It's time to get back to reviewing my book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life: What Healthy Families Learn From Healthy Moms." We are on chapter 9 so we only have two chapters left after today. I think these last three chapters might just be the most important of the entire book as they deal with loving God, loving others, and (a real toughy) loving yourself. When people think about health they often skip the notion that spiritual health is at the center and the beginning of everything that comes after. If things are not well with one's soul it's tough to feel at peace in life and if we don't feel at peace our emotions will be off kilter thus creating unrest and struggling through life, resulting in physical problems.
When talking about spirituality and loving God I believe what Tozer writes when he says, "What comes to our mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us." If you were to close your eyes right now, take a deep breath, and think about God, what visions and thoughts come into your mind? Are they thoughts of love and acceptance or are they ones that make you doubt or fill sad? Maybe this is something that you need to work on or maybe you have learned that God loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. If you decide to follow Jesus and learn to become more like him I believe you will find greater health in body, mind, and soul. It doesn't mean that you won't have hardships or trouble but when you do he will be your constant friend and guide as you follow his teachings. In knowing him you will discover new tools to help guide you through your roughest days and as you read the scriptures and meditate on his goodness your life will become more manageable and productive.
How much time do you spend each day in personal reflection and prayer? The longest living cultures in the world have one great things in common and that is that they embrace an attitude of gratefulness by staying in touch with their spirituality. This living with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise goes beyond any socioeconomic backround so it is something any one of us can adopt at any time. It is never too late!
If you need help believing that God loves you and has a plan for your life, or if you want to learn how to meditate on the great scriptures, I can help you. For any of your body, mind, health needs you can get in touch with me at Donna@DonnaSchuller.com
Here is just one helpful hint found in the back of Chapter 9:
#4 Open your heart. Recognize that you are powerless to control every situation and have an open heart, mind, and soul for allowing God's grace into your life.
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."
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