Aug
22
2011

Supporting One Another

Wendy Working out

I wouldn't be able to make it to the gym daily without the support from my family.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of staying in shape. I make it to the gym virtually every morning. I didn’t write Love in a Diet for nothing!

(Which, by the way, is still ten bucks off, only $5, but that’s not what I’m writing about today.)

Health and fitness is a huge advantage for moms, especially moms with more than a few children. But I couldn’t do it without a very supportive family. My wonderful husband is willing to help watch the little guys while I go and burn off some calories. This is one reason that I can keep on doing what I am doing well.

Another help is my children. They want me to be able to stay in shape. So they rally together and get a meal on or supervise themselves for an hour or so. I am then able to get in a mile or two. Going to the gym is a big stress-reliever for me! Because my family is supportive, I’m able to find these times to run to the gym.

And I do the same or them. Their activities seem to be never ending. They give to me in the mornings without fussing, and I give to them later in the day when they need to go out and about. Personal sacrifice isn’t really thought about too much. We just serve each other, enjoy freeing one another up, for everyone in the family it is a win/win situation.

So what do you do if your children are too little? When we had small children, we made some good friends who were in the same boat. We traded off date nights, babysitting for one another every other week. Chances are that if you are feeling bogged down and not able to get free like you need, there is another who feels the same.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Helping one another out, supporting each other, looking out for the next person’s interests. That fulfills the law of Christ, and certainly helps build loving families.

How about you? Does your family support you? Do you support them? I would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

About Wendy Jeub

Yes, Wendy Jeub has brought 16 children into the world, and loves each and every one of them. So much so, she'd welcome more!

  • Katie

    My husband is very supportive and gives me the time to work out if I want.  I am just wondering how anyone is supposed to lose weight when they are constantly pregnant or nursing.  You can’t diet while pregnant, and I have never been able to lose weight while nursing.  Every time I’ve tried dieting it decreased my milk supply too much.  I had 2 months between nursing and getting pregnant again, and in that time I lost 10 lbs.  But I have a lot more than that to lose!  It just seems like I will never get there.