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Guarding the Temple

You will not find a fashion magazine in my house. It’s not that I don’t like to look my best, I just am very sensitive to the materials in my home. You see, I have children.

Children have a way of watching what you do, say, and read. Open up a page in any one of these publications and you will see the following: young girls posing as women, extremely thin ladies portrayed in flawless poses, clothing WAY too expensive for our budget, and birth control ads mingled alongside of organic recipes.

None of this is real.

It is an image our secular culture wants to impose upon our youth. Imagine if any of us showed up to carpool pickup wearing no underwear, a blouse cut down to our belly-button, and 5 inch high-heeled shoes; our children would laugh at us!

I have been a mother now for 16 years and want to demonstrate how to have a healthy sense of my body. I have not had plastic surgery, I do not diet, I exercise (though not as much as I should) and I eat healthy. When my children were little and hopped on Mommy’s scale they would shout out their weight, “I’m 50 pounds…I’m 75 pounds” with me always completing the sentence with “of love.

You see, our bodies are temples for the Lord; not something to be measured or for use in comparison to others. It is our tool for use on this earth to serve Him. We need to nurture it, dress it well, and use it to advance His kingdom on earth.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.”

1 Corthinians 6:19-20

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Nicole Lashbrook

Nicole is a wife of 22 years (and counting) and a mother of two amazing children. She is a frequent Eucharist adorer on her journey to Heaven.

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