Your body is designed with the God-given ability to stay healthy and to regain health. My book, “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health”, applies biblical principles to health and shows how a daily commitment and the faithfulness of God can transform your health.
Do you sleep like a baby? The sleep of an innocent baby is blissful and serene. While we may be physically exhausted, mentally fatigued, and emotionally drained because of our diet, level of health, lifestyle, and relationships, the bodies of little babies are not toxic, their minds are not stressed out, and they are not on an emotional roller coaster. We could all take a lesson from the innocent babe. To sleep, to sleep, perchance to dream. . . For information on restful sleep, see my book “Morning By Morning Pathway to Health” available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, my website MorningByMorning.com and other booksellers.
Water is one of the things your body needs most to get healthy and stay healthy. Watch for signs that you need water. Thirst is the first sign, but as you age you may not feel thirst, so getting enough water is very important for older people. Additional symptoms of dehydration may include dry mouth, headache, and fatigue. Your body gets warmer, your breathing gets faster and your pulse rate goes up. Without enough water, you don’t have enough blood volume, so you feel tired, you’re not hungry, and you may feel nauseous. Your thinking becomes confused or fuzzy. You may not be able to think straight. You may feel dizzy and weak as your need for water becomes more severe. Every cell in your body needs water to do its work.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psalms 42:1.
“To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Revelation 21:6
Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf. I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.
How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”
The designer of our bodies also created the perfect food for us and provided a user’s guide. To understand how to achieve and maintain health, we have only to turn to the Bible. Biblical principles apply not only to spiritual growth but also to physical health.
The pathway to health involves making choices that are life-giving. We honor God when we are good stewards of the health he has given us rather than squandering it.
We wreak havoc in our physical bodies when we lack the knowledge of how to stay healthy, or worse yet, when we stubbornly refuse to act on what we do know.
- eros – romantic attraction
- philia – brotherly love, fellowship
- agape – selfless, spiritual, unconditional
Eros involves a feeling of desire and longing that can wax and wane with changes in circumstances, perceptions and expectations. Phileo friendship also may change with the times, but agape love is endless and without bounds. Jesus personified agape love — the most noble, sacrificial love. He commands us to love others as he has loved us. Agape love is not merely a feeling, but an act of will.
No matter how slow you’re moving, you can still run laps around those who are on the couch. The best exercise for you is the one you can do and WILL DO! So take heart, get started and keep moving at your own speed. You can pick up the pace as you build your strength and endurance. God has given you a resilient body designed for health. It will respond to your efforts to regain health with an optimal balance of exercise, nutrition, rest, attitude, toxin removal, sunshine, clean air and water. So get started. Let’s get physical!