Joy & Health

Donna L. Watkins

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You and I were created to have joy. Many times we get ourselves into health problems trying to meet everybody's expectations. We live in a society that has high demands on us in all areas of our lives. Our youth are suffering from diseases that used to be categorized for the elderly. It's so easy not to match up to what the world says we should be . . . and that results in our not accepting ourselves either . . . which results in health problems.

Jesus said when He was about to leave, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. " (John 15:11). His Spirit gives us the power to believe that joy is our birthright because the Lord has made this day for us to be joyful. We have the power to accept our day as His gift or to reject it as “not good enough!" We can make everything okay in our mind and bodies, even if things are sadly wrong around us. We have that power, but we must choose to use it. “This is the day the Lord has made, I WILL rejoice and be glad in it. "

Keep your focus on what God expects of us and not what the media, and people, and we expect of ourselves. He made creation for us to enjoy and if you spend some time in it on a regular basis, you will find the power to slow down and find aspects of God that you never knew. I'm convinced that Nature itself tells us more about God than any books.

Get alone in a piece of woods and you will be amazed at how much God can accomplish in you if you give Him your undivided attention. Don't let the day-to-day details get you down and unable to dedicate time to your health and well being. If you had a crisis situation you would drop everything and make the time to handle it. Don't wait for a crisis. Take time to let God make you healthy.

Donna L. Watkins lives in Central Virginia with her wonderful husband enjoying birds, wildlife, gardening, forests, nature travel and her cat, Squeek. She has one grown-up son who inspires her life in many ways. Read more of Donna's articles at and subscribe to her free mailing, A Healing Moment.


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