Recently I read that a healthy heart leads to a healthy body.
This resonates with me especially with the recent health events in my family. What I mean is not just a well pumping heart that delivers blood to the rest of the organs in your body so they can function but the condition of your emotional heart health.
Scientific research has found that anticipations of positive humour and laughter reduce the potential stress hormones – cortisol, epinephrine and dopac -in your body.
Chronically released high stress hormone levels can weaken the immune system, a weakened immune system then can lead to colds, and a variety of other disease. So could it be so simple that positive attitudes reduces heart disease and other related ailments, reduces the stress hormones, improves immune system and leads to a healthier life?
The Bible confirms that there is a real connection between healthy spiritual hearts and body health.
Proverbs 17:22 says
‘A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.’
God wants us to have a heart and mind that is set on things above and that are positive. The more we love Him and dwell on His loving nature and the wonderful circumstances that He orchestrates, the healthier we will be. It’s a good medicine!
Eating right, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and not smoking are important for a healthy heart, but most importantly, protect your heart and feed it well with great attitude.
A doctor once said to me – attitude determines thoughts, thoughts determine your actions and hence your health.
The best way you can act is found in the Bible
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.’
God’s divine health plan for us is clearly stated here.
It’s not about being conscious of your own illnesses or diseases, but being conscious of Jesus.
Let’s open the zip of our hearts and feed it with the promises of God, and get rid of all the untrue and irrelevant life. Let’s choose to fill it with joy and hope found in God in the midst of our circumstances, and not let the devil shoot you something that grieves your heart.
Ecclesiastes 9:7 tells us
‘Go eat your bread with JOY’
A healthy body may or may not lead to a healthy soul, but a sick soul most certainly brings along sickness in the body.
I pray that God’s promise reignites in you as you read this and that He keeps both your body and soul nourished as you walk in His wisdom!
Written by Cynthia Smith (Hope City Newcastle) as part of the SHE IS Collective Blog Series