Category Archives: Prayer and Health

The human mind can’t go it alone

Is there anything more helpless-feeling than being stuck in the snow?  Press on the gas all you want, you’re still just spinning your wheels.  Getting free requires a change in strategy.

cropped-HealthInkLogo-1.jpgCan’t the same be said for most of life’s ‘stuck’ moments? They call for a fresh approach.  The insight and impulse delivered by prayer can provide the needed push.

It’s been one of THOSE winters.  In the latest round of snow and biting cold, one neighbor and then another needed my help in freeing their cars from heaps of the white stuff.  Alone and feeling stranded, each was relieved to see me walking down the alley.  Together, we were able to maneuver over the deep potholes created by the solo efforts to get free.

Like winter, life’s challenges can be intimidating.  Health is the biggie… Read more

Resilience – Choosing to Get Back on the Horse

“Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway.” John Wayne’s on and off-screen persona has wide appeal.  His pick-yourself-up, shake-off-the-dust attitude made him a super star.

cropped-HealthInkLogo-1.jpgMany of us have something in common with Wayne’s movie characters; we have had to bounce back from challenges, rebound from adversity, dig deep within ourselves to find peace and normalcy. His resilience resonates with some part us.

“Resilience is that ineffable quality that allows some people to be knocked down by life and come back stronger than ever,” according to Psychology Today. Wayne made it look easy.

Most of us, however, don’t possess Wayne’s swagger.  And unlike the movies, life is not scripted, nor are happy endings guaranteed.  Yet, trust in something outside our own narrow perspective comes to the rescue in our despair.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end,”  Read more…

Boots on a spiritual rock

Tuesday, November 11, marks the observance of Veterans’ Day in the U.S. This is a reprint of a column that appeared last year.

 

“Nothing can separate you from the love of God,” she gently spoke to him.  With all the confusion surrounding them, she continued to pray with the man she was kneeling over.  It was September 11, 2001.

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One of the first female chaplains ever called to active duty, Retired Colonel Janet Horton has had some pretty intense experiences.  In her distinguished career as a Christian Science Military Chaplain, she has seen duty around the globe helping the men and women who serve in the military to keep soul and body together.

Returning to the States after her overseas deployment, Horton was hoping for a post in Georgia. She was assigned to the Pentagon.  At the time she considered it a questionable assignment at best.  “I thought this was a big mistake” she said when I spoke with her, but through prayer she came to the conclusion that God doesn’t slipup.   She eventually came to realize that she was at the right place at the right time.

The morning of September 11, 2001 saw the World Trade Center in New York under attack and United Flight 93 crashing into a Pennsylvania field.   Then at 10:10am American Flight 77 hit the Pentagon.

The nose of the plane that struck the building hit the rear of the personnel area.  There was an explosion and fireball.  Read more…

The human mind can’t go it alone

HealthInkLogo (1)Is there anything more helpless-feeling than being stuck in the snow?  Press on the gas all you want, you’re still just spinning your wheels.  Getting free requires a change in strategy.

Can’t the same be said for most of life’s ‘stuck’ moments? They call for a fresh approach.  The insight and impulse delivered by prayer can provide the needed push.

It’s been one of THOSE winters.  In the latest round of snow and biting cold, one neighbor and then another needed my help in freeing their cars from heaps of the white stuff.  Alone and feeling stranded, each was relieved to see me walking down the alley.  Together, we were able to maneuver over the deep potholes created by the solo efforts to get free.

Like winter, life’s challenges can be intimidating.  Health is the biggie, but there are also ruts brought on by aging, depression, addiction and more.  Read more…

Some very simple advice: Don’t worry, be happy

 

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“Don’t worry, be happy,” goes the 80’s classic tune.  The advice seems a bit trite these days and downright insincere.  Let’s face it; there is plenty to feel uneasy about.

January is Mental Wellness Month, bringing attention to a national health problem.   Approximately 1 in 4 adults suffers from some type of diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

Health professionals are concerned about the amount of worrying going on and its impact on health.  Individuals experiencing chronic worrying are at greater risk than others for heart attack and other cardiovascular problems as reported in Harvard Medical School’s newsletter Healthbeat.

Protracted anxiety manifests itself in a variety ways, including headache, appetite, sleeplessness, and bad habits that contribute to unhealthy lives. As the country focuses on this debilitating problem (the leading cause of disability in the world since the 1990s) evidence is coming to light about an alternative way to address the concern.

Bobby McFerrin was right, constant worrying only makes things worse.  Read more…