Let me start by saying that this post is long overdue!
What should have been a simple 5 tips to feed your mind, body and soul, quickly became a guide to creating an environment that feeds your faith. My plans were to keep things short and sweet as I do most of my blog posts, I never want to bore my readers with lengthy essays and I also have a very short attention span.
But this go round, things are going to be a little different.
Because when the Good Lord leads you to share a Word of encouragement that is tried and true you cannot keep to yourself; you share it in hopes that it helps at least one person!
I will be very honest with you and say that 95% of the “tips” listed below I never thought I would apply or let a lone share. Guys, when I tell you that I’m a new creature, I AM A NEW CREATURE.
Prideful, anxious, controlling and defensive were once words that described me to a tee, but God met me where I was and it would be stupid of me not to share what brought me through. Mind you I am not quite where I want to be but am very much where God needs me to be.
With that being said, I’m sharing what’s helped me construct an environment that feeds my faith, my mind, body and my soul.
1. guard your heart
“above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it”
Contrary to what you’ve been told, self care is much more than getting a pedicure on Saturday morning or “me” time away from the kids.
Self care is being mindful of the seeds we plant within ourselves on a daily basis whether it be subconsciously or unconsciously. We may not all have green thumbs but gardening 101 teaches us that a seed planted in soil fertilizes; and fertilization causes growth. Be mindful of what you take in through music, the things you read and the shows you watch. Guard your heart.
2. remove it
“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.”
– Matthew 5:29
Let me clarify this scripture because I don’t want you to start gouging your eyes out walking around here with patches on looking like pirates.
Jesus often spoke in parables and the point of this scripture is simple; Remove from your environment whatever causes you to be distracted.
3. make healthy choices
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Cor.6:19-20
You are what you eat.
Plain and simple!
Earlier this year I made the choice to do things differently and I am currently reaping the benefits. Now I do make a few unhealthy choices here and there ( I can’t seem to break up with donuts) but everything in moderation.
I read somewhere that taking care of your body ( eating right and working out) is a form of worship and it honors our Creator. Get to worshiping!
4. watch your mouth
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”
What are you speaking over yourself? Is it positive? Or negative? What are you speaking over your children, are you speaking life? Do your words edify others? God spoke the world into existence and if were created in His image we also have His characteristics much like we have some of our parent’s characteristics. So if God powerfully spoke the world into existence, how much power do we have through our tongue.
Use the words you speak over yourself and people wisely.
5.know your worth in Christ
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
People are going to have an opinion of you no matter what you say or do. You cannot let that define you. You are not for everyone and you don’t have to be liked by everyone. Seek validation from God and God alone and know your worth in… Christ. Some folks are unable to love others because they are dealing with underlying issues that make it impossible for them to love. Love them anyway, know your worth and keep it moving.
6. Love… yourself
“You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.”- Songs of Solomon 4:7
This one is pretty much self explanatory, but I felt the need to remind you.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Forgiveness is the
major key to a happy life. holding grudges and having an unforgiving heart is detrimental to your health but most importantly it is poisonous to your Christian walk. If you’re wondering why certain things aren’t happening for you and you’ve been praying about things that aren’t coming to fruition check your unforgiving heart. Not to say that God solely answers prayers because you’re doing , everything right- He answers prayers because He is God. But obedience, ahhhh obedience is greater than sacrifice, and if the Good Lord is telling you to forgive someone who may or may not have done you wrong; DO IT! Most times grudges hold us back from being all that God wants you to be!
8. watch your thoughts
“For as he thinks in his heart so is he”
This scripture pretty much ties in with number 4. You become what you think. The health of your body, mind and soul truly depends on your mind. You think it, you g speak it, you execute it. Simple!
9. do your best and leave the rest
“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
You cannot do everything. Unless you want to crash and burn, go ahead and try. Sorry for being harsh ( I mean well ) LOL
This is especially important for wives and moms. We cannot do it all! For those times where you feel like your at your wit’s end. Do your best and leave the rest.
10. get to know Him
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else…”
Last but definitely not least.
Seeking a relationship with God will make all the things I mentioned come far more easier. Seek Him as soon as your eyes open in the morning. We were not built to do life without Him. I’ve tried, it only works for a little while.
I really hope these simple but highly effective Biblical truths have blessed you as much as they’ve blessed me. I’m no expert on self care, I’m no nutritionist, and I’m certainly not perfect, but I serve a perfect God!
Got tips? Drop them below.
Until next time.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”
-Psalm 139 :23