Journey to Wholeness: Getting Our Homes in Order
Hi there Lovebugs J
So, I’m sitting here at the computer reflecting on the last couple of weeks. The Lord really has been pushing Hubs & I to start living healthier lives: spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, & even financially. Our spiritual health is top priority so we’re invested in pouring the Word of God into our family. We started to think about the lives that we want to live not only for ourselves, but those of our children. We believe in Proverbs 22:6 “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” We want to do our best in seeing to it that our children not only know about God but to have a personal relationship with Him. We also know that in order to train them we have to commune with Him as well. Everything in lives is centered on our relationship with Christ. We seek Him for answers, study His Word and enjoy His presence. We know that the only way for us to live these lives that He’s given us is through Him.
Next on our list of preparing & committing to living healthier lives involves our physical health. Hubs & I are pretty careful about what we eat but it’s time to step it up a notch. We believe that in order to go where God is taking us, we have to be in the best physical shape as well. Nutrition, diet and exercise are so important to being physically healthy so that includes paying more attention to the things we do to and put in our bodies. 1 Timothy 4:8 says “physical training is good but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” Ultimately godliness is top priority but physical health is important to accomplish those things that God has called us to do.
Mental & emotional health are extremely important especially since the enemy tries to use our minds & our feelings to attack us. Meditating on the Word is an excellent way to combat anxiety and stress but also, being very careful of the things we watch on the television and even the music we listen to will help to. We all know that we may hear that one song that brings us back to that moment where we first heard it and even begin to start feeling those feelings we first felt too, you know what I’m talking about! I’m not saying that we should only watch or listen to Christian programming but we seriously have to be careful as to what we let saturate our spirits. Now I have struggled in the emotions department. God has been helping to get my emotions under control by teaching me to rely on what I know and not what I feel. Feelings aren’t all bad but they should not be solely used as guides. For example, let’s say I hear something that someone says that leaves me feeling a certain way. Instead of reacting, I pause for a moment to replay what was said in my mind. Then I put myself in the position of the other person (sometimes I have to force myself to!) to better understand where they may have been coming from. Finally, I start rehearsing in my mind what my response will be, carefully choosing not only what to say but how to say it. Have I always been successful with this? NOPE! Am I making progress? YUP! I am a work in progress and so are you J Now, getting our thoughts in order is just as important as getting our feelings in order. How many times have we allowed our minds to think the craziest things and in the end, it wasn’t as bad as we thought? 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says “for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” I don’t know about you guys but I’ve thought some things that were just pure ridiculousness! I’ve even thought myself into plenty of panic attacks too. Just the other night, I crawled to God, seeking an end to this anxiety nonsense and as I started reading & studying the Word I began to feel better. He revealed to me that anxiety is rooted in fear and doubt and that I can overcome it with faith. Simple right? Also, I realized that I have to be careful what I think. I have to train myself to ask myself if what I’m thinking is the truth or is it something I’m just thinking at the time. When I don’t know the answer, I ask God! He knows everything! So, I urge you guys to start getting your thoughts and feelings in subjection so we all can start thinking and feeling more healthy.
I’ve included financial health in here also because let’s face, we need money to survive. 1 Timothy 6:10 says “for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil..” but Ecclesiastes 10:19 says “…money answers everything.” Let me make myself very clear. When I say we need money, I mean that we need it as a resource for our lives; to pay our expenses, grow our businesses/ministries and to take care of ourselves & our families. We get into trouble when we start loving money and making it into an idol. With that said, we have to start being accountable for our financial decisions. Some of us don’t have a budget, savings or anything but complain about not knowing where our money is going! Years ago, I did a spending plan where I wrote down EVERY purchase I made for 30 days. At the end of those 30 days, I was surprised to see where my money was going. (Most of it went to eating out, for those who want to know J) I wasn’t paying my bills on time and some didn’t even get paid! God began to work on me in this area and now, because of Him, I’ve become more discipline in my spending, starting saving and am looking to get more into investing. Our financial health is not just about us, it’s about our families too. Proverbs 13:22 says “a good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” Our Father created everything and since we are His children, we’re inheritors. That means what we have should be passed on from generation to generation. How many families you know have had to scramble to get funeral costs paid when someone passes? How many families you know have almost fallen apart because of an unforeseen emergency that occured that they were not financially prepared for? In no way am I condemning anyone, I’m actually preaching to myself here! I just want us to live and live abundantly. Isn’t that what Christ died for?
So I’m challenging us all to start intentionally living healthy lives. Let’s be more focused on increasing our spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and financial health so that we can be prosperous and live abundantly. Step by step and day by day, we can accomplish this and isn’t nice to know that we call all support each other on this journey!