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Taking Charge of Your Family’s Health….for God’s Glory!

on April 9, 2013 by Jami Balmet 20 comments

This week we will be focusing on what it means to be a homemaker that brings glory to God in her homemaking as part of the 5 Days of Intentionally Living series.

As a homemaker, wife & mother I know it’s my responsibility to make sure my family is living a healthy life. We are not perfect at it {far from it…I type this as I gaze longingly at the donuts inside the Starbucks display case} but I do strive to create a healthy environment for my family.

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I think it is glorifying to God to take care of our health and our bodies. But first, I just have to get this out of the way: God is sovereign. He is Lord, creator, and sustainer over this life. I have no control over the days of my families’ life {Matthew 6:27}. John Piper says it well,

“Some godly people who exercise regularly and eat well drop dead at every age. And some sedentary overeaters live to be ninety. Our days are set by God, not us. You won’t live a day longer or shorter than God decides. But keep in mind that some people have survived the plunge over Niagara Falls. That doesn’t make it wise.” ~ John Piper, Physical Exercise: What I Do and Why

Do We Have a Responsibility to Live Healthy?

Having said that, we do have a responsibility to take care of our bodies and our health. God has given us a gift in this life and we are bought with a price.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

While this verse is talking specifically about sexual sin, the lesson still applies. We are to glorify God in our bodies. How do we do that?

We glorify God in our bodies when we take care of them in a way that we have the energy and stamina to serve him more fully. A healthy lifestyle promotes more energy and mental clarity to work hard at our jobs, take care of our home, diligently teach our children, love our husbands, and serve God’s church! And all of that is glorifying to God!

Our goal in healthy living should not be to lengthen our lives, but rather be able to more fully serve God.

Taking Steps Towards a Healthier Lifestyle

The Lord has been teaching me a lot lately on what it means to live a healthy life. I have grown immensely in the last 4 years of marriage and know I have a lot more to learn. But here are a few things you can do to start a healthier lifestyle.

1) Cook From Scratch

I am trying {as time permits with twin babies} to cook as much as possible from scratch. Yes, this takes some thought and planning but at the end of the day cooking our meals from scratch is better for our wallet and our health.

Our goal is to slowly cut out more and more processed foods and try and eat more real, whole foods. This helps with many illnesses, general health, and will give you SO much more energy! Here are 4 reasons to eat a more natural whole foods diet.

2) Eliminate Toxins

While it does seem that everything today causes cancer, there is actually a lot of truth in that. We use so many synthetic and altered chemicals and substances today and many of them are proven to cause harm. While I don’t think you can eliminate everything {and shouldn’t worry about the small stuff} we have taken steps to eliminate some obviously harmful products in our life.

We have eliminated 97% of artificial sweeteners in our diet {I leave that 3% because Diet Pepsi is my weakness!! Gross I know…}.

I am also so much more aware of the toxins and chemicals in things like cleaning and skin care products since having my babies. I am very aware of what goes near my babies and I have become much more natural in my skincare and household products since having them!

3) Exercise More

Uug. This is an area I am struggling to find time for. I would love to blame this on the fact that I have twin baby boys and simply can’t find the time. But the truth is, I didn’t make time for it before getting pregnant either. I have always struggled with making a consistent exercise routine. But my husband and I have been walking in the evenings and weekends are really trying to work on it!

Developing a consistent work out routine, even if that just means walking everyday can give you so much more energy and stamina to tackle the day!

4) Pray!

What does praying have to do with getting healthy? It can be really hard sometimes to break old habits. I know that getting my heart into shape by exercising is what I need to do but I lack discipline. This is an area of laziness in my life and thus is sin. I need to pray and confess that laziness and ask the Lord to help me get disciplined! What do you need to pray and ask for help with?

As a homemaker, we set the tone in our homes and we have the ability to create a healthy atmosphere for our families ..all for God’s Glory! What are your healthy living tips?

This post is part of 5 Days of Intentionally Living! A mini-series that runs all week long brought to you by 16 bloggers. That’s over 80 posts on living intentionally. Come back the rest of the week for more Glorifying God in your Homemaking posts!

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  1. I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. I love that it gets emailed to me and reminds me to read it. I work outside of the home and long to provide for my family at home all day long instead of in snippets between daycare pick up and bedtime. But your blog gives me a lift and reminds me that with God’s strength, I can still do some SAHM things as a mom who spends most of her waking hours out of the home. Thank you for the blessing of your blog!

    • Thank you Kendra! I am so glad that you read 🙂 While we are blessed that I can stay home now that we have kids, I did work full time for the first 3 years of our marriage. I had such a strong desire to stay home and take care of our house back then. I just knew that was were I was supposed to be! And while it didn’t happen over night, we did pray daily for God’s hand and blessing for me to be able to stay home. And YES, of course, you are still a homemaker and can care for your house just like a SAHM. You might not be able to do everything, but God doesn’t call us to do everything! As long as our hearts are in the right place of serving Christ, that’s what is it important 🙂

  2. Oh Lord Jesus! Lord, we do pray for you to strengthen us to be more healthy for your glory! Lord, even forgive us for all our shortcomings. We need you Lord to strengthen us day by day in this matter, we cannot do it alone, we need you. Lord, we don’t want to be those lazy ones who are disobedient to you. We invite you in this journey to a healthier living, be the cook be the fit one in us! Oh Lord Jesus, be our supply. We just present our bodies!

    Some healthy living tips: Start off your day with pure warm water in order to help with your digestion, go dairy-free since as adults we really don’t need dairy, don’t eat fruits or breads in the evenings since it will turn in to sugar fat as you sleep, get great sleep because if you exercise and don’t get proper sleep then it is counterproductive since you need sleep in order for the exercise to take effect. Let me know if this helps! 🙂

  3. This is an area I struggle with. I often find it hard to do a lot of ‘healthy changes’ because I don’t have my husband on board. It is hard to stick with an eating plan when the husband is going out and buying cookies!!
    I wanted to start eating more clean (inspired in part by your recent series!), so this time I did something radical: I told Hubby about it first. He wasn’t so sure, but I kept trucking on adding all whole wheat products to the kitchen and buying cage free eggs…….pretty soon I caught him watching food documentaries on Netflix and HE suggested an herb garden!
    All of this really showed me that I can set the tone for a healthier lifestyle in my own home!

  4. Jami, I love that I am not the only one who sees the word exercise and thinks “uug”, totally on page with you there!! I have a gym membership but I find myself spending more time in the cafe than doing cardio work outs. Great post, my bro in law is a chiropractor so our family is very conscious of this topic, but I love that you are keeping it in perspective of God being the center. It is very easy to let food and nutrition become our “god”. Can’t wait to read more.

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  6. ugh! exercise is hard. I was on a good routinue but drop as usual. thanks for this, we try to do these things out of necessity but it’s a good reminder of why and that it’s NOT a guarantee but b/c I want to be able to serve the Lord to my best.

  7. Dear Jami,

    Just happened on your blog and am so blessed by your heart desire to glorify the Lord as a young mom and help others to do the same! What a need you are meeting! We live in a world that demeans motherhood. It is tragic, because it is true, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!” I applaud your efforts to inspire other young moms to glorify the Lord by fully living out His incredible role for wives and Moms!!! Thank you, Jami. Su