration to help my daughter, who is 8. Every time she is on a visit with my ex-husband, he tells her she is huge, fat, out of control (like he did to me). He sends the message that the ONLY WAY she is lovable is to be skinny. Yesterday, he said he doesn’t come around much because he doesnt like hanging out with a big fat kid. It is so sad and he cannot see that he is causing damage. But God! What her dad means for harm is pulling her closer to her true Father. I am going to take these scriptures and find more for the two of us to read daily. I pray that God will heal her wounds and give me the courage, strength and wisdom to share Him with her and the truth about her temple.

  147. I remember very little of my childhood before a certain age, but I clearly remember being told that I looked like a witch (prominent nose and chin in a growing face). It made me feel ugly for over a decade, and I turned to overeating to stuff down my feelings, and I still struggle with binge eating today. I am working on slowly replacing my negative self-talk and journaling daily in conjunction with walking and eating well, but it is hard to counteract years of negative self-talk. Thank you for this lovely blog post.

  148. Praise God for You! I almost didn’t read this, but when I saw “my” name in the title I clicked 😀 I am glad I did. Holy Spirit inhabits me and it’s about time I take that more seriously. Thank you for sharing this insightful article. May God continue to bless you richly!

  149. Your devotional really touched me and made me appreciate my body more.

  150. Diana Catrett says:

    Wow such words of encouragement. I feel Cindy was speaking directly to me. I have always trashed talked my body and felt so bad for doing it. The Lord made our bodies to be temples for Him! Thank again Cindy!

  151. Irene Corrales says:

    Hello Cindy, love your story. I really would love to win your free book. Have a blessed day in Jesus Name Amen. Thank You.

    Irene Corrales

  152. Rebekah says:

    I so want to teach my 12 year old daughter how to “Live Full and Walk Free!”

  153. Cristi Willis says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words today!!! Much needed!!!

  154. Angie Michael says:

    I need this! 🙂

  155. Robin V says:

    Great words to remind us how precious each of us is to our Lord.

  156. THANKS! Need this reminder daily as i struggle with not being able to work out like I used to due to a hip replacement and back problems. I also was called “fat girl” as a child and was always the largest in my class growing up so I never loved my body and still don’t. Daily struggle and pray God will get me to the point one day to accept who I am and not judge myself by the scale or the size i wear. God bless you!

  157. What an encouraging message! Thank you. And thank you for the opportunity to receive the book.

  158. Thanks. Plan to share this with my beautiful teen.

  159. Stephanie Bankhead says:

    This is an ongoing issue for me. God has recently given me some revelation about how I see my body and my self talk and this is confirmation that I’m hearing Him clearly on the subject. I’m tired of this being an issue and ready to be set free!

  160. Janelle Volkers says:

    Good reminder! This is always a struggle!

  161. When my focus on Christ starts to blur, it’s because I often get distracted with how my body looks to me. Thank you for reminding me of Psalm 139:14🤗

  162. Thank you for reminding me of this. Now, to keep telling my inner self to keep quiet. God made me according to his plan. Bless you.

  163. I can relate to this reading and appreciate that body image is talked about. Although I know God’s truth and believe He sees me differently than I do, I still struggle.
    Thank you for writing about this topic.

  164. Jan Stover says:

    Thank you for this wonderful reminder that we are perfectly made by God.

  165. April Tvinnereim says:

    I would love to read this book. I’m finally accepting who I am and I need to change how I view myself. As a mother of 9, they need a Mom that is showing them we are God’s masterpieces and to care for our temple.

  166. Teresa Franco says:

    Thankyou for your words of wisdom .

  167. Estella Jefferson says:

    God Bless You Keep up the good work.

  168. Shannon R says:

    Thank you for your message today. I know this is struggle for many women. My husband is always saying we need to see ourselves as God sees us. This is such a hard thing for me. This post certainly gives me more perspective on the idea. I’d love to read the book.

  169. Ceola Stepp says:

    I thank God for this awesome message. You are truly a great inspiration and I pray God will continue to use you. God bless you.

  170. I’m doing the Me, Myself & Lies study right now, and this reminds me of the main concept. I’ve let lies and curses spoken over me shape an untrue perspective on myself, people and the world. For years, I’ve been adjusting it to be more in line with how God sees me and wants me to see the world around me and how I have a purpose in it.

  171. Kathy A. Rusch says:

    This issue is very central in our society with all the emphasis on “skinny” in every media and movie focus. Thank you for this book…I look forward to reading it:)

  172. Paulina Stephens says:

    What a great reminder that every body is a gift from God and that we are made in his image and are all here according to his great pllan

  173. I’ve been hoping to see a blessed commentary on “my body is a temple” rather than from those who say, “therefore, your body needs to be perfect as defined by the world.” Your devotional is spot on and Blessed! We cannot ignore the consequences of our self-abuse to our bodies (too much or too little food, sexual promiscuity, etc.) but God made each of us Wonder-Fully! As all worldly temples are small, huge, visually appealing, or modest, so are we… uniquely special. Only God’s opinion matters, so we must learn to please Him in our opinion and treatment of our bodies… ignore the faulty world-opinions which are based on commercial-marketing ($$$’s) or the result of personal insecurities of imperfect humans which foster poor behavior via unloving cliques. And, kudos to every person who overcomes a worldly addiction… BRAVO and Standing Ovation to each of you!

    I LOVE this sentence in your devotional: “How it must grieve Your heart when I focus on my flaws and faults.” Yes, He made each of us unique and yet we try to be like other people. God is Love. When we Love one another, we must also love ourselves.

    Thank you, Cindy!

  174. I’ve been inwardly trash-talking my temple while on vacation this week at the beach. I try to remind myself that God has used this body for much good…especially carrying my two awesome sons!

  175. Moire Torres says:

    A constant reminder we all need…. would love to read the book.

  176. M Hutto says:

    I loved this article on being confident in who I am now and not who I was told I was at a younger age and even as a teen. My self worth stunk. I still hold to the image of my past. Even though I know I am a new creation in Him, the past comments and choices pop up. Thank you for this reminder.

  177. I am “FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY made!” As I’m learning in my 40s, THAT is what is important to remember! I am here for God and by God, not anyone else! I have tortured my body in nearly every way imaginable to be loved, to be thin, to be accepted. Now is my time to learn that God loves me, God wants me healthy (not thin), and God has ALWAYS accepted me because He created me EXACTLY the way He wanted me!

  178. This encouraging message resonated within my soul. Thank you for allowing God to use you.

  179. Trish Bolden says:

    Cindy, thank you so much for sharing your devotional “Changing our Body Trash Talk to Temple Talk.” I have been talking body trash for quite some time and have been praying that God will “redo” my thoughts about myself. I am also sharing this devotional with my sisters because we all have an unhealthy thought life when it comes to our bodies and food. I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you again.

  180. Nena Hodges says:

    I too suffered with eating disorders for years because of my poor self esteem and the desire to be accepted. What Cindy helped me realize is that I still do so today, even though I thought I was living in God’s light. I accepted Him as Savior at an early age. But at age 57 I’m still struggling with a poor self image, and I need to life free so I can fulfill God’s purpose in my life.

  181. Maggie WB says:

    Thank you for the encouraging devotion. It was at age 10 that I looked at myself in the mirror (in a bathing suit) and told myself I had fat legs. Since that time I have struggled with my self-image and yo-yo’ed up and down with my weight. I am now in my mi-50’s and still trash talk myself. Your book sounds awesome.

  182. Thank you so much, Cindy, for sharing the vulnerable past thoughts about yourself. I find as a child, teenager, and young adult in my 20’s I did not struggle with issues of self-worth, or image… but now that I am in my mid 30’s this has become a new piercing of Satan’s arrows that I must address. Your words and their truth embedded in the scripture was a powerful way to get my thoughts about myself on track for the day. Thank you!

  183. Jenna Lynn Taylor says:

    Thank you for this incredibly powerful message. For me, this is something I’ve struggled with most all my life. Seems you and I took similar paths too. I appreciate God’s message through you Cindy. I pray that I can truly embrace the view Good has of me instead of choosing to believe the cruelty of others. Much Love in Christ, Jenna T.

  184. This hit home for me! I struggle daily with how I look because not only was I picked on by classmates but teachers would also laugh and make comments about what I wore and my size.
    I would love to win this book for a friend who struggles more with her appearance then me and is struggling with addiction of many kinds to accept herself.

  185. Beautiful! Journaling this morning and this is exactly what I was talking about. Thank you for sharing! I’d love to get a copy of the book.

  186. Prayed this morning about getting my body under subjection regarding eating. This reaffirmed that He’s desiring me move toward that goal. Thank you.

  187. Cindy, thank you for your inspirational message about our body being a temple for God. I would love to win a copy of the book. Yes we need to remember our bodies are “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Thank you for taking time to spread the inspirational message.

  188. Patricia Mees says:

    I have abused my body with food for many many years. Now I have been asking God to help me to not overeat and commit everyday to not overeat one day at a time. It has only been two weeks and I feel better about myself. I can’t God can so I will let Him. He does for me what I can’t do for myself. I would love to win your book. I know it can help in my journey with weight and self negative talk. Thank you

  189. I need to read this! It is a daily struggle.

  190. Loved this devotion. Love it so much I’m going to share it with my teenage daughter and my sister~ in~ love. We all struggle with trash talking ourselves but this is going to break the chains and with Gods help set us free!

  191. Ann VanSickle says:

    Thank you for your inspiring devotion and the reminder to focus on taking care of this one life I have been given.

  192. Marti Turgeon says:

    Thank you Cindy for sharing this devotion about self-talk. It is so true, we ARE princesses in God’s eyes. It just really spoke to my heart. I teach a SS class to ladies (It’s the 55 and below class) and this was just what they need to hear. Some are married, some are not. Some have been married, some have not. Lots of different backgrounds. I will share this with these ladies. I know the will be blessed also.
    Thank you again!

  193. Linda Sullivan says:

    Thank you so much for the message about my body being God’s temple. Too often I see myself in my eyes and not the eyes of the One who created me. I’m so blessed that God forgives me. Thanks again for the reminder that my body is a temple who God created, in His image.

  194. I loved this devotional! So true.
    I just have this one comment. Most of your photos show what I would call “perfect” body types. Today’s has a lovely lady with a more average or normal body type. Please consider using more of a range of body types. Thank you.

  195. wow, Cindy! Thank you for this most introspective writing. This is an area that many (if not most!) women struggle with. It’s easy to get so caught up in what we perceive as “fat, ugly…” and totally overlook the fact that God loves us and trusts us with sheltering His Spirit within us. It’s not easy to change years of a negative mindset, but you have challenged me to begin!

  196. Oh Cindy – – This Temple Talk was written by you but, sent from God. Readjusting my thoughts about myself; locking into the fact the Spirit dwells in me could help me love myself enough to care about what I put into my body prior to me putting it into my mouth. I thank you for sharing – thank you for being real and obeying the prompt to talk to others about Him and how you have evolved to serve Him with your words / thoughts.
    Thanks – – I am also a saved addict….there is more once you are clean; more to work on within yourself. Thanks for the reminder.

  197. Ashley Barker says:

    I have always struggled with feeling not good enough, not pretty enough and always comparing myself to others and dealing with some jealousy. I do not want to live like that anymore. I know I still have a way to go but I am getting there. I pray everyday that God will help me with that and help me learn to love and embrace myself just as he made me. God don’t make no junk and I need to always remember that.

  198. Reading this article, I see myself clearly. At age 69, I have continued to look upon myself as you described. So difficult to change. However, this is wonderful food for thought. Changing ones thought process in regard to appearance is a real challenge.

  199. Christy Clark says:

    This totally hits the nail on the head regarding an issue I’ve struggled with since I was young and felt unworthy and undesirable. It’s still something I struggle with now that I’m almost 30!

  200. This is wonderful how I wish this was tougbt years ago

  201. Kate Baugher says:

    This devotion I can relate to! I have such negative self talk and I often think, what does God think when I talk about myself the way I do? Thank you for the encouraging words 😊

  202. Kolleen says:

    Thank you for needed encouragement!

  203. Amanda Goode says:

    Boy could I use this book!! It’s time for me to love the temple God gave me!

  204. Kim Laughrey says:

    For so many reasons, I would love to read this book. I have come a long way in this area of my life & know so many others that need to know who they are in God’s eyes. We all need truth…..

  205. So true-so needed today!

  206. Thank you Cindy, This devotional was just what I needed today. I have always had low self esteem. As a child, teenager and young adult my siblings were allowed to make fun of me, calling me ugly names. Although I have come a long way, I still struggle with this especially when the family is together. God reminds me that I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” and “made in the image of God”. Thanks you again.

  207. Megan L. says:

    Thank you! It is amazing how powerful words can be – another reminder that we should strive to use words to build others up. I would LOVE to win this book, for myself and to share with some dear friends.

  208. Missie Richardson says:

    Wow! I’ve heard teachings on the body being the Temple throughout my years but nothing like this. This is REAL talk. Which I love. I am inspired to share this with as many people as I can and pray for an eye opening, heart opening experience for them as it was for me. Thank you for sharing.

  209. Erica G says:

    Thank you for the devotion today, it really spoke to me and my inner teenager. Thank you also for the chance to win a book

  210. I needed to read this today. I recently have been struggling with feeling like “enough” due to some issues in my marriage and dealing with my husbands wandering eyes and porn use. It is getting better but it still a daily struggle. I needed the reminder that in Gods eyes, I am already “enough”.

    • staci mcdonald says:

      Heidi please don’t let his struggles determine your selfworth. I have had challenges in my marriage as well but still have to often remind myself I am good! God loves me inside and out, He is my creator!! The devil knows how to reel us in and uses our situations to the fullest. Don’t let him win!!! Pray through those moments and God will heel you!!! Hang in there!!!

      Staci

  211. Sherry Martina says:

    Would love to use this book for bible study! It sounds incredible and exactly what I am working on within myself and what I would love to share with my daughter.

  212. Michele says:

    Cindy,

    If you only knew how much your message resonated with me today!

    I have fought this self-image thing since I was three, and I think I’ve loathed my body for almost as long- and I’m well along in age. What an uplifting way to think about what God has given us! Thank you for sharing this today; it has made me think about things differently. I’ll pray for your continued journey through God’s grace.

    Sending love and hugs….

  213. What a wonderful midweek message reminder. Greatly interested to explore the book further. Thank you!

  214. Enjoyed your devotion.

  215. What a wonderful message! Thank you Cindy for the truth about our bodies in Christ and who we are in him!

  216. staci mcdonald says:

    This is something I have really struggled with as an adult and the message was so inspiring!! I can’t wait to read more!!

  217. Jessica says:

    So true and such a struggle. Thank you for the reminder that we are created exactly as He intended us to be.

  218. Oh my goodness, did this speak to me this morning. I am always fretting about my looks. Just yesterday I was worrying about my thinning hair and being over weight.
    But God is always on time with what I need to hear. Thanks for this ministry.

  219. What a timely message today! I will be sharing this with both of my daughters. Thank you so much for having courage to share your heart and using it for God’s glory!

  220. Amy Adkins says:

    Thank you for your blog post today about seeing our body as a temple. I have allowed bulimia and negative body image to control my life for over twenty years. I needed the words you wrote today more than you could ever know. Thank you for sharing them–they made a difference in my life. ❤️

  221. Thank you, Cindy, for this powerful and timely devotional full of truth. I have heard this verse so many times, but never thought about the temples the Corinthians would have seen all around them and then equate it with us today. Beautiful truth. I’ve struggled with negative body talk since a teenager and it still creeps in today! But your word today challenged me to change my trash talk to temple talk. Thank you so very much!

  222. Melissa Sutton says:

    I think this message speaks to all women! Thank you for writing this devotion and letting us remember that we are more than a number on the scale to our Lord and Savior.

  223. Niki blake says:

    Truth!! Thanks for this great word!

  224. Roxana Wieseler says:

    Wow….the number of responses blows my mind! Obviously this resonates with so many. Although I binged/purged last night (38 years bulimic, off and on), I have become very cavalier about my struggle with this disorder. I attend an addiction recovery group where every attendee is recovering from drug addictions. I have not shared my addiction to food, mainly because I don’t think they will get it. But this devotion has shown me how much more we have in common.

  225. Such a good reminder for someone who struggles daily with this!! Thank you for this truth!! I can’t wait to read your book!

  226. Kristen Moresi says:

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I’ve recently lost weight but have gained it back and have been struggling to be ok with the set back and start again. When I look at my body I really just see stretch marks and and large stomach but what I learned today is that I’m so much more to the Lord then what my little mind can handle. While does want what’s best for us ( health etc) he doesn’t see my stretch marks and stomach, he sees his beautiful daughter Kristen.

    Thank you Proverbs 31 Ministry!❤️❤️

  227. Oh, yes! Value placed on what we look like, rather than who we are: daughters of the King and Temples of the Holy Spirit. Great reminder; thanks!

  228. Shannon says:

    Wonderful devotional. I was born with spina bifida and remember all to well the mocking of some of my peers and how they made fun of me growing up. At the time their words and actions meant more to me than what Jesus sees and thinks of me. Forgiveness is the only way to move forward.

    Our bodies are temporary and are beautiful because Jesus lives in us. We need to care for them, but when I look into the mirror, I want to see Jesus’ reflection. Not my zits, sagging skin or scars from surgeries.

  229. I remember how words defined me in my youth.
    The names are still there, they are useless, MS, I am a holy temple and these names will not define me.

  230. Sharon Weyrens says:

    Cindy, I like you spent decades of my life viewing my worth through the dark colored lenses of fear and doubt. It wasn’t until I learned to forgive myself and my offenders did I realize who I really am. I am a worthy and beloved daughter of The King. It is easy to slip back into the self-doubt and negative talk when I become lost, weak or let the world distract me from the truth. Thank you for being open and transparent. You are an inspiration to many. God Bless You!

  231. Lyndsey says:

    I have struggled with this issue all my life. From the day a boy in 5th grade told me I was the reason they came up with the phrase boob tube. I do all I can to conceal all God gave me. I now have a niece who struggles with the same issue. As I try to help her I hope it will help me but how do you just accept it all when its all you see in the mirror…in pictures…and you don’t like what you see.

  232. Thank you!!! Since 1st grade when a boy called me “fwat wegs” (he had a lisp)….I’ve struggled with my body image. So often it robs my joy and ability to just enjoy life. It’s been a life long struggle and I want to be over it! Bless you for sharing!

  233. Paige E says:

    I know all of this but still can’t seem to get free from bad self image and talk. I continue to abuse my body with food and hate the consequences. I know I am powerless over this and need God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit’s help to be free. I’m still waiting…

  234. Christal Niemeyer says:

    Thank you for this inspiration. ..inspired by the Word of God.

  235. K Ashton says:

    Reading your story on Proverbs 31 Ministries was much like reading my own. It was uncanny how similar it was. Thank you for having the courage to share it with us!

  236. Mary Leach says:

    Oh how timely this is, as I prepare for a swimsuit clad trip. (I first typed trap…Freudian slip?) Its already starting, the body shaming, the resolutions to do better, the enemy chatter. Thank you reminding me of the truth!

  237. Michelle says:

    I needed this encouragement and prayer today. I have been struggling with some health issues and had regained a lot of weight. Reading this today gave me a fresh perspectiv.

  238. Marcy Ivey says:

    Would love to win a copy of this book. Self talk really needs to be in line with God’s word!

  239. Oh how I have battled past hurts from what my family/friends have said about me physically, spiritually and emotionally! It is a daily discipline for me to claim truth over who I am in Christ…so grateful that He calls me ‘Mine’! My three words to describe my temple…treasured, pure and loved! Again…a daily reminder to be transformed by the renewing of my mind! Thank you for this devotion!

  240. Raina Theiss says:

    Thank you for the reminder that this can be an issue for women everywhere no matter what age!

  241. Dani Warren says:

    I’m fearfully made in His image!

  242. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this perfectly timed message. This is something I, and countess others, struggle with on a regular basis. It is a necessary reminder that this body, which is never good enough, is a temple.

  243. Reading the comments, I see that none of us is alone in this struggle. Thank you for letting God talk to us through you.

  244. I think all women need to be reminded of this!

  245. Carolyn Manley says:

    Today’s message today came to me through the Holy Spirit indeed. In my quiet time this morning I was talking to the Lord about me feeling like a failure after losing 80 pounds and gaining over 20 back. Your words through the power of the Holy Spirit stopped me in my tracks before I had the chance to go off the rails. Again, I’m reminded this body houses His Spirit and I must take care of it not just for my reasons, but to glorify Him. Thank you for reminding me of His truth yet again.

  246. Ann Buck says:

    I want to walk in freedom

  247. Sheila Sarna says:

    I want to say, “thank you”, for the simply put, honesty in your readings. I fell like, I am on the, “same” level, as I absorb into my heart the meaning that is meant for me. I Too, found the “long way home”, if you will; in the trusting of my body as well as the rest is NOT MY OWN!!! I was bought with a price!

  248. Wendy Wales says:

    I LOVED this devotional because I have been diagnosed with 4 additional diseases in the past 6 months along with the Type 1 Diabetes I already have. One of the diseases is called “Vitiligo”. It is a disease where the skin has large blotchy white patches all over the body. On my face I have large white splotches of skin that make my face look imperfect, in the way that Americans view beauty. I have struggled with feeling fat and ugly my whole life. This devotional hit every part of what I have been struggling with! Thank you. I will also be sharing it with the Junior and Senior high students that I teach Bible to at the school where I am a Bible teacher. I spend a lot of time talking about body image to my students as well, because I do not want them to suffer as I have for the majority of their lives.
    Thank you! T3!
    Wendy Wales

  249. Natalie says:

    Loved today’s devotional!

  250. Dede Long says:

    I am very interested in this book. I’m a eating disorder over comer, cancer survivor and love God

  251. kristie gibbs says:

    I need to talk better to myself and remember who I belong to.

  252. Brenda Bernard says:

    This blog has described my inner voice for all of my life. Thank you for reminding me that my body is God’s handiwork. I need to honor him with my whole being.

  253. Debbie Herbst says:

    Praise God for these fabulous insights! As a dietitian and diabetes educator, I work on healthy eating and exercise myself. I am so saddened by how so many Christians do not have balanced view of this subject. There is addiction to food or resistance to change or denial of Scriptural teaching about controlling our eating or judgement of others who drink alcohol ( as opposed to overeating). I work with patients who are in a weight loss surgery program so know about the deep hurts and wounds from name calling or food deprivation in childhood or other trauma. God wants to heal and restore us to appropriate care of our bodies. Just talking about this in my exercise class this morning. Praise God for His healing mercies! Thank you.

  254. Dani Warren says:

    I’m fearfully made by Him! This article is just what I needed today. I sat with a friend yesterday and we were in a conversation about weight and how I view myself and then to see this post this morning it was one of those moments that I knew this was and read this it was something my Father wanted me to see and remember even thought I’m struggling and down on myself what you wrote was a great reminder that I needed to wake up. Thank you 😊 🙏🏼

  255. I needed this today so badly. I’m a 45-yr-old widowed mom of four and the body-image issues my mom struggled with she shared with me. (I don’t blame her. They came from her hurt past too.) But as I pray that God will send me a Mr. Right #2, the voice the enemy whispers to me is, “No one will love you this fat.” I’m a confident, gifted, strong woman of God but when it comes to my body, I struggle so much. Thank you for encouraging me to change my self-talk. Thank you for this honest post.

  256. Thank you, Cindy for sharing the “T3 Truth-filled Temple Talk” and replacing them with “God calls me something very different — His daughter, the apple of His eye, a princess of great worth.” Just what I needed to hear today!

  257. Thank you.

  258. bonnie addis says:

    Great inspiration

  259. Charlotte Gilliam says:

    This seems to be written for me today. I do struggle with my weight and how I look and what others think about me. I know that doesn’t matter to God and I need to overcome this. The devotion was perfect for me today and a inspiration to do better. Thank you

  260. Thank you, Cindy! Seeing ourselves as God does overshadows everything anyone else says! Help us, Lord, to remember Your Word, Your great love for us. When God says it, there is no other truth! God bless His women & girls everywhere! 💖

  261. Such a great reminder. Thank you!

  262. Grace Tutt says:

    Wow!! This just smacked me right between the eyes. I’m terrible about bashing myself over my weight mostly but other things I don’t like about myself too. I know I’m a redeemed child of God and I know the scripture about my body being a temple but I just hadn’t thought of it like this before.

  263. Patricia Mees says:

    I would like to win your book. It could help with my weight loss journey. Thank you

  264. I needed this message today! I have words that stick in my mind that hurt me in Junior High. I struggle with my self image and I feel like I can’t get free from it. I do good at times but it seems to sneak back in at the least likely time and I get depressed. I want to be free from it!!

  265. Melinda Coldwell says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. I’ve struggled for years with poor self image!

  266. I want to learn how to live full walk free in my own life!

  267. Anne de Zeeuw says:

    I would like to have the chance of winning your book as I learn more and more about the word of God I am starting to see myself and other in a whole new light and since we are saying my body is the temple I still struggle with my weight loss journey . Thank you God bless

  268. Lisa Muniz says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the book. One practical action step I can accomplish towards living as God’s treasured temple is to be in his word daily. Find those scriptures where it talks about who I am to God and memorize them; write them on the tablet of my heart and carry them with me everywhere; let God’s Word transform me.

  269. I’ll be working on T3! Would love a copy of your book to help me along. Thanks for such a meaningful message.

  270. Kimberly says:

    Only God can do for us what we can not do for ourselves

    Princess in Christ

  271. Beth Thomas says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this story. It really spoke to me, and opened my eyes to some of the thoughts I have and didn’t even realize how destructive they were.

  272. I would like a chance to win your book. I want my identity and worth to be secure in Christ and to be content in His view and value of me. I am a very tall woman and some people make me feel as if my height is a flaw instead of a blessing from God. At near 50 years old, I still struggle with the negative comments of others at times. I want to live free in Christ.

  273. I have trash talked to myself all my life. I continue to do even though I don’t want to. It’s hard to ‘let it go’ even though I know God loves me and finds me worthy as I am.

  274. This is me! I’m over 60 and still struggle with body issues. Thank you for sharing your story.

  275. I needed this. Thank-you. I’m 50 years old and have a similar story. I’m so very tired of the self depreciation. My Mother is 74, a size 6 and she is on the same fault finding mission. It never ends. I give it to Jesus…again…and offer huge praise for the body that is complete and whole and wonderfully made. I am enough.

  276. Jen in TX says:

    Would love to read your book! What a wonderful devotional.

  277. Exactly what I needed to read today! Would love your book too!

  278. Holli Souza says:

    Thank you so much for the daily pep talks in a world filled with such chaos.

  279. Cindy, thank you for your honesty. This was a beautiful post, and clearly relatable to MANY women. I, too, struggled with an eating disorder and remain intermittently haunted by body image issues to this day. While I never faced cruel taunts about my weight from classmates (only from my very petite mother who made comments about my bone structure being like my father’s), I still endured teasing from classmates because I got too much attention — and not always the good kind. Too much emphasis on outer beauty is damaging in any form. The Lord has been working on me, and I always feel him with me in the struggle, but the healing hasn’t come over night. John and Stasi Eldredge’s book Captivating was a helpful tool in my healing. Though I profoundly disagree with some parts of it, there is wonderful insight and healing that can be found within it.

  280. Paula Rhoads says:

    I needed this today. Everyday. A reminder of the precious gift of the Holy Spirit. Thank you♡

  281. Holli Souza says:

    Thank you for pep talks each day in a world fill with such chaos.

  282. Boy did I need to read this…. I have been struggling for over 50 years with body image. I have been a believer for 56 years and it’s always been a nagging thought..”yes Jesus loves me but I’m fat”.. “overeating is clearly a sin, a character flaw”.. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 16 years ago and my first thought was ” well, it’s because I’m fat, all those studies that show younger cancer from not eating the right foods”..I’m a. I have healthier weight now than I have ever been. I eat well and excercise daily. My doctor is proud of me! But I still see the fast girl in the mirror. Thanks for this post.

  283. Oh how this spoke to my soul. Body image has been my whole life. I was molested and held captive to the molester for years. In high school we had slave day for freshman bought by seniors. I was sold by the pound at one point. Humiliation at its best. Thank you for sharing.

  284. Terri English says:

    I have just joined a weight loss support group at our church. Yesterday was my first day and I felt like I failed by eating things I shouldn’t. As I read this devotion it lifted my spirits and determination to make this day better And to tidy up the temple communication system!

  285. Thanks for this. My internal dialogue is very toxic as well, even as I have now made regular exercise part of my routine. It’s far too easy to compare when you’re in a locker room with other women, and you change in the bathroom stall.

  286. Debbie Gruber says:

    Thank you. This was for me today.

  287. Donna O'Brien says:

    Thank you Cindy. I am wrestling with poor body image. This was a blessing to read today!

  288. Audra Ulrich says:

    To always consider our bodies a house where the holy spirit dwells, gives us great motivation not to abuse it with alcohol, smoking, or eating poorly ect. We must take care of our temples so we will remain healthy and be able to do work for the Lord!

  289. Thank you for this; as always He is right on time whenever I need to hear a Word from Him.

  290. Oh how I needed this today! God is so good and sent me right to this site. I’ve had an eating disorder for about 40 years. I’m so much better;however, I’m at the beach and it’s so easy for little triggers to let Satan in. Flee devil!!! my prayer today is not to waste one more thought on negative self talk and give God praise and thanksgiving for this unique and wonderfully made body. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

    • Lisa, I am praying for you today. Victory is yours, sister! It’s time for you to live full and walk free! May God fight for you today, and fill your mind minute by minute with Truth. Look for ways to serve, help, and scatter kindness. Your worth comes not from the outside, but instead from the One who gave up everything for you to experience His freedom! 😊

  291. God keeps sending messages to me, and I do believe this is one for me. A month or so ago, I had been dating a man, but I broke things off with him because he was very rude and disrespectful to me. We tried to remain friends because we run in very similar circles, had just decided that we weren’t a good fit. Then, without cause a couple weeks later, he calls to explain to me why he treated me so poorly. His quote words, “I treated you like that because I don’t like the current state of your body.” What? “Yeah, I thought you should know. I thought you already did, but wanted you to know.” This man justified treating me poorly because he didn’t like my body. I have forgiven him, but those words are haunting me. Thank you for the honesty and encouraging words.

    • Jaime, I am so, so sorry this happened to you. I am praying God would not only erase the hurtful, unkind words, but then replace them with His Powerful Truth. You are significant, valuable, and worthy of respect. May God’s voice be loudest in your life..today and every day. You are so loved! 😊🙌🏻💕

  292. Joanna Parker says:

    I really needed this. I have struggled with self-shaming for a long time. Thank you!

  293. Janet L. says:

    Thank you for this message. I try to work on treating my body as a temple by watching what I put into it, but still need a lot of work on the negative self talk.

    • Janet, you are not the only one. Me too. Thankfully when we renew our mind with Truth, slowly, little by little, we can recognize the lies more clearly. May Truth-filled Temple Talk be your reality today, sweet friend! 😊🎉

  294. Barbara Harvey says:

    Thank you for sharing this message today. Wow, most of us can probably relate. Especially as a woman trying to please and look a certain way. Very sad that in our teen years we are trying so hard to be apart of something that we hurt others by our words or actions. Great message to share with our young people today. It is a great reminder that our Lord and Savior loves us just the way we are and we should try to always remember that. He is a loving God. Thank you again

  295. Angela Duffie says:

    For year, I worried about how I looked and whether I was smart enough and I still do. I am not pretty enough, smart enough. However, I am beginning through Proverbs 31 reading and studies that I am God’s creation. I am a widow so now I am back to being along However, I am not alone – God is with me. He also blessed me with a wonderful grandson after my husband’s death. God is good.

  296. Krysta Dennis says:

    It’s a daily struggle for me. I hear and receive the message but somehow can’t erase the years of being the funny, fat sister. I will continue to ask the Lord for forgiveness and pray he gives me the strength to make the changes my heart and body need.

  297. Richelle says:

    Great reminder and reassurance today! Thank you Cindy!

  298. Thank you for this message today!

  299. Della Servantes says:

    JESUS IS MY LORD AND LORD OF ALL!YES OPEN HIS WORD AND HE WILL SPEAK TO YOU AND HOLD YOU AND HEAL YOU.

  300. Thank you for the reminder! Timely!

  301. Crystal Ray says:

    Hey Sister Cindy,Thanks for those words of encouragement being a Old School Christian in a New Millinial World is tuff..Get in where you fit in is like WHAT! So your book is perfect and exact for a time such as this….

  302. Thank you for loving us enough to point our focus to Christ’s temple. It makes it worth all the sacrifices made to keep ourselves pure. He does give us everything we need to accomplish this great task.

  303. Your devotional on Proverbs 31 reached a very old wound in me. My wound was inflicted in elementary school. Would love to win a copy of your bible study!
    Unfortunately, Time doesn’t heal all wounds.
    Thanks for having a giveaway!

  304. Linda Johnson says:

    I’ve struggled in the past with my self image. I would love to win your book!! God Bless You All Ways ✝️

  305. This book has spoke to me, and I hope to win a copy. ♥️ #perfecttiming

  306. Janice Alston says:

    Thanks for the reassurance, I this book would certainly help me to understand that we all have struggles that can get you down. I have high spirts but let doubts take over sometimes.. But being able to ask God for strnegth when I am not seeing things in the right way, asking God to help me sufface through doubts, unwanted thoughts, and be more like him has helped me. My ex-husband was so abusive, until it left me thinking no one wanted me. So now agter 20 years I am working on me. Thanks so much for the encouraging words.

  307. Thank you so much Miss Cindy for helping me , for helping all of us realize how important it is to see the bigger picture. We are caretakers, mobile temples housing the one and only true living God and He is beautiful and should never be represented as something I say my body is – ugly, worthless, weak, and scared. God is real, alive, and beautiful, I know this to be true for when I was 17, this July 3rd it will be 24 years ago that I died in an accident and stood before our God, our Creator, our Holy Savior. I stood before Him, seen His beauty, how marvelous He is, I felt His power, and heard His voice as He asked me if I wanted to live or die. I am alive and well today because of God’s mercy, because of who and what He is. Thank you for bringing it to my attention how important it is to be aware of how I talk and think about myself, because it is not just me I am talking about I am also representing who my God is and He is not the ugly person I say I am.

  308. Amen ! A powerful message today ! I am not only a mother of girls but a middle school principal at a Christian school and deal with this exact “issue” on a DAILY basis. We must constantly and consistently pray with and equip moms and daughters with The Truth.
    Can’t wait to read your book and share with families.
    May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and grant you favor as you glorify Him !

  309. As a mother of 3, I am not always content with what my body or God’s temple looks like. I need to rid myself of the negative thoughts and be very careful to not pass this bad habit to my daughters.

  310. Kim Savage says:

    Thank you for this article. I struggle daily with trash talk and am working hard to remember and take care of the temple I was given. Much needed words for my ears and heart!!

  311. Pamela Harden says:

    The devotion shared today, was a wonderful reminder of how we should view our bodies.
    It meant a lot to me, and I will share it with several others today, that I know will benefit from it, including my 16 year old daughter…
    Thank you for allowing yourself to be led in this ministry!
    I would so enjoy receiving this book~

  312. Cindy, you are a breath of fresh air! The way you write….oh my…..so candid and so REAL! All the things you talked about resonated with me today. From being a bow legged, buck teethed, oily skinned little girl to a woman who has struggled for over 35 (no 40+) years with smoking. Quit for 2 yrs, separated from hubby, started again…on and on. Renewed our marriage vows, started and stopped smoking for years and years. I am at a point where the Holy Spirit talks to me daily about the task set before me. While I don’t struggle with weight issues in this present day, I cannot get past KNOWING that I am defiling my temple by continuing to smoke. I have done everything from taking classes offered by the Lung Association (twice..haha), to starting my own support group and speaking from a podium at a national smokers anonymous gathering to hypnosis, to reading every book in the library on the damages of smoking to the human body, on and on it goes. I am asking the Holy Spirit to make me “willing to be willing”, and trust that He will give me the courage to dive in head first once again depending only on Him. You spoke of more than just body image this morning in your devotional……what I heard loud and clear was treating our bodies as the temples of the Holy Spirit that they are and realizing He can give me the strength to do this. My hubby has had numerous health issues hit him since retirement and never has been able to enjoy those years we looked forward to and that also makes me a caretaker 24/7. I use the excuse that I’m tired, overwhelmed, and in pain all the time, so how in the world can I surrender my only vice/release valve. But I know those are just that, excuses. I would appreciate your prayers and want to thank you with ALL my heart for such a wonderful devotional to wake up to today. It didn’t read like so many others on here….and I like “different” but full of truth and blessings….and that’s YOU, Cindy. Thank you. What a blessing you are~

  313. Thank you so much for this message, as a young lady I was always told I was going to be put I the hospital by my mom for being to thin, but then as I had children started to age I started to gain weight and the oppisite from both parents and a lot of outsiders happened. My health is bad I have a lifetime chronic illness so I struggle with what is within my control nd what is not. I had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy I fight the battle in my mind I will not be enough for my husband, I dont even feel like a woman sometimes. I am in the word day in and out to remind myself I am made in gods image and I am good enough. I’ve been on steroids this week which makes me puff up like the a marshmellow but they help with my health but it makes all these things I have taken over and over to my prayer closet come to surface again. So your message was exactly what I needed, thank you for blessing us with gods truth.

  314. this was a beautiful reminder that was much needed this morning. thanks.

  315. This really touched me today as I’ve let past comments,actions and words define me. Thank you for your message and the printable cards. What a valuable resource to let God redefine us.

  316. Alaniata Lesuma says:

    Thank you for the message;your sharing of your life journey through this verse has made me see it in a different light. For me it has always been about striving to keeping oneself/temple pure, clean. This offers a different dimension i.e. valuing oneself relative to how our GOD values each one of us by designating our bodies as the “temple”. It again reaffirms the ever enduring love that our majestic GOD has for his children. May GOD bless you always for doing and sharing his word.

  317. Thank you. I have put on a lot of weight and have let it consume me. This has opened my eyes to the truth.

  318. My heart needed this today.

  319. Donna Madden says:

    I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life. Have had seasons when God has set me free – but can’t claim victory- YET! Lord, help me remember this body is Your temple!

  320. Cindy, you’re beautiful!
    As a “too skinny” girl, I love, love, love this!!! Thank you so much for this truth!!!

  321. I studied the art and architecture of the ancient world in college. But this is the first time I’ve imagined how the people of Corinth would have seen the interiors of their temples, or how it would have felt to be worshiping there. Thank you for giving me an intriguing image to hold onto as I move into my day.

  322. Rebecca L says:

    Thank you so much for this encouragment today. I never fully understood the meaning of your body being a holy temple and it was so good for my soul to stop and think about it. Thanks.

  323. I would love to have this book. I have struggled with my weight and the curvature of my spine since as long as I can remember. I could certainly benefit from this book.

  324. This is a good reminder, not only for women, but men too. We need to put down the instagram bodies and focus on how we can be used for Christ in who we are, not who we “want’ to be.

  325. Laura Smith says:

    Thanks for the reminder that I so needed today. I just received my new bathing suit in the mail yesterday and had to ask the Lord to help me see my body the way He does. After having my third child at age 32 NOTHING has been the same! Now all my body parts have shifted and despite all the exercise, food adjustments and hormone therapy, this is my new normal. I am learning to do what I can and accept what I cannot change. Thanks for the encouragement today!

  326. Deborah Johnson says:

    Thank you for giving me a new attitude about myself.

  327. virginia rodriguez says:

    I got so teary eyes half way your post this morning….about the words on the bathroom stalls….awhile back my husband and i were at the table visiting with some family members discussing our camping trip and there was some chocolates on the table and my husband happened to reach for some and one of my family members(adult)told him..give me that …you can’t have it ..you don’t work out I do!!..wow i just looked at him and at this family members and others just looked and no one said anything but my heart felt to the groud…and i said to my self no that was not just said to him…well this person does work out continually and looks good……well something happened not sure what but for almost 1 year now this family member developed back problems and has not been able to work out and we have prayed and prayed and this family member says they have asked God for forgiveness for all that they can think of…But reading your post this morning..it like it hit me REVELATION REVELATION REVELATION….i was like WOW LORD WOW…that moment came back to me…..I said Lord could that be it!!! this family members problem…its the little things that spoil the vine…I know God didn’t do that to them but I do believe that we leave the door open to the enemy to bring destruction …and I don”t to this day know what imprint did that leave in my husbands heart or his mind……and I know that he holds nothing against them…..Thank you for the encouragement I know I need to work more on my pep talk to myself of how God looks at me……I have been struggling with that since i was a teenager also.blessings to you on this beautiful day.

  328. AMEN! This blog touches my temple’s heart deep in a time when my body is fighting Type 1 diabetes and my mind is constantly forgetting my bodies ability. When I run or exercise I end up disappointed or defeated that I let myself quit early or unwilling to recognize how far I’ve actually come. As I stretch, I let negative thoughts plague my mind about my outward appearance, and lately God has been reminding me in those moments of the exact words you started with, He says “Your body is a temple.” And I push on.

  329. Thank you. Your words were muchly needed for me this morning.

  330. Kathy Kemp says:

    Thank you, Cindyfor your message. I would so love to be one of the winners.

  331. I tell myself to eat good healthy food, lots of raw vegetables and fruits, because I am housing the Holy Spirit. It has really helped me not to eat junk food, so as not to displease God.

  332. Rosemary says:

    Wow, this devotion really spoke to some of my struggles lately. It’s amazing how negative words worm their way in and surface when we are feeling low.

  333. An important lesson that we all need to learn…and one that I am still struggling with myself.

  334. Jocelyn Lacey says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I would love to be a receipent of your book. I struggle with my appearance and needed this much needed reminder that my body is a temple and that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Also–I hope you don’t mind if I inquire–not only is your name the same and your story similar, but you also look like someone who was featured in a Griefshare video that I saw when I participated in Griefshare. Many blessings to you and thank you again for your inspiration!

  335. I WOULD LOVE TO READ YOUR BOOK AND PASS IT ALONG TO MY DAUGHTERS

  336. Beth D. says:

    This message is so important and so needed. I too have struggles with self trash talking sometimes quietly to myself and sometimes aloud. Not only am I giving the devil a foothold in my own mind, but I am the mother of two teenage girls. Thanks for the reminder that my body is a temple and I need to be transformed by the renewing of my mind with His TRUTH!

  337. Awesome article thanks for the opportunity to win this amazing book

  338. MILLIE M. says:

    Kids, especially teenagers, can be so cruel, at a time when many girls are struggling with their self-image. Peer pressure is so powerful at that age, which makes things even worse. These negative experiences are often remembered years later. Thank you, Cindy, for your words of encouragement!

  339. Ever since my daughter was born I have had a terrible time with my self image. This reminded me today about how damaging my self talk has been and how Jesus sees me. Thank you for sharing your heart I really needed this today !!

  340. Argelia Leon says:

    Hello

    Please send a copy to the book to Mexico.

  341. Christy says:

    So true yet hard to keep focused because we get inundated with messages about youthful ,skinny, fashion musts constantly. Our thoughts must continuously be redirected to the truth. Lord Jesus set us free’!!
    Would love a copy, sounds like a message we could use these days!

  342. Courtney says:

    I went through a time of turning to the same “numb-ers” as you. Most of the time I am not “ashamed” on the substance abuse past of it, bc I am proud of getting out of the habit w/o any help, other than from God. However, I do still struggle quite badly & am very ashamed of the “promiscuity” part. That was my biggest & hardest struggle to end. It was only through God that I finally was able to close that terrible chapter & give me a completely different thought process when it came to those situations. How to say “no”, regardless & not being afraid of the other’s “acceptance”, how to react to situations, but most importantly how to prevent them. I have had to make limits in many different areas, but God has made it a new formed “habit” that I am forever grateful for. It has indescribably affected my self esteem, self worth & self image, though. That is something that I have not yet overcome. Please pray that God will help me with this & make dramatic improvements of my self-talk.

  343. HannahGrace Finney says:

    I really like reading this short story this morning, it was really good. I would love to be entered in to win Cindy’s book. Thank you for all that you do.

  344. Rebecca says:

    I so needed to read this today! God was speaking to my heart through your words. I would love a copy of the book❤

  345. Renee DeSpain says:

    Thank you for This! I am struggling with not believing in myself. I am losing everything I have as I have because of a job loss. I feel like I am letting my children and myself down but mostly God because I should trust Him in all circumstances. I know He loves me more than I love myself…. I just have to hold on and remember He has a plan.

  346. Janet Tavernier says:

    I am really enjoying the encouraging words of wisdom and guidance and support that I am getting from your emails.Thanks for sending them, and for blessing me,so much.God bless you.

  347. Donna D. Gibson says:

    Would love this book. I trash talk my temple all the time by focusing on worldly expectations, instead of the way Jesus looks at my temple. O need help with this. Thank you.

  348. Thank you for sharing your familiar-to-me story! I was so moved and reminded of who I am and to whom I belong. I’ve followed your blog for quite some time and really enjoy the honesty and encouragement provided. Thank you for being obedient in your walk and please continue doing this great work!

  349. A friend just shared with me yesterday about how wonderful the book “Live Full Walk Free” was. She furthered to say it was the best bible study she’s done to date. Please enter my name in the drawing for a possible chance to win a copy. I’d love to read it. 🙂 Thank you. God bless!

  350. Every girl deals with trash temple talk….sometimes my husband gets frustrated with how down on myself I get. Lord how I pray for healing so as not to pass this bad habit of listening to untruth on to my daughters. Lord, please help me hear you above all else….block out this world destructive voice. Amen

  351. Thank you for this! I just had my third child and have been self conscious about my appearance. Thank you for the reminder of how my Father sees me. 🙂

  352. Melissa Palmer says:

    I love what you wrote.. I also struggled in the past with a eating disorder and only by God’s grace haven’t struggled with it for about twelve years! It still amazes me though how tough I am on myself whenever God created my body in His image!

  353. Regina Whitsett says:

    Hi I’m thankful for you writing about our bodies because I’m big and I struggle in this area this touched my my heart today uplifted my spirit thank you

  354. Laura Heinz says:

    You have shared with us from your heart…and your words strike a chord with so many who struggle with their bodies. I do…and will remember your words.

  355. Denise Moyer says:

    This was a beautiful message Cindy Bultema. thank you for sharing your story with us.
    That’s how we overcome, by the blood of Jesus & the words of our testimonies.
    It’s Huge, to hear someone share their struggles & know that we are not the Only One that struggles in this area.
    I can’t imagine how difficult your teenage yrs. were with this horrible image inside your brain/heart. It’s hard enough to survive adolescence. I got teased for being too skinny, crazy right?! & now people don’t tease me, but I struggle with being overweight, & my self image is not good. I feel stuck.
    I know that I have the most precious gift inside me, & that God loves me, no matter what. I’ve been practicing good & positive soul talk for a long time. I also fight negative words from my husband, I know he is not my enemy, & that the real enemy is devil & he is a defeated foe.(more soul talk) but I still struggle every day.
    The Fight Is Real!
    Thank you to the P31OBS team, for making this study available to us. It has helped sooo much! <3

  356. Grace Crapitto says:

    Sounds like a fabulous book! I would love to read this and share with all. What a wonderful message! Our world would be such a better place if all could realize God sees all the beauty in us, so we need to forget any poor images of ourselves and accept His unfailing love.

  357. Hello, I just want to say Thank you for honesty. I am 47 years old, soon to be 48. I remember like it was yesterday the names that I was called. It is deep inside you. I still have low self esteem about my looks, weight, and such. It is good to know that I will overcome with Jesus at my side. Thank you and God Bless!

  358. Mary Kaci Kerr says:

    Loved this devotion

  359. I can never forget the moment I began looking at my self image negatively. I was in middle school, science class surrounded by mainly boys who I had fun with joking around and just being kids. We where looking at a magazine of some sort and there was a photo of a little girl in a swimsuit in the water and one boys laughed and said out loud to me this little girl has more of a chest than you. All the other boys surrounding me started to laugh and I tried to just brush it off and not let them know how hurt I was by the comment. After class I went to the bathroom and cried and really ever since I have always struggled with this. I love the verse that was on this devotion, Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)
    That verse is what helped me get through my self image problems and reminds me that I am wonderfully and uniquely designed by my God.

  360. Johanna Miller says:

    This devotion spoke volumes to me. And how important my respect for His temple is such an important legacy to show to my 4 teen children. Right at this moment with God’s help I need to completely change my T3

  361. When I first started reading this I thought”who read my journal?’ The only difference was the trash talk was “skinny ugly”, with the same results. I never got into drugs, but I was addicted to alcohol,sex, and food. I’ve overcome two of the three. Food is the hardest! By the grace of God I’ve been set free, and I am working on beleiveing what He says about me – that I am beautiful just the way I am.

  362. Marie B says:

    Thanks Cindy for your encouragement today! Yes, I need to see myself as the Lord sees me. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”

  363. I can never forget the moment I began looking at my self image negatively. I was in middle school, science class surrounded by mainly boys who I had fun with joking around and just being kids. We where looking at a magazine of some sort and there was a photo of a little girl in a swimsuit in the water and one boy laughed and said out loud to me this little girl has more of a chest than you. All the other boys surrounding me started to laugh and I tried to just brush it off and not let them know how hurt I was by the comment. After class I went to the bathroom and cried and really ever since I have always struggled with this. I love the verse that was on this devotion, Psalm 139:14, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (NIV)
    That verse is what helped me get through my self image problems and reminds me that I am wonderfully and uniquely designed by my God.

  364. I’ve struggled with body image issues from a very young age. I’m always trying to talk back to my negative self-talk with positive talk, but it’s a battle.

  365. Thank you, Cindy, for this wonderful devotion. I hope to stop putting myself down because in doing that I am putting my Creator down. God loves me the way I am so why can’t I love myself with all of my faults? We are human and our human thoughts overpower us sometimes but I hope to start listening more to God when He tells me I am enough.

  366. Mary Beth says:

    I would love to have this book for my daughters to read!

  367. L
    I never tire of being reminded of my identity in Jesus Christ. Who He is. Who I am in Him. The wonder of it restores my soul. Waters my dry places. Brings a contented sigh. Frees me to do my day putting anxiety (and it’s unhealthy options) away. Thank you for another reminder!

  368. Elizabeth Reeves says:

    Wonderful message today!!! ::)) I too have struggled with body image which seems like it has been forever…..i get over 1 thing and another jumps in my head to talk poorly about myself. Thanks for the reminder of who I am in Christ.
    Bless you and your ministry!
    Would love to win your book.
    Thx.

  369. Gail Harless says:

    Sorry, but…I cannot even look at my body. I have damaged it due to disobedience. That’s just the way it is. I am working on making my body as God intended it through obedience in eating healthy and exercise. But until then…

  370. Pamela Ricketts says:

    Enjoyed reading today’s devotional. It brought back memories of name calling I received in high school – “Jolly Green Giant” for being tall and skinny! And remembering who I really am – God’s creation, fearfully and wonderfully made! I would share this book with my granddaughter, who struggles with low self-esteem.

  371. Amen! My identity in Christ is greater than what I look like.

  372. Anonymous says:

    There was a time that guys have treated me in ways I didn’t like. There have also been choices in my life that I have been having a hard time moving forward from and thinking I really messed up. I have been trying to understand that my body is a Holy Temple. I keep feeling so dirty all the time and have been dealing with chronic sickness from all sorts of fears. I have been struggling a lot with seeing myself the way God does and keep feeling like I want to hide. Thank you for this encouragement today!

  373. Abby Combs says:

    Thoroughly enjoyed reading your devotion today! I think sometimes we, as women especially, tend to focus only on the faults of our bodies and not on all the wonderful aspects that God has made! Thanks for reminding me!

  374. Thank you for this reminder! I would love to get this book, as 1 Corinthians has been one of my favorite chapters as of late 🙂

  375. I could use some help in this area

  376. Would love to win, but if not I’m definitely buying this book!!!

  377. Mary Freeman says:

    Praise God for Christian books and the people that write them!

  378. Praying about this and asked a close friend to pray as well. Could not find tje right verses I was looking for and then I opened my email this morning and was so thankful God put you in my path! Thank you so much Cindy.

  379. Tami Pickett says:

    Look forward to it, would so appreciate a free copy. Blessings❣

  380. I’ve heard Cindy’s testimony a couple times and find her so encouraging and real. I’d love a copy of her book!

  381. I have struggled with self worth since I was a teen; I’m now 72 and still struggle. I have started reading and studying God’s word on a new level since retiring and finding Proverbs 31. I’m not there yet, but oh, so much better knowing that God’s not done with me yet. I still have worth and I can win this battle with God’s help.

  382. Your words encourage me greatly. Thank you for putting your honesty out there!

  383. Kathy Christensen says:

    Loved this devotional on trash talk. So needed the other nite did something not bad but cost precious time. Not good

  384. Brandy Castleberry says:

    Thank You for reminding me that I am inhabited by The Holy Spirit. That alone is encouragement enough to set me on the right path. Thank You for reminding me how much God loves me and wants to be the center of my life. May God Bless You!

  385. This is desperately needed but most women I know! Please continue to share more!

  386. Though they are short, have unsightly veins, and are chubby, I consider my legs to be “Million Dollar Legs.” For, they work perfectly, and I know people whose legs don’t function would pay a million dollars to have my legs. How blessed I am with my unique temple.

  387. Lori Pierce says:

    Being underweight, undersized girl growing up was very hard. Being that size is just as bad as being overweight. The words that the kids said……….”pretzel legs, skin & bones, and more” were very heartful. I am working on trying to remember that Jesus loves me as I am ……not as I envision to be.

  388. This may be the hardest burden women have to carry, not only to be feminine enough, nurturing enough, but also beautiful enough. I cannot wait to explore this study further, I would truly be blessed with a free copy! Thank you!

  389. Amen sister. You have a beautiful smile – can see the love that the Lord has injected into your heart through traversing this particularly dark tunnel. And to all women, charm is deceptive and beauty fades, but a woman that fears/reverences the Lord is to be praised. We are in the world – subjected to it – but not of the world. And He who is living in us is greater than he who is living in the world! In Christ we have victory over rejection. Christ is for us; who can [successfully] be against us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. It’s the Heavenly Father’s view of us that is most important. But as He conforms us to the image of his Son, as we mature through these challenging ordeals, we receive the peace that passes all understanding – the light of Christ shines in us and He, living in us, draws others to himself. We can comfort others with the comfort we have received.

    Love you all! 😊

    Even my non believing osteopath said that women who get plastic surgery make the sensible men think they’re more obsessed with how they look rather than how well they can meet their needs!

    I encourage all of you to walk smiling head held high at how much Jesus loves you – you will catch a smile back from most that pass you! 😊

    Thanks for sharing ❤🌟🙏👑🌈💎

  390. Great message! So relevant to so many. Why is there that disconnect between how we feel great about our Lord and how we feel so much less about our bodies. Many of the “if onlys” and “what ifs” in my life have been about weight and never seeming to conquer that lifetime battle. I know God is with me and I am a Child of the King… so why is it so hard!?

  391. JoAnn Tingelstad says:

    Yes, harsh words seem to get forever etched in ones memory. I, too, have felt that sting. I also have lived with eating disorders.
    I would welcome a copy of your book…..changing self image is so very difficult, as the old words keep re-running thru the brain.
    Only in Jesus, can we find our blessed release from it.

  392. JoAnn Tingelstad says:

    Wonderful message to those struggling. Harsh words seem to be forever etched into the memory, whether we want them to go away or not. I, too, have lived with eating disorders and it is devastating. The consequences last and last. Words just keep re-running, even though we want them to go away.
    Our release is only in Jesus. I would welcome a copy of your book.

  393. Susan G. says:

    Every woman needs to read this book for sure!
    Thanks for this!

  394. Carolyn Mitchell says:

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder that we are God’s temple and we should be treating ourselves like such. I struggle with self esteem and body image a great deal. Thank you.

  395. Melissa Barnett says:

    Would love a copy of this!!!

  396. Tammy Baker says:

    I have struggled with weight and body image my whole life! It has been a life – long journey to health and wholeness.

  397. It’s hard to believe I could ever look and feel worthy.This brought tears to my eyes.

  398. Yikes, it felt like reading my own story. I suffered at the hands of my sister and grandmother. I was saved 5 years ago and delivered from a lot. But this one thing is still a thorn. I have begun to dive in and tackle this spiritual tie. I’m ready to let go!

  399. Janelle says:

    It’s sad that I try to look at all of God’s creations with awe except myself. All I see are my flaws

  400. Ginger Johnson says:

    This hit home with me today and the struggles I am facing. God has been working on my heart about being a vessel worthy for Him to use. Thank you for your honesty and willingness to let Him use you!

  401. 3 truths I speak to myself:

    God is God
    I am not
    I am fearfully and wonderfully made!

    Praise my DAD in heaven for loving me exactly how I am!

    I have had to repeat those continually because I also have struggled with food issues my entire life.

    I am grateful you were willing to share your life with us in your book.

  402. Mary Draper says:

    I have teenage granddaughters who are beginning to be defined by what others say. Would love to start sharing his words of truth with them now

  403. Lisa Salcedo says:

    Negative temple talk has been a struggle for me all my life. Not until recent health issues were uncovered, did I make a decision to see myself as Abba Father sees me…. fearfully and wonderfully made. I’m not there yet, but my perspective is changing for the positive!

  404. Michelle says:

    This hits so close to home. I still struggle. 💖

  405. Angelina says:

    I have constantly struggled with terrible trash talk on myself because of my body. I am always fighting myself with Gods truth about who I am to Him and letting the world define me.

  406. Chelsea says:

    Absolutely love proverbs31 and everything you guys are about. I think sometimes we forget (or atleast I do) that God wants us to love our body.

  407. Christina says:

    Loved the devotion today. I could really use the book.

  408. Kay Schumacher says:

    I enjoyed the devotion and am working on my body image.

  409. Thank you for these beautiful words! The book looks great!

  410. Thanks for sharing!

  411. A. Victoria says:

    I’m on a journey of learning to take care of myself and see myself the way God sees me, so this article is exactly what I’ve been needing. Thank you so much! <3 <3

  412. I am new to Proverbs 31 and I have dealt with some of the same body-shaming issues for many years. I want my body to be what our Father asks of us.

  413. Jill Donnelly says:

    What a great message! I would love to read the book.

  414. Oh how I long to be set free from my own condemnation.

  415. Lori Bourne says:

    God loves me – i still call myself fat & not worthy – but to God i am very worthy and i need to think more on that or rather stop thinking about and just be me!

  416. As a teenaged rape survivor my body felt like it had a target on it, so I either hated it or used it’s power. Fast forward to adulthood where I went the opposite extreme as a happily married mom and stopped caring about my body focusing only on my mind/spirit. God is showing me His love and how He wants to take care of me. I would love to be able to treat my body as a temple to the Holy Spirit

  417. Lisa Coarsey says:

    So thankful for Proverbs31 and the reminders received from there sites and affiliates. I’m also thankful God loves me and intend today’s readings as motivation to get my self realigned and do hope to receive a copy of this book to further my motivation needs.

  418. Loved the message & would love to read your book! Thank you for considering me! 🙂

  419. God keeps putting this message in front of me…guess I better do something about it. Thank you for this message💕

  420. Lacey Autrey says:

    I have struggled with my body image since grade school. I hate when the number on the scale determines my happiness. I struggle every day…..So this message hits home. Everyday, my body does amazing things for me. I hope that some day, I can glorify God with my positive thoughts about my body every moment of every day!

  421. Rachel Rivers says:

    T R U T H

  422. I’m 43 and have struggled with body image since I was a little girl. Neglect will do that I suppose. Diet after diet and exercise and more exercise. I don’t loose weight. I want that whoopie pie. And then guilt and shame every morning. This book sounds great!

  423. Nicole Sansom says:

    I needed this devotional more than you know and the timing is perfect! I am trying so hard not to speak negatively about my body, especially in front of my girls but it is so difficult. I realize what a bad habit I’ve got going and it will be quite the uphill battle to break.

  424. Darlene Bennett says:

    I have arrived with my weight my whole life. Would love a copy of this book.

  425. I am ashamed of what I have let my body become, and am wanting to get back to where I am comfortable with who I am and what I look like.

  426. Darlene Bennett says:

    Should have been struggled narratives.

  427. Good Word!! I am ready for my food/emotions struggle to end. Will the study be available for Fall?

  428. Debra Lucas says:

    I love this site…I just stumbled onto it and am so happy I did.

  429. Ashley Bennett says:

    I also struggle with this!! It is a constant battle!

  430. Lupe Schoeb says:

    I would Love to read your book so I can share with my daughters and grandchildren

  431. Marjorie Peirce says:

    Im 72. 5’2″… 226 pounds. Basically, I ignore my body .. from looking at it full length even thinking about it. I was 120 pounds when I married. Four babies later (9+ pounds, 21 1/2″ long each), (one every other year) my stomach muscles were stretched way beyond being able to bounce back. Through various ups and downs in my life, health, finances, I started over eating or eating poorly and it has not stopped. I am in a Catch 22 at this point. If I don’t look at it, then I don’t have to deal with it because it doesn’t exist. Or so I try to tell myself. 10 car accidents (only one my fault), family genetics for diabetes and arthritis, just give me more excuses to not do anything. But in my heart.. my spirit and deep in my soul, I hate this life (physical) and would love to lose even down to 180 pounds. It would help the “Dia” and “Art” and my overall feelings about myself. I have battled Depression off and on most of my life, but God has been showing me where that lie started as a child and has been working on praying against it and claiming my healing. After a 46 year marriage, I became a widow 5 years ago. I am hungrying to walk in this new season without the baggage of my past and with my eyes focused on the future and what purpose God has for me now. Becoming more healthy… spiritually and physically will go a long ways to achieving that. Because right now, some days I battle to do anything. It is not the kind of life that lends well with doing God’s work. And I long to do His work. I hunger to do His work.

    • Marjorie, your posting spoke to me in several ways. First of all, I, too, was that thin bride who is now 80 lbs heavier after 2 large babies & 20 years of marriage. It slowly creeeps up on you, doesn’t it? Losing weight is on my mind daily. I strongly desire to get to a more desireable weight as I’m now in my 50’s knowing that diabetes & heart disease run in my family. I’ve also seen struggles with finances with my spouse losing his job, my spouse also being in a serious accident 3 years ago, which has recovered from remarkedably but with some physical limitations, & seeing the impact of having to move to a new city with 2 teens, one who become seriouly depressessed because of it. We are slowly starting to recover from some of these struggles. Through it all, I’ve seen God’s hand on us. One thing that I feel could be a blessing to you is to have an encouraging friend. I was longing for women to get to know in my new town, & God provided me with a wonderful Ladies Bible study group at my church. Our ages range from 30 to 75, but we all love, pray, & encourage each other. God blesses us by putting special people in our lives, & I will be praying that for you. It is beautiful that inspite of your circumstances, you are hungry to do God’s work & minister, and I’m sure God has a special place for you to serve. Know that someone in Mississippi will be praying for you specifically. Many blessings to you.

  432. Ami Cottrell says:

    Thank you for this!! I need to be much more careful about the way I speak about this temple, and start treating it as such!!

  433. I went to the spa today with my daughter. A girls day to celebrate her achievements. The bathrobe wouldn’t fit me. They didn’t have one large enough for me to close securely around my body. I was so embarrassed in front of my daughter and the staff. I wanted to run and hide. Instead I put on my swim suit and tried to smile through it. As I lay face down on the massage table my tears hit the floor below me. I’m so ashamed of the way I look and the journey to change seems insurmountable.

  434. Beth schweikert says:

    I really wan5 to think of my body this Way!

  435. Maureen Polderman says:

    Thank you for this powerful testimony!

  436. Brittany says:

    This is exactly what I need! I’d even consider buying it if that’s an option. I’m so lost & need GOD to save me from my gluttonous ways. I know better, but it’s all mental for me. I believe this book could be the “push” I so desperately need. Thank you for your generosity! God bless.

  437. I would love to read this book, I developed a long battle with an eating disorder after growing up, being bullied by a girl I knew in Sunday School. When I was college aged, I heard a sermon about my body being the temple of the Lord, which thankfully ended my battle.

  438. My heart, soul, and body are His. Praising him through how I take care of myself.

  439. Denise Fuller says:

    I needed to hear this today. I struggle with myself everyday.

  440. Excited to read this book!

  441. Melissa Moore says:

    Need this! As a mom who just gave birth to her second child and can’t seem to get back to my “pre-baby” body… I need to hear this.

  442. Christi says:

    His. Gift. Vessel.

    Action: to believe those 3 words.

  443. Meagan Bobo says:

    Love this!

  444. Diane Kinney says:

    This would be awesome

  445. The struggle is real, but so is the solution. By fully embracing our identities in Christ and living from that place of love, we are free. Free of other opinions and can cast our cares to Him leading to a “care less” kind of life. Keep standing firm and don’t go back to the old ways that kept you in bondage (to shame, guilt, other’s approvals, etc) – Galatians 5:1. Thank you for the encouragement!!!

  446. jan buchna says:

    wise article!

  447. Stephanie L says:

    I can’t wait to read this!!

  448. Jenny Hamilton says:

    Such important truths….thank you!

  449. Stand proud, look into the mirror. Who, do you see?. I see Jesus looking back at me. No matter what you look like,
    size, weight,height, old or young. We are all God Children. I know, words can hurt the soul. Just remember stick and stones can hurt my bones. But words cannot harm me. We all need to watch our weight, do not want to have health issues. Stay in prayer. Be thankful for everything. Peace
    B

  450. I am always impatient with my efforts at losing weight and then I sabotage myself, telling myself awful things.

  451. Creating a new habit today.

  452. Susanne Moore says:

    Our bodies are a gift from God. They are very precious!

  453. Karen Pope says:

    Thanks for this devotion today. I am turning “the big six-o” this weekend. Aging is not for wimps!! More and more, I am trying to take better care of this temple that God gave me. Thanks for this encouragement!

  454. This is such a beautiful message. One that I really needed to hear! Thank you for these beautiful words of wisdom. Fingers crossed I win!

  455. I would love to read this, not just for myself, but to store away for the future when my daughter may need to be reminded that her body is a temple. Although hopefully she will never face the struggle of poor body image.

  456. Sandy Pistole says:

    I so needed to hear this, especially with an aging body.

  457. Samantha says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book!

  458. Bsrbara says:

    Thank you! God bless!

  459. I was told just a few years ago I made my now ex feel like he was sitting with a person in church who made him feel like a midget because I was so large. I was told how unattractive and what a “turn off” I was being my size. I was also told when I bought a dress I really wanted and walked out into the living room I looked liked I was going to go cook and eat more pancakes. I had constant criticism. After 3 years of being rejected as a wife because he was not attracted to me any more, I moved out. Now I’m more beautiful than I have ever been and I’m still a large girl.

  460. Bsrbara says:

    Thank you! God bless!

  461. Mariann says:

    I’ve been reading a lot lately… grasping at anything…I’d like very much to add your book to my summer reading list. Thank you

  462. Martha T. says:

    I think this post is very timely for me.

  463. I was bullied to the point of suicide. I was pushed against lockers and held there while some of my classmates took a tape measure to see how round I was. This lead into horrible relationships. 14 years ago I prayed to God to take the lust, bad men and self hate from me. He did. I have been celibate these years learning to trust God and His word. I still struggle with self image I walk in His light.

  464. Candice says:

    Guilty. I wouldn’t love a copy of this book.

  465. With God’s help, I’m slowly undoing almost 40 yrs of not loving myself. I’ve only recently realized being healthy is part of how we worship, too. Thank you for your inspiring message.

  466. Janess Braman says:

    Remembering we are a temple in God’s eyes reminds me to make healthy choices in all areas of my life

  467. Mary Estalote says:

    Grateful for your insightful teaching.

  468. I always have felt fat. When I was younger I was average but still felt like I was overweight. I am in my 50s now and have done the same things as mentioned in the devotional. I know God loves me and forgives me, just need to forgive myself. I am currently over weight and feel God’s urging to get my weight under control! Thank you for your words of encouragement above.

  469. Julia Roberson says:

    This was such a good word- so timely and true. ❤️

  470. Jessica says:

    I need to work on what i eat and how it affects my body.

  471. Carla Chism says:

    Thank you for the encouragement 😀

  472. Carla Chism says:

    Thanks for the encouragement

  473. Michele says:

    I so need to read this book – I need to get rid of this same kind of message. Can’t wait to read how she got rid of this negative talk and replaced it with God’s word.

  474. Oh can I relate to so much of what you wrote. From the outside I look healthy, yet the self loathing talk persists…

  475. Stephanie Fischer says:

    I really needed to read this today.

  476. Karen Whitaker says:

    So excited! Hope I’m one of the blessed ones!

  477. Nancy Ewing says:

    Oh I hope I am picked! I would love to have one of these books.

  478. Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart For This Life Changing & Encouraging Message! 🙏🏻

  479. Michelle Jones says:

    This is a wonderful article to read. It pinpoints how we can be our biggest critics and take words too close to heart.

  480. The OBS with Proverbs31 is opening my “world” to so many new Godly connections! Love all of the inspiration I am receiving to connect with and live my life with Jesus at the front and center!

  481. Jennifer Jarrell says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book, but even if I don’t, I will buy a copy! This sounds like a read I currently need as I struggle with my own weight and thoughts!

  482. Jenny Belliotti says:

    I struggle daily with my weight, which I know I judge as my worth. This message will be on my fridge. No more trash talk.

  483. Such a timely read.Thanks for a great message.

  484. Heather Howlett says:

    I am very thankful that I have found such encouraging people with inspiring stories. I read them and can relate easily. These story’s help me except myself for the woman God crested me to be.

  485. Thank you so much for this and for these words. It’s so difficult to change my mindset.

  486. Thank you for the great topics!

  487. Thank you so much for this and these words. It is so difficult for me to change how I view myself

  488. Thank you for this beautiful post and perspective. Constant struggle. I’m going to work hard on stopping the trash talk.

  489. Michelle says:

    Thank you for this word of encouragement. I’m 52 and still struggle with my self-image. I’m at least 50 pounds overweight. I had emergency open heart bypass surgery 13 weeks ago and all I can focus on is the ugly scar left behind. I do realize God’s faithfulness on all of this so I try to focus on that.

  490. Christina Wannamaker says:

    Ian 28 and obese. I know it is not good for me, and I feel God talking to me about weight. I didn’t know that God cares about my body image until today.

  491. Jana Hays says:

    I still struggle with body image as an adult. This devotion was such a sweet reminder to my soul that God sees me as important & beautiful.

  492. Jamie Brown says:

    It is so refreshing to read about Cindys struggles with self image and the way she conquered it. I too have carried around many negative images of myself, based on what I was told growing up…many of which came from the people who are supposed to love you unconditionally. Unfortunately, this has followed me for 40 years or so. But with the grace of God and a wonderful Christian counselor, I am learning that what really matters is what’s on the inside not the outward appearance. Thank you for the honesty and your testimony!

  493. Dianna Dalllinger says:

    Thanks for the encouragement.

  494. Shelly Lohman says:

    This was so needed today. I struggle not only with body image but also a chronic pain disorder and so many times I have said how much I hate being in this body. But today when I was walking my dog I was convicted and can see that while I still will live with physical pain in this body it’s still good. I can still be useful.

  495. Thank you for this important reminder. I too constantly struggle with my weight and self image.

  496. MJ Marx says:

    So needed at this time in my life.

  497. Lesley morris says:

    I’d love to win a copy of Live Full Walk Free. Reading the short devotional was so encouraging!

  498. I long to accept my body as the image God has blessed me with. Thank you for sharing this reminder and an opportunity to learn to enjoy my temple.

  499. Susan T says:

    I’m the biggest offender of shaming my temple.

  500. Carolyn W Cameron says:

    Would love to win a copy!

  501. April Jordan says:

    Recently teaching kids that we are made by God was easy. I mean they are kids, they are cute by nature. However, relating that to my own self is not as easy, but shouldn’t it be?

  502. Kim Woirhaye-Reid says:

    This is just what I needed to read today.

  503. I’m 22 years old, married to a man I’ve been with since I was 16, and mother to a beautiful 3 year old. I have ALWAYS struggled with loving you body. I look at pictures of me when I was 16 and only wish I had that body that I hated so much back then. I am a new Christian but I know how we are supposed of view ourselves and I know that God loves me, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I hate seeing myself naked. I feel disgusting but I can’t quit eating junk. And yes I does take its tole on my sex life. I wish I could start eating better and find a way to love my body.

  504. Rebecca werner says:

    What a great message and reminder. I have been praying for this reminder since having my second child Year ago with a goal to be healthy for God.

  505. Growing up I was the one who could eat anything and not gain an ounce. When my daughter was in college we wore the same size, 2 or 4. After having 3 babies she is still in a 4. On the other hand I have gained and gained weight, I’m in 2x or 3x. I work in the public and I’m so embarrassed at how I look. And when my 5 year old grandson patted my stomach and said Nana you’re fat, my heart broke. I need this book, this devotion to learn to change the way I think about my body.

  506. My goodness….I could have written this about myself. I struggle with believing I am fearfully and wonderfully made! Your story and prayer are beautiful and so encouraging….thank you. Bless you sweet lady. Kathy

  507. Charlotte vandergrift says:

    I have a grandaugther 8 years old, she already worrying about her weight. I would like to help her

  508. Charlotte vandergrift says:

    I have a grandaugther 8 years old, she is worrying about her weight. I would like to help her.

  509. I would love to win a copy of this book as I suffer also from low self esteem and poor body image. I grew up in a not so loving home where I was told daily that I was no good and not wanted.

  510. I am on an awesome vacation on a beautiful island with my best friend. God’s wonders all around me, and I can’t stop fretting about how I look, what someone will think when they see me, what if I say the wrong thing, what if my hair is a mess. It’s just exhausting, Would love to delve into this book. Thanks so much!

  511. This topic is so close to my heart! It would be such a wonder gift to win a copy of this book!

  512. Body image is definitely an area I need help in. Thank you!

  513. Wow! Thank you for this, Mrs. Bultema! I definitely needed this.

    • I believe God has used this devotional to remind me that I am “fearlessly and wonderfully made”. The lies I tell myself about my worth are just that–lies.
      Lately I’ve been so focused on trying to live up to what the world’s standards of beauty. That will just leave me in despair. I haven’t spent enough time with God. I need to spiritually nourish this temple, so that I can see God’s truth over the world’s lies. I pray that we will all see ourselves with the same worth that God sees us.

  514. I would love to win! I have struggled with weight issues for quite some time. I would greatly appreciate a copy of this book.

  515. Jessica Sickles says:

    I’ve been feeling defeated and discouraged lately. I struggle so much with self image issues. I’m a yo-yo up and down. It’s encouraging to hear other people’s stories. To know we are not the only one feeling this way. I feel this book could help give me encouragement in my daily battle of self image.

  516. Melanie D says:

    Would LOVE a free copy!!

  517. I always was the cubby child. “you have such a beautiful face, if only you lost weight!” Words stick with you for a long time! I’m 61 and I still struggle with self esteem!

  518. Nancy Duffield says:

    I would love to have a copy of your book. I struggle in this area.

  519. Summer Braxton says:

    This sounds like a great read.

  520. I would love a copy of your book. I have been struggling with my weight for several years. I know much of it is due to stress and menopause…we have had a lot going on in our lives these last few years. It’s frustrating when I start making some progress and then I find myself right back where I started because I get stressed. I do, however, have a pretty good self image despite my weight, because I love Jesus and I know HE loves me REGARDLESS!

  521. I would love a book. Thank you

  522. I left a similar comment on the FB post… I teach a fitness class at a women’s prison in Houston. Our series for devotion time at the end of class has been about self hatred and correcting our thoughts about body image.

    I would love to use this book to further our devotional series. If I don’t win a copy, I’m definitely going to buy it!

  523. Judy Ortiz says:

    All I can say is Amen and Praise GOD!!!

  524. I would love to win this book and learn to free myself from trash talk! Thank you for the opportunity!

  525. This is something I have struggled with my whole life. This sounds like such a wonderful tool to continue growing in this area.

  526. Carla A. says:

    Ok. So I know that I’m a child of GOD. The GIANT in my life is the struggle with smoking. The struggle is REAL. I honestly believe that I will be delivered and my GIANT will be defeated. I honestly believe that my body is GOD’S holy temple. Just as David slew the GIANT Goliath, I believe with the help of the Holy Spirit and the inspiration of your book together ( just as GOD was with David when he faced the GIANT and defeated him with one perfectly chosen stone, then slew him), I WILL defeat and slay this bully called Smoking. It’s always a wonderful thing to know that we all share what’s common and can help each other even if it’s not the exactly the same thing in common. In this case the common thing is the STRUGGLE and it’s REAL.

  527. Gabriela says:

    Hi! I’d love a copy of the book. Like many of you I’ve struggled with my self-image. I was thin growing up until I had my second child, my body changed completely (my breasts sagged, gained a lot of weight and lost my confidence). I’ve been changing my lifestyle the past 3 months and am finding myself again, this book would complement my outward actions (diet and exercise) with my inside, bringing so much needed healing. Thank you!

  528. This was a great reminder that we’re God’s child and our bodies are a temple! Thanks for the encouragement! Would love to read your book.

  529. Kimberly says:

    Such a wonderful way to think about this subject. Thank you for the encouragement of a God-honoring way to think.

  530. Thank you. Could use some encouragement in this very area!

  531. I want to live in freedom. Stop the negative self talk and embrace the woman God made me to be, thin or fluffy.

  532. I want to be able to forgive myself for my past and see myself and believe what I see just as God sees me

  533. Angelica Rodriguez says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

  534. I am a women who can improve my own body image and a psychologist helping patient’s improve theirs. This book will be useful for me and those I treat.

  535. Jessica Hines says:

    I needed this today! Thank you for this truth.

  536. Thank you for sharing such a powerful devotion

  537. This is a wonderful truth filled devotion! Thank you so much for sharing.

  538. I have gained a lot of weight in the last few years. I have really struggled with eating good, and really need a biblical view of my eating habits.Thank you for your insight.

  539. Marlene Martinez says:

    Im a 27 yr old stay at home mom to a two year old boy and 2 month old baby girl. I’ve dealt with horrible body shaming and bulimia and have been trying to get better with prayers, scripture, and talking to my husband and close family and friends. I would love a chance to read this book.

  540. Darla Johnson says:

    Love this article!

  541. Shawna Dutton says:

    I would love to win this book.

  542. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I know God is speaking to me. I am a mom of four beautiful children ages 6,4,2, and 8 months. I used to manage a all women gym before my 3rd child. Right now i am at a stage in my life where all my weight is affecting me. I am tired and also have pain due to my weight. I know that there is a reason for this and i am excited to overcome this and help other women again. Just today i started excercising again and i had a moment of breakdown with God. I know he spoke to me through this devotional. Thank you.

  543. Thank you for sharing this article! My question is “Is God going to get tired of me asking for forgiveness for this? Or is it possible He already has and I am a lost cause? These are the things that run through my mind a lot.

  544. Oh how God knows what I need to hear and in the exact moment I need to hear it! This has been a struggle for so long. Some days I am just brought to tears because of how I focus on my every fault and pick myself apart. I always fail to remember that God created me in his image and He loves me! My body is a temple and I am in the process of bettering it and myself! God is so great and faithful!

  545. Donna Shepherd says:

    I’m 59 years old and I have been overweight my whole life. I have lost weight over the past ten years, but recently I have lost over 30 pounds. Everyone tells me that I look amazing, but I still see a fat person. I’m hoping someday I see what everyone else sees.

  546. Merle Nursten says:

    Thank you for your honesty Cindy. This was quite timely for me as its my 2 year sobriety and clean date today! I am so grateful to be free of the bondage and destruction of my addiction. The shame, the hurt, the condemnation, the regrets…its all so much isn’t it! But knowing (and not always remembering) that I am truly loved NY my Heavenly Father is very dear to me because I never felt loved for a very very long time. So again, thank you for that honest beautiful share.

  547. Michelle says:

    The message today spoke to my heart! It was what I needed to hear. Thank you!

  548. The devotional was so profound.

    Thank you for being so transparent.

  549. I really appreciate this encouragement. Thank you so much.

  550. Amen. What a thought provoking devotion. Thank you

  551. Carin Coleman says:

    Free Indeed!

  552. Chelsea Dudley says:

    Whew. Needed this right now!

  553. Stephanie says:

    Enjoy those encouraging words. Never looked at it that say. Talking differently starts now. Thank you.

  554. Nanci Zehner says:

    This is beautiful! Thank you, Cindy. I too have struggled with body image and eating disorder issues throughout my life. The only solution I have found is to turn my eyes and heart towards God and stay focused on his love for me. One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received was when a Christian friend told me I was “the Apple of God’s Eye.” When I sit and think about that all the outer appearance stuff seems so immaterial. You are the apple of God’s eye. His precious and beloved daughter. Embrace that truth. Hold on tight to it. Like Daniel in the Lions Den, focus your eyes on God not the lions. He is our savior and redeemer. We are so blessed!!!!

  555. Courtney says:

    i struggle with my self esteem and body image, reading your message is a great reminder God loves me just how I am!

  556. Amy Sparks says:

    Thank you for such wonderful devotions. I needed this! I would love to be entered into the drawing for your book.

  557. This devotion was very timingly. It reminded me that our bodies are the Temple of God I need to reminded of this.

  558. Candy Martin says:

    What a heartbreaking/heartwarming story. You could have been writing about my life. I am still in the.midst of damaging my temple…this time by an illness. Your message this morning was just what I needed to hear. Thank you Lord for these special words of your truth. Amen

  559. Kelly Robinson says:

    It’s easy these days to have a low self esteem and image of ourselves. Everywhere we turn as woman we see what we “should” look like. It makes it harder when you try to even just better yourself but your body refuses to even drop a pound.

    Between being bullied at a young age and PCOS as an adult feeling like a “fat cow” has been a constant thought in my mind.

    Thank you! For reminding me that this is the body made from God himself and I should be proud of it!! I want so badly to think and speak differently of myself for my daughter who is four. I pray so hard that she feels beautiful and loved in her skin and even when she doesn’t she turns to the Lord and prays that He will remind her that she is… but now I need to do the same for myself.

  560. Kimberleigh says:

    I want to believe this devotional so bad,but it is really hard. Especially hard when your spouse of 22 years has a problem with lust and mindful cheating, then blames you for it when caught. You know you’re a good person with a heart that just wants to love, give and do right by others but the hurt from the unfaithfulness clouds all judgement. You start to believe there is something wrong with me, I’m not pretty enough good enough or have the body of a sexy model that my husband desires. So the inside maybe a beautiful temple but the outside says otherwise, especially in today’s society. So much is out there today where marketing uses sex to sell products that it leads men astray and spouses devastated. When you feel not good enough for your spouse, that beautiful temple God calls us as becomes non existent and you shut down from hearing God’s word.

  561. Thank you for posting this mini-devo plus prayer and verse. I liked the prayer a lot; most times it’s hard to keep my thoughts focused on Gods power versus what I’m unable to do. Thank you 😊

  562. I’m embarrassed to say that for years I have said horrible things about myself. I didn’t even realize how bad it was until recently. Negative self talk is an addiction of it’s own. It’s something I want to break free from. I’m so glad for books like this! ❤️

  563. Heather Smith says:

    Really good devotion. Thank you for sharing your heart and hurts with us. I think a lot of women at one time or another struggle with something about our appearance. We must remember HiS TRUTH

  564. This was a very good devotion and really hit home. blessings.

  565. Angie Vander Eide says:

    Thank you for your devotion. I have had struggles my whole life with the feelings about never being good enough in many ways…..looks, weight, smarts…..etc.
    Thankfully in the past few years, I realized God has a purpose for me and others opinions don’t matter.
    God is Good!!!

  566. Michelle Carroll says:

    This devotional really hit home for me! I need to practice temple talk!
    And I would love to win a copy of Cindy’s book! 🙂

  567. Great reminder today! Thank you!

  568. I am absolutely loved this treasure of truth and devotion. I would love to read the book!

  569. Debbie Ary says:

    I heard about proverbs 31 on K-LOVE. Which is all I listen. I have a poor body self image and would love to read this book and learn more about temple talk.

  570. Rachel. DeRosa says:

    I would love this.

  571. This one speaks to me. If only I could/would listen and engrave it on my heart.

  572. This was absolutely beautiful. I’ve been secretly dealing with my post-pregnancy body and this is just what I needed. Thank you.

  573. THIS was just what I needed to hear! I have always struggled with body image issues, even after losing a significant amount of weight. My husband will tell me I’m beautiful, but all I see is the “fat” girl I once was that was mocked. Unfortunately, the harsh words that were spoken to me by some strangers about my weight stick in my head instead of the beautiful ones I hear daily from my loving husband. A true problem that I definitely need to fix!

  574. Always remember that the comments of another say more about him than it does about you. Know that you are worthy of wonderful things. Everyone is in a different place in their spiritual journey. Live your life with Jesus beside you. If you receive criticism, visualize it written on a piece of loose leaf paper. Read it. Take from it anything of value to you. Then crumble it up and throw it as far as you can’t!

  575. This is so true and relevant to many people. I struggle with body issues as well as self-esteem issues and it is good to be reminded that God built us in his image. We should not be down on ourselves because we don’t fit the ideal image that is promoted by society. I want to learn to love myself just as I am and to work to make myself the best image of God that I can be.

  576. I weighed 350 pounds and decided to have bariatric surgery. I now have so many other health issues…such as malnutrition. Did all this to love me…did it work…kind of…not sure I would do it again though. Letting Jesus in my life is what’s letting me to love ME.

  577. Mary Zabloudil says:

    Have struggled with taking care of “my temple” for most of my life and at 50+ years am just now truely realizing that I can’t wait for someone else to tell/show me what to do.

  578. I’ve struggled so much over my life, since I was about 10, with body image problems. I’ve gone from starving myself to binge eating to workout out 3 hours a day every day. It’s led me through depression and just hating my body. I’m slowly learning to accept how I am and love myself as I am, especially since I Josh had a baby. It was challenging gaining weight and beijgnok with it. This book sounds awesome to anyone who gets the chance to read it!

  579. Thank you for reminding me, no matter how old I get or how bad my body may feel, it is still God’s temple.

  580. Brenda Forney says:

    What a wonderful message for ALL to hear!!

  581. Ellen Cole says:

    This post spoke to my heart. I pray that I will be able to make the needed shift in my brain.

  582. Amanda Acosta says:

    This post truly spoke to my heart and issues I have dealt with since I was a child. I am also a high school teacher who leads a Christian group at my school and it completely opened my eyes on how to approach my students about body image and self esteem. I also have to face my own obstacles in order to lead my girls in a better light. I love that I don’t have to do it alone, and that my body is meant for the Lord and that I have to take care of it both mentally and physically to live long and carry out God’s will for me. So inspirational. Thank you again.

  583. Cindy, thank you so much for vulnerably sharing your story! This spoke to my heart, as I was obese for the better part of the last decade. When I finally began to treat my body like a temple and push out the self “trash talk,” that’s when I was able to lose 60+ lbs! It was by treating my body like a temple that first restored my soul, then my health. Blessing to you and yours!

  584. kathy rogers says:

    love this! what a much needed message! I struggle with my aging body. .don’t like the sags,extra flab,wrinkles,etc..thank you for reminding me of who I am. .

  585. Linda B. says:

    Sounds like a great book to buy

  586. Nikki Wise says:

    Hi Cindy,
    Thank you! I have struggled with this same issue my whole life. I can definitely see the work the Lord is doing in me by replacing all those lies with His truth but this is a constant daily battle for me. I know that I have been set free but I desperately want to be able to walk in that freedom! My prayer is for God to change my perspective to Kingdom perspective to allow me to see myself and others as He sees us. I am always looking for insight and tools to help me along this journey.

  587. Thea Weber says:

    I have been sexually abused most of my life, even by my now, divorced husband. I always thought because I was broken, I had something to prove -that I was okay and desirable. This is my biggest struggle now. I know my boyfriend is only using me, but I can not let go, someone has to love me! I know Jesus loves me but l deserve a friend now, here on earth and well this next user, whom I am in love with, well, he is somebody that loves my body…but at the same time is keeping me from seeing my body as a temple of Christ. The Holy Spirit will not fill me because of what I am allowing to happen and I will not see the Kingdom of God because of this. How do I change?

  588. Susan Newberry Hokama says:

    Cindy, I’m not even sure how I got your email(God?), but it was timely! My trash talk around my body is around the constant pain I’m in and how it limits my functioning so it almost feels like the “enemy’ at times! My temple talk is, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.! I need to keep that foremost in my thought so trash talk doesn’t take me down.

  589. Take all thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.

  590. Trudi Stringer says:

    Thank you for reminding me that I am a temple of the Holy Spirit.

  591. I know & understand your childhood pain…it was also mine. Add to it abuse by an alcoholic uncle. But GOD….carried me & preserved me. Through the excesses of my teens into my early 30’s. That’s when I finally realized I was perfect in His eyes. Even now, in my 50’s, I sometimes slip into that old thinking pattern – that I’m damaged goods. But God is good all the time & He pulls me up & out of my stinkin’ thinkin’ when I run to His word & read how much I mean to him.

  592. It’s a joy to hear from the study of a Christian person the truth about our bodies or temples and God’s love. I pray for everyone with body issues and memories of pain.

  593. What an awesome message from the Lord! Praise the lord for the storms we go through so we can help others who go through that same(or similar) time.

  594. Kristy moran says:

    I think this is such a relevant messafe in this day and age.

  595. This message spoke to my heart. Thank you!!!

  596. Haley Lowe says:

    I desperately needed to hear about how my body is a temple. In today’s world, our bodies are looked at so casually and callously. People say that it is 2017 and times are different. We can do what we want. But our God is the same God he has always been and always will be. We need to treat our bodies as the temple he resides in.

  597. Reminders of how of how my body is God’s temple is something I need reminding of constantly. I treat it as a shack way too often. Thank you for your words.

  598. Kellie Azor says:

    I struggle with eating lots of sweets and junk–I really want to see my body as God’s temple and start eating differently.

  599. Melinda Watson says:

    I have always struggled with my body image inside and out! I would love to find the how I should talk about myself and how and what God sees about how I’m treating my body! I want to be able to help my daughter with how she her body when she gets older into the teen years. I want to teach my boys how they should treat girls when they start finding attractive.

  600. Barbie Horn says:

    Thank you for being so transparent & real!

  601. Jennifer Nixon says:

    I have had body image issues for 20 years now. I’ve fought with binging and purging. I’ve overeaten and starved myself. I want to do better. Not just for me. I have 4 kids. 2 boys and 2 girls. I don’t want them to think this is normal. I also don’t want them thinking there is no way back. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

  602. Sharon Green says:

    I wish that I understood this many years ago! I’ve been gaining and losing weight since the age of twelve, which means 50 years now. I still struggle with feelings of guilt when I eat, even though I am within 15 pounds of a healthy weight and exercise daily.

    • Oh Sharon, I pray that your guilt would be replaced with grace, and you would experience Christ’s fullness and freedom in every area of your life. You are loved, sweet sister!

  603. Tammy Wislhire says:

    Wow – this was amazing to read – hit the nail right on the head of where God is trying to lead me right now. Thanks for sharing!

  604. Amy Noaker says:

    Thank you for this opportunity

  605. Betty Lynn says:

    Thank you for this great devo. I’m passing it on the my beautiful grand daughter whose experience has been similar. Bless you!!

  606. Erin Dostalek says:

    Would love some help in this arena.

  607. Cindy’s message brought tears to my eyes as I, too, have trashed my temple with the graffiti of body hate. The Holy Spirit is working through her as I needed to hear God’s precious words about His view of our physical nature. Thank you for delivering His words of love and encouragement!

  608. Wow! This really hit home. Thank you for this devotion. It’s so hard to see myself as anything precious in God’s sight right now. This meant so much to hear these words,about being a precious temple. Thankful God’s mercies are new everyday & He sends these reminders of how precious we are to Him aside from the lies we can tend to fill in our our heads. I needed this so desperately right now. 🙂

  609. Debbie Yons says:

    I so need this book! I have been made fun of pretty much all my life! My husband and I got divorced after he became violent and abusive. Part of the closeness between us was killed early in the marriage by his ugly words about me which made me withdraw even more. Now I live alone. I don’t data. I will be 57 on 7-7. I will spend my birthday dinner eating alone. Why because I can’t see how any man would want me. I am too old and to fat…

  610. Michelle A says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and for speaking God’s truth.

  611. I’m 62 and still struggling with my “temple”.

  612. I have struggled to believe the truth and unbelieve the lies. It is hard, but I will get there someday. Thank you for making me feel like it isn’t just me.

  613. Rebekah Smith says:

    I have struggled with my body image since the first time my dad told 14 year old 6foot 140pound athletic me that I wasn’t working out enough and was going to end up fat and alone like my aunt. It is a daily struggle to accept that God made my body and I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

  614. Candace Hurley says:

    Pick me.

  615. Carol LaFon says:

    This is so true – I want to continue to learn what it is to be His temple – to love others like He loves me….and to totally ignore the lies the enemy has taunted me with for years….

  616. Crystal dieffenwierth says:

    During preteen years I was called no neck and find myself almost 40 years later looking in the mirror daily for that double chin!

  617. Cindy,
    Thanks, for writing with such honesty. I teach middle and high school art. Even in a Christian school atmosphere, body identity is one of the greatest struggles that my girls face. This will definitely be shared with many.
    Teresa

  618. Elaine Uhl says:

    Thank you for these words. As a mother of four, I often think about how my “private” words are impacting their personal identities.
    This post has been a blessing!

  619. Jocelyn says:

    I have spent many years of my walk with Christ denying what He says about me. The world can be so loud sometimes, so loud that it is difficult to hear that still, small voice. Thank you for speaking truth into my life!

  620. I have abused my temple by letting it be burden down by carrying too much weight. My weight has created my temple to be less capable to serving God. I know and I believe that I am perfectly and wonderfully made, but I also know that God wants me to take better care of this temple. I pray that God will guide me, encourage me to take care of the unique temple he has made in me. Help me to deny myself and say no to excess food and laziness and yes to giving my body what it needs, not what it wants.

  621. I have struggled for my whole life with body image issues. At the end of the devotional it asks to think of three positive words to describe our temples…i cannot do that. I need to remember Gods words about our bodys as temples. In the very visual and “sex sells” world we live in, it is SO difficult to remember that I don’t need to compare myself to any of that and embrace the fact that this is the body/temple God has given me and love and accept it!

  622. Beverly says:

    I have struggled with a eating disorder for over forty years, because I have believed the lies of what other people thought of me. Did all kinds of horrible things to my body and self trying to make people love me, when all a long I have had the greatest of love by my creator,if only I had believed it. Thanking for sharing and giving hope.

  623. Brandy West says:

    Wow! I really needed this today. I find myself caught up in my appearance sometimes. Being a mother of 4, I have plenty to dislike! I’ve battled with depression since my teenage years, although the source is unknown. Thank you for sharing this!

  624. Gloria Sides says:

    I just read this. It really shook me. I have had weight issues all my life. I was born overweight!! Thank you so much for this devotion. I prayed the prayer at the end. I have been a believer for many years and have really been put down about my weight, both by others and myself, even though I do not look overweight. At least that is what I am told. My self image is at an all time low. This devotion picked me up and made me think about how much harm I am doing to myself by listening to others and not to God concerning my body image. Thank you so much. May God do great things through you and your testimony.

  625. Chelsea Green says:

    Wow! This is was such a great reminder!

  626. Danielle currey says:

    Thank you for this reminder. I would love to win your book

  627. Kathleen O'Connor says:

    I really connected with this author, I too, have been set free from addictions by my Heavenly Father.

  628. This was a very beautiful devotion to read this morning. As a grown woman I have become more confident in myself but still struggle with outward appearance from time to time. I come from a very thin, wiry family and as a kid I had terrible buck teeth which required multiple orthodontic devices, including wearing a head gear to school. Once in high school, I never developed curves or a more womanly body, had terrible acne, and was very flat chested. I was teased by the boys and called a lesbian because of my boyish figure. I then went through a period of bulimia and bad depression. It wasn’t until I met my husband that I became more confident in myself. Needless to say, body issues still plague me from time to time but this was such an encouraging reminder that it doesn’t matter at all what we look like because Jesus loves us no matter what and He lives within us! I pray for all the women on this thread, whether larger or smaller, old or young, large chested or flat chested, short or tall, it doesn’t matter. We are all beautiful on the outside and more importantly on the inside. God made each one of us unique. It saddens me that we all have or had experienced warped body images and how the world forces us to think that we’re not beautiful if we don’t fit a certain checklist. As a confident 33 year old I have decided to toss out that garbage thinking and fill myself up with the Holy Spirit instead. God Bless you Cindy and all the other women on this thread!!

  629. Carinna Stewart says:

    I would LOVE to receive a copy of this study. As a mother of 3 girls, I want to teach them how to live “set apart” for Jesus and truly understand how their worth comes from HIM and not what the world portrays.

  630. Patricia says:

    Thank you so much for writing those inspiring words. This is something that I have struggled with my whole life. Your words definitely hit home with me, but also gave me a whole new perspective on how to cope with my self image issue. Again, thank you so much for allowing God to use you to help others.

  631. Kelly Massey says:

    Thank you for this blog. It’s so hard to let go of scars from your past that make you look at your body in a negative manner. I grew up in the dance world but never had the perfect dancers body and still struggle with this as an adult. Thank you for this reminder. I am going to send it to a couple of my friends who also grew up in the dance world and look at their bodies not as God wants us to but from the way of the world. Thank you again.

  632. Kathy Guevin says:

    I have been reading your daily emails for about 2 weeks and feel I have found a balance on God’s word, addiction recovery and self love. Thank you for your loving comments and honesty. I wish to understand more and find self acceptance to gain strength in my daily battles.

    God speaks and “winks” through others! Not sure if syperspace is real or just a marketing tool but Trust in HIM that you are HIS messenger.

    Prayers in Faith
    Kathy Guevin

  633. Natalie says:

    My mother sent me this blog and it brought me to tears. I struggled with the same issues Cindy talked about and God used this article to remind me how he truly sees me! And I pray my own daughter also lives from these truths and lives free as a beautiful daughter of God! I would love to read Cindys book, and use it to encourage my mom, daughter and the other women in my life!

  634. Tatiana says:

    Thank you for sharing this word. I’ve had a life long struggle with self image based on vain appearance and the world’s standards and trying to believe God’s word about my temple.

  635. Thank you, Cindy, once again, for such valuable reminders!

  636. Thank you so much for your wisdom and insight on this difficult topic. The best way to look at it is fhrough Christ’s eyes, and your writing is a window into that.

  637. Heather says:

    Whenever you view yourself as too big there is someone seeing themselves as too small. For all those scars from pregnancy there is a woman crying over the scars she lacks. I only saw my reflection in my mirror and couldn’t imagine others could look in theirs and see the opposite and be equally devastated. Recently I attended a women’s study where I was enlightened to all the negative ways women perceive themselves. When I considered my children could inherit my thoughts and negative self perception, I decided I needed an overhaul of the mind….my body is just fine, I mean it designed by God Himself.

  638. Tiffany says:

    Loved this, exactly what I needed today!!☺️💜

  639. Good thing God’s timing is perfect! This message is incredible and we all need to hear it! I always read the devotions late but this morning it may have been late but perfectly timed for the readiness of my heart. Thank you for the beautiful reminder of how beautiful I am.

  640. Wow 😳 while reading your devotional I was immediately taken back to a similar memory!! I was ridiculed by girls close to me for being a size 7 and not a size 5 like them !! I felt so ashamed and I carried this for years. A size 7 ladies !!!!! Yikes what I d do now to be a size 7.

  641. Molly G says:

    This word was exactly what I needed to here today. Thank you!

  642. Joyce Bond says:

    I was ridiculed as a child & a teen by my family & friends. It is so very hard to get those comments out of my head. Good, positive self talk is so important. Thank you for reminding me once again how God sees me. I pray that I will be able to remember that as I go to my nieces wedding & see many of the people that ridiculed me. God doesn’t make ugly, fat things. He only creates BEAUTIFUL children!!

  643. Elaine Moran says:

    Beautiful and much needed message. Thanks!

  644. Gracie De Russe says:

    Cindy you have inspired me…a light just went off when I read: My body is a temple carrying the very Spirit of God…OH MY! I choose to be intentional about how I will inhabit this temple with the Spirit of God.

    Blessings,
    Gracie

  645. Jenelle says:

    The description of temple really made me see that word differently even though I have often reminded myself of this verse. This one made it seem even more beautiful and important.

  646. Kristen Manning says:

    This is just what I need right now. Thank you.

  647. Jenny M says:

    Thanks so much for this devotional. I’m going to share it with my 13 year old daughter who’s struggling with this very issue!

  648. JoAnna Ronan says:

    God’s timing is perfect. I’ve dealt with most of the issues here in this article. And I’ve always had fluctuating weight problems. I have no self worth at all. Even now I battle hearing my own husband call me big, fat, and cow. It’s really hard to think you have any value when the enemy is fighting hard to make you think the world’s view means more than the truth in God’s Word. I am made in God’s image…how awesome is that. I am a princess an heir to the kingdom. Fearfully and wonderfully made to be unique. I loved the prayer most…give me eyes to see myself the way God does. Thank you so much for your reminder. I would love to learn more about the study book.

  649. Beth Joyce says:

    This is such a MUCH NEEDED message….thank you for addressing this topic!

  650. Merrill Donald says:

    Words can be encouraging or damaging!

  651. Faith Rose says:

    Thank you for the message. I’ve had to deal with body image most of my life as well. I would enjoy the book.

  652. Rachelle Foster says:

    I didn’t realize how much I let my view of my body rule me until this spring when I was taking care of my mom in her last days. She never thought of herself as beautiful or measuring up her entire life, and yet people loved her, adored her, actually. I would like to see myself as God sees me and get past this. I’m realizing just how much it holds me back.

  653. Janelle fritz says:

    I still struggle with body image too.

  654. Praising God for you…

  655. Virginia Reyes says:

    AMEN!
    Indeed our body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit!
    We must constantly pray for Divine Grace so that we can keep our heart open and willing dwelling place of the Holy Spirit. Only through God’s Divine Grace this is possible.

  656. Laurie Primm says:

    Thank you for the much needed message! Words can last a lifetime and have such an impact on our lives. I struggle with body image, but am getting better. Negative self talk is satans handiwork and we need to remember we are created in His imagine, beautifully and wonderfully made!

  657. Shari Tatosian says:

    Thank you, I needed to read this today. I can’t wait to read more of your blog.
    I have been a Christian since January of 1991, and in all my years I have never been convicted as I am now in my devotional study and Bible reading.
    God Bless,

  658. Thank you for this. It is spot on!

  659. Patt Spencer says:

    So many years of self criticism….Dear Lord, Make this passage real to me. Download it into the core of who You created me to be. Help me to grow-

  660. Shelley G Meyer says:

    Thanks for the teaching.

  661. Maggie Smith says:

    Amazing words to hear and remember. I have spent years trying to see myself as God does but it seems to always feel like a continuing struggle. Praying for all the women out there who don’t see their worth. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made<3

  662. johnetta says:

    Thanks for sharing. this has given me a new perspective on my worth and acceptance of my overweight body. I am taking my power back and know that my temple is valued by God because I belong to God . He is my fatvedher and I am His beloved daughter.

  663. WOW! Thanks so very much for sharing this! Exactly what I needed to hear!

  664. My Christian name is Theo Dora, 2 names. When I was in grade school the kids used to make fun of my name calling me Fleo, Leo, Cleo, etc. They told me I was ugly because I had an ugly name. I believed what they said & it defined me & my self image for many years & in some way still does. I gave my life fully back to Jesus in 1986, but still struggle.

  665. I had a girl in high school tell me I looked like a moose.
    I still think that when I see my nose in the mirror 48 years later.

  666. Rometta Ison says:

    Thx for your heart tuned to God and speaking of truth Devine over us!
    What a pleasure and extreme blessing it would be to read God’s word through you!
    Sincere Appreciation
    Rometta Ison

  667. Bonnie Jo Hoffman says:

    What a powerful way to remind women that we are fearfully and wonderfully made! Also a blessed reminder for us to remember how our words can hurt other people. I think back to my childhood and so many “things” defined who I was versus how God saw me. Wether it was nasty words, lack of clothes, lack of self-esteem or just cruddy circumstances. It took me until my 40’s to start seeing myself as God’s child, a princess who already has a room in His house! How does a groom look at his wife as he sees her walking toward him on the aisle? With so much love, joy and pride that his eyes shine from it! That is the way that God sees us! So what if we do have some “physical” flaw! God only sees the purity of our hearts. ❤️

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