Feb 20

TEMPLE: Pursuing Health



My focus word for 2017, temple helps me focus on the fact that my physical body is the temple where the Holy Spirit resides. That gives me an understanding of my responsibility to be a good steward of this ole bod. As I age, however, health I once took for granted, becomes more elusive; strength is harder to maintain. I need more rest and I need it more frequently.

Last week, my 95-year old mother spent five days in the hospital with a combination of the flu and heart issues. She’s out now and better. But her illness was a reminder of the frailty of our physical bodies, including mine, because one result of being with Mom during her illness was ending up in bed with the flu myself. I was reminded that good health cannot be taken for granted.

Now that we’re in mid-February, I had intended that my monthly focus word post would be about my progress toward my health goals with an encouragement to readers to pursue your own. But life poked me with a reminder:

  • Sometimes we pursue better health.

  • Sometimes we pursue regaining former health.

  • Sometimes we strive to do the best we can with the health we have at the moment.

Now that the cough is declining and the aches are ebbing, I’m grateful to have gotten through a temporary health hiccup. I am ready once more to work forward on pursuing better health so that my hands and feet are stronger and better prepared to do His work.

HOW ABOUT YOU? Did you thrive during the tough flu season? Or merely survive? Are you ready to pursue better health for your future?


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  1. Sheri

    Sorry to hear about yours and your Moms bout with the flu. I’m glad you are both on the mend.
    Yes, I too am pursuing better health and am inspired by your focus word “temple”. I’m praying
    for better physical, mental and spiritual health for all who aspire to be good stewards of the one
    body God has given us, there’s no do-overs. God Bless you.

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      One body is right. No do-overs but I am continually surprised and grateful that our bodies tend to be as resilient as they are! Glad you like that focus word. Feel free to adopt it as your own, girlfriend.

  2. Paula Peterson

    We did great. Got our flu shot in September and Bob had a pneumonia shot in July when he had his kneedone. A litle preventative care goes a long way. So glad Paula was able to recover. The flu is so hardon them.

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      It’s good to hear you two are doing well! Prevention is definitely helpful.

  3. Pam

    Hope you and your mom are feeling much better. The clean air from all the rain has been wonderful and I am looking forward to the warmer weather when the heat is off and doors and windows open.

    1. carolwritesbooks@gmail.com

      I’m looking forward to that too. Meanwhile, we do enjoy having a fire–even if (or maybe because) we just flip the switch. Hugs.

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