Healthy Choices, a Letter to my DaughtersKatie's Ramblings . Mental Health
Girls, you have all grown into such beautiful women. So often people around us are focused on the outside and only see our weight, shape, or physical characteristics. These people often have health advice and sometimes criticism. I want to share with you some insights and ideas on how to be healthy, strong, and have energy to accomplish the tasks that Yehovah gives you, without being focused on the appearance, but rather on faith.
You all know that I have been sickly since I was a little girl. I have told you many of the stories of my passing out in school, my mom taking me to lots of doctors, and my being labeled with developmental delays. As a child, my parents were amazing they never limited me or held me back from being the person God created me to be. Others, like doctors and school teachers, may have labeled me and limited me, but never my parents. I am so grateful for all the experiences I had as a child. Being around special needs people in school and foster children at home, gave me a well rounded awareness of different people and different types of disabilities, health issues, and lifestyles.
It sparked a curiosity in me about the human body, and human condition. This has been a great interest of mine ever since. As a young adult, I had the privilege to be trained to care for people with all kinds of special needs. I took medical training, as well as, behavioral training. I worked daily with adults with various special needs from severally mentally ill to severally physically ill. My clients were adults that lived in group homes and worked in an assisted workshop. My job was to write IEP(Individual education plans) for each client, and to assist with behavior issues. I was 20 years old, and I worked with clients 18-65. I loved it. I had male and female clients. I had down syndrome clients, and I had epileptic, cerebral palsy clients. I had violent clients. I had passive clients. I had clients who took lots of medication that needed to be given at just the right time each day. This was also my job. I had clients that took no meds. I had clients that needed their diapers changed, and clients that needed to be set on the toilet at certain times each day. I had nonverbal clients, wheel chair bound clients, and clients that never made any eye contact. I had clients that ran out the building naked for no apparent reason, and clients that swore at me daily, and on and on.
I loved my job, and I loved my clients. I loved learning about people and I still do. Over the years, my fascination with people and what makes them unique has not diminished at all. But, as I began to have children, I started to see each of you as fascinating study subjects too. Just kidding. But, I did began to realize a few things the older I got, and the more children I had. Not only my biological and adopted children, but also foster children, and other people’s children. I realized that the beginning of our lives really affects our adult lives so very much. I also learned that habits that we learn early can make a huge difference in how we experience our later years in life. I have met people that are twenty that appear to be sixty, and people that are ninety that appear to be forty. I have always been fascinated by the scriptures that talk about Moses being 120 and not wore out, and Caleb feeling 20 at age 80. What makes a person so healthy and strong, and able to achieve great things, and others so weak and die so young.
The answer is God. God does. God is Sovereign, and yes, we can make good choices in how we live and care for our bodies, but ultimately God allows disease and sickness and God heals and restores. God gives us trials and tribulations, and pain and suffering for our own good and His Glory. God also gives healing and restoration for the same reason. We can trust God no matter what is happening in our bodies.
Some things I have learned about living day to day to the best of my ability to serve God include a healthy diet, being physically active, and sometimes there is a need for medication and supplements. I have learned that we can seek wisdom from God, and He will grant us insight into how to take good care of the body He has given us. Paul, in the Bible, had an affliction. We do not know if it was a physical or mental affliction, but we do know that he asked God to take it from Him, and God said, no. God chose to use Paul’s affliction, my guess is, to humble him. So, whenever we struggle with any type of affliction, mental, physical, emotional we can ask God to release us from it, but we have to remember that God knows what is best, and may choose to say no.
Over the years, I have asked God to heal me. He has healed me many times from certain things. He removed a tumor from my brain miraculously, he has healed me from other things as well. But, as of today, he has not healed me from my auto-immune disorder and my hormone imbalance that I have had all my life. I have had complications from these illnesses that have affected me off and on over the years. One of the complications I have endured is vaccine injury. Another, is severe migraines, and a weakened liver, kidneys, and immune system. All of these conditions, God has not chosen to completely heal me from. But, He has given me wisdom to manage them, He has at times released me from pain and anxiety when I felt I would not be able to bare it anymore.
I think God also gives us insight in His word for health and good care of ourselves. I also think we can learn good habits that will help us have better daily lives. Lastly, I think God grants us wisdom into our own personal care if we ask Him.
Here is a few things I have learned as I seek to be a good steward of the body God has given me.
1 Trust Him, He is Faithful and Good.
2 Appearance doesn’t always reflect ones health.
3 Obedience to God’s Word brings Life.
4 My attitude affects my health more than my diet.
5 Stress is all around a blessed life, so managing my reaction to stress is key to my health.
6 Being obsessed with your “health” and appearance, and what you think others think about your health, will not heal you, but will keep you from seeing what God has done in and through you.
Life is hard and full of adversities, but we can accept who we are in Christ and trust that He will use us.
Seek first the Kingdom of Yehovah!!!
Written by Katie
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