5 Reasons to Integrate Faith Into Your Health

Health and faith are usually not talked about together, but in reality, bringing God into our health goals is essential for success.

Here's why your faith can be the cornerstone for your health:

1. God has a plan for you.

He has gifted you with unique talents and a beautiful calling all your own (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) - but in order to fulfill that calling, we have to be healthy. When we don't prioritize our health, we not only risk shortening our lives, but we also don't bring our best effort to the table. To honor God's plan, we need to honor our bodies and our health:

"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:1-2 NLT)

2. God wants you to see the beautiful masterpiece you are.

Ephesians 2:10 [NLT] tells us: "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." God sees us as so beautiful, so valuable, that He tells us time and time again (Luke 12:7Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:13-14). Imagine how heartbreaking it is for Him to hear us speak to ourselves disparagingly! Every time we pick apart our bodies, or compare, or focus on what we don't find beautiful, it is like a knife to His heart. His love for us should serve as a reminder for how to love ourselves. This means that instead of focusing on some made-up standard of perfection, instead we focus on being the bestversion of ourselves as possible.

3. God wants you to be healthy.

While God created us each as an individual masterpiece, it was never His intent that our body be our sole focus. Our bodies are merely temporary vessels. However, He did charge us with taking care of them while we are here on earth. "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body." (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT).

Additionally, God does not want us to suffer: from things such as food or other addictions, eating disorders, or poor relationships with food. We are to eat and drink and have fun (Ecclesiastes 8:15), but not to excess (Proverbs 25:16Proverbs 23:2-3Proverbs 25:27Proverbs 23:19-20Ephesians 5:15-18).

When we invite Jesus into our relationship with food and alcohol, we learn to stop using food or alcohol as ways to run away from reality, and instead take our fill on the Spirit of God. Matthew 4:4 reminds us: "But Jesus told him, "No! The Scriptures say,'People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'" [NLT]

If you are struggling with a food addiction or some form of disordered pattern of eating or drinking, I encourage you to try a few of these tricks:

- Pray before eating (brings mindfulness to your meal).

- Ask the Lord to suppress your appetite, and to keep your heart focused on Him.

- Give your problem over to Jesus. Physically write down your challenge and pin it to the cross. This seemingly simple act carries incredible power, the power of the Holy Spirit.

4. God wants you to be confident in who you are, while also staying humble.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 5:14-16: "You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." [NLT]

The reason this verse speaks so much to me is because it truly fills my cup, it gives me a sense of confidence that is equally powerful as it is humble. You see, when we live for Jesus, with Him in our heart, we are a light that draws others. We are absolutely meant to shine.

But similarly, we need to keep our hearts focused correctly. When we focus on things like our appearance, social media, popularity, or how pretty we feel, we are no longer focused on Him. "Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." (1 John 2:15-17 NLT).

5. God wants you to be happy.

Again, we are not meant to suffer. Have you ever met someone who seemed to be so happy, despite the circumstances of her life? When we are filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, there is a renewed energy; our souls are so joyous that we are not burdened by the pains of our physical world, by vanity, or by lies.

“We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy.” (1 John 1:3-4).


*Rewritten and adapted with permission from Ginny Leavitt of Set-Point Wellness
Original article: https://www.setpointwellness.com/single-post/2017/10/19/5-Reasons-Your-Faith-Can-Change-Your-Health

Slip and Slide

This week, I could not believe all the excitement over snow in Charleston. I ventured out in my boots and immediately hit an ice patch and landed on my tuckus. The concrete driveway that appeared to be shoveled was deceiving. It was not a soft landing, but thankfully nothing is broken. I’m sure some bruises will arrive later. My neighbors Butch and Linda decided to go to the grocery and gave me a ride. There was rutabaga and avocados left in the produce department. Apparently, it had been raided two days before in a mad rush for supplies, and trucks could not get to us for two days. The roads were completely covered in ice and precarious without the advantage of salt. Butch demonstrated his fishtail and recovery skills very well, and even stopped so we could greet neighbors and take pictures of the white phenomenon.

Meanwhile, back in Ohio, the hubby reports the continuous accumulation of snow and the dreaded drifts. This morning he tried to power through a moderate mound of snow blowing across the road, and got stuck two houses away from home. So he trudged through on foot and got a shovel to dig himself out. We both agree that we are a little advanced in age for these kinds of physical activities.

Our Pastor discussed the the black ice he encountered and compared it to the lessons in Ephesians 4. We set our selves up for a fall when we encounter falsehoods. Negative ideas we tell ourselves, and lies we tell others will culminated in a slippery icy path that cannot be traversed. Likewise, being stuck in a drift causes us to veer from our true path and purpose. We simply cannot drift along with the popular ideas of the times, or allow the persuasion of others sway our thinking. The snow is beautiful and brilliant as it whitens the landscape that people have cluttered. What a wonderful reminder of how we look after the forgiveness of Christ. Start fresh each day and take caution. Deceivers are waiting to throw us off track. Stay on the sure and proven path, but don’t forget to stop once in a while to capture the sweet memories.

The Family Tree

Yesterday, we said good-bye to a tree. “Sounds silly”, you say? Well, this tree was a hundred years old, and carries with it years of memories and emotion. It was a Maiden Blush apple tree that I have known for forty years. When I moved in next door to Ada Warren, she brought over an apple pie that she made from the produce of this tree. There is still a watercolor in her desk drawer that I did of the tree for her birthday. Her grandson is now my hubby. He has made countless pints of apple sauce with his grandmother, and then his parents while they lived in this house. He has perfected the art of making apple pie which I admit is better than mine. All the neighbors have used the apples for their favorite recipes too. And we made sauce together this year with out sugar. We bring it to the ailing, assured of its medicinal power. Many bugs and birds have made a home in the tree, until it grew hollow and without its original limbs. It was held up by a crutch these last few years and was very weary. Some of the good wood will be modeled into a keepsake while the bark and roots were sent over the bank to blend in with the ivy and the mulch. The front yard looks terribly empty now. Uncle Terry and Aunt Dori watched with us as we said, “Thank you”, to the tree for all its bounty and blessing. Together we feasted on the penultimate pie, while the last one remains tucked in the freezer. Good-byes are so difficult when they represent the last time together to enjoy one another. People, pets, and even trees provide comfort and care that we desperately need. Good-bye leads to transitions and changes in the way we feel. Life can be very lonely when we lose something we cherish. Some things can be replaced, but not people. Each person is unique and valuable in some way. So, how do we manage after loss? Happy remembrance is the first step. Continuing in the footsteps where our loved ones made a positive difference, is another way. Connecting with someone who can help in the areas where we are weak may be a good idea. And here comes my favorite: lean into the Lord for spiritual strength.
There will be more sauce and pie from the two baby trees that were grafted from the grandma tree. Thank you to mama Cordell for thinking ahead. The tree does represent all the love our parents and grandparents poured into us. We hope for many opportunities to pass this love to the next generations. Our children are the apples of our eye, but there is enough love for anyone who needs some. Come over if you want a piece of the pie.

written by Kim Cordell