It’s time for another Monday Meet Up!
Today we’ve got the gorgeous Rubi rockin’ the pages of CiG.
Don’t forget…3 Mondays from today I’m hosting the MMU 1 Year Anniversary Giveaway!
If you’re interested in sponsoring with a prize enter by clicking the image below!
Hello ladies! My name is Rubi and I blog over at Lily Among Thorns. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to write to you on Covered in Grace about a story near and dear to my feminine heart. Thank you for having me Brooke!
know now that I am not alone in this, but when I was a teen, I felt like the
most imperfect person in a world that cherished perfection. Outer
perfection that is. The perfect body, the perfect smile, the perfect
hair, the perfect dress, the perfect shoes, the perfect bikini, the
perfect allure that made men look twice. I thought that was really important. When I looked in the mirror, I knew I didn’t meet the impossible standard of beauty the world had set for me to reach. I felt less than beautiful and therefore, less than valuable.
I’ve found healing from that now; it’s been a gradual process learning to love myself as an image bearer of God. From a young age, we learn to compare ourselves to others, but what our hearts are really crying out is, “Am I enough?” We try all sorts of things to get that “turning heads” moment, thinking it won’t cost us much, just our bodies. “It’s just an act, a role, it’s not really us,” writes Jonalyn Fincher in Ruby Slippers. “We believe we can keep our souls intact…if we only feed ourselves materialism, our souls are left with nothing to grow into…we leave our insides shrunken, flabby, and filthy. We’re like headstones at a grave, cleanly chiseled with order and strength, but beneath and within, we are full of dead bones, rotting from the inside out.” We focus on the building of our bodies, the perfecting of our earthly bodies through body modification, costly & dangerous surgeries, and expensive splurges on luxurious designer clothes, and neglect our souls. We are like the wasp that George Orwell described:
“I thought of a rather cruel trick I once played on a wasp. He was sucking jam on my plate, and I cut him in half. He paid no attention, merely went on with his meal, while a tiny stream of jam trickled out of his severed esophagus. Only when he tried to fly away did he grasp the dreadful thing that had happened to him. It is the same with modern woman. The thing that has been cut away is her soul.”
This chapter in Ruby Slippers resonated with me strongly because I’ve been there. I know what it feels like to think you’re not enough. But here is the truth you need to receive today: You are more than a body. You are more than the sum of your body parts. You are more than what you look like. You are a living soul. God breathed life into you for a greater purpose than to “look a certain way” or “dress a certain way.” His plans for your life as a woman, an image-bearer of GOD are beyond what you can ever imagine.
I want to end with the quote that sealed the deal for me and called me to “soul care” rather than an obsession with “body care.”
“Perhaps we need to live as if Christ cared for more than our bodies. What if we lived as if Christ wanted to redeem our souls? What if we paid attention to the insides even half as much as we accessorize our outsides? What if we turned our attention away from the mirrors, away from others’ comments, away from over-regard or disregard of our bodies, and began attending to our souls?”