Our Bodies - March 2011
One way we can show God how thankful we are for all He’s given us is by taking care of His gifts, starting with the most indispensable one—our bodies.
Once there was a rich man who had two sons whom he loved dearly and showered with good things. When his sons were grown, he gave them the deeds to houses he had put in their names the day they were born. Besides being amazingly well designed and constructed, the two houses had another thing in common: they needed regular upkeep. One son kept on top of repairs and even made a few improvements, but the other son let his house go to rack and ruin. Which do you think could expect more good things from his father?—Yes, the one...Read more
My friend Rose has been going through a difficult time. Her knees and toes are swollen and inflamed, and sharp pains in her legs keep her awake at night. She has had these problems off and on since she was a teenager, but it was only recently that a series of tests at a rheumatology clinic revealed that she suffers from a particularly debilitating type of inflammatory arthritis. Rose is normally an energetic person, living a busy and full life. Naturally she wondered why she was afflicted with this incurable disease, so she did some research.Read more
If you want to enjoy a good quality of life in years to come, you have to invest in your health today.
Sickness and accidents are a part of life, and sometimes you don’t have much control over what you come in contact with or what happens to you. On the other hand, how your body reacts initially to these things and how quickly it recovers or heals is something that you do have some control over, because your body’s resistance and resilience are in great part the result of choices you make every day in caring for your health—what you...Read more
I woke up feeling exhausted, even though I’d just slept for over an hour in the middle of the day—something I rarely do.
What’s wrong with me? I wondered. Am I getting sick? I checked my temperature. That wasn’t it.
I had work to do, but couldn’t focus. Then it came to me, “Do a diet recall.”
It was easy to remember what I’d eaten that day—half a piece of toast and a cup of tea in the morning. I glanced at my watch. It was 4 pm.Read more
7 ways to increase energy
1. Eat breakfast. Studies show that people who eat breakfast are more likely to report being in a good mood and having plenty of energy throughout the day than those who don’t.
Researchers at Cardiff University also found that eating a bowl of nutrition-rich breakfast cereal every morning leads to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
As always, avoid health-zapping, highly processed food, which includes most boxed cereals.Read more
He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
—Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948)
It’s better to stay healthy than to have to be healed. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. A fence at the top of the cliff is better than a hospital at the bottom. The best way to prevent illness is to obey God’s natural health laws: live right, eat right, work right, play right, rest right, love right, and maintain a right relationship with Him.
You cannot violate God’s health rules or abuse your body and expect to be healthy, because God made you with built-in mechanisms to make you wish you hadn’t if you do....Read more
Jesus, when I think about Your promise to never leave or forsake me,1 a warm feeling wells up within me. Nothing can compare to this promise. You are the only one who can make such a guarantee. I could lose everything else that is dear to me—my health, wealth, and loved ones—but I will never lose You. You remain faithful. You stick closer than skin, nearer than my shadow. You are the great constant in life. Thank You for that!Read more
Question: I suffer from a chronic medical condition. I asked God to heal me without medical intervention, and I believe He can, but He hasn’t yet. Recently my doctor recommended a course of treatment, which I’m considering. How can I find what’s best for me in this matter?
Answer: Whether you get better through natural healing processes, through medical treatment, or through divine intervention, all healing is a gift of God. When we hear the term “divine healing,” we generally think of healings that are beyond the reach of both nature and medicine. But God doesn’t only work in mysterious ways....Read more
Nearly all new equipment comes with an owner’s manual, provided by the manufacturer, giving basic instructions on its care and telling what to do should problems occur. Our Maker has provided an owner’s manual, the Bible, instructing us on the care of our “machine.” Circumstances and conditions change, but the principles of healthy living are timeless. Follow them, and you can be assured that you will have fewer breakdowns.Read more
One of the most important aspects of maintaining good health is exercise. This can include sports, resistance training, walking, stair climbing, and anything else that gets the heart pumping, blood circulating, and muscles working. Here are a few of the benefits of an active lifestyle.
Increased energy. Feeling tired after a hard day? A brisk walk, jog, or bicycle ride around the block will get oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood flowing to all parts of your body, and you’ll feel refreshed.Read more
Our spiritual well-being is important to our overall well-being. When our spirits are calm and at peace, our bodies benefit.
The Bible tells us, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”1 Inspirational music, reading, and praying out loud can all help us do that, but there should also be times when we commune with the Lord in silence. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”2
The goal of this spiritual exercise is to bring peace to your spirit by taking 10 or 15 minutes for silent reflection.
Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. You...Read more
Your body is an amazingly intricate and efficient machine, but it needs proper care to run well. If you want to be free of sickness and other physical problems, you have to do your part. That takes time, thought, and effort. You have to eat properly, drink plenty of fluids, get sufficient sleep, exercise, have your teeth and eyes checked periodically, limit your exposure to things that could be harmful, and so on.Read more