As promised, here is the second blog from Heather Proctor!  Yesterday Heather officially launched her new website, so please be sure to check it out today.  You can follow her blogs and see where she is speaking and just find out more about this amazing lady!  I pray you are blessed and encouraged as you wrestle with your identity in Christ.  Please pray for Heather and I and the women of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church as we travel to Shelbyville, IN on Friday for the Discover Conference.  God bless…enjoy Heather’s post.

I’m out this morning trying complete day 2 of week 4 in my Couch to 10K training program. This morning it was kicking my butt. I’m a sweaty, hot mess running in public. Loverly, really.

So, I’m running listening to my headphones, contemplating the teaching I’ll be giving next week which is about how our significance is found in Jesus Christ, when a skinny-mini runs by all happy, looking cute in her running clothes (that actually match) and I feel myself slipping into the “If I looked like that then _________” thought pattern.

As I look down to see how much longer I actually have to be running I hear the words and music that are playing in my ears. It’s Mandsia’s “True Beauty”…and it’s not about Sex in the City, it’s about purity and true beauty.

It was in that moment I recognized how Satan had come to steal the true thoughts of my worth in Christ via a skinny-mini in matching running clothes. Well, this hot mess isn’t going to let him!

II Corinthians 10:4-5 says “Since the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly , but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of god, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

I rechecked my stopwatch to see how much longer I had to run and smiled.  God is enthralled with my beauty.(Psalm 45:11) Hot-mess or not.

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