I teamed up with 5 incredible women. bloggers, and creative minds to bring you today’s post. (Organized by Kim Christensen) We are going to redefine swimsuit ready. We don’t have to be “swimsuit ready” to put on a swimsuit and go to the pool this summer, nor should such a term even exist! This idea that our bodies’ current or natural state is below par is heartbreaking and completely untrue. Let me explain.
My body is amazing. It’s an amazing creation of God. It can run, work, and flip. It will create babies one day, and raise them up healthy and strong. It will chase those little kids around all day, and cuddle them at night. It will grow old as I grow wiser. It will develop as my role as mother develops; it will change as I need it to fulfill it’s new roles as they arise, and it will age as it naturally wears from every-day use. My body is amazing, and so is yours!
Rolls, sags, stretch marks, dimples, spots, marks, redness, wrinkles, bloating, baby weight, natural weight, and veins are inevitable. Why should we fear them so? We have no reason to believe that these things are negative other than because of the messages fed to us by this world. If we weren’t taught that wrinkles were “bad” maybe we’d naturally assume they were beautiful age lines as they truly are, the lines that show where your expressions have most often settled over your lifetime, telling the story of your life. If we weren’t taught that stretch marks were “ugly” then we would naturally consider them as honorable as a hero’s battle scar as they truly are. If we weren’t taught that leg dimples were “undesirable” we might naturally think they were as cute as smile dimples, which everyone wants! If we weren’t taught that there was one body type we should have we might assume that the shape of a mother’s body was the most desirable of all, as it is, because it bears the signs of having born fruit and fulfilled the measure of it’s creation.
One way we can un-do that learning is by doing our best to consume wholesome media that doesn’t sputter out lies and body negativity. You’re off to a great start right now, starting with this blog post! You can also create your own messages to put out into the world, by posting your own thoughts and body positivity ideas on social media to inspire and uplift your friends! You can also simply mention kind comments and compliments (in person and on social media) to your friends and family to lift them up, whether they look like they are struggling or not! You will make a huge difference for good.
My body is an important part of me, and my Heavenly Father wanted me to have this particular one. One day it will be resurrected and returned to me in it’s glorified and perfected state. I often wonder what that will be like. Will it fit the “perfection” as our world defines it today? I don’t think so. Our world’s definition of beauty has changed throughout history, changing and updating nearly every decade. I doubt that heaven’s definition of beauty is so wishy washy. I doubt that my skin will be bronzed, my nails manicured, my brows shaped, or my skin silky smooth and hairless. Those are minute details we seek after in this world that hold no value in the world to come. I believe that we will be represented as in the prime of our lives, bodies perfected to heaven’s standards, not the worlds, and with the veil lifted from our eyes we will finally understand that we are more beautiful than we ever comprehend when we were here on Earth.
That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to comprehend it now. It’s difficult with the adversary shooting us lies through the media, trying to convince us that our bodies are of lesser value than they truly are. He’s jealous, of every body. And we have power of him to thwart those negative feelings and replace them with body positivity. Our bodies are marvelous creations of God. They are beautiful. All of their characteristics are just that. Just as flowers are each different down to the last detail, neither is less beautiful than the next. As are we and our bodies. And we shouldn’t let anyone tell us otherwise.
That also doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try to care for our bodies to the best of our abilities, to keep them clean, healthy, and strong. We should do so out of respect for ourselves, or Father in Heaven, and our mission in this life. If we care not for our bodies as we should they will be unable to fulfill their roles in this life as our holy temples that house or sweet spirits and provide us the means by which to complete the missions we were sent here to do. Excessive obsession over caring for our bodies can be another one of Satan’s ploys, however, a distraction to keep us from loving ourselves and our bodies as we should. Caring for our bodies should provide more joy than frustration, or we’re doing it wrong.
I loved getting together with these fellow bloggers to create this photoshoot together! We have the following people to thank for making this all happen!
Hopefully you you finished this blog post feeling happier with your body than you did when you started it. If you didn’t, read it again! Don’t forget to read the blog posts by the other bloggers above on this same topic!
Still itching for more happy thoughts? I wrote a similar blog post titled “How to love your body type for swimsuit season and for always.”
I also hope you got some fun modest swimsuit ideas while scrolling through! Aren’t all of these suits just so cute!
See all of the modest swimsuits I’ve ever featured on my blog here.
See the list I’ve curated of all of my favorite cute modest swimsuits shops here.
xoxo – Emily