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Healing Lessons of History

Since the fall of that first man and woman in the fertile Tigris-Euphrates River valley,  humanity has been continuously in need of healing – both physically and spiritually.   Though the Creator cursed the ground from that time on with many thorns and infectious agents, He still mercifully provided an abundance of nutrient-rich foods and healing herbs throughout that lush garden in Eden – and far beyond.  Descendants of Adam and Eve down through the ages have benefited from the tried and true remedies of their forefathers.

Even more amazingly than these gracious provisions, old and new testament scriptures relate a number of accounts in which severe conditions were divinely healed by our great and loving God. Writers carefully detailed the restoration of lepers, barren women, the blind, deaf, lame – and incredibly, in some cases – those who had already physically perished.  What a testimony of His awesome power to those who witnessed such wondrous displays of goodness from the Almighty.  Then, most spectacularly of all, the Son of God Himself conquered death after His crucifixion – fulfilling the prophecies made millennia earlier.   Those who trust in the Messiah for the forgiveness of their sins and repentance were promised healing ‘by His stripes’ – in this life and for all eternity.

Over the centuries, post biblical records worldwide have indicated that well-fed families with healthy, moral lifestyles have been quite successful in proliferating their genealogies – without modern interventions such as vaccines and antibiotics.  These same resourceful people were very astute in utilizing plant-derived medicines to remedy their temporary illnesses.  When Louis Pasteur’s terribly flawed germ theory became popularized in modern history, we began to follow a perilous road which has led more to financial prosperity for pharmaceuticals than to better health for citizens.  Toxicity related deaths continue to soar – especially throughout the western world, where access to medical care is most prevalent. The so-called experts never explain the most obvious error in their commonly applied theory on germs – why most people exposed to infectious diseases do not actually manifest any symptoms.  The truth is that we all receive the bad microbes – simply by breathing the air that carries them.  Even so, those who become ill are only the people in a weakened state of immunity due to being highly toxic, under-nourished or over-stressed.  The same is true of various types of non-contagious maladies – like cancer.  An adequate number of strong, flourishing cells will prevent unhealthy ones from metastasizing and destroying the body tissues of an individual.

Our God created us so marvelously, with complex systems designed to resist the most harsh microbes and to overcome a vast number of potential interior malfunctions.   If we are wise stewards of these incredible bodies of ours, they can become fully healed and amazingly productive in this brief existence.  By choosing a balanced diet of unprocessed foods, reducing unnecessary stresses, and avoiding toxic exposures – we can be highly successful in optimizing our potentials to accomplish all the Creator intends for an influential contribution in this vast and needy world.

Healing Quote: “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”  – Thomas Edison

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Spring into New Life!

Tiny leaping lambs and sunny daffodils are cherished symbols of this most favored season – springtime! Many of us pine for weeks for its brighter days and warm breezes. Our Creator has been graciously FAITHFUL over many millennia to continually provide us with this hope of nature’s resurgence beyond the fallen dry leaves and frozen earth which so dutifully harbors hibernating life. As magnificent as this predictable cycle has proven to be, even more so is the immeasurable HOPE we are given through trusting in the provision of a Savior for the world – the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ. Whatever our physical, mental, or emotional struggles through each year – we have the promise of an eternal existence with perfect bodies and minds awaiting us through that inevitable gateway of fleshly death. God’s very own Son was the original death conqueror – as eye-witnessed by hundreds – even according to extra-biblical records. Thousands to this very day have literally lost their lives for refusing to deny what was evident to them through His divine revelations. Still countless others suffer in areas of the world where Christian persecution is seemingly relentless. Those in free countries must relish their opportunities to worship openly and bear witness of the LOVE that God has lavished upon all humanity. Every soul must discover the joy of knowing that Christ longs to walk with them daily in a very personal way. There is no experience like having a relationship with the Great I AM. One cannot ever completely imagine it – until truly receiving this gracious gift from Him – with a sincere and humble soul. The heated skepticism of many down through time has been amazingly transformed into a cooling breeze of faithful assurance from the Maker of heaven and earth. Acquiring this ultimate spiritual health brings an absolutely priceless temporal PEACE.  Yet even so, this is only a foretaste of the incomparable, everlasting treasures – as fresh as springtime – lovingly prepared for those who determine to seek Him with all of their hearts!

Inspiring Statement: “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, I love you.” – Billy Graham

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2018 – Fewer Fumbles and the Ultimate Touchdown

How could it be that another busy year has hastily blown by us all and a new one is well underway?  What remains of it reflectively graces our memory banks and the family photo collection.  Without a doubt, certainly in the western world, the blessings from our Creator have far outnumbered the troubles. However many or few, deliberate or intentional – any mistakes we made can assuredly be forgiven and forgotten.  Best of all, they can be greatly minimized or prevented along the path of the new calendar that lies ahead.  If only we will purpose to acknowledge them – gaining significant insight from their valuable lessons.  Have we yet learned, for instance, that pardoning past wrongs, loving the unkind, selflessly serving others, replacing worry with prayerful action, and caring well for our bodies are all hallmarks of true happiness in this realm?

The Savior of our souls, whose advent was just celebrated by Christians worldwide, is more than able to transform the fumbling failures of yesteryear into golden opportunities that draw us closer to full dependence upon Him.  God’s amazing grace and mercy underscore His desire for us to gain humility from our regrets in order to equip us for advising others to prevent their anguish in making similar wrong choices.  Our part is simply to confess each bad choice and ask Him to turn it all around for His glory – something that has always been His specialty.  The sin-riddled life of King David in the Scriptures is a great example of such a redemption.  The secret of this imperfect monarch was continual confession and restoration in his relationship with God.  Whatever the misdeed, we can never underestimate the patience of the King of Kings.

Truly, on many occasions, the shortfalls in life seem completely beyond our control,  Company shut-downs with subsequent lay-offs, grief over family and friends, and numerous other difficult circumstances can hinder our hopefulness.  Even so, the familiar Bible stories of Joseph, Job and most notably – Jesus Christ – can so appropriately remind us of how the Almighty rewards steadfast trust in His ability to see His people through seasons of horrific injustice and pain. Each of these severely tested souls refused to discount the sovereignty of the Creator in their lives. Each of them was the epitome of an overcomer – most exemplified, of course in our death-conquering Savior Jesus.  The same loving God of all such historical figures is able to work any difficult circumstance in the days and months before us together for our good – as well as to help us demonstrate faithful perseverance through even the darkest of trials yet unseen in the future.

Yes, each and every one of us can experience the wondrous presence of Almighty God, a ‘heavenly touchdown’, in this new year that is already marching onward. The key to a supernatural relationship with Him is to prayerfully seek His guidance each day – along with continually giving thanks for our lessons learned, and for His many life provisions. Understanding this magnificent truth will bring the ultimate peace and endurance we need to face any trial that could possibly arise in the months ahead.  The self-confidence He bestows will enable every availing individual to make wise choices for this fleeting physical, mental, and spiritual existence.  The deep love of God will further equip us to improve the same in the lives of those throughout the earth who are hurting and feeling forgotten.  May the ‘Keeper of all Time’ be our compass as we further navigate this life journey through the hills and valleys of 2018, allowing His joy and unshakable strength to empower us in every daily endeavor!

 Conquering Quote:  “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  -Helen Keller

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Presents to Celebrate His Presence

Tis the season to be jolly – but with all the hustle and bustle – it too often seems anything but pleasant. Are we celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ or all the retail extravaganza that our culture advances along with it?  Many of us note that the latter seems more so with each season that comes around. How much more wondrous it would become if everyone would sincerely focus on the spectacular meaning of this holiday – as well as how, in the midst of it all, to improve life for people less prosperous. Ultimately, we can choose to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by providing tangibles that help others become physically and spiritually healthier.

The possibilities are vast! There are a number of newly published books, for instance, which reveal natural prevention and remedies of illness – rather than mere prescription drug treatments of symptoms. We can assemble gift baskets of mini devotionals, whole food vitamins, probiotics, protein bars, essential oils, and flavorful green or herbal teas. Ever thought of giving homemade healthy goodies – attaching recipes with options for nutritious variations?  Time constraints can be easily overcome with the quick purchase of a luscious fruit and nut basket – or a gift card to a health product store. Including with these a printed item of Christian encouragement and guidance is certainly most essential. Our Creator is so blessed when we promote wise life habits with our family and friends because we assist them in becoming more productive and fulfilled in their lives.

Even more pleasing to the Lord is the superior notion of sending generous Christmas offerings to feed, clothe, and house those worldwide who are living in conditions far less healthful than ours. Even a small financial gift will do much more than you could ever imagine in an impoverished nation. Of course, placing orders of Bibles and tracts in the native languages of the many precious souls awaiting a word of hope is the most special idea of all. There are wonderful organizations such as Operation Blessing, Orphan’s Promise, Gospel for Asia, and many others which maximize and wisely distribute the funds entrusted to them.

So as we all dodge or navigate the predictable shopping splurges during the holidays, let us be very certain that each present we give this year – whether local or foreign – includes an opportunity for the recipient to improve the body, mind and relationship with God Almighty. In doing so, we are assured that these healing gifts from the heart will hold not only temporal, but an eternal value that is a matchless treasure!

Christmas Quote: “Do not let God’s presence be over shadowed by Christmas presents. God wants to give you a gift of peace, but unwrapping the gift means letting Him take control.” (God is in the Small Stuff at Christmas)

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Turning Around in Autumn

As those long awaited vacations become distant memories, vast multitudes of beach combers are abandoning those failed magical weight loss plans.  Their misguided goals often ironically culminated with indulgent party scenes – and thus a vicious cycle of much less than healthy lifestyles.  Though many of these naive souls are youthful – some of them have far exceeded their teen years – and could well benefit from extra lessons on adopting a more disciplined approach to ultimate fulfillment in this very fleeting existence.  Maybe we all could!

Despite the stereotype depicted above, do any one of us fully understand the impact our choices bring in a world meticulously designed according to the principles of cause and effect? Christians are usually familiar with the important concept of ‘sowing and reaping’. Quite frankly, abiding by the instructions provided for us  in the Bible – and in a generally well-governed society – will for the most part yield a successful life. This time-tested, trustworthy principle is especially applicable in how we nurture our physical, mental and spiritual health.

In all certainty, what we choose to put in our bodies determines not only our weight and appearance, but also our future health condition to a very significant extent. Becoming educated about wise diet options and avoidance of toxic substances can enable us to achieve all-around wellness. Eating good fats and complex carbohydrates – as well as eliminating exposure to hazardous chemicals and metals – will go a long way toward preserving the amazing bodies and minds the Creator intended us to have for over a century of service to Him in this world.

The most important health choice of all that we can endeavor – in this temporary life of ours – is a decidedly spiritual one.  It involves the consistent and intentional practice of heartfelt prayer. Throughout the old and new testament Scriptures, the Jewish people and followers of the promised Messiah, Jesus Christ, understood the power of seeking the eternal God’s intervention for provision and healing. Biblical examples are cited therein of how they praised the Lord’s goodness and sought His wise counsel for life decisions. How much more crucial must it be for us – in this increasingly complicated day and age – to consult His guidance for acquiring optimal health, for maximizing the potentials of ourselves and those around us?  What a great faith boost we experience, in marveling at testimonies of people on the brink of death, miraculously restored by the collective, fervent intercession of prayer warriors.

Unquestionably, there is no greater single act of our free will than connecting with the One who is not only sovereign over individual human concerns – but with mysteries lying far beyond all the intricacies of this diverse creation.  May we each fully determine to sing a healthy new tune – not only in the month of June- but far beyond.  Let it be a song that will joyfully harmonize with the melodies of the many souls in need of healing hope that we are bound to encounter along life’s narrow way into our eternal destiny.

 To Grow on:  Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”        ~ William Shakespeare

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Spring Cleaning – Inside and Out

Now that the winter frost has finally melted away, and the colors of a livened earth have now emerged, we may feel compelled to think more of our need for cleansing homes, yards, and particularly – our often neglected health.  While reorganizing our houses and weeding the gardens have significance – how much more value should be placed on improving our uniquely special bodies and minds? The recent celebration of Christ’s resurrection demonstrated the hope that many undesired aspects of life – including physical issues and negative habits – can be thoroughly washed away when we gain a ‘fresh as springtime’ perspective.

If you are feeling fatigued from cold weather weight gain or circumstantial depression, be encouraged that rejuvenation is truly possible.  First, recognize that the most basic remedy for replenishing our diminished physical energy is to improve our diet habits by choosing foods that are natural and nutritious. Many believe this means eating virtually all raw vegetables and low fats.  Truthfully some vegetables really should be cooked to enhance their digestion and health benefits.  Additionally, including good fat sources is actually more essential than whole grains in the diet.  (Find more details under “Body Balance”.) Purposing to eat better will assist you in getting rebalanced with your body – inevitably leading to more mental clarity as well.  This will ultimately foster a greater ability to focus on seeking God’s guidance and making wise decisions in daily routines and trials.  Then a renewed motivation becomes an impetus to accomplishing more than we ever did before.

There is certainly no benefit to allowing by-gone stresses to hinder our determination for success this year.  We must understand the importance of finding confidence in ourselves through trust in the Lord’s strength to help us overcome our burdens.  He created us to be healthy and productive souls in this world – free of gloom and illness.  May we exercise the free will our Creator granted us to eat well and live the abundant existence that He intended.  In so doing, we will be enabled to become less absorbed in our own concerns and more productive in addressing the needs of others – all for the glory of the One who makes it all possible!

Timeless Truth:   “Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  ~William Shakespeare

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Broken Hearts – Mending Hope

HEARTBREAKS are all too common in this earthly realm.  None of us will ever be immune from the potential for experiencing human betrayal or the physical loss of someone we adored. Only one LOVE bond truly lasts forever, from the author of the ultimate kind – our very own CREATOR!  His alone is always present, whether or not we feel or acknowledge it.  AGAPE (Greek) is the unconditional love that will not change even when we refuse to receive it – or think we don’t deserve it.  This affection is yours simply by being a person – made in the image of the everlasting GOD!  What a priceless BLESSING to savor, as such a burden lifts from us in realizing that even if loved ones in this world completely abandon us – intentionally or not – HE is actually INCAPABLE of doing so.  People everywhere need to know that they are cherished this way! Why not sincerely resolve to deliberately share such a golden truth throughout this year, taking time to smile and show concern for store clerks, passersby, as well as neighbors left and right?  We can especially reach out to those we know who are hurting from having lost someone close to them.  Regardless of our own tendency to doubt His faithfulness, we must seek courage from the LORD, maybe even send a message, card, or gift to an estranged family member or old acquaintance – indicating that we sincerely want to demonstrate the awesome LOVE of God to them.  There is no higher calling on earth – though simple as these small deeds may seem.  Such gestures can sow a great seed of PEACE and HOPE in the heart of someone who may need that very thing on a particularly stressful day.  You or I could be an instrument for mending deep emotional wounds in hurting souls. Their ANXIETIES, and amazingly ours, in the process – will dramatically fade.  Let us PRAY for the strength and self-healing we ourselves need – then proceed onward as the Almighty directs us to shine forth His magnificent light and eternal, unconditional LOVE!

‘LOVELY’ QUOTE:  “Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us. Love is God.”― Lew WallaceBen-Hur

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