For he will order angels to protect you everywhere you go. Psalm 91:11
Happy Saturday! My hospital care was fantastic, but I’m so happy to be at home now.
One thing that was on my mind While I was in the hospital, and even before, was how I need to take better care of my body. After all, I Corinthians 6:19-20 tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we should care for our bodies the same way we would care for our churches. I know I could do much better. So, last night when my IV machine was beeping I started identifying ways I could do better. Please feel free to add to the list.
- Eat for fuel and well-being. Yikes! This is difficult for me. I love food. However, I know that food isn’t supposed to be my God. Therefore, I need to monitor quantities. That’s not enough though. It is equally important to eat a diet rich in healthy food from God’s kingdom, while limiting highly processed foods. After this bout with sickness, I think I need to include probiotic and prebiotic foods. As I was leaving the hospital the Doctor recommended an over-the-counter supplement.
- Exercise. We all know exercise is good for us. It helps all of our systems operate better. I don’t especially dislike exercise, but it is painful on my joints and that slow me down. So, I’m going to find a way to break up the needed exercise into bite-sized segments.
- Drink water. It is so important to keep ourselves hydrated. It helps us to look younger and our bodies to operate more efficiently. For me it is helpful to start the day with a couple of glasses of water. It’s a great start and helps me from getting to the end of the day only to find that I need to drink a lot of water before bed.
- Rest. Sleep is imperative for a healthy body and I rarely sleep enough. So. It is my goal to schedule sleep on my phone. Can you believe your smart phone can do that too?
- Breathe Fresh Air and Soak Up the Sun. Something I sometimes take for granted is the need to get outside and enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and the beauty of God’s creation. It is stifling hot in Florida, but today I did some stretching and walking in a swimming pool. Late in the day, I sat outside in our swing and just took a break.
- Meditate and Think Positive Thoughts. Just stopping for two to three minutes throughout the day to clear my mind and take a deep breath would help me to remember what is most important. I’m going to add this to my calendar as a reminder.
- Take a Break from Electronics. With an Apple Watch on my arm and an iphone or iPad in my hand most of the time, I need to give electronics a break for a period of time each day. Today, God helped me with that when we had an unexpected loss of Internet service. I told my husband it was like the old days.
These are just a few ideas. Please add yours and let’s take care of our bodies. God bless you.