Did you realize that the state of our health is directly tied to the state of our soul? For most of us, we have allowed the complexity of our lives to weigh us down. We just don’t know how to turn a wounded life of soul wounds into a victorious life. The truth is that God has given us simple things, that we neglect, to help our soul to recover, to rebound and restore a balance of mind, will and emotions.
The enemy of our soul is prowling around like a lion. He wants to steal, kill and destroy and he knows exactly what cascade of emotions, memories, thought processes and misguided perceptions to use to keep us from living the life God intends. This is so critical to address. It takes intentionality and focus.
Our battle scars from life have a way of impacting the health of our soul. Do we allow our emotions to get the best of us? Does our mind wander on things that are past or fear of the present? HealingStrong’s lessons and activities help to introduce truths from God’s Word to lead one towards freedom in hopes that we can all live the life of purpose that God desires, in the freedom and fullness of who He created us to be!
Choose to Forgive others. Scripture tells us that we are to forgive others in the same way that He forgives us. Holding on to unforgiveness leads to bitterness which we are told defiles those around us as well as ourselves. We cannot afford to allow ourselves to hold grudges or be bitter or resentful if we expect to heal. But forgiveness is a process, it is not a “once and done” event. You may need to speak the words: “Lord, I choose to forgive _________.” over and over, day after day until you truly can release the offender. Forgiveness does not absolve the offender of guilt, but it cleanses you from the continuous poisoning that results from holding onto the offense.
As an integrated being, our Soul (Mind, Will and Emotion) plays an important role in our overall health. Our feelings, our stress levels, our thought life, etc., will impact us in ways we could never imagine.
Turn off the TV news and read or watch things that are encouraging and uplifting. You may also want to stay off of social media if you tend to be frustrated or discouraged by what you see there.
Take a walk or just go outside. Nature is very soothing to our souls. Fresh air and sunshine benefit us physically and the smells and sounds of nature can promote calm and peaceful feelings.
Look to the Future
Make plans for your future like planning a trip, buying tickets to an event, organizing a family reunion or training for a race. When we have something to look forward to, our body, mind and spirit work together to help us attain that goal.
Part of your daily devotion should focus on gratitude, but throughout the day, try to recognize and verbalize things that you feel grateful for: big or small.
With your eyes closed, form a mental picture of your body. See your immune system, like little tiny soldiers, or a clean up crew – eliminating disease and clearing out toxic waste and creating a healthy, whole, strong body.
Don’t harbor unconfessed sin because holding on to sin eats away at us. When we confess, God forgives. “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
Find healthy ways to deal with stress. It is everywhere, and we will never be able to avoid it altogether. However, we can learn to eliminate the stresses and manage the rest. Some ideas are to:
Do a mental and emotional “detox”:
Get good quality sleep. This is not only important to you physically, but we all know that our emotional health suffers when we do not get good sleep. Some of the de-stress activities listed above can help you get better quality sleep. Thanks to Joni Bellew, RN, for her lesson on Sleep. She is author of: Nurse, Nurse, I’m Worse. Can You Help Me Sleep?
For a few more tips you can also download our Tips for Sweet Sleep guide which can be easily kept near your bedside as a friendly reminder.
Laughter truly is strong medicine. It connects people together in ways that allows emotional and physical changes in our bodies. Finding laughter can lighten our heavy loads, trigger boosts to our immune systems, encourage relaxation and may even promote a longer life. Laughing is an important aspect in holistic health that can help to make you feel better about yourself and the world around you.
Listen to Scripture online or record your own voice reading sections of Scripture that are meaningful to you. You can also record Affirmations for each day. Your body responds positively to the sound of your own voice. That is why we recommend reading Affirmations aloud.
Fill your mind with what is good and wholesome and praiseworthy. Audio of healing Scriptures can be heard on YouTube: https://youtu.be/mf2gDm0Q-V0