SERENDIPITY FOR SATURDAY

Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach with a heart for helping others struggling with various disorders. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds due to implementing techniques through the management of Biblical principles.

She shares with us some of the healthiest daily habits to practice, telling us that she suffered from a severe bout with depression years ago. Yet, in the midst of it, the Lord challenged her with a verse found in Psalm 119:164: “Seven times a day I praise you because your laws are fair.” So, He impressed upon her to get a journal and write down seven things each day for which she was thankful. He further challenged her to do it each day for thirty days. She did. And by the end of that thirty days, she was happier and more peaceful than she had ever been! That depression lifted. If it ever tries to come back, she now knows how to resist it with gratitude – one of the healthiest habits.

Kimberly says it now seems that science is just catching up with God’s Word. For instance, a psychologist once studied people who suffered from depression and other neurotic disorders. He discovered that they all had one thing in common. They were all fault finders.

They focused on the worst within themselves, in other people, or in their life situations. However, praise and thankfulness are God’s will for His people. Listen to what the Apostle Paul tells us: “Therefore, whatever happens, always be grateful” (1 Thessalonians 5:18). This is how God wants us to live in the Anointed One, Jesus.

Kimberly adds that she believes many who suffer from emotional issues can take comfort in the words of the prophet Isaiah. He prophesied that the “Comforter God would send will provide for those who mourn, giving them garlands instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a cloak of praise instead of a heavy spirit, so that they will be called oaks of righteousness planted by ADONAI, in which He takes great pride” (Isaiah 61:1-3 – Complete Jewish Bible).

Think about this: You must choose what clothes to wear daily. They don’t just magically appear on your body! So, set your heart on praise and thanksgiving each day, which is one of the healthiest habits. Then, try it every day for thirty days and see if it doesn’t help you on your health journey! I am sure you will agree it is the healthiest thing you can do daily.

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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