Today, we honor those who have made "the ultimate sacrifice" for our country, while serving in the military. Today is Memorial Day, a U.S. federal holiday, observed on the last Monday in May, each year. There are no words to express our gratitude.
While this year's memorial celebrations may look different on the outside due to continued specific public restrictions, on the inside...it should be no different. It should not be fazed. It should still be celebrated with gratefulness to it's fullest.
I trust that you are spending this holiday weekend in a way that feels good and purposeful for you, honoring those we honor today. I also trust that you are using wisdom, safety, protection, and common sense.
We know this holiday is important. And since we've been in lockdown around the world to varying degrees, for many, this holiday weekend may just seem like a another time to be out. A free-for-all.
How does that feel to you? How does it sit with you?
These questions take us to...
If you missed or would like to review Parts 1 & 2 of You Need Nutrients Across Your Life, you can do that HERE.
In this, Part 3 of my 3-part series we are about to cover an area that you might understand, or have misunderstandings about, just like with the mind and body. And just like with the mind and body, I want to bring truth and clarity about the spirit.
We have spirits, but we are not spirits. Our spirit is that part of us that either connects with God and relates to Him, or chooses not to.
Just like nourishing our mind and body requires us to be tuned in, or aware of that level of us to know what to do, so it is with our spirit. And in order to be tuned in to our spirit, that connection must be ON.
What does that mean?
First, it’s important to check ourselves. Has fear, doubt, unbelief or wrong-doing crept into our lives? Many times, simply feeling disconnected or uninterested in our spirit, in God, or even in our everyday lives, is a true sign that something is lacking, maybe undernourished. We may possibly even be out of alignment in our connection, which then interferes with that which feeds us.
Those days when we feel “off” many times is also a sign of this misalignment, or lack of nourishment. Whether that’s because we are out of alignment, or because what is coming in or around us is out of alignment. Either way, we can feel it in our spirit. This is important and we want to be aware of it, and make wise choices because of it.
Maybe there have been times when you've thought or said, “This just doesn’t feel (or sit) right in my spirit.”
That may be a discernment of misalignment. It is critical to stay connected to God to be in a position for this discernment, because our spirit relates to His spirit. It is important to stay nourished to be able to have this discernment, because our spirit must be in good health to receive and use it.
How do we do that?
Just like the body, I believe there are spiritual macronutrients, things we need in larger amounts, and spiritual micronutrients, those we need in smaller amounts. And just like nourishment for the body, “smaller amounts” does not mean less important. Because deficiencies in spiritual micronutrients can truly cause issues and poor spiritual health and connection.
To nourish your spirit, consider nutrients like:
- Reading the Word of God
- Writing down what you “receive” or feel taught from reading and praying, so there is sustenance
- Attending church or a setting where you can hear and learn, while you gather with other hearts and minds for worship
- Studying devotionals
- Expressing gratefulness
- Keeping your thoughts and actions in alignment with these things
Obviously, these aren't the only things to consider, and just like feeding your body, what you consume depends on certain truths and availability, not fads, or conflicting opinions. And sometimes we spend so much time avoiding the things that we believe we should NOT consume for our spirits, that we forget about those things that we SHOULD and CAN consume.
One truth is that the mind, body, and spirit are all connected. How we live life every day, is a reflection of our thoughts, beliefs, and actions.
When you are spiritually nourished, you have a strength and power that may seem beyond what you might think possible. When you are spiritually nourished, you have a peace that you are connected, and JOY that only He can provide. Did I mention, hope?
Our spirit, when in alignment and connected, always looks forward to...connecting. Another shift in perspective.
What would that look like for you?
Walking wisely, seeking a connection with God, creator of the universe, making the best use of our time, and of course, showing and walking in the fruit of THE spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22:23)…is not only healthy, but filling.
Your mental, physical, and spiritual health is dependent on what you feed each one. And because they are connected, what and how you feed each one can be reflected in, and affected by another.
You need nutrients across your life. To position yourself for nourishment:
- Your mind: address your thoughts; take every thought captive, and learn to process them through a filter of truth
- Your body: acknowledge where you are, and address what is right for you for food, supplements, movement, fresh air, sunshine, and sleep
- Your spirit: check your connection, or lack thereof; ask for discernment and awareness of alignment, seek ways for your spirit to relate to His spirit
While I am unable to go into the depth of what is true for the nourishment of each area of our being in 3 short articles, I trust you've gotten a satisfying taste, and maybe even a thirst or hunger for more. I'd love to know!
I believe that living a healthy lifestyle means you must address the whole of who you are. To do that, you must take responsibility for the whole of who you are.
Every part of you.
Mind, body, and spirit.
And every area that is in each part.
Let me ask you a question: What do you feel you need right now? Click "reply" and let me know.
Let me ask you another question: How can I help? Click "reply" and let me know.