Here we are again, another week’s past. For some reason this weekend’s been a little crazy…not really sure why because we didn’t do all that much. Maybe it’s because I officially start my new job tomorrow, so this last weekend of freedom has work looming in the background. Anyhow, Paul and I still tried to make time for a date and hanging out with new friends. It’s kinda weird, though…we’re still in that stage up here where we’re “dating” other couples to see if they’ll be friend material. I know that sounds weird or cruel that we think about that when meeting new people, but it’s a true story! Some people you just click with, and others you don’t…and that’s a-ok!
Ahhh…so I’m trying to enjoy this last weekend before working full time again. As some of may have seen, I am starting to take Steel & Chiffon in a different direction, as well, focusing on empowering women in their inner and outer strength and beauty. I spent a lot of time brainstorming different ideas and how I wanted to use this blog to encourage women with things I’ve learned about being healthy in the past. Yes, I want to be an example of a healthy lifestyle to you guys, but there’s so much more to life than…lemon water & push-ups.
In other words, you can spend hours upon hours working out at the gym or spend half your life savings at Whole Foods, but you will never be truly satisfied and healthy until you experience true spiritual health.
“For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come…For to this end we toil and strive because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:8 & 10
There was a period of my life where I was so obsessed with how I looked and how “healthy” I was that I missed out on being spiritually healthy. Even though I was toned and had the mental strength to say “no” to fried chicken and cupcakes…random combo I know…I forgot about the fact that my body is not my own. I was given this body to serve my Lord & Savior. He gave me the ability to enjoy being active and enjoy the foods He made, but that is not the focus of my life.
I know not all of you guys have the same view as I do, but I can honestly say that when my focus is on this wholistic view of taking care of my body and enjoying all that I have, I have so much more joy on the regular! There’s no pressure to be perfect, but instead to enjoy all that is life.
Here’s some things that help me with my spiritual health:
1. Spend time in prayer
I’ll be honest with you, this is number one because it’s soo important, but it’s the thing I struggle with the most. Yes, prayer can feel awkward sometimes, and other times we just get busy. But prayer is crucial to being spiritually healthy. You can’t have a friendship that’s only one way, can you? God wants us to express every emotion we’re feeling to Him. Whether it’s sadness, frustration, anger, disappointment, joy, gratefulness, excitement…the list goes on. I feel the most connected with God when I speak with him.
2. Learn more of who God is
Notice I didn’t say “read your bible” because yes, that’s part of it, but there’s so much more to it than just reading words on a page. It’s about having the mindset that while I read I have the desire to learn a little bit more about who God is to me. This is tough too, and there’s times I’m just reading to read. But we have such a great resource in the bible to experience who God is!
3. Find community
This is the Christian word for, “friends that get together and encourage one another to a greater knowledge of God”. This is such a great thing because these people can be your steady hand when life gets tough, the shoulder you can cry on in the dry seasons of life, and the laughter when there’s nothing left to do. Community is so important to growing in your spiritual health! Oftentimes I’ve discovered that I’m not alone in struggling with a certain issue through community, and I’ve had friends to help me get back on my feet. This is something you don’t want to miss!
4. Never stop asking questions
I went through kinda weird time in my life lately where I began to question everything I’d ever been taught. I grew up in a Christian household, went to a Christian school, had mostly Christian friends…then all of a sudden I didn’t know what I believed anymore. I was still going through the motions of being a Christian but I was suddenly asking all these questions. This was such a good thing for me because now, my faith was not only what I’d always been taught or what my parents wanted for me…I discovered what I believed!
5. Remember that you’re never alone
In the stillness of your room, the quiet of your heart, know that you were created for a purpose. You have a God who loves you and sent his Son for you to die for the sins of all mankind. You have freedom in this. You don’t have to be perfect because Jesus was already perfect for you. All He wants is for you to know Him and accept His sacrifice. God wants to have a relationship with you…it’s what you were created for.
I’d love to hear what you think about this concept of spiritual health…what does being “spiritually healthy” look like for you? Which of the “5 ways to be spiritually healthy” is most difficult for you? Just comment below.
Hope you have a great week!