Tip #1 – Let it Go:
Whether it’s guilt, shame, worry anger, resentment or fear; or processed, junk food – if it is not helping you, it is harming you! We are told in Hebrews 12:1 to strip away all those excess weights that slow our progress! So, let it go – release it – get rid of it.
Tip #2 – Be Thankful:
This may seem very simplistic. But research shows thankful people are healthier overall. This is a basic principle in scripture. We are told numerous times to be thankful in all things for this is God’s will for us (1 Thessalonians 5:18). God’s will is always best!
Tip #3 – Be a Sower:
Everyday you have the opportunity to sow “good seed.” Don’t think you have none – you have plenty! You can sow a smile, advice, love, peace, persistence, patience (a BIG seed!), kindness, self-control, encouragement – the list is endless! Studies show people who help others and show kindness actually benefit themselves as much as those they help! Luke 6:33 tells us to do good to all – even those who are not good to us.
Tip #4 – Live in the Now:
We spend so much time regretting past mistakes or agonizing over future choices that we miss the beauty of today! Do everything mindfully – really taste and smell your food; enjoy the sun warming your skin; notice the humming birds, flowers and butterflies. When someone is speaking to you, look in their eyes and really listen. Be present. God has given us every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Don’t waste the most precious gift of all – today!
Tip #5 – Use High Quality Fuel:
Nourish yourself every day. Nourish your spirit with praise, worship, prayer and meditation. Nourish your soul with good books and music you love, appreciating and enjoying art, music and nature. Nourish your body with the freshest, most nutrient-dense whole food in the form closest to how God created it.
Tip #6 – Move It…or Lose It!
The Dead Sea cannot sustain any life because it has no outlet and just stagnates. The same happens to us when we don’t move! Exercise your spirit by being a “doer of the word!” Exercise your soul by learning something new – every day. Exercise your body – there are so many different forms of exercise – you have no excuse. As the popular saying goes: Just do it!
Tip #7 – Guard Your Gates:
The temple in the Bible had doorkeepers stationed at the gates so no unclean person or thing could enter and defile it (2 Chronicles 23:19). In a very real way we must be vigilant to guard our gates as well. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and we have eye, ear, nose, skin and mouth gates that we must guard and protect from defilement.
Tip #8 – Be Esther:
There is nothing more energizing than knowing your specific purpose and plan in life. While that may change with the seasons of our lives it provides direction, builds enthusiasm and gives you a reason to keep on keeping on. You’ll recall in Esther 4:14 Uncle Mordecai tells her perhaps God has placed her in the position of queen at this particular time so she can save her people. Perhaps God has placed you in the position of (office manager, teacher, doctor, salesman, businessman, mother) for just such a time as this! Look at where you are right now as the opportunity it is to minister to those God places in your path in whatever your capacity. Embrace it!
Tip #9 – Laugh!
Laughter is one of the very best medicines available! A good belly laugh actually provides aerobic exercise! Laughter releases stress and feel-good brain chemicals as well. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us the joy of the Lord is our strength and Proverbs 17:22 tells us a merry heart is good medicine. How true! Look for humor in every situation. Intentionally find reasons to laugh every day.
Tip #10 – Monitor Your Mouth:
God’s Word is very clear: death and life are found right there in your mouth! (Proverbs 18:21). Your words are extremely powerful and can release blessing, healing, success and peace or cursing, sickness, failure and strife. That choice is always yours. I encourage you to pay attention to what you are speaking – if you are experiencing results in your life you don’t like – I guarantee you will find the root. Dig up those “weeds” you don’t want to give life to and plant seeds of faith and blessing in their place by speaking in line with God’s Word.