It’s my 5th week of pregnancy and it just hit me; I’m both happy and scared at the thought that I’m going to be a mommy. We called our family and they are all excited for us. My parents had 7 children so they were supper excited to hear that their 35-year-old daughter was finally pregnant! Surprisingly, it was my dad that was the most excited and that means so much to me. My dad and I have had our differences over the years, so this was really special to have him on my side. He just loves children and would really love another grand child. But one thing that is scaring me is how much weight will I gain. Will I get fat? What if I don’t lose the weight after I’m pregnant? I know this is because I’ve had weight issues in the past and don’t ever want to be overweight again. It took me awhile to lose all the weight I gained in college! I know most women in America today have weight concerns.
But I know that it's a big mistake to focus on the outside and fail to appreciate the inner qualities God's given you. Solomon said, "Beauty is...[not lasting]" (Pr 31:30 AMP). When God made you He didn't just decorate the outside, He gave you "inner beauty, the gentle, gracious kind...God delights in." However, because Peter also talked about "fancy hair, gold jewelry...fine clothes" (NCV), a few well-intentioned people have used that to create a legalistic standard by which to measure and judge others. Does the Bible teach us to dress appropriately? Absolutely. Paul writes: "I...want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety...appropriate for women who profess to worship God" (1Ti 2:9-10 NIV). But when we focus on the wrong area, you get the wrong results. "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1Sa 16:7 NIV). Don't allow what you see on TV or in the mirror to define your worth. Work instead to develop the kind of inner beauty God commends. These scriptures really helped me when I was struggling with a poor body image. Is anyone out there like me? We’re you worried that you wouldn’t look the same after you had your children or am I the only one?? Please write me back and let me know.