A Heart of Thanksgiving….

We start our homeschool mornings with reading a chapter from the Bible. We’re coming through the book of proverbs; and week before last, one of the chapters talked about a person of integrity. As I explained integrity to my children, I gave an example of my husband as a person of integrity. I defined integrity as doing what you know is right; even when no one is there or isn’t looking; as well as keeping your word. I told them “if you say you’re going to do something, you do it!” Your word is everything; just like God’s. We would all be in big trouble, if God’s word was fickle & if He didn’t have integrity. As I was saying earlier, I used my husband as an example of a person with integrity….which prepares the way for today’s post.

On this Thanksgiving day…. and actually every day, I am SO very grateful for my husband. He is the most integrous person that I’ve ever known. He can always be trusted to do the right thing; & if he says he’s going to do something, you can rest assured that he will do it. He lives his life with conviction; and confidently takes on each day with his God-given purpose at the forefront of his mind. He exudes love for us (his family); & takes personal responsibility for impacting & improving our community & the world. Our family is very blessed to have him as our leader.

It is my hope that on this day and every day, that spouses see the very best in each other; as well as, thank God for the blessing of the person that they do life with. As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog; & Happy Thanksgiving to all who are celebrating! For those who find this time of year challenging for whatever reason, may God be your comforter & the lifter of your head. Love & Blessings!!

Summer 2018

Psalm 127:3 says that children are a gift from the Lord and a reward from Him. I truly believe this; although I have my moments when quiet, nap or bed time can’t get here fast enough. I then find myself missing them….and hovering at their bed sides in admiration, joy and gratitude. It’s still quite amazing to me that I’m the mother of FOUR children. Like WOW!!! I’m in awe every day. I especially enjoy Summer time for all of the fun outdoor activities; and just one layer of clothes!  It cuts down on my preparation time in getting out of the house, when we go somewhere. It’s nice to have that break from making sure that everyone has on their hats, scarves, boots, coats, mittens/gloves and snow suits. As the weather gets cooler and cooler, I have these fund memories from this past summer to keep me warm inside. Hope you enjoy the following video as much as I do!

8 Dimensions of Wellness – Emotional

The second topic within my 8 Dimensions of Wellness series is the emotional aspect; which is defined as coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships. In our daily lives, we all have responsibilities; and sometimes unplanned occurrences. How do you live life? Are you proactive or reactive? Do you take responsibility for yourself, or blame others? Your response is an insight to the root of your emotional well-being. In our medical system here in the U.S., sickness and disease is often dealt with symptomatically. People take medication for various aches, pains and discomforts; but rarely get to the root of the problem.

In the past I wondered how people who seemed physically healthy and even athletic, came down with chronic disease. I knew that exercise and optimal nutrition were keys to good health; but why would otherwise healthy people get sick? I found my answer. It’s stress. Stress is the body’s reaction to a positive or negative demand. Dr. Walter Cannon described it as the fight-or-flight response back in the 1920’s. Stress, in its original purpose, is a good thing. It can enable a person to do something seemingly supernatural in the moment. For example, a person picking up a car to free another from danger; or outrunning the clutches of an angry bear. Stress is perfectly fine for these occasions, because it lasts for only a short amount of time.  The problem comes when stress is prolonged.

Our bodies do not distinguish between physical or emotional stress. Physical stresses are those examples mentioned above. But what about emotional stress? Emotional stresses are the bad relationships, working a job that you don’t like, sitting in traffic when you’re about to be late to work, worrying about how you’re going to feed your family, etc. The problem is that these (negative) emotions produce disease and sickness  in our bodies. When we encounter stress, our bodies release the hormones adrenaline and cortisol. When there is a steady flow of these two hormones into the bloodstream, they lead to a rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, increased blood sugar and insulin levels, weight gain, and bone loss. If left unchecked, these elevated levels in the body, can ultimately lead to disease.

This is why the Ephesians 4:26 says “….don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry.” If a husband or wife goes to bed without resolving the anger between them, it can lead to resentment (which is long-standing anger) and make him or her sick. It can also destroy their relationship. James 1:15 (CEV) says: Our desires (refer to Galatians 5:19) make us sin, and when sin is finished with us, it leaves us dead.  If only we’d choose to forgive, we can stop death in its tracks. Not just physical death from disease and sickness, but death of marriages and relationships, businesses, etc. It’s also important to note that we do have a choice….ALWAYS. Deuteronomy 30:19 says: Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

Let’s not forget 3 John 2:2: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. Our minds, will and EMOTIONS make up our souls. So, in order to ensure emotional wellness, our best bet is to line up with the word of God in Galatians 5:22 (CEV): God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful…” These emotions are sure to both produce and maintain emotional wellness. 

 

Five PRACTICAL TIPS FOR IMPROVING EMOTIONAL WELLNESS:

1. Make a decision TODAY that you are going to do what God’s word says to do.

2. Set aside alone time with God. Start with 10 minutes. When this relationship is developed, it will dramatically improve the way you see yourself; and how you relate to and love others.

3. Set aside time to do something that you enjoy doing each day.

4. Develop a plan for dealing with negative emotions. If a depressing thought comes your way; and you begin feeling depressed, counter it with Isaiah 61:3 and or put on praise and worship music and sing along with it. Emotions come from negative thoughts. You have to SPEAK the word to stop the negative thought.

5. Affirmations…..say what the scriptures say. (ie: I am slow to anger. I am loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good and faithful. My ways please God, so even my enemies are at peace with me).

Ladies, own that spirit of power, love and a sound mind that God has gifted you! The enemy comes with fear; but God comes with 3 times more. Think about that!

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The 8 Dimensions of Wellness – Financial

I’ve not written in a while; but it’s for good reason. I took the summer off to enjoy all of the fun activities with my family. We wrapped up our summer with a getaway to one of our favorite destinations: Martha’s Vineyard. We returned home and hit the ground running with our homeschool. We then took a break and spent a little less than two weeks cruising in Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, Curacao, Aruba and St. Kitts. We returned home; and got back into our routine…. and well…..here I am! I hope everyone who reads this had a wonderful summer and exciting fall!

Upon my return to the online world; and social media, I’m always attracted to most things that have to do with relationship with God, fitness/health & wellness, homemaking, homeschooling, business, marriage, nutrition and parenting. As I thought about my interest, I began thinking about how all of these areas encompass my life. I don’t know about you, but my goal is to be successful in EVERY area of my life. Especially since Jesus/Yeshua came so that I can have abundant life John 10:10). Soooo, I’ve decided to do a little series on the eight dimensions of wellness…..from a biblical perspective. I figure I’ll start with the financial dimension first.

This dimension of wellness is defined as: “Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.” How is your financial situation? Is it a source of stress or peace? If it’s stressing you out; it’s time for a change….which starts with the way you think. Hosea 4:6 says that people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Proverbs 10:21 says that fools die for lack of understanding. Now I’m not calling anyone a fool. I’m just saying, if you find that your knowledge or wisdom is lacking in any area of your life, do yourself a favor and commit to improving in that area. We all have areas in our lives that need improvement. There’s no shame in that. The shame is in choosing to remain ignorant.

Sooooo the first thing that you can do is to know that God has a system for ensuring that you prosper financially. It’s called sowing and reaping; and includes paying tithes, offerings alms and first fruit. The second thing is to get yourself a budget. There are a ton  of apps that can help you with this. Third thing: STICK with it! God has given you a spirit of love, power and DISCIPLINE; so you can do it! It will bring order, peace and abundance into your life. Now that is what I call success!