Swimsuits, Discipleship, and 7 True Things About You

Okay girls—are you already thinking about swimsuit season like I am? Our neighborhood pool opens this week, and I’m already dreading tugging that stretchy piece of red spandex and polyester over my just-had-a-baby-a-few-months-ago body.

I wish I could say I’ve risen above caring about what people think or what magazine covers say I should look like, but I still think about those things way too often.

So what if swimsuit season is fast approaching? After remembering God’s awe-inspiring love for me, it just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal anymore.

Today I don’t want to talk to you about boys or bikinis or what other people think (though you should totally check out this great bikini post by Erin and this one by Bethany).

Instead, I want to arm you with some insights that come straight from the Word of God, from His Spirit, from His very breath. He has some things to say about His daughters, you know, and not one of them has a thing to do with how good we look in our swimsuits.

A couple of summers ago I led a discipleship group with seven beautiful young women, and at the end of our time together, I chose a verse for each one. Today I want to share all seven of these verses with you, because they’re yours and mine, too!

Whatever you may be facing right now, I want you to know what the Bible says about those of us who belong to Christ. Hold on to your hats, ladies. This is going to be good!

1. You are precious, honored, and loved.

“[Y]ou are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you” (Isa. 43:4a).

God gave this word to Isaiah to describe His children—His chosen people. Though Abraham may not be your physical ancestor, the Bible tells us that all who believe in Christ are now counted as God’s children (Rom. 9:8). If you are in Christ, this verse is for you. “Precious, honored, and loved,” that’s you! But wait—there’s more.

2. You are clothed with strength and dignity.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come” (Prov. 31:25).

Do you fear the Lord? If you do, then you are growing into the woman described in Proverbs 31. Women who fear God and place their hope and trust in Him don’t have to fear the future. We are clothed with strength and dignity because our hope is not in ourselves—it’s in Christ. We’ll never outgrow strength and dignity, and they’ll never go out of style.

3. Your beauty is imperishable.

“Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious” (1 Peter 3:4).

Do you love this verse as much as I do? The thought of something about me being precious in the eyes of God just makes my heart sing. Of course, a spirit like this is a gift from God in the first place. Have you asked the Holy Spirit to give you a gentle and quiet spirit—a spirit that is at peace as it puts its hope in God? Why not ask for one now?

4. You are full of wisdom and kindness.

“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue” (Prov. 31:26).

As God’s daughters and students of the Bible, we have so much to offer those around us. Who doesn’t need more wisdom and kindness in their lives?

5. You are strong and courageous because God is with you.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

Are you facing something that makes you feel nervous or afraid? Take courage. God is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. That’s a promise I can vouch for.

6. You have the joy of the Lord.

“The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh. 8:10b).

Your strength doesn’t come from your external beauty, your good grades, or your talent. It doesn’t come from your friend list or your prom date or how “good” you are. Your strength comes from knowing God—from His joy and from the joy of knowing Him.

7. You are a beautiful piece of God’s workmanship.

“You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God” (Isa. 62:3).

Sisters, we belong to the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He has set His affection on us. In His hand each of us is a crown of beauty, a piece of His workmanship. He has made you and me like no one else on earth. We are more deeply loved than we can imagine.

When you start to feel overwhelmed or weak or ugly or inadequate or fill-in-the-blank, focus your thoughts on the truths that He has given you in His Word.

So what if swimsuit season is fast approaching? After remembering God’s awe-inspiring love for me, it just doesn’t seem like that big of a deal anymore. (And when it starts to feel like a big deal again, I’ll go right back to God’s Word!)

And just for fun, here’s a photo of me and my precious, loved, honored, strong, dignified, beautiful, wise, kind, courageous, joyful friends! I wish you were in this photo with us!

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L to R: Jennifer, Kenzie, Mathilde, Courtney, Maddy, Katie, Addie, Lauren

What truths from God’s Word do you remember when you need encouragement? I’d love to know!

About Author

Jennifer Case Cortez

Jennifer Case Cortez is a literary-agent-turned-stay-at-home-mom. She loves connecting young women with God's Word, and her writing has been featured in the Mom's Bible, the Devotional Bible for Dads, and the Life Promises Bible. Jennifer loves playing her guitar, eating Nashville hot chicken, and hanging out with her husband Daniel and their four children: Sam, Joshua, Jacob, and Evelyn Grace.

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