my lovely friends, i am currently reading the book “reshaping it all” by candace cameron bure (with darlene schacht) and i’m telling the truth when i say that it might be one of the greatest books i’ve ever read.
yes, i know that says a lot. and i know that i’ve read a lot of books. but this one…? this one is different. yes, different.
it couldn’t have come into my life at a more appropriate time. a time when i am finding God for the first time. & am discovering myself at the same time. while i am lost and confused about the whole thing, this book is helping to guide me in the right direction.
i was originally just going to do a post over the entire book when i finished it, but i couldn’t wait. i just finished chapter 6 – “dressed in designer genes“… and oh my goodness. by far. my absolute. favorite. chapter of ANY book i’ve ever read.
let me start from the beginning. reshaping it all is a book that provides “motivation for physical and spiritual fitness” — and who doesn’t need a little motivation in those categories?!
“embracing a healthier lifestyle begins by moving faith to the forefront, making some wise fundamental choices, and finding your worth in the eyes of God.” -reshaping it all
specifically, chapter 6 focuses on body image. (something i’ve struggled with for 22 years). which is probably why it stood out so much to me. i’ve always felt so alone about my negative body image, but this chapter let me know that it’s something that EVERYONE struggles with at somepoint.
part way through, candance encourages her readers to meditate on Psalm 139:13-16 –
for You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
i will praise You, for i am fearfully and wonderfully made;
marvelous are Your works
and that my soul knows very well.
my frame was not hidden from You,
when i was made in secret,
and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
and in Your book they all were written,
the days fashioned for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
Psalm 139 is what mary kathryn ‘s sister read to me the night i first “found” Jesus. i’ll always hold it close to my heart because of this. and it made my heart smile when i saw it in this chapter! it was meant to be.
every single one of us was made differently by God. we are exactly the way we are supposed to be. candace makes a good point by saying that He will always love us, and He has provided us with the tools to help improve our quality of life, but in the end, it’s up to YOU to make the choice to change & improve.
“change what you can. YOU hold the God-given power to do that, and the great news is that He doesn’t expect you to do it alone.” –reshaping it all
are you going to be brave and start making the necessary changes? or are you going to continue living in a way that doesn’t make you happy?… or proud?
it’s so hard to do. i know. i’ve been there and done that. i’m THERE and DOING THAT right now. start with small changes and work from there. you don’t need to make the change overnight – that’s impossible and you’re only setting yourself up for failure when you do that.
if you’re not satisfied with the way you look, then work towards changing that image. this is something i’m working on. how? by waking up in the morning and instead of looking in the mirror and saying “amanda, you are UGLY. you are WORTHLESS. you are FAT.” i will say “amanda, you are exactly how you’re supposed to be. God made you perfect in His eyes. you don’t need to change for anyone”
also? i’m going to put Pslam 139 somewhere on my mirror. so it will be there when i need reminding. i encourage you to do the same. a visible reminder can do a lot! (it’s the little changes, remember?!)
“delight in yourself knowing that God made you just the way He wanted you to be. OWN IT.” -reshaping it all
i hope some of you will take my word and go out and buy this amazing book. it will change the way you think about yourself in a positive way. it’s already helped me so much! and i KNOW it will do the same for you!