After embarking on this “Body Love for Lent” journey (aka Giving Up Diet Culture For Lent), God has been showing me false idols again and again. In this season of Lenten repentance, I’m feeling called to confess the sin of a false idol in my own life and turn away from it. My relatively limited Bible study left me with the impression that false idols are only about worshiping multiple gods and making sacrifices to statues… you know, pagan stuff. I hate to admit it, but I ignored it all. I thought false idols didn’t apply to modern day, let…

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Sometimes other people can express what you want to say even better than you can. This is one of those times. Christy Harrison and her guests Lindsay and Lexie Kite are nailing it! This image on Instagram was a total scroll stopper and then the message spoke to my heart. chr1styharrisonYou are more than your body. You are more than what you look like, more than whether or not people perceive you as attractive. Your worth doesn’t lie in your body size, shape, or appearance. You are *so* much more than all of that. . You are your ideas and…

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Fasting is a loaded word in diet culture. Fasting for Lent has a totally different meaning. On Fridays we fast during Lent. No meat. Minimal, simple meals. Take today’s lunch for example: carrot ginger soup with some thai basil leaves from my garden. I must admit, I was a little worried when I learned of the fasting aspect of Lent and its importance. 35 years of being conditioned by diet culture has made food restrictions triggering for me. Restrictions translate as control in my mind, until the pendulum swings over to the other side where deprivation explodes into a “screw…

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Today is Ash Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the sacrificial season of Lent, which Pope Francis says is a time of renewal and grace. The ashes are a reminder “For you are dust and to dust you shall return.” As one of my favorite authors Lysa Terkeurst teaches, God loves the ingredient dust to make things new: the creation of man, the healing of the blind with mud, just dust and saliva. And while dust can remind us that all temporal things are passing, dust does not mean the end. In fact, dust must be present for new to…

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