I just want to start by saying, "Thank You!!" to everyone who has ever emailed me!! You all are a wonderful source of encouragement and inspiration to me.
Today, I took time to write a letter that is specially for mommies with young children. I have received emails from a few of you and I think that there are more mommies out there with young children who struggle to make good and healthy choices for themselves and their families.
Even if you do not fall into this catergory, I hope that you will read this letter and enourage the young moms in your life!
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I pray that God will give you a few moments of peace to read this letter, because these encouragements are from Him! The Lord is simply using me as a tool to speak His own words of encouragement to you.
I've only been a mother for 5 months and already I know that this job is not for the faint of heart! As a result, I want to remind you of a few biblical truths.
Please remember, that being a mother is one of the highest callings in life. God has chosen you to be the mother of your children for a specific reason! God also knows the desires of your heart and that you need/want to lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle. Thankfully, God equips us to complete the tasks that He has given to us, i.e. being a mother and losing weight.
Here are a few ideas about how you can lose weight with little ones in your house:
1. You must begin to make yourself a priority. Have you heard the saying, "Happy Wife. Happy Life" ? Could the same be said for Mommies? As mothers it is our instinct to put our husbands and kids first, before ourselves. However, in order to be the best mother and wife you need to make your needs a priority. For example, if you need to exercise, ask your husband if he can watch the kids of thirty minutes while you go for a run. You will be a better mother, because you took time to meet some of your own needs.
2. Involve your family, especially your little ones, in your weight loss journey. Be sure to tke time to teach your kids by example. When you make healthy choices, your kids are going to want to follow in your footsteps. Have healthy choices available for your family, so that they can make good choices too. Another great idea is to cook with your kids. Be wise about this and give your children age approriate tasks. However, even if you have little kids they will enjoy measuring out igredients and pouring them in the bowl!
3. This time in your life is a season and will not last forever. Life with little ones can be frustrating. However, you must remember that you children will be grown and gone before you know it. I know that right now, this time in your life seems like it will never end, but that's not true. Thank the Lord, everday that your children are little.
I hope that God uses this letter to encourage you and show you how valuable your family and friends!! For that reason, I pray that God will help you to be able to balance all of your responsibilties as a wife and mother.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
- James 1:2-3