Are religion and health connected miraculously? The miracles of the Bible say yes. Experiences of many say yes.Is religion a magic wand to keep us healthy? If we always had our health restored by simply asking God for it, would we follow Him for the wrong reason? Everybody wants to go to heaven, but who is willing to die to get there?
Many persons turn to religion or spirituality for comfort when stressed…they use their Higher Power. Spirituality and Religion are many times used to cope with common problems in life, especially those involving medical or psychiatric illnesses, as well as the challenges that all of us face when life happens.
I almost didn’t pursue chaplaincy. When I was introduced to chaplaincy almost ten years ago, I was told that I could try it for a year or so, but that Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was the educational gateway. I did try chaplaincy out for a few months,then checked out CPE. That is where I almost put the brakes on...
For our purposes here, I define spirituality and religion differently. Spirituality includes not only those who are deeply religious, but also those who are superficially religious, and some who are not religious at all but define spirituality as recognizing the sacred nature of a person. Religion is easier to measure. It means that you do something measurable: worship, pray, attend, read, give, etc...
Are there different causes of depression, different types of depression, different depths of depression? Does everyone get depressed? What can I do about depression? What does depression look like? Is it contagious? Will I ever get over my depression? What about the Christian and depression? Whew… what a can of worms to open up!
The reality of possibly facing the end of life brings a host of emotions: anger, frustration, hopelessness, isolation, confusion, and despair. These all have their roots in fear. Navigating through this minefield of emotions can be very difficult, not only for the patient, but for those who are close to the patient.
I’m guessing that most of us know that worry is not good for our health, takes up time and energy that could be better used for something else, and is just in general the overall “bad guy” in our minds. So, how do we “stop it?”
There are circumstances that will often come along that can steal our joy if we let them. When we allow the negative things to crush our spirit, it takes away our positive attitude. When our day doesn’t go as planned because of circumstances that happen we had not counted on, we can become disappointed or even frustrated.
In November, 2010, my life’s journey took a turn that I was not expecting, as have many other events that I had no idea would take place. I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. (I know that many of my fellow employees and members of their families have been taken over by the many different types of cancer...
How healthy are you? Eat right. Exercise. Many of us struggle to keep our bodies in shape. But are we really healthy? Our total health begins at the core of who we are … our spirit. Our spiritual health is linked directly to our emotional, physical and mental health. How healthy do you really think you are? Erwin McManus teaches how we can reclaim our spiritual health by examining how our faith affects us physically, emotionally, and relationally.
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Good things can happen in all areas of your life—your faith, family and relationships, health, finances and work. Instead of making big resolutions that quickly overwhelm you, this series invites you to begin moving toward change one daily, intentional step at a time. You can achieve the dreams you had almost given up on!
“I will never forget your commandments, for you have used them to restore my joy and health.” | Psalms 119: 93 (NLT)
"Don’t be impressed with your all wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you’ll gain renewed health and vitality." | Proverbs 3:7-8 (NLT)
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” | 3 John 1:2 (NIV)
“Years ago, in a motivational seminar by the master, Zig Ziglar, I heard a story about how mediocrity will sneak up on you. The story goes that if you drop a frog into boiling water, he will sense the pain and immediately jump out. However, if you put a frog in room-temperature water, he will swim around happily, and as you gradually turn the water up to boiling, the frog will not sense the change. The frog is lured to his death by gradual change. We can lose our health, our fitness, and our wealth gradually, one day at a time. It might be a cliché, but that’s because it is true: The enemy of “the best” is not “the worst.” The enemy of “the best” is “just fine.” | Dave Ramsey
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