Day 39: Healthy Home
I could have never competed in a bodybuilding competition without my family’s support. I am a firm believer that if my family life and marriage are not healthy, I have no business going off and doing things that will add extra pressure to my home. Competing in a bodybuilding competition takes time, money, effort and energy, and I must always take care that my home life is healthy and vibrant first. The Ministry of the Home is my first priority, and I take my position as wife and mom very seriously. However, if I have poured into my family and my relationship with my husband, adding the pressure of a bodybuilding competition can be a healthy growth experience for all of us.
My entire family walked through the bodybuilding preparation and competition with me. They were so supportive and even enjoyed watching me on stage. My 7-year old daughter was so impressed with my first-place win that she couldn’t wait to carefully hold the encased sword. My 10-year old son learned that all my days of sacrifice culminated into a single awesome moment that was worth the effort. It is one thing to watch Mommy work hard in the gym, but to watch her shine on stage gave him an upfront example of how hard work pays off. My oldest son who is 12-years old got to see me step outside of my comfort zone and do something new. I trust that in the future he will be more likely to take on new challenges because he has watched his mom do it and succeed.
Finally, I know my husband enjoyed watching me compete. It’s easy in a marriage to get complacent with each other and not strive for new victories, but taking on a new challenge can be a wonderful experience for both people. My husband and I believe that dating should continue in a healthy marriage—whether at home or out on the town. We’ve been married for almost 18 years, and we enjoy each other’s company more than ever. He liked watching me do something new and pushing forward even when it was hard work. We have both learned to grow in the Lord together. As long as we keep our eyes on Christ and keep Him the center of our marriage and family, we will always have a healthy and vibrant home life.
“She dresses herself with strength and makes her arms strong” (Proverbs 31.17 ESV).
God, I am honored to serve my family. I know that the home is Your design, and You love when families are healthy and strong. I know that Satan hates families because You created them, and he wants to do nothing but destroy our family and home life. But I will protect my family, marriage and home above all else. Only when I know that my family is healthy and vibrant will I take on the new challenges that You have given me. Please bless all of my adventures, and make me open to the fresh possibilities that You place before me. Lord, clothe me in strength and make my arms strong, so I can cultivate a healthy home, marriage and family life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- How is the health of your marriage and family?
- Is there an outside influence that is damaging your home?
- What adventure can you take your family on today?
Create a healthy, vibrant home life!