REPACKAGED FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

11th January 2018

The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden like an ever-flowing spring.

Isaiah 58:11 NLT

 

What a wonderful promise of restoration Isaiah 58:11 presents for our well-being.

If 2017 was a year of emotional bruising, spiritual dryness, physical decline, financial deficits, social droughts, then, cheer up and look to our great God who is able to restore and repackaged your life. He is our wholistic life consultant who has the prescription for our total well-being.

Sabbath 13January 2018 has been designated Health Ministries Day. What better way to start the New Year than with the reassuring promise Isaiah 58:11 presents? Embrace this scripture as a reminder of God’s sustaining power – whatever lies ahead. He is the life-giving water for body, mind and spirit – an oasis in life’s desert experiences. Let Him repackage your life.

As we embrace Isaiah’s promise, I’d like to share some health gems to help keep us focused on our well-being throughout 2018.

Emotional health

E G White in the book Mind, Character and Personality vol.2 p 403 states: “A person whose mindis quiet and satisfied in God is in the pathway to health.” Interestingly, The Mental Health Foundation published a report in 2006 which demonstrated the positive mental health outcomes in individuals whose faith was active.

 

Action – to encourage emotional resilience:

·  Commence a gratitude journal giving thanks to God for all He has done and is doing for you

·  Pray for a positive mindset

·  Recite scriptures on faith, hope and trust in God

·  Ask God for wisdom to balance each aspect of your life so you don’t feel overwhelmed

·  Practise forgiveness

·  Learn how to manage stress

·  Schedule some ‘quiet time’ daily

·  Keep a ‘thought diary’ of feelings or ideas / plans you are contemplating

·  Volunteer in your community

 

Physical health

Lifestyle (diet, rest, exercise) is the most significant factor in maintaining good health. Health researcher Dr Wilcox states: “In our work, we’ve found that lifestyle accounts for about two-thirds of life expectancy; one third is due to genetics.”*1Wilcox’s study correlates with a 25-year research on 34,000 men and women carried out by Gary Fraser, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Loma Linda University.

Health and fitness tsar Gwen Foster is quoted as saying: “faulty genes load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger.” You can take charge of your life with wholesome health habits.

Action for increased vitality and optimum health:

·  Ask God for the power of self-control

·  Commence a Health Diary / Journal to keep track of lifestyle habits

·  Eat wholesome food daily

·  Undertake regular exercise / activity most days

·  Ensure adequate sleep – 7-9 hours daily

·  Ensure adequate hydration ‒ around 2 liters per day

·  Schedule ‘me’ time  to ensure restoration

Spiritual health

Spiritual development is an integral part of the Christian’s life. 1st Peter 2:2 advises: “....crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (NIV).

Action – for building faith and nurturing the spirit:

·  Begin and end the day with God in prayer, devotion and Bible study

·  Memorise promise scriptures, reflecting on them throughout the day

·  Pray for Godly wisdom for daily decisions

·  Pray for opportunities to witness

·  Get a prayer partner or be part of a regular prayer group

·  Support your weekly prayer meeting

·  Be part of a ministry group in your local church

Social health

Many factors influence our lives and the way we interact with others. Scripture gives good advice for our social well-being: 1st Timothy 4:12 states: “...but be an example to the believers in speech, in attitude, in faith, in purity.”

Action ‒ for boosting support and growing healthy relationships:

·  Do an act of kindness or help someone in need ‒ at least one per week

·  Associate with a significant other ‒ prayer partner / mentor / buddy

·  Respect boundaries

·  Participate in outreach ministry / support groups

·  Schedule special time for family and friends

·  Enjoy fun and relaxing activities / hobbies

May 2018 yield rich rewards for your wholistic well-being!

*1 http://www.okicent.org/team.html

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Sharon Platt-McDonald, BUC Director for Health, Women’s Ministries and Community Services

[Sharon Platt-McDonald]


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