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Habits of Healthy Women

Today we’re wrapping up our Whole You series with Nine Habits of Healthy Women! 
1. Healthy women are vigilant. 
Watch what you allow in – body/mind/spirit:
-Body: food – I have purposed to cut out gluten and sugar personally, and try to stick to an all-organic diet. But I am very selective about the foods I put in my body.
-Mind: thoughts – I ask myself, is my mind being renewed by the Word or by the world? What are the influences that are filtering my thoughts?
-Spirit: Of course, as we’ve studied previously, we know our spirits are fed by the Word of God, so I make a daily habit of receiving Word, but also being mindful of what else is coming in. What am I looking at? (TV – what channels? etc.)
(xo, Brenda)
2. Healthy women are self-aware. 
We know to watch what goes in, but we should also tune in to whats coming out! We must listen to ourselves – listen to our body / mind / spirit. Monitor ourselves and take care of ourselves.
Especially, our mouths – am I saying edifying words?
In our emotions, are we keeping them in check? (1 Peter 3:6)
In our bodies, if we put in the wrong foods, then the results of that will be reflected in my complexion, energy level, hair, nails, etc… 
(xo, Brenda)
3. Healthy women are not moved by stress or respond to pressure. 
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about pressure, it’s that God is NOT in the pressure. He’s a gentle, guiding, Helper. He leads – He doesn’t push. I find that stress is allowed in when I move based on the pressure around me.  
So, when it comes to work (career, ministry, commitments) – just do what you can, do your best and leave the rest. It will all still be there when you get back (trust me!). There is always more to do but you don’t have to do it all right then!
My pastor created this phrase years ago when he was teaching us about this. It’s a confession I use when I’m resisting pressure: “I refuse the stress and choose instead to enter the rest.”
“She tastes and sees that her gain from work [with and for God] is good; her lamp goes not out, but it burns on continually through the night.” Proverbs‬ ‭31:18‬ ‭AMP‬‬ 
A healthy, Proverbs 31 woman works WITH and FOR God (doing what He’s called her to do and doing it by His grace) so even while she may be diligent or busy, she is not stressed and she certainly is not carrying the pressure or burden of it! Praise God that we don’t have to carry the weight! (Matt. 11:28-30)
(xo, Beth)
4. Healthy women don’t obsess over what people think of them.
My grandmother used to say to me, “People are not thinking about you even half as much as you think they are.” 
Obsessing over what people think will cripple your life in fear and comparison. It’s like living your life behind bars. God has designed and set your life free of all bondage, including the approval of others. I always says this, in the end, you will only answer to one person and that person is not your neighbor. Do what God says, live in harmony, listen to wise counsel, but always listen to God and what He wants for you.
“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” {Galatians 1:10 ESV}
My very own secret sauce: I stay healthy mind, body, and spirit by having a priority filter.
(xo, Kait)
5. Healthy women examine their hearts first.
I’ve heard Keith Moore say that one of the healthiest habits you can have in marriage is that if you and your spouse are in a disagreement, you look internally first and ask God to show you what your part is in the situation and how you can grow. 
People who always think other people are the problem will not be able to have healthy, thriving relationships.
“I the Lord search the heart
    and test the mind,
to give every man according to his ways,
    according to the fruit of his deeds.”
{Jeremiah 17:10}
(xo, Kait)
6. Healthy women open their mouth in kindness and wisdom.
This includes how you speak to yourself.
Just like Luke 6:45 says, “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”
Just like God formed the universe with His words, OUR worlds are framed by our words! If everything we spoke came to pass, would we like what we were creating? When it comes to being healthy, we can literally SPEAK our health into existence. But if we’re speaking the problem, talking down to ourselves or speaking doubt, we stagnate.  
“She opens her mouth in skillful and godly Wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness [giving counsel and instruction].” {Proverbs‬ ‭31:26‬ ‭AMP}‬‬
7. Healthy women shut their mouth.
This is, of course, a solid solution to stop creating chaos and junk in our lives by our words (#6), but what I am mostly referring to here is to shutting our mouths when it comes to judging and gossip. There are a lot of things we just don’t need to have an opinion on. Jesus said that if we don’t judge others, we won’t be judged.
However, when we do use our words to create condemnation and shame, we are siding with the accuser of the brethren (Rev. 12:10-11). The enemy is the master of that – why would we want to lend our mouths to his service? I’ve been learning a lot about judging lately so stay tuned for more blogs on this later. 
We are literally choosing life or death with our words – for ourselves AND for others.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].” {Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭AMP‬‬}
Zip it, don’t lip it!!
(xo, Beth)
8. Healthy women spend time in His presence.
When we spend time with Him, our mind is renewed (Romans 12:2), our body is refreshed (Psalm 23), and our spirit is recharged (Romans 10:17).
If you looked up all the scriptures on “in His presence,” you would be amazed by all the wonderful benefits there are to spending time with Him – in His presence is fullness of joy – where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom, etc.! No better place to be!
(xo, Brenda)
9. Healthy women keep God’s commands.
Listen to the Lord & obey –

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

I would say that this is the most important habit you can form. The Word of God is transformative and full of wisdom and knowledge. Reading the word not only draws you closer to The Lord, but teaches you how to have a healthy mind, body, and Spirit. Ie. how to cast down thoughts, how to live in harmony, how to rest.

(xo, Kait)
What are the healthy habits you’ve cultivated in your life?
What is a new habit the Lord placed on your heart to start creating today?
We encourage you to write it down, tell a friend – commit to the next 21 days to create a new habit. We love and believe in you sisters!!
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