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It's All in the Mind!

This month I'd like to share with you some tips on staying focused!  Many people today, are under too much stress and duress, and it's affecting our mental health and well-being.  The Bible says, " A double minded man, is unstable in all his ways."  The mind is delicate, and it is vital to every aspect of our spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, and psychologolical stability.  If you lose the ability to control your thought process, you become mentally challenged and unhealthy.  What good is a perfect body, and the mind is a vegetable?  Here's some things we need to consider:
1.) Be careful of the natural foods you eat!  Watch what you feed your body, foods play a major role in our mental health.  Some foods such as caffeine have a dual purpose, while it may make you more alert, and gives you that burst of energy that you might want, caffeine is not good for your body and it's addictive.  Caffeine is not only in coffee, but soda and other drinks, also chocolate!
Look at the consumer labels before you buy!
2.)  Eat a balanced diet!:  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet many of us, skip breakfast and consume junk and snack foods that don't give us the nutrition that our bodies and specifically our minds need to function.  "You are what you eat!"  Fresh fruit, fruit juices, decaffinated teas, protein cereal, or products that have wheat germ, oat bran, and nuts, will give your mind the nutrition it needs to get you started for a productive day!  Yogurt,and cottage cheese, are a much better substitute, and you can grab a spoon and eat on the way!  Don't forget to start off your day with a glass of water, and continue with a glass every time you consume a meal or eat a snack.  Water is essential to our life force!
3.)  Get plenty of rest and meditation!
In the Shalom section, I am going to be talking about The Three R's.  One is rest!  Your mind needs to be able to have a time of peace and quiet, it is called meditation.  Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 tells us that "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."  We need to learn to take, make and have some time for our minds to heal themselves from all the information that it has to process every mintue of the day.
4.)  Watch what you see and hear!:  The mind is a terrible thing to waste.  Too many of us, are not careful as to what we allow in our presence, guard your mind!  Don't listen to everything, and you certainly shouldn't listen to everyone!  Your mind processes what you see, it can disturb you to the point that you can't think straight!  Your mind keeps a mental photo album, from your physical eyesight and all that you see is remembered and kept in a special compartment of your mind, and is recalled during certain thought process, things that you may have forgotten or even refused to acknowledged and tried to hide in the back closet of your mind, is still affecting how you interact with others and most importantly, what you think and how you fell about yourself.
Someone once said, " Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil!"
A.) BEVERAGES:  Fruit mixers with a blender, fruit juices and herbal drinks.  Speciality teas (especially green tea) apple cider, high protein drinks with a minimum of sugar, sweetners or caffeine and all the water you can drink!
B.)  Fresh Fruit:  Is better for you, and dried fruit is also good as long as there is not a lot of preservatives in them, be sure to read the consumer labels for processed fruit.  Keep fruit on your kitchen or dining table as a center piece, place a bowl of fruit on your inn tables to snack on.  Include tropical fruits such as mango's, coconut and avocado. Learn what types of fruits would be better for your body's specific needs, such as banana's are high in potassium, cantalope and sweet melon is another fruit that fills nutitional void.  *If you are diabetic, be sure to check with your doctor as to the intake of various fruits you are allowed to eat daily. 
C.) Produce: Yams, potatoes, most green vegetables such as brocolli,lettuce,collard, mustard, kale, turnip greens. Small amounts of garlic gloves in your daily diet, are highly recommended for memory retention and to lower high blood pressure. Red beans and lentils, which are found in the Mediterranean Diet which is in the Old Testament of The Bible. These are just a few items on the food chain, that will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a well-balanced mind.
Fresh baked sweets are always better for you than store bought!  Fruit pies, such as blue berry, apple, cherry, and peach cobblers, humm! that my mother and grand mother baked.  The house smelled so good and although it was sweet, it didn't have all the preservatives, chemicals and additives that store bought food contains.  It may be more convenient and easier to buy it at the store, but it's not as healthy, nor does it taste as good. Get a good cookbook, and try some new recipes, as well as refresh your memory on some past favorites. Keep it natural! 

The Word Shalom, represents PEACE!  God wants His Creations to have Total and Complete PEACE!!  In your mind, body and soul!  What good is it to be at peace in your spirit, if your mind is being tormented, and your physcial body is sick and full of dis-ease!  God's Word declares that He desires for us to be in Health, even as our souls prosper!  All the money in the world, will not comfort you, if you are unhealthy and ill.  The scriptures are full of God's spoken and written Word concerning His desire for His Children to have Health & Wellness in every aspect of your daily lives, but there are somethings that we can do to help ourselves to achieve and maintain our  well-being.  Here are some suggestions to bring Shalom for your Body :
I.)  REST:  "Rest in the Lord, and in the power of His Might!"  We need to learn how to give God control over our lives, mind, body and soul!  When the Holy Spirit prompts you to stop!  Be obedient, take a break, stop what you're doing and let God handle it!  Remember God can take better care of you, than you can of yourself.  He made our bodies, and He knows exactly how much we are able to bear.  Don't push yourself beyond your limitation, take the time to REST!
II.)  REFRESH!  There is nothing more relaxing, than to freshen up yourself, after you have rested.  Fatigue and exhaustation, of the mind, body and spirit; can leave you weary, worn out, tired, frustrated and irritable!   
A.)  Refresh your mind, read something soothing, uplifting and enjoyable, that doesn't make your mind work overtime! 
B.)  Refresh your body, with a hot or warm bath and relax with some soft music and aromatic candles, give yourself a facial, manicure, and pedicure.  A physical massage, will work wonders on a tired body; for those aches and pains a visit to the chiropractor, will release most of that tension and stress from stiff joints and muscles cramps.  Learn to appreciate your body,  you take care of it, it will take care of you. 
C.)  Refresh your spirit, meditate on God's Word daily.  Put those things in your spirit that will help you excel and accomplish your goals and visions.  Be positive, and cut out all the negativity.  "Such as a man thinks, so is he."  Surround yourself with people who walk in the light and not darkness, who appreciates who you are, and not for what they can get from you. 
III.)  BE RENEWED!   Everyone needs to take a self evaluation, are you accomplishing your goal, and dreams?  Is your life on the pathway it should be in order to fulfill your destiny?
A.)  Renew your vows unto God!  Make a new commitment to Him, according to His Word.  Every indiviudal should know, where you are in God, and if you find yourself out of place; do something about it, your vows are important to God, and you should honors them.
B.) Renew your spirit!  Spend some time alone!  Give your mind a break!  Take time out for yourself, so that you can hear yourself think and listen when God is talking to you.  Turn off the radio, television and stereo! Learn to enjoy Peace and Quiet! 
C.)  Renew your mind!  The Word says, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:2
by Pastor Loretta Williams