Are you facing a crisis? In the middle of a crisis? Anticipating a crisis? Worrying about a crisis?
Did you know your body, soul and spirit are all tied together; what you do to one affects the other two. We know a relationship with the Lord and prayer will get us through, but do we realize how important it is when to also give our body rest and to eat well? Otherwise we tend to blow things out of proportion!
Well, I know what you are thinking. “Really? Once we are in a crisis, it is too late!” Not really. I have found out several things over the past few years. Eating well (I’ll explain that in a little bit) and resting well are the foundation of DEALING well.
#1, Lets talk about eating well. A friend tells me all the time how she eats nutritionally well, healthy, and stays away from ‘processed’ foods. What she doesn’t admit is the overload of carbs, the high calorie content and the sheer volume of food she eats. She has duped herself into believing that eating from all the food groups, and eating until she is full (of so called healthy food), is eating well. Truly, it depends on the definition of well. A lot of fat people eat ‘well’. All I am saying is, take a step back and re-evaluate what you are really eating. If you are trying to lose weight, a reduction of calories is mandatory – period. I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve lost 100 pounds and I know exactly what it takes.
#2, Lets discuss resting well. Our food intake is directly related to our sleep patterns. If we overload on carbs, we get sleepy, sleep too long, are susceptible to depression, etc. Some of us stay up late (and eat), and (as a result) also don’t sleep well. We worry. We worry we are fat. We worry how people will act toward us. We worry about everything. The worry keeps us awake. Unfortunately, sleep deprived people make poor decisions.
In 1 Kings 19:5-6, Elijah had run for his life and was resting under a shade (broom) tree when the angel of the Lord touched him and told him to get up, and eat. At that point he was offered the bare basics. Bread and water. The Bible refers to the bread as ‘a cake baked on coals’. (I love that!) So Elijah ate and drank, and then he lay down again (to rest). This happened again. And the angel of the Lord told him to eat and rest because the journey ‘is too great for you’. This is a reminder for me to eat well (not indulge, just bare basics) and for me to set aside a time of rest when in a crisis.
Do you know that we need to be in the very best condition possible so that we can put feet on our passions from the message we’ve learned, so that we can deliver it to others!
You want to survive a crisis? Prepare right now! Take care of your body, and be careful with what you put into it and what you do to it. This includes what you eat, how you eat and when you eat – and the amount of rest you get as well.
I can’t give you a magic pill to make your challenges go away – only YOU can address your own issues. Don’t be afraid to really look at your eating and sleep patterns. They will tell the truth.