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Spirit & Body

We have two bodies as such. The physical body and our spiritual body. The Spirit is an important part of both. Giving our hearts to Christ brings that spiritual body into balance and therefore, helps us understand the ups and downs of the physical body – even accept them when others cannot.

Breaking Down

In frustration or tiredness, I sometimes snap at someone with a snarky comment.

One morning at Home Depot—after working an overnight shift at the hospital—I shuffled endlessly through the vast aisles trying to find a simple list of five items. I had stopped at the customer service desk on my way in to get a list of aisle numbers for my shopping list. However, the clerk gave me the wrong directions.

In the paint department—frustrated and tired and trying desperately to locate cheesecloth—I sternly asked the lady at the counter to call a manager to help me. She told me she was occupied, and I retorted, “Well, that’s why I asked you to call a manager.” Not my finest hour.

Some can relate. Some have more self-control or are filled with a deeper sense of peace, but on occasion my reaction overtakes what I know I should do.

God offers an alternative through Paul’s letter to the Colossians when he says to do everything in the name of Jesus. The verse summarizes the call on our lives to be the most Christ-like humans possible.

What we say matters as much as what we do. Paul gives both equal weight. Often, we speak without thinking, tell crass jokes, participate in gossip, curse, and offer commitments we don’t work to keep without batting an eye.

All we speak should be said in the name of Jesus. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t laugh or that we need to preach every time we open our mouths. But we should practice awareness of the words we choose to say and how they affect others.

We can be too prideful or busy to put accolades where they rightly belong: with God. Slowing down and taking time to thank God for opportunities, people, and abilities creates space for gratitude to blossom.

We need to give thanks in all circumstances, even when we grapple to stay afloat or control our emotions. Cultivating an attitude of thanks helps alleviate struggles by removing our eyes from ourselves and reminding us of God’s power and grace.

Remember, you are the light of Christ in the world. Speak and act in His name.

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Waiting Patiently on the Divine

As a Corp Member during my one-year mandatory youth service at Igbokoda in Ondo State, I told a story.

A pastor married, but his wife could not conceive. After a time, the pastor could wait no longer and married another wife. Much to his chagrin, his former wife and the new one conceived at the same time. He discovered double trouble because of his impatience.

We are God’s people and should not be lazy in whatever we do for Him, especially when serving. We also have to be patient with God. Patience is the cord that binds us with God, who always regards our helpless estate. When we face difficult moments, we should view God as our anchor and be ready to be hospitable, not retaliating when others offend us.

God is a great and patient Father with everyone. He has not dealt with us according to our sins. Had He, He would have destroyed the whole world long ago as a result of our various offences. God is patient and wants us to be patient with Him—and with others. When we tolerate one another, we can live at peace.

God’s delays are not denials of our requests. Wait patiently on God. He will never forsake you.

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You're an Original

Doppelganger: an apparition or double of a living person.

Some say everyone has an exact look-alike somewhere in this world. I’ve seen a few of these doppelgangers myself. My husband, for instance, has been mistaken many times for a famous country singer. (Thankfully, he has yet to accommodate their request for an autograph or for him to sing.)

Most movie and TV stars have doubles—people who can pass for them with no questions asked. But no matter how much a person may favor someone else—even identical twins—the truth is we’re all originals. No fakes, phonies, or counterfeits. We are, as the psalmist says, fearfully and wonderfully made. Paul even refers to us as God’s masterpiece.

The Bible tells us God is love. He is also creativity in its fullest measure. My grandmother used to say, “We might be cut from the same cloth as someone else, but even that piece of cloth has different colors, textures, and thread patterns.”

God knew what He was doing when He fashioned us in our mother’s womb. He makes no mistakes. There’s not another individual on the face of the earth who has your exact smile, dimples, laugh, or shape of your eyes and nose. No one has the same fingerprints. And no one sees or values things in the same way as you.

Whether we’re short or tall, have curly hair or straight, are athletic or musical, God lovingly fashioned us and gave us unique attributes that belong to us alone. He gave us life and breath for a purpose, most of all for His glory and pleasure.

Embrace God’s handiwork, and don’t compare yourself to anyone. And never take yourself for granted—your appearance, giftedness, interests, passions, strengths, weaknesses, creativity, hopes, dreams, and even the desires of your heart. There is no one like you. Never has been and never will be. You are unique. Special. One of a kind.

Never forget that you are God’s original.

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Herbal Healing

“It’s so nice and cool,” my classmate said.

When I was seven, one of my classmates came over to play. She had numerous patches of dry flaky skin on her legs and arms and constantly scratched them. My grandmother noticed, plucked a thick green leaf from a plant in her garden, and rubbed the gel-like substance from the leaf onto my classmate’s itchy skin patches.

As I explored ways to use food as medicine in my personal life, I realized the plant my grandmother used was aloe vera. Because of its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, it is often used to treat certain abrasions, burns, skin irritations, and other ailments.

As the psalmist shows, people in the biblical era used herbs for physical healing, purification, spiritual cleansing, cosmetics. Examples include hyssop for ceremonial cleansing and purification, frankincense as an ingredient in incense and as an astringent, myrrh as perfume or as a salve in the purification of the dead, and garlic to kill parasites, keep the body warm, and increase virility.

Though I am grateful God blessed medical professionals with incredible knowledge to assist us in healing, I am awestruck that He intentionally created certain plants to heal nations. One of my favourite herbs to keep on hand is mint. I add a few leaves to a cup of boiled water and drink it as a tea. It’s a delight when I have indigestion, stomach cramps, or excessive flatulence. A friend of mine uses tea tree oil diluted in water to fight off mildew in her home.

Think of some of God’s natural medicines that you can use in your home.

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God Is So Good

During my quiet time, I thanked God for keeping me healthy and injury-free.

My salary is just above minimum wage, so I can’t afford health insurance and haven’t seen my primary care physician in two years.

Less than six hours after my prayer, I fractured my right pinky finger—my dominant hand. I almost passed out from the pain. Who knew that a tiny bone could hurt so much? My finger immediately swelled and bruised. I knew if I went to an urgent care center, I’d have to pay for medical treatment. They’d take x-rays, then apply a splint. What else is there to do for a broken finger?

I went to Wal-Mart and bought a splint and tape for $4.71, which God provided. Earlier that day, I’d been slipped a $20 bill by a friend. Had God not led that woman to give me money, I wouldn’t have had any funds to purchase the splint and tape.

My response to God for allowing me to break my finger was not what it should have been. I was angry. Disappointed. He knows my situation. I’m a caregiver for an elderly woman, and God knows I can’t miss work—no work, no pay. I told Him He had failed me. Right after I’d thanked Him for keeping me unhurt. I felt as if He had slapped me in the face.

The following morning, I awoke with a childhood song in my head, “God Is So Good.” I told God that song was wrong. He had not been good to me. It kept playing and made me examine the situation from a different perspective. If I had to break a bone, breaking a pinky bone was probably the best bone to break.

God knew I’d break my finger—nothing surprises Him. He arranged the situation so I could take care of myself and continue to work. He paid for my supplies.

Life is hard. There are trials and tribulations. Jesus said to expect them. He also said He would never leave us nor forsake us. He was with me before I fractured my finger. He was with me while it healed. He will always be with me. Forever. His promise.

Never doubt God’s promise that He is good.

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