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I have a burning question that I have been pondering the last few days, can you achieve wellness apart from God?
As you think about it, can I share with you what I have decided? God made us in His image and made us for connection.
Therefore, we can’t even reach complete wellness unless He is a part of it.
Now, let me first say that complete wellness won’t happen until we get to Heaven.
The truth is that we live in a sinful world full of death and decay, but we can’t reach our personal best unless God is involved.
The Meaning of the Word Shalom
The Bible is full of the word shalom which is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility.
At its foundation, shalom means to be in reconciliation with God, with ourselves, and with others.
We can’t find this complete peace until we first realize that it’s action on our part also!
Shalom doesn’t happen until we choose to work at becoming more well.
At the beginning of this new year of 2020, I thought, “What better a time when to do a series called ‘Viewing Wellness Through a Christian Lens.'”
My Transition Story to Shalom
Can I share a little of my story?
A few years ago, I found myself fatigued, not sleeping well, struggling with blood sugar issues, and generally feeling awful.
Reading the last sentence makes it sound like it wasn’t that bad. Can I be honest?
I was at the end of myself… Somedays I thought I was dying, and I certainly never thought I’d make it.
The truth is that when I think back over this time period, I was also struggling emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
I was anxious, depressed, and hopeless.
Mentally, I didn’t feel challenged, and I was bored with the mundane activities of being a mom and homemaker.
And spiritually, I felt like God had left me. Life was hard, and it didn’t feel like I was strong enough to rise up.
A few bad things had happened, and I questioned how a good, good father could allow things to happen to me!
Truth is, I was angry at God.
Nothing had turned out how I expected it to!
I went to church, but didn’t feel God’s presence.
The relationships around me were struggling also because I was within my inner vacuum; the world became all about me.
As I look back over this phase of my life, I was far from the meaning of shalom because the connections with God, body, and community in my life were broken.
The Power of Choice
I wallowed in my own self-pity and didn’t realize that I had a choice to change all of this.
When I got to this point, I didn’t think my life would ever be better. The devil likes to get us to believes this, doesn’t he?!
Here’s the thing: All the hard things in our life that make us feel like we can’t reach health and wellness, but God can help us overcome them.
God likes to work in the impossible situations!
We just need to trust Him.
Finding Shalom Requires Action
Let me just say that once you chose to change… it doesn’t happen overnight, lasting change requires hard work and persistence, but we have a God that likes to work on the hard and impossible!
Anxiety and depression seemed like huge mountains to overcome, and yet with choice and intentional action, I have found freedom.
As I’ve worked on my relationship with God and putting myself more in community and inviting others into my tribe, I have felt better than I have in ten years!
Health and wellness is more than what we eat and if we exercise.
Viewing Your Wellness as a Christian
It is sphere of so many different things, and in this series Viewing Wellness Through a Christian Lens, I hope that God will give us wisdom, tips, and tools.
All of these will help us find a deeper connection in all these arenas: Spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and in community with others!
As evidenced in my own life, the key to feeling better requires choice and action in each of these areas.
Your Power of Choice
As a Christian, everything requires choice. If you really think about it, you will see that what we pick in all situations is a matter of free will.
Our journey to shalom is a matter of free will. We can try and reach wellness by focusing on physical health, but only when we work on all areas, we will find true health and wellness!
Throughtout this series, I will recommend products, websites, programs, books all from a Christian point of view!
I hope you will find your best resources to reach further health and wellness!
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, MSG).
23-24 May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ. The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!
Here are some resources I’m currently enjoying:
Why Your Diet Matters as a Christian
Grace Filled Plate
Essential Oils as a bridge between where I was and where I’d like to be. They help in tandem with God’s word in my journey!
To hear more about my story!