Category Archives: Health

Impact

The year of 2014 will soon be over and before long many of us will reflect upon the things we’d like to do differently in 2015.  This process can often be more of a ritual than anything else.  I’ll eat better and exercise (at least) through January, maybe plan on reading through the Bible, and probably set a few other goals that will likely be forgotten by Spring.  I’m often thinking of how I’ll do things better and differently, yet as time goes on there is often little genuine change.  This is not to say that I’m not better in anyway than I was at the start of the year, it’s just that my life is not typically in line with my goals.

In considering my potential goals for 2015 it occurred to me how many of them are all “about me.”  So I’ll ponder a new direction and challenge you to do the same.  What goals can we set that will have the greatest impact on someone else.  Ironically, it may be something that will need to change in your life, but it’s impact will be seen in the life of someone else.  I think of a father who sets a goal of seeing genuine fruit in the lives of their children…. this would start with the parent themselves.

My post this week is simple.  In about 3 weeks it will be time to decide the things that we will want to do differently for 2015.  May we spend time reflecting upon the things that we could do that would be of the most benefit for Jesus and others.  Let us prepare to have a more powerful impact than ever before.   Let us strive to have Colossians 3:2 kinds of goals by “Setting our minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Blessed is Best!!

Shared by Chad Hellenthal

"Peace" of Health

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The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges.  Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can lead to many physical symptoms such as those listed below.  Examine the list and give yourself a point for every symptom you experienced over the last 60 days.  Don’t worry, the cure is described just below this long list of symptoms.  

Physical Symptoms of Distress Involving Skeletal Muscles

  1. Tension Headaches

  2. Frowning

  3. Gritting or grinding of teeth

  4. Jaw pain

  5. Stuttering or stammering

  6. Trembling of lips or hands

  7. Muscle tenseness, bracing, and aches

  8. Neck aches

  9. Back pain

  10. Aggressive body language

Physical Symptoms of Distress Involving the Autonomic System

  1. Migraine headaches

  2. Increased sensitivity to light and sound

  3. Lightheadedness, faintness, or dizziness

  4. Ringing in ears

  5. Enlarged pupils

  6. Blushing

  7. Dry mouth

  8. Problems swallowing

  9. Frequent colds or bouts with the flu

  10. Hives

  11. Rashes

  12. Cold chills or goosebumps

  13. Heartburn, stomach cramping, or nausea

  14. Uneven or rapid heartbeat without exercising

  15. Difficulty breathing

  16. Sudden, suffocating panic, as if you are about to die

  17. Heart and chest pain

  18. Increased perspiration

  19. Night sweats

  20. Cold, sweaty hands

  21. Painfully cold hands and feet

  22. Gaseousness or belching

  23. Frequent urination

  24. Constipation

  25. Nervous diarrhea

  26. Lowered sexual desire/performance

Mental Symptoms of Distress

  1. Anxiety, worry, guilt or nervousness

  2. Increased anger and frustration

  3. Moodiness

  4. Depression

  5. Increased or decreased appetite

  6. Racing thoughts

  7. Nightmares

  8. Problems concentrating

  9. Trouble learning new information

  10. Forgetfulness

  11. Disorganization or confusion

  12. Difficulty making decisions

  13. A sense of being overloaded or overwhelmed by problems

  14. More frequent crying

Behavioral Symptoms of Stress

  1. Inattention to dress or grooming

  2. More frequent lateness

  3. A more “serious” appearance

  4. Unusual behavior

  5. Nervous habits, such as finger or foot tapping

  6. Rushing around or pacing the floor

  7. Increased frustration and irritability

  8. Edginess

  9. Overreaction to small things

  10. Increased number of minor accidents

  11. Perfectionism

  12. Reduced work efficiency or productivity

  13. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work

  14. Fast or mumbled speech

  15. Defensiveness or suspiciousness

  16. Strained communication with others

  17. Social withdrawal

  18. Constant tiredness

  19. Sleep problems

  20. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs

  21. Weight gain or loss without diet

  22. Increased smoking

  23. Recreational drug use

  24. Increased alcohol use

  25. Gambling or overspending

(Taken from: “The Doctor’s Guide to Instant Stress Relief: A Psychological and Medical System” by Ronald G. Nathan, Ph.D., Albany Medical College, New York, Thomas E. Staats, Ph.D., Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport, Paul J. Rosch, M.D., The American Institute of Stress, New York.)

The most important factor in enjoying a peaceful, stress-free life is learning to be obedient to the Lord. Following the leading of the Holy Spirit will always lead you into peace. He will never lead you into stress, because He is the Prince of Peace. Common sense tells us that God’s not going to stress us out and lead us to do more than we can do; however, we often do this ourselves.

The Bible is filled with incredible promises from God. Meditating on these words of assurance can dispel our worry, doubt, fear and stress. Here are just a few examples of the Bible’s stress relieving verses.  Blessed is Best!

Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Proverbs 17:22

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

2 Peter 1:3

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

Matthew 11:28-30

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”

John 14:27

“I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

Psalm 4:8

“I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 14:1

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.”

Isaiah 26:3-4

“You keep him in perfect peace

   whose mind is stayed on you,

   because he trusts in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

   for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”

John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 119:165

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.”

Romans 14:17

“”For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Proverbs 17:22

“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”