Sunday, August 28, 2016

Building Wealth Through Health

People are often preoccupied with seeking new ways to generate more money. This is due to the rising costs of living and a desire to live without financial stress. You may be looking for a second job or want to invest in a business that will create residual income. These methods are effective and should be pursued to meet your financial goals. However, you may be neglecting your health while you're on the road to a higher financial status. Whatever your goal is, it is important to be able to present yourself in a whole state versus a partial state. What I mean by this is that if you don’t adjust your schedule to accommodate the acquisition of sufficient sleep, exercise, and the consumption of healthy food, you will not be able to enjoy your life.

You may have the money to buy any type of food you want, but if you don’t select the right foods, your eating will be in vain. You may think that wealth solely pertains to the accumulation of cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, and other investments that can yield high monetary value, but if your health is deteriorating, you will eventually have to use these assets to pay for various medical services to manage chronic illnesses. If you want to avoid using all of your savings for extensive and expensive medical care, there are a few proactive steps you can take to lower the risks of acquiring many of the conditions that are known to contribute to shortening your lifespan.

Although this advice is based on my perspective, experience, and other authoritative medical sources, you should consult with your primary care physician to get approval for the consumption of a particular food, supplement, or your participation in an exercise regimen. You don’t want to risk overexerting yourself or increase or decrease a vital level because you exceeded an amount of a food or supplement that your body cannot handle.

Building monetary wealth takes time because long work periods are involved, but as time goes on, the increased savings amount indicates that your hard work truly pays for itself. The same process should be applied to improving your health. So many people think that they can eat anyway they want for decades and then achieve miraculous results overnight because of a pill. However, the key to improving and sustaining long term health is consistency. If purposely applied over months and years, your body will become accustomed to good food and will begin to crave what your body has needed for a long time.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to get an annual physical which I had neglected for quite some time. I thought my exam would yield positive results because I ate a salad every day, and took a multivitamin. However, prior to my exam, I had been feeling sluggish and beat down. I knew that I suffered from anemia which I was diagnosed at age 19. I made sure that I maintained my iron levels significantly since the diagnosis. However, prior to my exam, I slacked off because I was in the process of finding a vitamin that did not contain synthetic chemicals. I thought I was doing good, but I just couldn’t shake the tired feeling.

The day following my exam, I received a call from my physician informing me that my hemoglobin was extremely low and that I should go to the closest emergency room as soon as possible to have my hemoglobin checked. If the test results indicated that my hemoglobin was below a certain point, I would have had to receive a blood transfusion. Luckily it had elevated by one point since my exam, and I was sent home with a prescription for iron pills. That crisis was a wakeup call for me because I was consumed with making sure other things got taken care of before I took care of myself.

My doctor told me that I had been feeling the way I had been for so long that I thought it was normal.  Since that exam, unexpected call from my physician, and the ER visit, I have made every effort to learn more about the types of food I should eat and which supplements aid in improving my iron stores. Doctors are good for evaluating and giving us diagnoses, but we have to be assertive about attaining optimal health and not just monetary wealth.

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The purchase of healthy food and supplements may cost more than average products, but the money you will save when you don’t have to pay for expensive medications and medical services will be realized when you have met your financial goals without major interruptions. III John 1:2 says Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth. When you take time to educate yourself about various nutrients and supplements that will improve your health, you can make the best decision about which products may work for you and begin to set goals that will lengthen your lifespan.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Restructuring Process

Discovering your life's purpose can be difficult. As humans, we're so inundated with societal systems and other people's expections. We're worried about what will they think if I do this? How am I going to look or be perceived if I say that? The list goes on and on. Throughout Bible history, there were times when individuals we admire in the literary sense had apprehensions about what others would think about them. For example, Moses was self-conscious about his speech lisp when he was called on assignment by God to deliver the children of Israel (Exodus 4:10). Jeremiah was encouraged by God to shift his focus from the fact that his was a young prophet, but wanted him to be courageous in delivering God's message (Jeremiah 1:7).

All of us have things about us that can be a personal hindrance despite our gifts and callings. You may not have been born in an ideal family union, or perhaps you were, but you have some physical issues you struggle with because you were bullied when you were young. Your financial status might be embarrassing because you've been laid off,  or you're dealing with a chronic illness that prevents you from generating income, and other people know about your crisis. Your marriage may be on the verge of sinking, or you're worried about your children. Whatever your personal struggle is, God knows and understands what you're going through. However, your ability to complete your God-given assignment is not based on being perfect. Your experiences or shortcomings actually empower you for your calling. Paul said in II Corinthians 12:9 that ... "My strength is made perfect in weakness." What this means is that when you say yes to God's assignment for your life, he will give you the grace to complete it. God told Jeremiah 1:7 ... "Thou shalt go to all that I send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak."

Your struggles are also created as development tools to equip you for your assignment. When you think about tools, these instruments are made of hard material such as steel. A screwdriver is meant to fasten one thing to another. A wrench's purpose is to tighten bolts that hold materials together. A saw is meant to divide parts that will be used for other purposes. A drill is meant to make holes for screws and bolts to be united together. The same process can be seen in the restructuring process of our lives. Sometimes God allows hard circumstances to manifest in our lives to hold us together or divide relationships that are no longer beneficial to us in order to make room for other relationships and opportunities to form for the next phase of our lives.

If you think about furniture and buildings, over the course of time, parts will become loosen making the once admired structures look unattractive. Since God is the potter in your life (Jeremiah 18:1-6), will you allow Him to continue the restructuring process so that he can change your focus, refine your character, cleanse your wounds, improve your speech, and use you as a vessel that others can look to for guidance?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Spiritual Strength Training

Sometimes life’s problems can cause us to become lethargic just like the continuous consumption of junk food. When you don’t get enough of the right foods, your body will definitely let you know that you ate the wrong food or need to increase your daily intake of healthy food if you’re already health conscious.

Many people spend time in the gym working out to gain their desired physique. A rigorous gym exercise routine and a healthy diet will typically help you achieve your goal if you’re dedicated to your program. While this is a good route to take when you want to look your best physically, your mind also needs a little strengthening to help you stay focused on your goals.

If you need a boost of mental strength, but don’t have time to search the Bible extensively, here are a few verses outlined in the A Summons for Champion Strength book. These verses will help recharge your thinking and get you motivated to handle your life challenges successfully. Just as a strong body helps you ward off many illnesses and speeds up the recovery process if you’ve been injured, a spiritual mental workout can help ward off negative thoughts about yourself or your situations. You may not be able to change your work or home environment, but you can change your mindset. It’s easy to get distracted by various obstacles or negative comments, but if you have a few minutes each day to speak these verses, you’ll not only inspire yourself, but others as well. Take the Daily Scripture Fitness Plan challenge today and see how better you feel throughout the day.

•  Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days so shall thy strength be (Deuteronomy 33:25).

• God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect (II Samuel 22:33).

• But thou, O LORD art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head (Psalm 3:3).

• Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not (Psalm 17:5).

• He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places (Psalm 18:33).

• The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11).

• Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD (Psalm 31:24).

• I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help (Psalm 121:1).

• My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:12).

• Finally, my brethern, be strong in the Lord,  and in the power of his might (Ephesians 6:10).

• Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

• I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).

• Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).

To access more strength targeted scriptures, “Targeted Bible Verses”, provides an extensive listing of verses you can access quickly when you need help with your problems or when you want to encourage someone else. Sometimes it can take awhile trying to find a verse or perhaps you know someone who knows the scriptures very well, but you can’t reach them. This Bible verse guide can help you find exactly what need. The process may seem laborious in the beginning, but as you begin to increase spiritual stamina, your daily devotion ritual will become easy.

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