Body Gratitude

Something I remind myself often is that my body is not an ornament. It does not exist as a means of impressing others. The Bible tells us that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and that they are “tents” for our souls. I love that. I am thankful for my tent and all that it does, but I don’t want to glorify it or become obsessed with it. It is just a temporary house for my spirit, after all.

As much as I can, I try to cultivate gratitude for things my body allows me to do that have absolutely nothing to do with how it looks. Here are a few things I’ve come up with, and hopefully they will inspire you to make your own list:

-feel sunshine on my skin

-go bike riding


-float in the ocean


-hold my husband’s hand

-hug my friends and family


-see beauty (flowers, sunrises, people smiling, etc)

-listen to music

-eat my favorite foods

-practice yoga


-drink coffee

-hold babies



-dance (not well, mind you)

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-sing in church

-blow out candles on a birthday cake


-text or call loved ones that live far away

And the list goes on! What are some things that you’re grateful your body allows you to do?

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