Welcome to Day 2 of our 7 Days of Q&A for Pastor’s Wives!
(Read Day 1 here if you missed it.)
I feel like today’s question is an often over-looked one among ministry families: How can a pastor’s wife take care of her health?
How can any busy preacher’s wife (think missionaries and evangelists too!) find the time to stay healthy and address specific health needs? How can she get enough sleep? Deal with stress in a positive way? Embrace her time and health limitations during the busy child bearing years?
I grew up in a pastor’s home, and over the years I’ve seen preachers and their wives who suffered from years of neglecting their health while they tirelessly gave themselves to ministry.
Forgive me if I sound bossy here, but there is nothing “spiritual”, or even sensible, about pushing ourselves in ministry to the point of abusing our health.
I believe that God wants each of us to be good stewards of our bodies, minds, and emotions, and a lot of times that means taking time to feed our bodies good nutrition, pursue times of rest and leisure, recognize our limitations and address health needs when they arise.
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
II John 3:2
In case you’re worried that I’m going to spend this entire post lecturing about the necessity of good health, I’m actually done now! 🙂
What I do want to do today is share some practical information and encouragement with you about how we can all be good stewards of our health.
The links I’m about to share are articles written by some of my favorite natural living bloggers. (A few are articles I’ve written here at the blog, but the majority of the links will take you to other sites.)
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Obviously these health topics are not unique to preacher’s wives, so any woman will benefit from the information shared here.
However, I’m dedicating this post to my fellow preacher’s wives, because I know first hand the stress your body mind, and soul are under on a regular basis!
For the sake of your our being, and for the glory of God, let’s determine to be good stewards of the bodies God has given us.
Specific Health Concerns
Living With Fibromyalgia @ Grounded and Surrounded
Heal Your Adrenal Glands @ Family, Home and Health
My Symptoms of Hypothyroidism @ Family, Home and Heath
Let’s Balance Blood Sugar! @ Jill’s Home Remedies
Home Remedy for Kidney Stones Jill’s Home Remedies
Whacky Hormones, Family Planning & Fertility Kristy’s Cottage
Causes of Hormonal Imbalances @ Jill’s Home Remedies
The Remedy for Imbalanced Hormones@ Jill’s Home Remedies
Kristy’s Top Herbs During Pregnancy @ Kristy’s Cottage
To the Brokenhearted Woman Walking Through Miscarriage @ Smithspirations
Overcoming Candida Naturally (guest post by Meagan @ Growing Up Naturally)
Treating Varicose Veins Naturally @ Kristy’s Cottage
The Importance of Sleep @ Jill’s Home Remedies
Real Food Weight Loss Success @ Family, Home and Health
Don’t Overlook These 12 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health @ Titus2 Homemaker
Core Connections: Preparing for and Healing From Pregnancy and Birth @ Smithspirations
My Health Story: the Answer to My Craziness @ Jill’s Home Remedies
How to Stay Healthy During the Flue Season @ Kristy’s Cottage
10 Ways Coconut Oil Can Help You Be a Healthier Woman @ Kristy’s Cottage
Dealing with Stress
How to Decipher a Headache and Treat it Naturally @ Jill’s Home Remedies
My Favorite Remedy for Migraines @ Jill’s Home Remedies
De-clutter, De-stress, and Get Stuff Done @ Grounded and Surrounded
Seeking Balance @ Smithpirations
Are You Trying Too Hard? @ Kristy’s Cottage
Permission to Enjoy Your Imperfect Day @ Kristy’s Cottage
Managing a Nap When Mama Can’t Go On @ Smithspirations
I hope the informative articles shared in this post will encourage and equip you to be proactive about taking care of your health!
Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a list of Sunday-morning-friendly slow cooker recipes, so stay tuned!
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Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.