We’re now three months into this journey of being accountable to live a healthy life, in all areas. The question that now comes is this: what are we to do when our health battle seems to get trumped by the stresses of our life? I mean how can we possibly keep up with all the doctor’s appointments, the deadlines, the demands of work, the stresses of being a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and so on. Oh, not to mention the coveted quiet time with the One who created us.
When this journey started, none of us expected the things that would come our way to prevent progress. In the past several months, almost all of us here have had one of various issues come up. They range from health issues, sicknesses, diagnoses, relational issues, etc. Whatever the issue that may have come into our lives, they all end with each of us asking, “What’s a girl to do?”
“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12
We do, as Paul encouraged us to do, we press on. Not only do we press on, but we pray for priorities to be in the proper places. After all, if those aren’t in place, then nothing else will work out. We still can’t stop there, we need to do our part in order to assist with them being in the proper order.
That means saying no to things we may enjoy right now to do something that we might not enjoy, but will have lasting benefits if we stick to it.
We say no to the extra half hour of sleep in order to get in a half hour of exercise. Or we sacrifice a little relaxation time in front of the tv, computer, or video games in order to have some quiet time, to nourish our souls. Maybe it’s saying no to that dessert in order to avoid gorging and feeling sick later. Perhaps, it’s saying no to a task in order to meet with someone who desperately needs a friend.
Whatever it is, I encourage you to pray and ask God to give you the courage to let your yes be yes and your no be no. Not only that, but ask Him to reveal what to say yes to and what to say no to. Sometimes, that even means saying no to the essentially good things. If we’re not called to do the good things, then they usually end up bad.
So I ask, on this journey to a fuller, healthier life, is there something that you’re called to but haven’t said yes to? It could be anything. From eating habits, to activities in your daily routine. On the flip side, is there something that you’re involved in, yet are unable to give it your all, because your heart just isn’t fully invested? If so, perhaps now would be the time to let go of it.
Whatever it is that’s making you say, “What’s a girl to do?” I encourage you to seek out counsel. Whether it be from a trusted, devout Christian friend, a pastor, or perhaps just spending some time praying and fasting over it, seeking His will for you and your life. Whatever you choose to do, I pray that His spirit leads you to a place of peace and confidence.
So friends, I ask you, what’s a girl to do? What are you to do?