Meredith Barnes
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Meredith Barnes is the author of three devotional books: Every Day Holy, Morning Devotional for Teen Girls, and College Survival Guide for Christian Women. You can find more of her writing on Instagram at @MeredithBarnesWriter. She lives in Pasadena, California with her husband and three sons.

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  1. Good morning and good word!! At first I said ahh but I have a one in front of your 5! I’m carrying 3x more baggage on my back. It’s been 50 years saying that with the same numbers. Thank you for yet another reminder of how much God has made me realize I love you my daughter. Handpicked you and your perfect! The garden is a perfect example of what He gave us..,&the strength of heart! Now today the burden is lifted and once again, day by day we have His joy , His love, His strength to live for Him and through Him❣️ bless you and thank you M.

  2. beautiful Meredith! Society puts so much pressure are women to look, be etc… and we take the bait and put the pressure on us. Letting go and letting God prune us and our heart. HE DOES know our heart and that IS the most important ‘look’ we need… a heart turned towards Jesus in all areas of our life! thank you!

  3. Thank you for this as I smiled and winced my way through the read especially when you said you were in your 40s…an age I tell anyone who will listen that I was at my “best”. I am 71 and still shudder when someone refers to someone in their 60s as “elderly”. I am in entertainment and am always stunned when I am described as beautiful because I see what you see in the mirror with 30 more years of additional nooks and crannies on my face and neck:) then I realize that what the world sees is not what I see…maybe the “beauty” seen is His Light shining through me. Humbling yet grateful. You are right, it is not a one and done process so buckle up for the ride. The enemy whispers loud and clear and I am reminded that God asked Adam and Eve “Who told you you were naked?” Who, indeed.

    • I heard a long time ago that at some point you stop “getting older” in your head and freeze yourself at a certain age. Some of us will always think we are 27, others 42. And yet, no matter the mental age we hold ourself in, the battles likely remain the same. What a comfort that women of all ages, shapes and backgrounds can find sweet and sometimes painful commonalities amongst ourselves. Thank you!

    • Yes, Patsy. People can see the light of God in us as we follow Him. And the more we allow God to shape us into the women He has called us to be, the more we resemble Him. He is beautiful.

    • You are beautiful, Patsy!

      Even though we haven’t met, I can see the beaming light through your words.

      Thank you!

  4. You have put to words the exact challenge I have been facing . . . thank you for being courageous and His conduit! Yes, it my heart, and every part of it I try to avoid, that He wants. I am nourished . . . thank you again!!!

  5. A long time ago I either heard or read this statement. “I am a spirit, I live in a body and I have a soul.”
    Let’s remember that God is a spirit and He created us in His image. I believe that. Just think what the world would be like if we didn’t have mirrors. Think of a garden full of different flowers. We love them all for their uniqueness. We are God’s garden.

    • Thank you for the encouragement. Sharing is always vulnerable but so exciting to be met with understanding. I was just in Canada and loved it. Hope to return for many more visits!

  6. Lovely Meredith, thank you.

    I am a woman in her 70s.

    While I miss the strength and smooth-skinned beauty of my youth, I do not miss the insecurity caused by my youthful belief that my worth is dependent upon my appearance or performance.

    What a joy it is to begin to understand that God loves me as I am, and that I am of immense value to Him irrespective of my appearance, intellect, social status or skill.

    And what confidence is mine when I remember that focusing on God instead of myself causes me to flourish: “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season.
    Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do” (Psalm 2-4, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%201&version=NLT).

    Here’s to a fruitful life!

  7. Thank you Meredith for this article. I know the Holy Spirit prompted me to respond to this article. Now some of the words my counselors said over the years come back to me. The Body Keeps The Score. I’m so aware that I am 65 and my pictures look different these days. I’m not aware of all the burdens that have kept be away from the correct idea regarding how I am created in the Image of God. I know I am intricately connected and designed for God’s Purposes on Earth. But I don’t always put that first in my heart when I compare my experiences 30 years ago to my now experiences (2024). Why is that? I don’t want to be prideful and I don’t want to be ungrateful for my many blessings and healings in my body and in my emotions. Glory Hallelujah. We all walk a different route to the Path God Has Predetermined for us. And it is done daily, one step at a time.

    I am set to be victorious !

    Thank You Lord for Your Grace and Mercy and Your Unyielding Love.

    Brenda

  8. Very thoughtful and thought provoking. How much does the world determine who I am meant to be and how much do I rely on God to determine that? Too often it’s the former not the latter. A change of focus is needed!

  9. I love all of the (in)courage writings; however, this one was dear to heart. I have struggle with weight all my life and to read the words that God doesn’t look at the scale to evaluate our (my) worth really caused me to shout HALLELUJAH!!! Thank you for making me feel better about myself. Indeed, I am wonderfully made!

  10. Thank you skinny, I’m 50 and have struggled with body image most of my life. Every time I look back at past photos when I felt really fat I see I had no weight to loose, or was a new mum with extra lbs that disappeared as my babies grew. My daughter now has anorexia and it painful and tough especially as I now realise I’ve probably genetically passed it on to her ouch. But God is good, her therapy and Gods strength is helping me become comfortable in my own skin, so much so that this summer I’m signed up to do water sports with our schools teens. Yes that’s wet suit or swimsuit with a load of gorgeous teens. Ageing can be hugely freeing, praying for your journey and thank you for sharing, you bought a tear to my eye, a smile to my mouth and peace in my heart. You’ve got this girl and leaning on the Lord like you are doing will continue to bring the joy you are sharing . Bless you.
    PS psalm 28v7 the joy of the lord is my strength

  11. Meredith,

    This is a much need post!! Never thought much about my body till I hit 58. Now I feel the aches & pains of aging. I’ve gained back the pounds I lost fall of 2022. There are days when I look in the mirror ready for work & say to myself wow you look beautiful. God doesn’t look at the outside like society does. He is more interested in our hearts. We are worth so much to Him that He sent His only son to die a horrible death for us. Don’t worry about numbers on a scale, a few wrinkles, or the minor aches & pains. Try to see yourself as God does. A beautiful child & heir to the throne!

    Blessings 🙂

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