There are other forms of nourishment we often overlook. Your physical body is not the only thing that requires nourishment, detoxification, exercise, rest and rebooting. Your spirit and soul – mind, will and emotions – also require daily maintenance.
I wanted to share a few thoughts to, hopefully, spur your creativity in providing the nourishment your spirit and soul need and crave in order for you to be truly healthy.
Listening to worship and praise music, to teaching and sermons on the radio, TV or CDs are wonderful things to do. I do them daily. However, I think it’s correct to consider them to be supplements, just as taking nutritional supplements augment your meals and overall nutrition.
As a Christian, my true spiritual nutrition comes from daily, personal communion with God and reading and studying His Word. If your only spiritual nutrition is “second hand” coming from other people’s insights and relationship with the Lord, you’ll find your spirit becomes weak. It will affect every area of your life.
Someone recently shared this thought and I truly love it and feel it is true: faith, hope and love are like the spiritual equivalent of control, alt, delete – the keys we use to reboot our computers.
Faith in God and His Word keeps us in control. Without it we cannot please Him and it is our lifeline and anchor in life. At least it has been and is in mine. Without hope we have nothing to hitch our faith to! Hope in this instance is expectation of something good. Unless we have hope our spirit withers away.
Love is unfailing. God is love so it is unconditional, unfailing and unfading regardless of how bad things may look. We are promised in scripture that those three remain – faith, hope and love – and that the greatest of them is love. Those things are permanent and will outlive and outlast us all! And we have access to them daily.
Take time to nourish yourself spiritually, mentally and emotionally, in whatever ways suit you, as well as physically and I predict you will begin to see improvements in every area of your life.
How do your nourish your spirit and soul?
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Not sure I could love this post any more than I do Ms. Ann. It’s so very important to nourish our souls, more so than our bodies I think. If my soul and spirit are soaring, it’s amazing how much better my physical body can feel. Wonderful truths here ma’am. Thank you for sharing your heart with us today.
Thank you J.D. Obviously I agree with you wholeheartedly. My website is 3 Dimensional Vitality – the 3 dimensions are spirit, soul and body so all I address must address all three areas. He tells us He wishes above all things for our souls to prosper so we best not overlook that!
Ann, I agree wholeheartedly. I get a boost from sermons and other’s teachings. But they are no substitute for my personal time with the Lord. In fact, I wonder if I’d enjoy them as much wihout that personal time.
Yes, Debbie so true! That personal time is irreplaceable. As much as we think we’d like it, we can’t live just on desserts and very quickly would feel weak and miserable. I think that applies here too!
Thank you Ann for this post. I am recovering from colorectal surgery for a tumor removal after various traditional and alternative treatments. Also have pinched nerve in lower back I’m trying to resolve. What you have posted I am finding to be absolutely true. There are times on this journey communion with Him is all that gets me through. I am not ashamed to say that as it is the truth. Journey is very hard but He is using it to draw me closer to Him. Thank you.
Paul I am truly sorry you are going through this. It is definitely not easy. I had part of my colon removed about 4 years ago after a dental antibiotic caused a blockage. While I would not choose to ever go through it and the recovery (12 weeks with an ostomy bag), I was able to draw so close to Him and it has deepened our relationship. I will be praying for you my friend. If I can help you in any way, please let me know.
At home, I have a daily ritual where I start my day with a book that’s good for my soul, followed by journaling. On the days I do yoga, I usually go through a gratitude/loving-kindness practice. The last two days the sun came out while doing it which always brings a deeper connection. But it’s not just set aside for that one hour of the day, my spirit and soul practice is a part of much of what I do. When I did my 85-mile hike, I’d spend part of the day expressing gratitude, then my loving-kindness prayers for others. I’d usually get distracted so it would take half of the day to finish. But I can think of no better place to connect with our creator in nature. Such a special time. So I guess the point is that for me, it’s all one, the physical, spiritual, and emotional.
Oh Holly and that’s exactly how it is supposed to be but unfortunately for all too many, the spirit and soul aspects are just totally ignored. I love your daily ritual – very similar to what I do. And I love to just look at God’s artistry when we walk the local trails and spend that time thanking Him for all His blessings in my life. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your practice.
Nothing more refreshing than the detoxification of the spirit and soul. What I have often witnessed is that when I allow my soul to shine, my physical body heals. The more I get caught into what is going on in this physical world, the more my body grows unhealthy and attached to things that might not be the healthiest. Allowing our soul to shine, allows our body and our mind to come with it. Nothing is better. Nothing is more loving! ❤️😃
Couldn’t agree more!