Did you know that God loves and cares about you so much, it’s His desire for us to be in top health? He wants us to be strong, healthy and free of disease. How do I know?
Proverbs 3: 7-8 (AMP) “Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil. It shall be health to your nerves and sinews, and marrow and moistening to your bones”.
Matthew 25:35.40 (AMP) “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me..”
1 Corinthians 6:20 (AMP) “You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honour God and bring glory to Him in your body.
In today’s world, it’s can be so hard to keep on top of everything. Finding time to do anything, let alone set time aside to take care of our health! How challenging it can be to set time aside daily to exercise our bodies/prepare fresh, nutritious food to eat and ensure we get adequate rest. Juggling home-duties, a demanding job, children, kids activities, paperwork, bills and the list goes on, it’s so easy to neglect your health.
It’s not just physical or spiritual health God cares about. He cares about our physical, spiritual, mental, emotional well-being. In this 21st century, how difficult it is to stay on top of everything, let alone, take care of ourselves in every aspect!
A very common symptom that affects many in today’s society is stress.
Hardship often can lead to some form of stress, whether it be anxiety or an overwhelming sense of pain. Stress more than often affects us physically. Our bodies are designed to handle stress for short periods of time. In fact stress is good in that it heightens our senses, allows us to think on the run , keeps hunger at bay when we need things to be done urgently. It makes us alert , protects us from being injured by releasing inflammatory makers should we be injured in our rush to get things done… not such a bad thing so long as it’s only for a season and not long-term.
Stress becomes an issue if its chronic. If you are experiencing hardship or going through a tough time in your life, it is vital that you take time out to relax, find solace in prayer, journal your thoughts, your feelings, your hurts, disappointments and acknowledge what you are grateful for despite the prevailing circumstances.
The stress hormone cortisol may cause unwanted effects in the body if it is released over an extended period. Signs and symptoms of chronic stress include:
- Anxiety attacks or panic attacks
- Inability to sleep or maintain sleep
- Weight gain
- Weight loss
- Lack or increase of appetite
- Dry scaly skin
- Digestive problems such as constipation , diarrhea,discomfort in the stomach
- Joint pain
- Hair loss
- Thyroid malfunction
- Metabolic issues
PSALM 147:3 = HEALING
Studies have shown that people going through divorce or separation may develop chronic diseases during that period. On the scale of the most stressful life events, divorce is right there next to the death of a loved one. The good news is that there is a cure. Psalm 147:3 – He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].
How amazing is this? God promises to heal our broken hearts, whether is be from loss, separation, relationship pain, rejection, it’s God’s will and His promise to heal us.