These are statements from several ladies, myself included, who have transformed their thinking and now fully embrace who God created them to be. I call each one of them friend and I am so grateful that our paths have crossed because of naturism. They truly are some of my most trusted confidants and prayer warriors.
Seeing the image of God in myself and others has given me the freedom to participate in naturism because I know from all of my study that the Lord isn’t against it. It was always his intention that we treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect. Including our bodies. Naturism has changed my attitude towards not only my body, but who I am in general. I used to be a very judgmental person, but not anymore. I love being able to soak up the sunshine on every part of my body. I love hiking nude in God’s beautiful creation.
I came to naturism reluctantly, at the encouragement of my husband. But I never realized how much freedom I could experience. I have enjoyed freedom from judgment – of myself and others. I have learned that nudity doesn’t have to be sexual. I have experienced open acceptance from others, and with the superficial barrier of clothing removed, I have had deeper, more genuine conversations with all kinds of people, both men and women. It is a blessing to know that my body is not shameful, but I am created in the image of God, and He has called it good.
Naturism has changed my perspective of myself and others. God has shown me that we are all created in his image and that we are all equally beautiful. My judgment of myself has changed so much. I have learned to accept my body as beautiful. I was even ashamed of my body in front of my husband. That has now been erased. In the past I would sometimes be judgmental of others and that too has been erased. Not just in body, or clothing but in all different ways. We are all children of God and we are to be cherished.
For some reason freedom comes to mind as I sit here thinking about ways nudity has affected me. I’m learning to appreciate artwork of the human body. To be able to see it as beautiful and natural as it is intended has been refreshing. As a family, we have been able to have healthy and open conversations about the human body. If it wasn’t for nudity, I don’t believe it would have happened. As a mom, I’m so thankful to have this opportunity to help my kids have a healthy view of their bodies and to see all bodies as made in the image of God.
The truths of naturism set my husband free from lust. We look at bodies much differently now, no longer sexualizing our own or other people’s bodies. Our children are being taught the truth, and it is bringing much freedom to them as well.
Naturism to me is about who we are in Christ Jesus. It is a way we live out that truth. It is evident by the result of fully relying on Christ’s shed blood to save us and sanctify us, not material clothing to keep or make us more holy. When that truth has sunk in and we begin to comprehend it more fully, we view our fellow man with a better understanding of grace. We no longer think we can win God’s favor by external factors, therefore we stop expecting everyone else to fit into our own criteria of pleasing Him. Naturism runs deeper than just something we practice; it is positional. Whether we are clothed or unclothed at the moment, we are different because we are changed at heart level.
My need for perfect body image was hidden by clothes. I could dress to hide a lot of imperfection, but what was the big desire? Then I found being a naturist was freeing from all of those superficial things. Naturism has freed me of the bondage and caring so much about my image. It was destructive. I am real and people see me as I am. No hiding myself from God and people in this world. I am made in God’s image, amen.
I have found that in naturism, self and body acceptance improves greatly. We begin to see people for what they really are: made in the image of God, yet as well as wonderfully made, we are all wonderfully different. There is no judgment, no striving to be something we aren’t, and no striving to become what society, and often well-meaning church leaders believe and teach we should be. Naturism has helped me see others, in general, different than before we embraced naturism. One of the best parts of naturism is naturist friends: they are a wonderful support group.
I believe naturism has allowed me to see myself through God’s eyes… as He sees me. When I look at myself I feel joy and can honestly say I love my body. My gratitude keeps growing for my beautiful body made in His image. I thank God for this amazing revelation. I have been set free from body shame.
Naturism to me means being in a community of people where I can be myself. Where I can I enjoy the outdoors in my natural self. It means being in an environment where all my supposed flaws are exposed and I’m still beautiful nonetheless! It means being able to visit naturist resorts, going camping alone as a single woman and having the safety of knowing that people are watching my back and that everyone entering the gates of the resorts have been background checked! I’ve been camping many times at textile campgrounds where I wouldn’t feel safe enough camping alone as a single woman and no one was watching my back. So to me it means freedom, fun, safety and most importantly community in God’s beautiful creations! It means getting to be in nature and experience it fully. Until you go swimming nude or lay out in the sun nude, you never realize all the sensations we are missing. It’s like your body glides through the water and it feels heavenly! And the sun beats down on your body. It means accepting your body as it is. It means being around other people and enjoying God’s creation together!
Socially, naturism still feels like coming home. Living “deeper” and more intentional with people because you have a deeper trust with those whom you are naked around. There is no hiding anything including intentions. Spiritually, you are more humble before the Lord. There is no pretending to hide anything from Him. You have a deeper connection with Him. If only one word could explain my perspective, it would be “deeper.”
I found healing from body shaming, and through that acceptance of my own body, I gained more confidence in myself. It opened my eyes to seeing every person as a beautiful creation of God, and not a sexual object. The freedom that comes with that mindset is an incredible blessing! (In fact, these words don’t do justice for such a huge switch in mindset, but I think this would be the greatest area it helped me.)
Here is Kim’s Story.
Naturism – my perspective
First, let me start by saying I do not like to write and it is certainly not my strong suit. I let the writing up to my husband. That does not mean that I am without my own thoughts and opinions, just sometimes have trouble expressing them. When Jim first asked me to write down some thoughts for Mrs Phil I didn’t want to do it because of this, but when I considered how other women might be feeling and thinking on the subject I broke down and put this together.
Jim and I became naturists while he was pastoring in Pennsylvania and a friend of ours asked him (knowing he was a pastor) to talk someone out of being a nudist. Jim agreed to talk them out of it, but asked for a week to do a thorough study of the Bible so (as he put it) he had some ammo for the discussion. We studied the Bible for the next week together and came to the conclusion that God’s Word had enough examples in it of public nonsexual nudity that we could not make the case that God was against the naked body.
The next question though was…was He for it? We concluded that since it was God that wanted us naked and not ashamed from the beginning and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever that He hadn’t changed His mind and since He asked Adam and Eve who told thee, we were pretty solid on the idea that not only was God not against it, but that there was a pretty solid case that He was for it.
Knowing all of that did not make it any easier to begin to practice biblical naturism. As it happened, a few weeks after we finished our Bible study on the subject we would be driving right past Whitetail Resort in Ivor, VA…literally within a mile of the resort. Well, Jim decides that we are going to stop in for a visit since “we’re going to be that close, we might as well”. I was 100% on board with following the Bible, I was simply not on board with acting on it so quickly…these things take time to process!
Well, we stopped at Whitetail, went in to the office and there were naked people right there in the office…it was awkward to say the least…it was for me anyway. We paid our day visit fee and then we drove over and parked in front of the building where their indoor pool is. Neither one of us could get out of the car so we drive away 10 minutes later. Truthfully, I think Jim would have gotten out if I had, but I was truly terrified!
Anyway, we went on down to the Outer Banks which was our destination anyway and we talked about it all week…we decided that we’d give it another shot on our way back through, but Jim decided it would help us (me) if we got a room there to give us time to acclimate at our own pace. We checked in again and thankfully no one asked us about our short visit the week before. We went to our room and got undressed in the privacy of our room. After about thirty minutes we (Jim) decided to step out on the porch and just look around. It was weird…but it was also good. We watched some kids playing basketball naked, we watched an older lady tending her vegetable garden, we watch an older man walking his dog. And as Jim puts it…it really was rather “normal”. We later decided to walk to the pool and went for a swim, we met some wonderful people that weekend and even a couple of pastors and their wives and families, which really surprised us both.
It’s been about 20 years since then…so what are my thoughts on naturism?
It was terrifying in the beginning on that first day, now I don’t even think twice. In the right environment I’d rather be naked then dressed. Don’t get me wrong, unlike Jim, I still like clothes, but I also like not wearing clothes.
I hate swimsuits now…I’d much rather swim naked. Swimsuits make me self-conscious, but being naked among others who are also naked feels right and Jim and I both agree that a textile beach is way more sexually charged than the right naturist beach. The key here is to pick the right places to visit.
If it’s warm out, I take my top off to work around the ranch…I keep my bottoms on to keep dirt out of certain areas, but I am comfortable with me.
I think the biggest benefit to me has been the wonderful friends we have made. I am fairly quiet by nature so making friends can be difficult for me, but the friends we have made through biblical naturism has been our deepest friendships we have made anywhere. It just seems easier to trust and to connect when there is literally nothing to hide.
Finally, we have always had the standard that if God is for it then I am for it and if God is against it then I am against it. We have studied the Bible on the subject (notice I didn’t say the church doctrine) and we have seen so much good come from having God’s perspective on the body that we believe firmly that everyone would benefit from a biblical naturist world view!
I hope and pray that this helps you if you are considering and seeking whether or not this life is for you…I am certainly glad we made the choice we did.
A terrified first timer!
I am confident in the decision I have made to follow my husband and the Lord in becoming a naturist by biblical conviction. I have no desire to go back to the life we lived before it. If you have questions for me or these women please reach out via the contact us page. I know everyone of them would be willing to share more. God bless you in your journey!