Today, my guest Wendie Pett and I will tackle the issue of BDD, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and body image issues. In this episode, you will learn how to find healing and hope for body image issues and Body Dysmorphic Disorder. You will gain an understanding of what Body Dysmorphic Disorder is, what causes it, what the Bible says about it, and how God can heal you.
It’s time to stop seeing yourself through your trauma, the lies of your past, the things people have said and done to you, and it’s time to start letting how God sees you reign, Daughter of the King!
I know this will encourage you to have a healthy, godly body image, strengthen and free you.
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Spokane Christian Counseling defines Body Dysmorphic Disorder as "much more intense than simply disliking one's body features. It is a severe preoccupation in some aspect of one's appearance, thinking about it for hours or days at a time, believing the worse even when others affirm the opposite.
People may obsessively think they are fat when they, in fact, are thin. They may think their hair is ugly and gross when it is not. What they see in the mirror is different from what others see. Their thoughts are distorted, and it can cause significant distress.
Body Dysmorphia is caused by trauma, abuse, dysfunctional family dynamics, emotional abuse, and bullying or excessive teasing can all contribute to developing a negative self-image, which can lead you to obsess about your appearance."
In my book, Fit God’s Way, I shared my struggle with my body image and how God healed me, which lead me to write this quote, "The Body Confidence Cure is seeing His perfection in our reflection." Once I acknowledged that I was seeing myself through the world’s definition of beauty, and repented from that, I found healing and wholeness in seeing myself God’s Way.
The Bible teaches us that God doesn't see beauty or value it the way the world does.
1 Peter 3:3-4 tells us, "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight."
Beauty comes from the inside not the outside. This is why people can have plastic surgery, wear the nicest clothes and the best makeup, and even get themselves super fit, but when they look in the mirror, they only see flaws.
Overcoming BDD, starts with recognizing yourself as a one-of-a-kind handmade design of God, acknowledging your preoccupation with your body, asking God to show you what started this thinking, and renewing your mind daily in scripture.
Here are some steps you can take today:
For example, if you think, I hate my body, no matter what I do I can’t get it to look the way I want it to, Replacement statement: I am made in the image of God. God formed me. He says I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I will choose to love my body and take the best care of it and stop seeing myself as body parts. I am a whole masterful work of Christ!
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1 NKJV.
As a sister in Christ, I pray that you take authority in Jesus over your body image. Because if you don’t there are a number of issues that can come from living with body image issues. Issues like, anxiety, depression, isolation, and even suicidal thoughts. If you need help, please reach out to a Christian Counselor today.
I pray for every woman reading this that she feels Your loving and accepting arms around her. In this moment, show her the way You see her. Comfort her pain and help her begin her healing journey. Help her take a step today by laying this down at the feet Jesus. Show her what caused her to have body image issues and help her take authority over them in You. In the moments she’s tempted to criticize her body or her mind drifts back to the event that led her to feel this way, quicken her with the Holy Spirit to remind her that by the blood of Jesus and the word of her testimony, she is an Overcomer. Father the world wants us to look at ourselves as body parts, but You said, we are the body of Christ. Help us get busy stewarding our bodies for Your service through our gifts and remove the obsession with body parts. We pray for forgiveness for body part idolatry, and for the strength to forgive those who caused this disordered thinking about ourselves, and today we choose to see Your perfection in our reflection.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
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