Life is such a balancing act!
As women, we wear so many hats – wife, friend, daughter, and mom… We have jobs, hobbies and homes to keep up with – not to mention our emotional and physical health, along with the relationships we want to nurture. I want you to know that God is interested in you living a healthy, balanced life, with proper perspective. But seriously, does anyone really have this balance thing all figured out? I doubt it! However, what I do know is that we all want to be at peace and live in a state of well-being. The key to peace is to live a balanced life which includes keeping positive and negative stresses in equilibrium.
The start to living a peaceful, well balanced life is to understand that we are a three-part being: spirit, soul, and body. Each part of us works together and affects the other parts. (Hint: Don’t ignore any singular part or it will get jealous. Ha!)
First, keep your heart (spirit) healthy in your relationship with God. Proverbs 14:30 – (Amp) – “A calm and undisturbed heart (spirit) and mind are health and life to the body.” Careful planning and learning to say “no” are effective tools that will help you in your daily routines. Most importantly, remember to set aside time for daily devotions with your Heavenly Father, who absolutely adores you. Be intimate with God in whatever ways help you connect with Him: Talk to Him like a friend, journal, listen to worship music, get out in nature, and always give Him thanks. Keep alone time with God a priority, and the rest will fall into place. Matthew 6:33 – (NIV) – “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Next, take charge of your mind, will and emotions (soul), by living a pure, other’s oriented, fun-filled life. We can’t allow our emotions to rule us. If we don’t keep them in check, they will certainly take over. Complaining and being negative are soul weakening habits. Anger, holding grudges or being easily offended are soul hardening habits. But thankfully there are some healthy habit breakers: Be a joy bringer, be quick to forgive others, and develop a grateful heart. After my son Caleb was relocated to Heaven a few years ago, I found that taking time to be thankful for what I ‘do’ have has made a significant difference in my personal emotional health. I wake up each morning and make a list of the things I am thankful for. This daily habit of thanking God for what I do have has helped me to go throughout each day with a healthy and happy attitude.
Finally, learn about your body and a few easy ways to keep it in balance: Get proper nutrition and consume real/pure foods in moderation, drink plenty of water, exercise, and take time to rest and relax. Applying these simple steps in your life can make huge deposits in helping you live a well-balanced life.
Proper Nutrition/Real Food – I can’t express strongly enough the importance of pure real/food – things God created as food. Essentially that means to eat foods that fly/walk/swim or grow on this amazing planet in their most un-tampered with or original form. Tips: Try your best to consume – Organic, pesticide free, unbleached, unprocessed, unpreserved, foods; not injected with additives, antibiotics, hormones or added chemicals. Here’s the deal, the body was designed to have real food. Addictive’s, chemicals, etc. are poisoning our bodies, toxifying our livers and other organs, and clogging our arteries… causing all sorts of disease and immune disorders. The bottom line is, to ask yourself this question before consuming anything – “Will it tear down my body or build my body up?” Ouch! And if you simply want to lose weight, remember healthy food choices are 80% of the equation. As well, obesity is considered to be a leading health problem in America. So, let’s use the fully developed gift/fruit of the Holy Spirit we have been graciously given, called self-control, in our daily eating habits. As a result, when we use moderation, it causes us to avoid overeating and addictions. Yahoo!
Exercise – getting our bodies moving produces overwhelming benefits such as: Weight loss, decreased workload on your heart, reduced tension, a clear mind, strength and energy, flexibility and coordination, better digestion, and improved sleep and moods. Awesome!
Rest/Relaxation – Exodus 20:8 –“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.” Rest restores us both emotionally and physically. During sleep, the body eliminates toxins, cells are repaired and reproduced, blood structure changes and food turns to tissue. Isn’t that remarkable!
And listen, we all need to lighten up a little. Laugh more often. Don’t take life so seriously. Enjoying each moment God has given you. Augh! Proverbs 14:30 – “A relaxed attitude lengthens your life.” God wants all of us to live peace-filled, relaxed, full, productive, and well balanced lives. The good news is: He has equipped us with everything we need for life and godliness. Let’s cooperate with Him in this process by taking care of our entire being – spirit, soul and body!
Dr. Laura Koke
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