Keeping healthy is much more than eating a pile of cookies or keeping away from those carbs and calorie rich snacks. Exercise is good for the body; but isn't enough as God's ways are most often opposite from our fleshly way-of-thinking.
You can diet, do body cleanses, jog, swim, jumping jacks, and a cardiovascular workout for an hour each day but that isn't enough!!
WHAT, you say?!
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
(I Timothy 4:8)
Now there's a verse to claim if you're NOT into exercising!!
If you remember the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus, only ONE came back to thank him!!
Gratitude is something that is too easily forgotten whether by a healed leper or by me!! It is a powerful tool for spiritual warfare that heals the most discouraged person who has the least to be thankful for. We mostly have an abundance to be thankful for even when life brings us lemonade and it seems sour.
I am responsible for my responses in life. It is up to me (or you, my friend) to choose gratitude or attitude. Too often we snap at our children and feel the stress rising like an ugly face as the stressors of life turn our hearts cold and eventually into bitterness.
I have found when I have gone through terrible circumstances that when I don't choose to start thanking the Lord for things...any thing...that I can't smile, I have no joy, and that I start to spiral down into the pit of despondency. When I start looking for things (any thing) to be thankful for to the Lord, my husband, my children, or anyone or anything else, it takes so little time until I start to pull out of that feeling of despair.
God is so faithful and through the hard and difficult times of our life He can become so real if we just let Him work.
"In everything give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning YOU."
(I Thessalonians 5:18)