Have You Called JC Yet?
( The Benefits of Godly Wisdom on Good Health )
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”
Few months ago, my doctor gave me a death sentence. No, it’s not what you’re thinking. He just told me that my cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar and my liver enzymes were abnormal. Combine those with my high blood pressure and daily life stresses and I was like walking on a very thin rope, hanging on to dear life.
Looking back now, I praise God for that “wake up call.” I knew in many areas of my life, I acknowledged God but as far as taking care of my health, I thought it was so trivial to bother God about it. I was thinking, “I can do this Lord. I can lose weight on my own. No, thank you!” Actually, I think I wasn’t ready to give up on chocolate cake yet .
Last year, I literally suffered the negative consequences of not taking care of my health. When I was stressed out, I found solace in food (the wrong kind) and got too lazy to exercise. I always reasoned out that my work was exhausting enough, I don’t need to work out anymore. My after work frequent trips to McDonald’s was like visiting a psychotherapist. I got instant gratification. But the downside was when I looked at the mirror, I got depressed seeing those extra bulges that I even ate more to mask that gruesome feeling! Then my bones got weaker, I sprained my knees and was in disability for awhile. I had hormonal imbalances – embarrassing hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and was not an easy person to live with. I had car accidents because of lack of sleep. I called in sick so often that my job evaluation suffered. Even the other areas of my life was suffering slowly. I was literally dying inside. Until a prayer changed all that.
One of those sleepless nights, I confronted God with a question, “ God, I know you are not finished with me yet. You have work for me to do. But I don’t want to live like this!” I learned that it’s during my most helpless and weakest state that God would showed me His strength and power. So I prayed that God will handle all the areas of my life, even my health . Amazing how a simple prayer of trust can do.
Yesterday, I went to my doctor again for follow up on my blood work. He gave me the good news. All my blood results are back to normal. My cholesterol is down from 214 to 165. My blood sugar, triglycerides and liver enzymes are excellent! My doctor asked me, “What did you do? Your weight even dropped from 145 lbs to 127!” I can tell he was shocked but I just grinned and told him, “I am feeling much better too! Can I stop taking my medications? “ He said I can stop taking my cholesterol pill and cut my BP medication to half a dose a day. I know JC (Jenny Craig) helped me a little bit but I would say the other JC (Jesus Christ) helped me the most.
So, have you called JC yet? Jesus Christ that is! I honestly believe that when we acknowledge our insufficiency and weaknesses and completely trust God, then He will work His way through us. I learned this the hard way.
So here is my challenge to you. What is important to you? If it’s to live longer , don’t trust in what you can do, or what those weight loss programs can do. Like our spiritual walk, others can only be there to help us, but it’s our lifestyle and our complete dependence on God that will fill the emptiness in us. God wants us to have healthy bodies but it’s our healthy thoughts and peace within that matters. “A heart of peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Prov.14:30)
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to remember always that You alone is The Way, The Truth and The Life. May we trust You completely in every areas of our lives, even our health. Thank You for Your promise that You came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly. In Your Name, we trust, Amen.
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"What is important to you? ....... don’t trust in what you can do ....... it’s our lifestyle and our complete dependence on God that will fill the emptiness in us." AMEN! Well spoken. I relate to what you've said here, not necessarily concerning health/eating habit issues, but to that of dependence on God to fill our emptiness. I don't know where I'd be without Him... struggling to find things/people/etc to fill my emptiness, I'm sure. But it seems that the more I find myself in need, the more I lean. And I pray that one day, I'm going to get this leaning thing down pat and everything will just fall into place... taking it all to God in prayer... then LEAVING IT THERE. Thank you so much for sharing your heart and the inspiration to be simply but totally dependent upon God and His faithfulness. Love you! Oh... and I am SO PROUD OF YOU! ((hugs))
25 Oct 2007
Good for you, Gloria, for facing up to your ENEMY and looking him in the eye. We all need to do that. It is so easy to take the quick way, letting duties get in the way of good health. It is easy to say that we have to stay healthy for our family's sake, or for our husband's sake (as I said, just today), but more importantly, we have to stay healthy for our own sake. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost. Thanks for sharing your testimony, Gloria....Helen
Oh my, my, my. I love this article from Title to finish. You have the perfect amount of vulnerability and wisdom. There is nothing better than taking our own testimony, challenges and successes and letting others glean from them. As a former "#3 at the Mickie D's" addict, I can attest to a different set of wake-up calls, but wake-up calls, just the same. Thank you so much for sharing this praise with us. I'm sure many will relate, if not publicly, then privately...
Dear Gloria, I agree with Laura that this is wonderful from the Title on! CONGRATULATIONS on winning this battle! And, thank you for sharing from your heart, as you always do. God wants us to learn from our hard times and then share what we have learned...you have done this so lovingly and you will reach many people by your openness. God bless you! Love, Your Sis, Peggy