Health and Godliness: Finding the Right Balance

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Godliness -It’s something we should all desire and strive for.

Health -It’s something we all desire and should work towards.

I often get into health and fitness “kicks” (as my friend calls them).  Whenever I get into these moods it’s very likely I’ll be scouring Pinterest for healthy recipes, working out (almost) daily, and having extreme self-control when it comes to eating.  If only it lasted!  When I do get into a health “kick” sometimes my priorities get a out of line and I notice my time with God lessens in favor of exercise.  That’s not all… many times these “kicks” start because:

  • I want to be as thin as possible
  • I want healthier skin
  • I want to look good 
  • I want to be toned
  • I want to live longer (who doesn’t?)

There is nothing inherently wrong with any of those reasons but they should not be my only motives for living a healthy lifestyle.   If I am not careful my only reason to live a healthy life will stem from being vain and too focused on my outward appearance.

“Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31: 30

“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things…” 1 Timothy 4:8

As young women who desire to be godly and (hopefully) healthy… how should we keep these things in the proper perspective?  How can we find the right balance?  Here are some ways to find some balance in our quest for both godliness and health.

  1. The health and maintenance of our inner heart should always be more important than our outward appearance. Godliness must come first. (1 Peter 3:3,4)
  2. Our striving for good health should come from a desire to glorify God by caring for our temple.  Not because of our vanity.  (1 Corinthians 6:19,20)
  3. We must learn to have a proper attitude towards food.  A) We eat to nourish our bodies.  Is our food helpful or harmful? B) Action must be taken if we become “given to appetite” –Do our appetites control us? (Proverbs 23:1,2)
  4. Accountability works!  Having friends help us in our journey for godliness and health is never a bad idea.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9,10)

{Remember} God wants us to work towards Godliness.  He also wants us to care for our bodies. There is nothing wrong with desiring good health and a high quality life.  Being healthy and fit only becomes wrong when we make it more important than God or when we do it for our gain instead of his glory.

Before I end this post, I want to share some resources that have helped me in my “journey” towards a godly/healthy lifestyle. (My camera isn’t working so this picture doesn’t do these books justice!)

Books

True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre (Find it Here)

This is a newer addition to my bookshelf.  I don’t agree with the authors 100% on everything but most of what they had to say was very good.  Loaded with encouragement about godliness this book opened my eyes to the vanity that is often in my heart when I’m striving to become a healthy and fit.

Dashing Dish (Cookbook, Devotional, and Website)

Katie Farrell from Dashing Dish has some pretty amazing recipes.  Most of her recipes are “clean” but very easy to make without tons of strange ingredients.  I own (and LOVE) her book Devotions for a Healthier You.  She does not use KJV and her standards are different. However, I found her devotional to be very encouraging and inspiring.

Chocolate Covered Katie (Cookbook and Website)

With my BIG sweet tooth I have come to adore Katie’s recipes.  She put a healthier twist on so many favorite desserts!  She makes indulgence more fun and less guilty.

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison (Find it Here)

This is the newest addition to my collection.  I don’t follow the Trim Healthy Mama plan (I still don’t understand it) but I love this cookbook.  It’s loaded with lots of recipes – I just made my first one this past week!  Some ingredients are a little more unusual but there are still plenty of recipes I can make with common, local ingredients.  The photography is great, and the recipes look pretty easy to follow.  I’m looking forward to using this a lot in the future.  Blogging for books provided me with a copy of this book.

{I would love to know}  Where are you in your journey for godliness and/or good health?  Do have any favorite “health” books?

 

Rebekah Joy (2)

11 thoughts on “Health and Godliness: Finding the Right Balance

  1. What a encouraging post! I often think …. why won’t these silly pimples get off my face!! Thanks for the post, it helped a lot!

    1. And I often think as well, that I look so horrible with all the pimples, but I know that lots of people think I look fine!!

  2. I love that you always use the KJV! I follow many blogs and almost all of them do not. I definitely think it’s important to take care of the bodies God gave us, as long as it’s all about honoring Him and not ourselves!

    1. Yes, I have a hard time finding conservative and KJV only blogs… Which is one reason why I started mine 🙂

  3. Your face looks really good in your profile picture! 🙂 I think pictures stor of cut out all the pimples someone has. 🙂

  4. Ditto to using KJV! I don’t have to go get my Bible to look up the reference 🙂 And yes, we can get focused on being thin for the wrong reasons. I always get into little ruts of eating good and excercising (although I do walk a lot, thankfully). Very true that we should be taking care of the bodies God has given us by eating healthily and not for vanity reasons! Thank you for this post. All of them actually. Every one I’ve read applies so much to my life!

    1. I am so glad you find the posts helpful. I am really just sharing the things God is teaching me… Just knowing that what I have to say helps just one other person is such a huge encouragement! Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your thoughts in the comments!

      I really enjoy walking too! We have a walking trail right behind my home so we use it a LOT! 🙂

  5. I love the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook! My family has been (trying to stay) on plan for over 2 and a half years! It’s really awesome. Definitely worth figuring out everything. I’m kind of a health nut, so it’s been pretty easy for me to switch to the THM way of eating. 😊

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