Trust Health Engage

Feb 7, 2011Family Uncaged, Find joy today

I thought I’d give you a little update on my first of the year post about my words: Trust, Health, Engage. (The acronym spells THE, which helps me remember it.)


Not so great. I tend to run to fear more than I run to Jesus. I’m learning, though. Today I was reminded of Jeremiah 31:16:  “This is what the LORD says: ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,’ declares the LORD.”

A few nights ago, hubby and I talked about my wages. As we tallied everything up, I made about minimum wage. That really bummed me out because I work more than 40 hours a week at this gig, and to have so little return for it is beginning to weigh on me heavier and heavier. Something’s gotta give. Either I find a job, or there needs to be breakthrough with my writing. I’m tired, tired, tired of worrying about provision. I know I shouldn’t, but I’m just being honest.

Please pray I’ll be a better truster. How about you? How is your trust?


Not so great. I haven’t been running in a while. Although I’m eating pretty well, I’m not exercising. (It’s scary to run on ice.)

One nice thing is that I’m itching to run. I want to. I nearly crave it. So I’m thankful for that. Once the temperatures raise a bit, I’ll lace up my shoes and run. Probably not like Forrest Gump, but a few miles here and there.

What about you? How is your health? Are you making healthy choices?


Not too bad. I’m doing more with friends, enjoying the company of my life group at church, and spending a lot of time with my family, which is always rewarding and sweet. I am thankful that the outgoing part of my personality is starting to resurrect.

I’m also learning where to let go of relationships. Not an easy thing, as I tend to cling to everyone I’ve ever known.

One of the bright spots is both of my discipleship groups, one with senior girls, and the other with seventh and eighth grade girls. These two groups bring an incredible amount of joy to my life. I adore each girl, and I’m humbled to be a part of each of their lives. I love seeing them grow.

Still, I could be more social. I could choose to go out more. But alas, that usually costs time or money or both. Even so, I feel a level of contentment in this area, which makes me smile. My marriage is also incredibly strong and healthy, by God’s grace. I adore my husband. Having my kids and husband be such a positive part of my life is cause for deep rejoicing.

How about you? How are you choosing to engage in others’ lives this year? What’s overwhelming? What do you need to sever? Restore?