Mothers and Daughters: Cultivating a Legacy of Health


Mother’s Day celebrations afford us the opportunity to reflect on wonderful memories we have had with our mothers and the amazing women who have impacted our lives. In so many different ways mothers make us who we are today, and that includes our health and well-being 

Mothers, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers may subtly influence us as we select our food, prepare our meals, and even reflect on our self-image. Whether our choices are healthy or not-so-healthy, they most likely come from previous teaching or experiences 

The second chapter of Titus instructs us, “…teach [and to learn] what is appropriate to sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1 NIV). Mothers and grandmothers have passed down rituals, relationships, and recipes for centuries, but a few very important areas of our growth and development (health, wellness, and body image) sometimes get passed over in the lifelong learning process. In following Titus 2, we must teach our daughters about the effect of nutritional balance in their feminine bodies. We must teach the younger women to believe that being well is their God-given birthright.

Ponder for a moment, and reflect on your early instruction in health, nutrition, and overall well-being. Who influenced you the most in this area of becoming a strong, healthy woman? If your messages about food, weight, and body image were negative, misguided, or even damaging, there is hope for restoration and renewal. Research and technology provide numerous resources to gain the knowledge and guidance necessary for making healthy choices today. There is no excuse for continuing to live in the shadow of poor or incomplete teaching. It’s never too late to become healthy; it could bring about a positive change that inspires and influences many young women in your family tree.

Christiane Northrup, renowned physician and author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Creating a Legacy of Physical and Emotional Health, states: “The mother-daughter relationship is at the core of every woman’s physical and emotional health. Because our mothers are our first and most powerful female role models, our most deeply ingrained beliefs about ourselves as women come from them. Once we understand our mother-daughter bonds, we can rebuild our own health, whatever our age, and create a lasting positive legacy for the next generation.”

I pray that this season will be a time of renewal and rejoicing for you and the women in your family. Take a few moments to review your relationship and make revisions or repairs if necessary. If any hurtful or unhealthy thoughts or attitudes are present in your relationship, I urge you to allow God to step in and bring healing – sometimes we don’t get a second chance to make things right. There is only one you and only one me, yet in our roles as mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, and aunties, we touch many lives. Are we touching them in a way that promotes a healthy, vibrant life? 

Mothers, teach your daughters…

  • To dine, savoring their meal experience by choosing wholesome, natural, God-created foods. Teach them to limit “eating-on-the-run” via the gulping of processed, packaged, non-nutrient foods.
  • To listen to their inner feminine wisdom and become aware of their inner seasons.
  • To maintain a wellness belief, attitude, and lifestyle.
  • To include daily activity that clears mental clutter and stimulates circulation, breathing, and digestion.
  • To laugh! Laughter is indeed healthy for the body, mind, and soul.
  • To appreciate a regular diet of good books, quality music, and enriching movies and plays.
  • To rest! God rested and Jesus rested, but mothers often forget this important element of health. Rest doesn’t always mean sleep. Step aside from the daily duties just to say, “Thank you, Jesus.”

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