Monday, February 11, 2008

I've been learning about health now for almost ten years and I've noticed something: Just getting more information dumped into our brains does not necessarily mean our lifestyles will change or that we'll be healthier. It's rare, in fact. Think about it. Don't we all know we should eat healthier food, exercise, get enough sleep, etc? And yet, even though we know the "right answers", our behavior doesn't always coincide with the knowledge we have. Why is that? Could part of the reason be, perhaps, that there is a part of us that doesn't really believe we are worth taking care of?

Try this...think about something that is valuable to you - something you love. How do you take care of it?

Now think of something you have that is insignificant to you - something that if it was lost or broken, it wouldn't really matter. Do you spend much time making sure it is protected and cared for? No! It's junk.

So, here's the important question: How do you think of yourself? As loved and valuable - worthy of care? Or not?

Yesterday, I woke up with a Steven Curtis Chapman song playing in my head. My daughter and I went to his concert last weekend - it was awesome! The lyrics go like this :

You are being loved,
You are being loved,
Right now, in this very moment, you are being loved.

There's a song being sung over you!

If you can, I encourage you to go out to iTunes, download "You Are Being Loved" (or buy the CD) and listen to it over and over until you start to believe the truth of what it is saying:



YOU are WORTH taking care of!

It's true! There's a song being sung over you! God rejoices over YOU with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) He delights in you. And because He loves you, you ARE loved, you ARE valuable, and you ARE worth taking care of.

What does all this have to do with being healthy? We cannot be healthy in spirit, soul, or body if we don't believe we are loved and valuable.

What do you believe?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Dear Healthy Moms,

It's been over three months since my last post and over three years since the last Healthy Moms e-Newsletter was published. Honestly, I never intended to stop writing - it just sort of - happened. Many months went by before I finally realized the Lord had drawn me into a new season. And what a fruitful time it has been! For those of you who have been wondering what I've been up to - mostly I have been soaking in scripture and allowing God to teach me so much more. It's been an incredible season of repentance, healing, sanctification, and growth. I've been learning so much! The more I learn, however, the more I realize I will never know it all. Life is a journey, not a destination. And though my tendency is to have all my ducks in a row before I do anything, I believe the Lord is asking me to simply begin sharing what's on my heart. No ducks, no straight rows, no master plan. Just step out in obedience and share authentically what's stirring in me. So, here we go.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk with a group of moms about healthy eating. It was great to have an hour to plant seeds and offer encouragement, but my hearts desire is to do so much more. Breaking out of the pattern of this world is not easy. It requires a process of transformation that simply cannot happen in the course of a one hour presentation. It happens over time as we recognize lies we've believed, allow them to be replaced with a solid foundation of truth and then build from there. Walking with others who truly want to move toward wholistic health is essential. I will be sharing more about this in the days ahead. Let me quickly say that I believe there will be opportunities in the not too distant future for people to to meet together in small groups to support and encourage each other. In the meantime, however, I hope this blog will be a place to begin/continue the journey and be connected with a community of people who desire to walk in health - spirit, soul, and body.

- Connie