Those who sit or stare at their computers, “smart” phones, televisions, movie screens, etc. are way more likely to be unhealthy in every way. They are out of balance. And it gets worse the longer and more time devoted to doing too much mentally distracting (though not stimulating to intelligent, independent thought) but nothing physically. So the answer to remain balanced and healthy is to minimize mindless entertainment and physical lethargy and get up and move and serve and focus on God and others. Then everyone wins and you don’t die prematurely. Yay!😄❤
I understand that missing people is selfish. I get that. I also get that grieving is a process of letting go of that person’s present influence in your life and needs to complete its journey before it lets you go. My daddy has been in heaven two years now and I still miss him and still grieve. And my two friends died at the same time, one from this world and one rejected me and left my life completely. Three losses at once and one was my precious daddy. Also, I had some bad decisions still on my conscience and had discovered a porn addiction in my husband so felt very alone and isolated and ugly. And I got very depressed for about a year and a half and have since been healed by Jesus. So when I say that God heals, I know this to be true personally. It starts with a hope that it doesn’t always have to be like that, that it can change. Then that hope fans into exploration, what can be done? Then for me it was a search for truth in the Bible, then prayer and then a relationship with God through Jesus. Then He healed me. And He strengthened me so much I can fast once a week and look forward to it to grow closer to Him. And He helped me lose 48 pounds (just 2 pounds from my goal) and have tons of energy to serve and work and make music.
So have a little hope and then do something to search out truth, only found in God. He can heal you like He healed me. He healed me from everything, even things from my past I did not realize were still hurting me. God is so loving and beautiful and really loves you and me and wants us healthy and happy. He really does. Feed that little hope and read some precious truth from the Bible and pray. Healing is just after that, yours for the asking and a little internal effort. Worth it.❤
I pause here with selfie in order to bring glory to God and praise Him for providing the strength for me to obey Him in the area of food. I only have 3 pounds to my goal of 50 pounds down. I have lost 47 pounds to date. This has been an act of obedience in an area where I had a stronghold… food. People can have strongholds that keep them from eating, that cause people to gorge themselves then purge, or over-eat/indulge in gluttony. All of these are treated with obedience to Jesus; the love relationship with Him is what shatters strongholds, heals and strengthens us. And God is definitely my Savior in every way and I am so blessed and happy to be obedient to Him in this last stronghold of my life. God is so very good!!❤❤❤
Today I planted peas, carrots and radishes. We already have blackberry bushes growing and rosemary thriving. I also transplanted two ginger plants the birds were kind enough to plant in our yard. So God has been good to us. And very little in life brings me more sheer joy than working our garden. I was raised on a farm in Buchanan, Michigan and having a garden was my normal. I live it. It has taken me a while to Learn the stark differences to growing food in central Florida. Growing seasons are different, soil needs a lot of love constantly, bugs are incredibly resilient and prolific, so on. So these first few years are experimental but I am hopeful we will do well. I am watching a lot of youtube tutorials for our area. So may God bless our efforts and let’s see what happens. 😄❤
Am I over-emphasizing the numbers? Yes but on purpose. I believe in tangible, recordable goals. And I achieved 44 pounds down to greater health since the brhinning of June. My means was the Paleo nutrition lifestyle, which has worked beautifully for me. I get to ear healthy, nutritious food without feeling hungry or deprived and it has allowed me to achieve most of my extra weight shedding while encouraging this very doable healthy nutritious lifestyle. I see it as eating closer to nature, appreciating food as God made it, healthy and unaided by excessive additions which discourage the nutrition of the food. And I only have 6 pounds left to go. That is not so daunting as my original 50. It was achieved healthily with one pound down at a time. I did not get sleepy large overnight and I knew it would take time to come off, but this was way faster than I imagined. And now life is the main focus of life and not the next meal. That is the blessing from God for good health. When we obey Him and do everything in moderation (even eat), making nothing too important besides Him, He blesses. He overwhelmingly blesses. God is magnificent, friends. He truly is a marvel and oh how I love Him!❤❤❤
I have been very convicted lately with the idea of good stewardship. Stewardship is what you do with what God has given you. Good stewardship is doing good with it. Bad stewardship is doing bad with it there is only those two options because doing nothing is the same as doing bad. There is no lukewarm in heaven’s eternity. It is apathetic to not care enough about your gifts and blessings to even develop or use them.
And I had been guilty of that. God has given me gifts of leadership, sports, music, art, faith, encouragement, prayer, etc. And here was I abusing those gifts or being apathetic (which is pathetic) and sitting depressed and overeating and addicted to Facebook and wrong thinking, etc.
God addressed this crime of bad stewardship in me and since I have been working on becoming a good steward, taking responsibility for my choices and developing good, healthy habits, which for me personally drove my 40 pound weight loss (last 10 to go-woo hoo!).
We are all called to good stewardship with all the gifts, abilities and resources God has given us. Everyone. And how well we are doing that when God calls His church home will determine who goes and who is left behind. So it is a pretty enormous deal. I want to be ready. So I am working on good stewardship. I invite you to consider areas you can do good with what you are able to do well. ❤
So, I’ve been over-thinking about appearances lately (bet you never guessed from the title lol). I think I have this one down. Let me go through my thinking…
Our bodies do four things. 1. Tell people how to recognize us (security and identification). 2. Convey the genes of parents and lineage (security and heritage). 3. Tell us about the obedience level in the area of health. 4. Test us. Let me elaborate.
1. We need to know friend from foe. If people’s appearance changed like a chameleon, we would not find them again. Also, we are familiar with a person because they look or smile a certain way. So, identification. Familiarity means security.
2. Carrying on the family lineage is something that has always been important to the Lord who made us. We all are ultimately decendents from Adam and Eve, made directly by God. Many twists and turns in that genetic line got us to where we are and in family lineages. Life perpetuates life and we look how we do to support that process. Family means security.
3. People who obey God’s Word, as I have somewhat recently realized myself as I started on this health quest, are healthy (unless the next reason is occurring, that is). Obedience dictates we not be gluttons of food, alcohol, intoxicants, sex, anger, money, or anything. We are told not to be addicts of anything. We are to live healthy lives in moderation of everything. In fact, prayer is the only command to do continuously. So, we can be prayer addicts but every other addiction is disobedience. So good health as a whole can tell you obedience is being taken seriously and poor health tells you there is an imbalance, some disobedience. Of course, that is not true if it is number 4.
4. How you look can be a test. Poor health can be a test to see if you are humble before God or blame Him. You could be tested by ugliness of some feature the world favors in this fleeting moment to decide whether to praise God for who you are or whine about what you want to change. You could be tested by a scar or blemishes or skin ailment or cancer to have faith in God’s ability to heal or faithfulness to support you or not. These tests are blessings from God to let you know He loves you enough to improve you internally which will last forever.
And now you see how my brain works, so scary. And my conclusion is that although there are four main reasons people look the way they do, there is one trump card people have no matter what we look like. Life is short and then our looks die and we inside that shell are released to eternity either with God or with the alternative, called hell, away from God. And as long as you are saved by Jesus Christ, your inner beauty, God’s glory, is secure for the rest of this life and all of eternity. So, the beauty we should strive for has nothing to do with looks, but character, salvation and moral integrity. That is lasting beauty!❤