Quick check-in parents: How’s your house?
No, I don’t mean the brick-and-mortar residence where your furniture is located. I mean your body. How is it doing?
As Seventh-day Adventists, we are blessed with a beautiful health message. The 8 laws of health sunlight, air, water, rest, nutrition, exercise, temperance and trust in God are so easy for us to teach to our children. But I’ve noticed recently that so many of my parent friends are tired, stressed and on the brink of some sort of health crisis/problem. I know this is not an isolated situation. We as parents get so busy managing children, jobs, church work, etc. that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves.
Parents, I know most of us push ourselves to provide the best spiritual, physical and emotional nurturing for our children that we possibly can. But are we doing it at the expense of our own health and well-being? How can we be the homeschooling parents that God has called us to be if we are struggling with wellness?
Has the Holy Spirit been prompting you to get back into having a personal devotional time? Or to go to bed earlier, or begin phasing a certain food out of your diet? Most of us know what we should be doing to improve our well-being. I would like to encourage you to prayerfully listen to those promptings and follow through on them.
As a friend of mine says, “If I don’t take care of this house (pointing to his body), where am I going to live?