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Embracing His Word for Wellness

 

We are in the middle of a challenging flu season.  Emergency rooms are full and there are some tragedies for both young and old.  Do you know that all flu viruses are not the same.  There are a least four different strains of the flu virus.  There are two influenza A viruses, H3N2 and H1N1 and two strains of influenza B.  The sad news about this, if you get one, it doesn't protect you from coming down with the other three in the flu season.

 

The most vulnerable to contracting the flu viruses are elderly people, baby boomers, and those with certain health challenges like diabetes, asthma, heart conditions and cancer.

 

According to CDC ( Center for Disease and Control) website, everyone, six mths and older should have a vaccine to protect them from these flu viruses.  Statistics state its effectiveness against H1N1 and influenza B is in the 50% to 60% range and 30% range for the H3N2 virus.  In some cases, it is only 10% effective.  The medical profession advises that people should take the flu vaccine to keep them from getting sick and going to the hospital.

 

We can see that even taking the flu shot, there is no guarantee that you would not come with one of these viruses.  As we know no human medicine is 100% guaranteed to get us well and keep us well.  So what can we do as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.  We must turn to Him for healing and to prevent us from getting sick.  His Word is powerful and not only great for the spirit and soul but for our bodies.   Hebrews 4:12b says that His Word  penetrates to the deepest part of our anatomy, our bones and marrow.  Our marrow, is the place where our red and white blood cells are manufactured.  White cells are from multipotent cells in the bone marrow known as hematopoietic stem cells.  Our white blood cells are the fighters against disease. They are part of the immune system to fight against viruses, parasites and foreign particles in the body.

 

 

 

I find this amazingly wonderful that I can employ His word on a daily basis for my body, trusting the Lord to strengthen my white blood cells and my immune system in the middle of this flu system.

 

His Word will not return to Him void but it shall accomplish what He pleases and purpose and shall prosper in the thing for which He sends it.   Isaiah 55:11 Amp.

 

We have to establish His Word in our hearts to see the manifestation in our lives.  In Derek Prince's book God's medicine bottle, he emphasizes this powerfully. God's Word is not a magic pill or bullet. We must meditate on it day and night and look to Him who is the health of our countenance.  Let's walk with Him, fellowship agree with Him.  Embrace His thoughts towards you because they are thoughts of wellness, wholeness so you can fulfill their destiny.  Jeremiah 29:11.

 

Don't forget to take your Heavenly prescription, His Word. 

 

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A Head Start in your Wellness journey before January 1st, a few tips to get you started

 

1.       See your body as the temple of God, you are a masterpiece beautifully designed by the Master .  His thoughts toward your body are thoughts of peace and well-being.  so that you could fulfill your assignment on thw earth.  Agree with Him

 

2.       Decide that you will do what it takes so you can be healthy and fit. Put away excuses

 

3.        Write down in detailed how you would like to see your body and how would you like to feel in 2018

 

4.       Start with the end in mind.  Write down goals for your Wellness journey.  Start with simple, focused steps

 

5.        What are you willing to give up to achieve your goals

 

6.       Start a Wellness journal, recording what you eat daily, how many times you'll exercise a week,

 

how many hrs you'll sleep at night. Or record on a Fitness app.  Also write down the declarations you want to pray and speak over your body daily

 

7.       Over the festive season, do the following:

 

a.       Enjoy but don't over indulge with your favorite once a year foods.  Limit the portion size.

 

Try to fill your plate with the healthy foods such as vegetables, salads first

 

b.       Chew your food well, eat slowly

 

c.       Eat a nutritious snack before you go to a party and a nutritious meal before you go shopping

 

d.       Try to keep active

 

8.        Have a partner that you can be accountable to and  keep you on track.  The person can be a healthy and fit friend or a health coach

 

9.       Remember to enjoy the journey

 

 

 

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Aging is not what you think

Blog post – Aging is not what you think

For many people, when we hear the word "aging", immediately they think of someone over fifty, in their sixties,seventies or someone sitting in a rocking chair.   Keeping it real, signs of aging begin in the 20's and thirties, when the lung tissue loses elasticity.  Also, collagen and hyaluronic acid start to decline.  Due to the increase of processed foods, the excess sugar, chronic stress in the lives of those in their 20's , 30's and 40's, we see the signs of aging – grey hair, diseases (diabetes, certain cancers, hypertension, autoimmune diseases} that are in some older people are showing up.  I am surprised that 50% of the Middle school children in my exercise class are lethargic.

So what can we do? We have to encourage many  in their youth to build a foundation of health and fitness by putting the right nutrients in their bodies, shutting down their computers and cell phones for awhile and engage in some kind of physical activity that they enjoy. Our bodies were magnificently created and so resilent that when we begin doing the right things, we see amazing results.   It is all about renewal.  The Bible says the Lord " satisfies our bodies with good things so our youth is renewed as the eagle".   So the fountain of youth is found in what we put in our mouths and our lifestyle.  Begin today with simple steps like drinking more water instead of soda or juice.  Increase your physical activity by walking briskly for 30 mins a day ( you can break it up by doing ten minutes at a time). Intentionally, include more fruits, vegetables and wholesome foods like salmon, organic chicken, grass fed beef, nuts in your diet.  For the Summer, frequent your farmer's market or farm stand for fresh produce.

Last but not least, set aside time for Re-creation and Meditation.  Meditate on the Word of God, the Bible daily.

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THE RACE IS ON. Our Heavenly Father is stirring us up to pick up the pace. There is a lot to accomplish in a short time.

Read on how to run and finish well.

Running with my heavenly Father – Each of us has a race to run on a predestined course.

There is an acceleration in the spiritual realm. I envision runners running. I  hear the pounding of feet, I am feeling the excitement and momentum of the race. I also see the Lord running with me and telling me Judy, pick up the pace. Dreams, prophetic word that were given to me years ago are coming to pass very quickly. As I am running with Him, He has exhorted me to stay continually in His presence for He is my strength. He has remarkable things in store for me, divine connections. As I run with Him, I am encountering them. I must be there on time to converge with my destiny. The following are important points He shared with me as I run with Him.

 

I must run with focus,  with my eyes on Jesus Christ who is the author and finisher of my faith. I  must be busy about our Father's business. No distractions from well-meaning people. No stopping to look at the scenery, meaning I do not spend time with seemingly good things but that are not part of my destiny. I am running with patience because this is not a 100 yard dash. This race calls for endurance with things that come up which I didn't anticipate. I can do and press through all things through Christ who strengthens me. I am leaping over walls (challenges), and I am running through troops( obstacles). I am an overcomer. Hebrews 12:1-3, 1 John 5:4

 

Run with wisdom and understanding. He is exhorting us to get wisdom and understanding because they position us to be in the paths of good men and women. They enable us to make good decisions that keep us on track. With His wisdom, we will not stumble or be locked into anything that we should not be in. Proverbs 4:7, 11,12

 

Run with purpose. We were created for His pleasure and purpose. In order to run confidently we must settle in our hearts. We must  know why we are running and what we are running for.

 

Run with discipline to strive for mastery. I am regulating my life to be temperate in all things. I am expanding my comfort zone to do the things that I don't feel like doing because I want to fulfill my purpose. For example, as a runner, both in the natural and spiritual, I must go to bed at a decent hour so I can wake up early to meet with my "Coach" to train. In the spiritual, the Holy Spirit is my spiritual coach. He prepares me for what I must encounter. At times, He would reveal if there is a plan of the enemy to trip me up on the course. Therefore, I am watchful and prayerful.

 

Run well and with integrity. Live according to kingdom principles, so I add to my faith all the spiritual qualities necessary  stated in 1 Peter 1:3-12  in order to finish well. One of the additions is virtue, moral excellence, courage to stand for the truth. As any runner in the natural, one has to abide my the rules, we do the same spiritually.

 

Run to win the prize. Putting away every weight, sin, and things that don't matter that I might win Christ. The apostle truly grasped this revelation. So he exhorts us to stretch forward. We observe in the Olympics, the athletes push themselves forward to win the race. Don't settle for the low calling. Go for the gold in the Lord. Fulfill your destiny, impact your generation, finish well and say as Apostle Paul, " I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

 

 

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Prayer brings great benefits to our spirit health as well as our physical health. When we pray for
an hour or more, we are not only reaping spiritual rewards but our physical and mental health are being affected. So as we stand in the gap praying for others, doing something self-less, we are ensuring good health in bodies. Our dialogue with our Heavenly Father matters in the heaven and on earth in our physical bodies. Let's have lengthy conversations with Him, see results in the spiritual and the natural (for our bodies). The following article gives a few of the benefits of prayer in our brain (the control center of the body).

The Brain and Prayer

Do you know that when we pray for a prolonged period of time that it plays an important role in brain health. We know how vital it is to our spiritual health.  All through the New Testament, we are exhorted to watch and pray, to pray without ceasing.  The Lord Jesus Christ, our perfect example, He was always praying.  Sometimes He was in prayer all night.  Luke 6:12.  Now studies are showing that intense prayer does the following:

1. It prevents mental decline (dementia, Alzheimer's disease)

2. it helps to improve our immune system, boosting resistance to illness.

3. Vocal prayer stimulates the hypothalamus of the brain which has

     direct regulation of four major systems of the body (the

     pituitary gland, autonomic system, immune system and the

     production of brain hormones called endorphins and 

     enkephalons.

4. It stimulates the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that makes us

    happy.

These are just a few of the benefits.  A perfect modern day example is a good friend, she is in her early nineties, and has been a powerful  intercessor for years.  She is strong mentally and physically. 

So let's continue to pray without ceasing, and be strengthened spiritually and also physically. 

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My grand-mother lived to a ripe old age of ninety-six years old and as I reminisced about how she lived her life, I remembered some healthy lifestyle habits that I would like to share with you. For example, eating everything fresh straight from her garden, being active and taking proper rest.

I grew up in the Caribbean, in the island of Trinidad. Our family lived in the city of Port -of-Spain. Every year, at our vacation time (July and August), my mother would take my sister and I to our grandmother who lived in rural part of the country.   I learned the advantage of eating "clean" and foods fresh the garden. She grew most of her food herself in her back yard and other land that the government provided.  Orange juice and lemonade were made from the oranges and lemons that came the trees in the back yard.  Fresh peas, yucca, pumpkin, spinach and other vegetables came from her gardens or her neighbor's garden.  Very little produce was bought from the market. It was truly what it is known today as "  from farm to the table".   Where she lived was a place filled with exotic fruit trees. We feasted on mangoes, guavas, cashews (the fruit, not the nut), cherries ,golden apples, plums and many more which are too much to mention here.  Little did we know that we were loading up on vitamins and minerals "au naturel".  She raised her chickens and her kitchen was always  had a big bowl filled with eggs.  I can remember making huge omelettes of five eggs or more.  They were some of the happiest times of our lives enjoying life and foods that came directly from our Tan Tan (our grandmother's garden) . Nothing was processed.  I can still remember eating delicious boiled cassava (yucca) with a spicy tomato fish stew. The fish was freshly caught not frozen. Bread was made from scratch every other day.  I know it was a different time and era but as I looked back, people rarely got sick.  No allergies.  Food for thought.

My grandmother was tall, slenderly built and very strong.  She was very active. She walked briskly and extensively.  She lifted heavy bags of her own garden produce and carried them long distances.  Little did she know she was doing "strength training". She also worked  at a physically active job way into her seventies.   She lived to a ripe old age of ninety-six years. Even in her nineties, She walked uprightly and had a strong handshake.  I learned the value of hard work and the importance of being and staying physically active at every age.

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Some great herbs to help you with your Spring cleaning are burdock, dandelion, ginger, and green teas. Found the benefits from Victoria Zak's book "20,000 secrets of tea".

" Burdock is a great blood purifier. It cleanses the glands and help to stabilize  their function, including hormone balance by the pituitary.  It stimulates the sweat glands to remove toxins from the skin.  Dandelion, another tea wonderful detoxifier.  It removes pesticides, pollutants, contaminants, wastes, and toxins that collect in the joints. Ginger warms and comforts the body, increases blood flow to cleanse toxins and promote healing.  Green tea's polyphenols are powerful antioxidants." 

So drink to good health!

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Spring is finally here. It is my favorite season. To throw off the winter blues, it is a great idea to detox or do some kind of cleansing. From my Caribbean roots,we call it a "clean-out".The Germans called it "Rohsafte-Kur" meaning spring-cleaning for your body. I used to dread those times when our Mom for a week would give my sister and I "carrot water or "burned bread water" finishing with a laxative. Looking back now, I can appreciate those times because we rarely came down with colds and we both had beautiful skin. There are truly some benefits to Spring- cleaning or detoxing. From the courtesy of "Bembu", I will name a few.
1. It boosts your energy
2. It rids the body of excess waste
3. It builds a stronger immune system
4. It keeps us young -
5. We will enjoy clearer Thinking
6. We will have better breath
This week, I will be posting foods and drinks that are great for Spring-cleaning or detoxing

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