A Symphony of HEALTH.
How you are doing, health-wise? Are you strong in your body? Rockin’ the latest workouts, and feeling fully alive in your skin? If this is you, I’m a bit jealous. While I am not quite there, I am on my road to a miracle regarding my health and wellness. You can read my Health Journey HERE. It will give you background as to why this topic so important to me.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our bodies are the Temple of God. If you read this post, you will see that I have failed to take care of this temple He has given me. 2018 was my year of healing, and the Lord opened my eyes to so many areas of my life that needed to change, and so many areas that needed His guidance.
When we talk about the Symphony of our Lives, we find that there are five “instruments” that make up our life’s orchestra. Our Faith, Health, Relationships, Work, and Everyday Life. If our faith is our foundation, then our health surely is the cornerstone. When the body isn’t working correctly, everything seems to fail.
At the end of 2018, I was sick, tired, in the middle of a nervous breakdown, and struggling to find who God created me to be. I knew that my health needed a massive overhaul, but how? I decided to do things differently than I had so many times before. I didn’t turn to the fad diet books. I didn’t turn to Pinterest. I didn’t ask my mother’s opinion or my husband’s. I didn’t look to the mental health gurus of our day. When a drastic makeover is needed, the only manual you need is The Word of God -this is where I turned.
HEALTH AND THE WORD.
In studying out this new lifestyle, based on the Word of God, I have fallen deeper in love with Jesus than I ever thought possible. I didn’t find Jesus in Atkins or Weight Watchers. I didn’t see Him at the bottom of an antidepressant bottle. I didn’t find Him on Jenny Craig or working out with Jillian Michaels. I found Him in His Word, and once again, I am in love.
1 Peter 2:1-4 says,
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Our God, in His divine power, has given us everything we need for life and godliness. Everything we need to live a full, healthy, and godly life is found in Jesus Christ. Many want to live it up, paint the town red they say, but eventually, the paint will run out. Like the Prodigal Son, you will find your self sick, tired, and alone. But the good news for us is that the divine power of our Chief Musician made every arrangement for us to live for Him.
It is only through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can learn to live on this earth and become a more godly person. The only way we will find out who we are is by finding out who HE is. Until recently, I didn’t see how this verse pertained to my health. The Lord spoke so mercifully to my heart and explained it all so clearly. I hope I can find the words to show you what He taught me adequately.
LIVING LIKE HIM . . . EATING LIKE HIM.
If you are a Christian, I am going to assume that you are striving to live like Jesus in every way possible. We abstain from worldly living. We watch our language (as best we can! Guilty!). We say away from situations that could cause us to slip and fall. We try our hardest to live morally by following the Scriptures.
We do everything possible to live like Him because He is our perfect example. But what about in the way we eat? Have you ever thought about that? We strive to be like Jesus in every way, but few of us try to emulate the way He ate.
I recently read a book that is changing my life. It is called, “What Would Jesus Eat?”, By Dr. Don Colbert. It is based on a biblical and historical study of what Jesus ate, why it is essential, and how we can eat this way today in our modern culture. If He is our Chief in all things, then why not in our diet and eating?
I will be going more into depth on this topic in future posts, but I wanted to give you the source of this new lifestyle in which my family and I are embarking. It is most similar to the popular Mediterranean Diet. One that fits perfectly with my Italian heritage!
I won’t go into detail here, but let me give you a few examples.
There are many laws in Leviticus regarding food that we overlook today. “We aren’t under the law,” I’ve heard time and time again. And yes, that is true. We aren’t under the law (Galatians 2:16, Romans 6:14), but instead of ignoring the laws of Moses as if they don’t apply to us today, let’s look a bit deeper as to WHY God created these laws regarding food, and how we can use them in our lives.
In Leviticus, God gave laws to the people of Israel regarding their food. Keep in mind; the ancient Hebrews didn’t have our scientific advancements. They didn’t have the knowledge of food and nutrition we have today. But because of HIS DIVINE POWER, He gave them everything they needed for life and godliness.
“You may eat any animal with divided hooves, and that chews the cud.”
The Hebrews may not have known the significance of this law, but because of today’s advances in science and technology, we can see how God was keeping His people.
An animal that chews its cud has four stomachs, and those four sections serve a purpose. As the cow or sheep or deer chews its cud, the bacteria from that food is passed through the four stomachs so as not to move into the meat or milk of the animal.
The Lord wasn’t being legalistic in His laws about meat but was protecting His people from ingesting bacteria that could harm or kill them. Pigs don’t have this ability and therefore are considered unclean.
Leviticus 11:9 says,
“These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and the rivers, them shall ye eat.”
That meant no shellfish - no clams, shrimp, lobster, muscles, or scallops. Was God being cruel? Had He never tasted lobster dipped in melted butter!?!
In actuality, shellfish are bottom feeders. I’ve heard them referred to as the cockroaches of the sea, and that title is fitting. Their purpose is to purify the waters. They are mini-filters. Again, how amazing is our God? However, the bacteria and toxins don’t filter out of the shellfish; they remain inside. This is why the Lord considered them unclean. Anything that they ate would eventually go into His people and in some cases, could lead to illness.
These are just two small examples as to WHY the Lord created laws and the reasoning behind them.
YOU DO YOU.
Whatever lifestyle you have chosen, start thinking about how that lifestyle or healthstyle glorifies the Lord. I understand everyone is different. Some folks have medical reasons that they can or cannot eat certain foods. I am just telling you what works for MY FAMILY, and what is giving us freedom in the way we look at our health.
Just remember, we have been conditioned to believe that the world, the government, the FDA have all the answers. They don’t. We have got to start renewing our mind to see what the Lord has to say about our health and wellbeing. He has given us all we need for life and godliness.
I am looking forward to sharing more of our story of health and healing and looking to the Scriptures for our answers instead of to a world system that continues to fail us every single day.
Steps to Health and Healing.
1. Assess your diet. What are you eating that is giving you strength and life? What are you eating that is causing you to be tired, lazy, and moody? What one small step can you make this week in changing a habit for the betterment of your body and mind?
3. Start Making Small Changes. Cut out soda or caffeine or sugar a few days a week. Commit to walk or exercise a few times a week. Take the steps instead of the elevator. Small changes will encourage you to start making more significant changes resulting in feeling better and living better.
My Friend, let's look at our health not as another diet or exercise program, but as a cornerstone in our life's symphony. Think of your health like the brass section, if you will. If those trumpets are out of tune, or those trombones continue to miss the notes, the entire symphony will sound off resulting in an ultimate crash.
Take care of your temple, Friend. I've abused mine for too many years, and I am only now discovering what the Lord has to say about my health and wellness.
Let's journey this road together. Join me as we cultivate a life-giving sound out of our health and wellness, and we continue to create a Symphony of Praise out of our lives.
TELL ME: What does your Health and Wellness journey look like? Let us know in the comments