Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that God’s hand keeps us in, and through all things. When I read this, I think about the fourth man in the furnace with the three; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo. (Daniel 3:25)
I also think about the disciples in the storm, with Jesus right there in the boat. I wonder how much we really age when we live depressed, anxious and worried, angry, and in all those other negative mindsets. I know that stress can cause all kinds of illnesses, and wreak havoc with our health. Spiritually, and emotionally, it can cause us to do a great deal of damage to ourselves.
Here’s a quote directly from the message: “There is no age in Eternal Life. Have no pity for yourself, nothing but joy and gratitude.” Does that give you some idea of how soon you should be measuring yourself up? Does it speak to you of God’s patience with us? it spoke volumes to me, of God’s confidence in me. Do you know He believes in you? Yes, He does! You say, “But how can i be joyful and grateful when I fail?” Well, look at it from God’s vantage point: It isn’t perfect yet, so this is an opportunity to make it so.
Here’s the other part. I love this one! I’ll be sixty years old this year. I do have a chronic health problem; Systemic Inflammatory Disorder. It’s aggravated by stress-both physical and emotional stress. Guess what I’ve learned to do as a result of this illness. I have learned how to manage stress better. I’ve also learned to cultivate healthier eating habits, healthier lifestyle choices, and most importantly, I’ve learned that self care is important. I have a great deal to be grateful for, and joyful about. I have been able, for the most part, to get it to go back into remission, and keep it there for pretty long periods of time, when it has flared. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself; I’m too busy enjoying the health I’ve gotten back and kept.
I think, especially for us women, that self care ends up on the back burner all too often. We have husbands, children, family members, friends…to care for…and to distract us from those things within self that we really don’t want to deal with at times, don’t we? Yes, oh yes, I’ve been there myself. Here’s a secret: When you get diligent about your self care, you’ll find the fountain of youth. Yes, you’ll still wrinkle, you’ll still fight the battle of the bulge, you may even get a little stooped or bowed over, and your stride may lessen in length and strength. But, you will always be the very best you can be in spite of all those things. You see, you’ll be living from the inside out, which is the right way. Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of Heaven.” Well, He also said, “The kingdom of Heaven is upon you, or within you.” When we get this all aligned like it needs to be, we truly can take joy and be grateful for all we have, and for all we are…no matter what we have, or what we are.
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu
Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, July 13, 2019, 11:04 a.m.