I try to take really good care of my health these days. With the major flu out break, that seems to be nation wide that can be tricky. I woke this morning to a cough and sore throat. No wonder because here in North Texas our weather has been going back and forth a lot. We are cold now but a couple of days ago we hit around 80°F. Yes,in January!
I do try to balance out my diet. Lots of fruits and fresh vegetables. I am a strong believer that vitamins and nutrients are better coming from food then from supplements.
I have made lots of beneficial changes in my life over the last year. I have sought to nurture every aspect of my life. Physically, mentally and most of all spiritually. You cant just work on one area of your life. I found this out through hard knocks. When you concentrate on one area only then you risk ignoring others facets of your life.
God must always be the center of all you do in life. Take Him out of the picture and you become spiritually deficient. You nurture your physical health by eating right and exercising. You nurture your mental health with rest, relaxation and taking time to have stress free activities with friends and family. God is in all of that and more.
Spiritual health is nurtured through prayer, discipleship, small groups of friends who support each other in Christian growth. It’s not enough to just read His word. As Christians we are never done growing. In order to grow we have to nurture it always.
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
Ahhhhh!!! It’s Monday yet again. Seems like they come so quickly. I am thrilled I am slowly getting more followers. I do encourage comments. I love to hear what people think. Anything I post I open up for discussion. I enjoy the give and take of it all.
Normally I post my blog in the mornings. Blame it on Monday. Why is it that we dread Mondays? You do a google search for cartoons about Mondays and you come up with tons of them. Most ( not all ) have the same dreaded Monday theme to them.
When we wake up late we blame it on Monday. When the day it’s hectic we say well it’s Monday after all. When we have a crummy Tuesday we say “Oh it’s Monday part 2″. Is there an origin somewhere or a precedent set saying Mondays are bad?
I honestly don’t know. Some people suggest dread of Mondays is a form of depression. Really? Have we psyched our selves to believe that weekends are good and Mondays are bad so we inevitably have a Monday plagued with bad luck or is there truly something to this Monday curse? I will say yes Mondays can be hectic after all it’s the first day of the work week, but I ask this one thing. Isn’t our day what we make of it?
Yes, luck is what you make of it. There’s no luck fairy out there. Also there is no Monday jinx. Every day is a blessed day. Sometimes we lose sight of just what those blessings are. Next Monday morning I challenge everyone to look at it in a different light. Tell yourself this is the begging of a new week and a time to start anew . It’s not the end of weekend but the begging of a week filled with hope and promise.
” This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. ” Psalm 118:24
A new year brings an urge to start anew. We make all sorts of resolutions and make all sorts of promises to our selves only to be gravely disappointed in the end. Do we tend to set up too high of expectations for ourselves? I think many of us myself included tend to bite off more then we can chew at times. It’s human nature.
I haven’t made any formal resolutions for myself this year so far but I have been setting goals. I didn’t want to say this is the year I am going to get fit or save for that trip or learn an new hobby. I wanted to start the year off focusing on real issues in my life. Make goals that are attainable because if we set realistic goals for ourselves we become empowered as we see those goals being met.
The areas I am going to focus on this year are emotional, physical, spiritual and intellectual. Instead of sitting and complaining about what I don’t have I am going to focus on what I do have.
My first focus is going to be physical. I have written in an earlier blog about the TIA I suffered in August. That was a major wake up call to tune in and get proactive in my own life. I had been sitting on the sidelines for the past five years or so saying poor little old me I am unemployed and no one wants to hire me. I became sedentary and drowned my self pity in food.
So even though I get bored easily it is back to the gym for me. When I work out on my own I seem to feel closer to Him. It strips down all of my barriers and opens my heart and soul , ready to receive His guidance. Sometimes we are so busy with all the outside stimulation in our lives we forget how to be quiet and listen. I go nuts without some sort of noise going. I fall asleep to the sound of the television at night.
God woke me up with that TIA. I was blessed that’s all it was. So now I am here and I have lost a noticeable amount of weight and my blood pressure is great but I know that is just step one. God has a path set out for me when I am ready to take those steps. He is leading me one step at a time to a path that is healthy and nurturing instead of chaotic and destructive.
I do not believe in predestination because if every thing in our lives was predetermined then we would only in essence be passengers in our own lives because we would have no control of an ultimate outcome. I believe God lays paths out before us. We can choose weather to walk down it or not.
Anything is possible to through Him. Letting Him completely in and surrendering to His will is the challenge.