no acceptable excuse

Well-intended peoples have helped me excuse my enlargement and the neglecting of my health.

I do have adequate excuses, right? I am 11 weeks postpartum with baby #5 (my oldest being 7.5 yo), I’ve walked through the valley of the shadow of death these past 2 years with my 2.5 yo son died unexpectedly and tragically, I homeschool, I had gestational diabetes, my thyroid is “off”, I am a mom of babies, I am nursing, I have no time for ME, my hubby works a lot, etc.. While these circumstances are factual – they don’t excuse my inappropriate use, abuse, and over consumption of food. Nor do they excuse my lack of stewardship in taking care of my body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.

There are many ways in which we can lack stewardship with our bodies.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 is referring to sexual immorality; however I am convicted that it applies to my wellness “issues” as well.

“ Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Using my life circumstances as my excuse for not being a good steward of the physical body God has blessed me with is not acceptable. I have had this “issue” since childhood, teenage-hood, young adulthood, and now my 30-somethings. I cannot blame it on my circumstances, because apparently I always have circumstances! I don’t want to use excuses or blame any longer. I must take responsibility for my temple.

Please don’t misunderstand me on this. I know we all mess up, sin, over indulge here or there. I am not expecting perfection from myself. I am praying for the strength to learn from my cyclical past and make changes in God’s strength to honor God with my body and stay out of my pit.

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One Comment on “no acceptable excuse

  1. The reality is that we all have circumstances that are stressful, and even positive life experiences can fit the bill.

    In my pride and self reliance of the past, when things were going well, I was not walking with the Lord the way i should. It’s all too easy to get complacent during the mountain top times… Then God had to allow circumstances to bring me to my knees before His throne.

    As I travel my own journey to wellness, I pray for that balance, that is so hard for an addict to have, but it is absolutely necessary to health of any kind- emotional, spiritual, physical.

    And let’s face it, I don’t need ANY excuse to indulge in my sin/addiction- even during the good times I overeat- just to celebrate! So sad, but true.

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