Healing from Sickness: Some of my rituals and routines to avoid sickness and heal quickly
Has your community been inundated with sickness lately? Ours sure has! Flu…Pneumonia…Strep Throat…Common Cold…Seasonal Allergies…You name it. In some areas it’s been so bad that they have closed some schools down. Typically my family NEVER gets sick. Truly. I can count on one hand how many times that I’ve had to take either of my children to the doctor for an illness-related visit. We are just a healthy family. Unfortunately though, we’ve been fighting off some sickness in my family recently.
The good news is that our cases haven’t been severe and have been very short-lived. I’ve had several people ask me what we do to avoid sickness and to get over it so quickly when it does strike. This week I thought I’d hit on the “Healthy” part of “Happy, Healthy & Prosperous”. I’ll share some of our rituals and routines that keep us healthy and help us to get over sickness quickly with less severity in the rare case that we do get sick. Feel free to try out some of my tried and true practical steps for sickness prevention and healing!
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Romans 4:17 (KJV)
When I was little I always used to say, “I never get sick,” and I never did. I looked forward to getting the perfect attendance award at school every year. I asked my mom one time, “Hey mom, why do you think I never get sick.” Her answer was simple, “Because you say ‘I never get sick’!” Now, a frequent saying in our house is, “We never get sick” or “We are happy, healthy, and prosperous”. We have positive confessions of health and/or healing.
Scriptures About Speaking To Others And Knowing What To Say
Sometimes not knowing what to say to others can be very intimidating. Often we find ourselves in situations where we might have to have a difficult conversation or confrontation. Occasionally, we might even have to defend ourselves from time to time. Some situations are less serious, and we just need some wisdom or guidance on saying the right thing or clearly communicating a message. Fortunately, I have found some scriptures about speaking that I like to turn into a prayer request depending on my need at the time.
Personally, I’ve spent a significant amount of time in prayer using these scriptures about speaking to ask for God’s help to say the right thing at the right time. They also help me to ask for help to clearly explain something. Actually, I pray many of these verses before I write a blog post as well because I truly want my posts to be God-led, clearly explained and contain information that will help anyone who reads them. I also use these scriptures before a difficult conversation or confrontation when I know I’ll need to tread lightly and when the right words are so important. I even use them to help me discern when to keep my mouth shut! Lastly, I always want the words that come out of my mouth to only mirror what God would say.
I’d like to share some of my go-to scriptures for speaking that I use when I’m in these types of situations. Some I have found on my own with research on the topic. Others have been shared with me by close friends when I’ve reached out for prayer. My hope and prayer is that you might find a few go-to verses for yourself that help you know what to say when you are at a loss for words or need a little help.
How to Make Positive Affirmations Out of Scripture
We do positive affirmations at our house on a regular basis. I’ve shared before (here and here) how they have helped me overcome insecurity. They help me to sleep better at night. Daily positive affirmations are also part of the morning drive routine for my kids as we head to school to help them face the day ahead and to build their faith. The way we make our positive affirmations is by saying what God says about us. We do this by taking specific scriptures and then just turning them into a statement using words that describe us… “I am…I have…I will…etc.” Scriptural positive affirmations said aloud are very powerful. This week I’d like to share with you how to make positive affirmations out of scripture.
We use and say positive affirmations because they make a difference. I’ve always been a huge believer in the power of words. The bible says that “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” in Proverbs 18:21. I believe there is significant truth in speaking things into existence. In Romans, the apostle Paul calls it “calling into being what does not yet exist” (Romans 4:17 Berean Study Bible). Modern science or psychology might consider positive affirmations coming into existence as a self-fulfilling prophecy. The theory is that a positive (or negative) prophecy or statement, when declared as truth even though it may presently be false, can adequately influence people in order that their responses will eventually fulfill the original statement, prophecy, or positive affirmation. In other words, our words affect and influence our actions.
Scripturally speaking, I believe this is true because our words also affect our belief. The bible says that faith comes by hearing (Romans 10:17), particularly when we hear the Word of God. The more we hear something the more we believe it and the more it sinks down into our hearts, especially when it’s coming from our own mouths. According to James 3:2-5, our mouths/tongues (and the words that come from them) are to us like the bit is to a horse’s mouth or like the rudder is to a ship. Even though they are small parts (just like our tongue is a small part), they control, guide, and steer the whole body. So then can our tongue (our words) guide our body and our lives and change the outcomes thereof. Therefore, the ability to effectively control our words is a vital life skill.
The New Year is here! We had a stellar year in 2014 (of course with ups and downs). This time last year this blog was just a passing thought in my head. OK…it was actually a suggestion command from God that I reluctantly accepted over several months (didn’t get my site up and running until July!). Overall, though I’m so glad I obeyed God. I feel honored to be used to speak into the lives of people and hopefully share a little bit of insight of practical ways to achieve Godly success in a variety of areas. This past week I did a year-in-review and checked on my site’s progress. This week, I thought I’d share the Top 10 Posts of 2014 with you in case you missed any or would like to revisit them.
Our value is not determined by labels that others put on us or by even by labels we put on ourselves. This post gives some resources and tips on overcoming the negative labels we wear and some tips for creating new ones.
You Are a Masterpiece! Are you insulting your creator?
When we think of some of the most valuable items in the world today, priceless art often comes to mind. I’m always amazed at what people are willing to pay for masterpieces sold via Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and private sales. I was reading an article that the Huffington Post did in December of this past year about the most expensive art of 2013 (“18 Unbelievably Expensive Artworks That Sold For Millions This Year”), and I learned that over $1 BILLION was dropped on just 18 works of art! It’s unsettling what some are willing to fork out for what they deem a “masterpiece”.
Well, you already know you are valuable because last week we talked about realizing your value and your worth, but did you know YOU are a masterpiece? You are the handiwork of God.
What Does Your Price Tag Say? A message on Self Worth…
The value of something is based on what someone is willing to pay for it or exchange for it. Eric and I occasionally like to watch Pawn Stars and Storage Wars. We also love to go to auctions together to find “treasures”. We’ve learned a lot about valuation processes. We often find it amusing on Storage Wars when the cast are making their appraisals of the contents of their storage lockers that they just purchased. Every so often someone (usually Darrell) will inflate the worth of an item or two, and we say, “It’s not worth that! There’s NO WAY anyone is going to pay that price for that!” We also find it entertaining when someone walks into the pawn shop on Pawn Stars asking for some super crazy amount for something that they are trying to sell. Their asking price is obviously declined. Then they’ll often say, “Well, online this is selling for x-amount”, and Rick usually replies, “That’s what people are paying or that’s the price they are asking for it? There’s a difference.” The point he’s trying to make is that it doesn’t really matter what the list price is or what the label says. If people aren’t willing to pay the price stated on the label, then it is probably not a correct valuation.