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What I'm Learning About ... Physical Appearance

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, but physical appearance negatively affects our spiritual and emotional well-being more often than it should.

Dieting and exercise may be okay in moderation, but we often hold ourselves to unrealistic standards of physical perfection based on society's expectations. Because God loves every one of our curves unconditionally, here are a few reasons why it's important to accept ourselves at any age or size.

Holly Vicente Robaina
Liz Curtis Higgs


When it comes to body type, women aren't simply apples or pears; we're a whole fruit basket of sizes and shapes. Personally, I've always wanted to be a banana—tall, blonde, slender, and firm—but I'm more like an overripe peach.

Every fruit has its own color, shape, and flavor. In the same way, when God created us in his image (Genesis 1:27) and for his pleasure (Revelation 4:11), he had a particular plan in mind for our one-of-a-kind figures. Instead of "one size fits all," his plan was "one size fits you."

Unfortunately, we live in a "one size fits most" culture. The pressure to conform, to be the "right" size—for many of us, a smaller size—is intense. What's a bigger girl to do? Make intelligent food choices (hand over ...

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January 2012

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