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Description: The continuation of our Be Healthy discussion with guest Tracy Hurst. This week we explore how our emotions affect our physical health, and how our bodies affect our emotional health…and how to truly BE healthy in mind, body and soul.

Click here to listen:  BE Healthy Part 2  (www.bestillbefree.com)

THIS WEEK’S VERSE:

“My beloved friend, I pray that everything is going well for you, and that your body is as healthy as your soul is prosperous.” (3 John 1:2)

(If you haven’t listened to Part 1, click here!)

A Message from Monica:

Whoops. We were so excited to continue our talk with Tracy about physical health that we didn’t discuss a verse at the top of the show. But I (Monica) found the above verse in The Voice translation the other day, and it’s as if it leapt off the page and took root deep into my heart.

At the core of these two weeks on Be Healthy is this verse, you know? We want our souls and bodies to be healthy and prosperous! Because at the end of the day, we aren’t going to be able to DO all that God has called us to do (and face it, all that we have to do in a day), if our bodies are operating at 50% and we feel run down, sluggish and consistently down.

We have to BE healthy before we can DO what God has ordained for us to do.

So confession time:

I haven’t been healthy lately. My soul and my heart and emotions have been pretty healthy (relatively speaking…there’s always room to grow). But my body — my physical health — is pitiful. The past few months in particular, I’ve felt run down, lethargic, on-edge, headachy and generally feeling like I’m in a fog.

I hate feeling tired after just going up the stairs in my house, you know?

The frustrating part was that I’ve been exercising regularly and watching my food intake. However, I just realized I was watching the calories of the food I was eating, but not the food itself.

Don’t laugh — but I will always sacrifice real food calories for Cheez-Its calories.

Always.

And Cheez-Its calories — while delicious and satisfying in the moment — are not enough to fuel my body.

I’ve listened to this unpublished podcast episode no less than four times in the past two weeks, because I need help here. And I kept remembering what I said in the podcast about Michael Hyatt and his discipline in regards to physical health. And then I came across that verse from 3 John,

“…and that your body is as healthy as your soul is prosperous.”

And suddenly, one night last week, I had enough. I’m not even kidding — I went to bed determined to make a change, and on Tuesday morning at 5:30 am I made one. And for the past six whole days in a row, I’ve cut out most sugar and processed food. Because my body (at FORTY) operates best on a clean diet.

(I’m not saying this is what everyone should do — I’m not a nutritionist or expert whatsoever.)

(And I haven’t throw out the Cheez-Its yet.)

(The kids…you know.)

I say it to commiserate with you that we are all struggling to be healthy!

Just because discuss a particular topic on the podcast, it doesn’t mean we’ve learned it and mastered it. It’s always a process. And someone might be doing awesome when it comes to physical health, but struggling emotionally. Or kicking butt with spiritual health, but fighting with mental health.

We are all in the same race, running toward the same goal. Let’s just be real about it and cheer each other on, you know? (tweet that)

So Tracy shared some incredible insights with us this week about how our physical health can be affected by our emotions…and how our emotions can be affected by our physical health. There is such great content in this podcast — you have to make time to listen!

Here are a few highlights:

  1. What we think impacts how we feel, and how we feel impacts our body.
  2. Our bodies will tell us when something is wrong! Stomach pain, headaches, etc. may be symptoms of emotional issues that need to be addressed.
  3. When your body is speaking to you through back pain, headaches, stomach pain, etc…it’s God’s way of telling you to slow down and BE.
  4. Medication helps our bodies feel better, but our emotional health might not be where it needs to be if we don’t process our emotions and change our mind and the way we think.
  5. Even in the Bible, God brought health in mind, body and soul to many people (example: Elijah).
  6. God wants you to be whole — mind, body and soul.
  7. Women need more sleep than men, like 7-8 hours! (Tracy said it so it’s true.)
  8. We need to be able to recognize when to say no, so that we can nourish our bodies and our souls.
  9. Our bodies need to operate at full capacity so that we can fulfill the destinies God has for us!
  10. 30 minutes of physical exercise a day can have the same effect on your body as taking a low-dose antidepressant.

Isn’t that all so rich?? You have to give yourself 30 minutes to listen to it if you haven’t yet. I promise, you’ll be so much healthier for it!

Monica Steeley: www.elevateideas.commonica-steely

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be still-Be free

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Good Morning Ladies!

I want to introduce you to an amazing Podcast started by 3 ordinary women who love their extraordinary God. I personally start my week off with them & I would love for you to listen, comment & subscribe to their podcast.

Today’s focus is: “Being Emotionally Healthy.”

I am their special guest today (pinch me)…..so please leave a comment in their comment section if you can: because maybe-just-maybe they would have me back!!! Lol!!

Now, YOU REALLY NEED TO GO LISTEN….Click on the logo below and push play:

 

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Much love to you!!!

Tracy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radio Segment

Good Morning and Happy All Saints Day!

I have had the privilege of being on “The Dottie Coffman Show” talking about the “History of Halloween.”  No matter what your personal belief is, Halloween has become a beloved holiday in America.  But where did its origins come from?  How did the church try to redeem this day in 690 AD with the help of a Pope?  And how has American made Halloween it’s own?  If you enjoy history, knowledge and want to learn more about Halloween, then you will love this show – it’s unbiased, factual and just plan interesting…..  Just click on the link below:

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Thanks for tuning in and Part 2 will air next week which gets interesting and moves from history to “The pro’s and con’s of Halloween.”

And check out Dottie Coffman:  www.dottiecoffman.com, like her page on Facebook and sign up for her newsletter!  Dottie Coffman is a Talk show host, speaking about real life issues, with real people

Blessings,

Tracy Hurst

 

Let faith arise….

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Do not worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:6-7, New Living Translation

Do you find yourself battling anxiety and fear over various issues in your life? If so, I have good news for you! You no longer have to worry about anything. I realize that you may have trouble believing that worry-free living is possible, but I was once a “professional worry-wart.” I will never forget the day I read the scripture above. I also didn’t think this was possible. I meditated on Philippians 4:6-7 for years (and yes, I said years). Needless to say this will take time but worry-free living is possible! Today I want us to take a deeper look into Philippians 4:6-7:

First, notice that Paul did not just tell us to “not worry.” Paul proceeded to tell us what to do in its place. He gave us the following steps for worry-free living:

1. Paul tells us to: Do not worry.

When worry begins to fill my mind, I try and catch myself and make myself STOP! In the beginning it took me hours to stop my worrisome thoughts because worry was a normal part of my day. However, by just simply recognizing these thoughts and choosing to STOP – I began to break the cycle. In order to STOP worrying, we must choose to STOP the thoughts and do the next step in its place.

2. Paul tells us to: Pray and tell God what you need.

What is it that you need in this particular situation? Instead of focusing on all the negative aspects and allow fear to take over – focus on the solution. Do you need Godly wisdom? Peace within your relationships? Do you need protection from the enemy? A raise to pay your bills? What is it that you really need to overcome this situation and then “tell God.” Be specific with God. If you are unsure of what you need, simply ask God for wisdom. He will show you exactly what you need in this particular situation. Ultimately, Jesus is our solution to every problem in this world!

3. Paul tells us to: Thank God for all that He has done.

What exactly has God done for you? Has He saved you? Rescued you? Loved you when you were still deep in sin? Healed you? What exactly has God done for you? Once you answer that question, begin to thank Him. When you begin to thank and praise God, your problems gets smaller and your God gets bigger! He is the same God that saved you, healed you, rescued you from hell and loved you when you were unlovable. He is the God who will take care of you and the situation you are facing today. Begin to thank Him for victory in that trial you are currently facing. He is a God who promises in Psalm 138:8, to perfect that thing which concerns you.

4. The result:

Peace, peace and more peace. Peace for your mind and heart that is more wonderful than you can even comprehend! It’s a peace that surpasses all understanding! You do not have to live the rest of your life in worry and fear. You can live in God’s peace. I encourage you to walk out this scripture everyday. If you do – you will daily walk in the peace of God! It may take time (from one former worry-wart to another – it took me a few years to totally conquer this) but praise God I am free as long as I choose to stop my fearful thoughts, tell God what I need and thank Him for ALL that He has done!

Prayer:

Lord, please help me to recognize when I am entertaining worry and fear in my mind. I want to live worry-free and experience Your peace. Give me the discernment to stop anxious thoughts and to tell you what I need. I long to be focused on The Solution: YOU! I recognize that when I tell You what I need and thank you for Your answers, that I will experience a peace that surpasses all understanding. I know this may take some time Lord, but I want to live my life worry free! Thank you Jesus for providing these steps to receive Your wonderful peace! Amen.

A Year of Glory & Beauty

Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the GLORY of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)

The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your GLORY and your BEAUTY. (Isaiah 60:19)

To my utter delight, I awoke early from slumber last week and tip toed to the kitchen while my precious ones were still asleep.  I giggled with joy as I put a Starbucks capsule into the Kerig machine and pushed “brew.” Then with my coffee in hand, I found my favorite spot and pulled the Word of God close. This was a rare treat from heaven and I knew that God had ordained this time for us.

Time with God – my glory, my beauty.

With every sip of caffine and bite of God’s word, I began to feel invigorated and ready to ponder the New Year.  You see, with the state of our country and my own personal brokeness within 2012, I was somewhat apprehensive of the New Year.  But then I found Isaiah 60 and just as the clouds are lifted due to a change of atmosphere, my concerns quickly floated away as God’s presence filled the room.

Embracing God – my glory, my beauty.

God began to show me that even with present darkness – there will be an unleashing within God’s people as we embrace Him as our glory and our beauty in 2013.

  • Instead of grief, there will be His Glory
  • Instead of despair, there will be His Joy
  • Instead of defeat, there will be His Victory
  • Instead of shame, there will be His Honor
  • Instead of ashes, there will be His Beauty
  • Instead of devastation, there will be His Restoration
  • Instead of retreat, there will be His Rising

God – your glory, your beauty.

  • Glory – “everything that makes God beautiful and great, it is a bright light from God.”
  • Beauty- “qualities that delight the eye, ear, mind or heart, loveliness, elegance, a particular grace.”
  • Hence, the closer we live to the Lord, our outward appearance will be transformed and become more glorious and beautiful.

2013 is the year to arise and shine and to be radiant in the Lord.  It is not a matter of how we feel, it is a matter of allowing God to be our glory and our beauty. No longer will the sun or moon be our light, but the Lord will be unto us an everlasting light.  May His glory and beauty shine through us as never before.  And remember – do not allow this world to darken your spirit for this is the year to rise up and shine as never before.

2013 – God’s year of Glory and Beauty.

Happy New Year!

Tracy

PS:
For all my Atlanta peeps – I am doing a series in January & February at Cumberland Community Church.  Let me know if you can attend.  Blessings!

It’s not luck….it’s God’s Favor

Their descendants will be recognized and honored among the nations. Everyone will realize that they are a people the Lord has blessed.” Isaiah 61:9, NLT


Ask any of my closest friends and they will tell you that one of my mantras in life is, “Go where there is favor!” In my opinion, life is too short to spend time with those who do not celebrate you and the gifts God has placed in your life. Think about this for a moment. You are God’s unique creation in Christ and even during hard times, God’s love and favor rests upon us, as we trust in His Word.

When we choose to live for God and follow His plan for our life, we cannot help but experience supernatural favor. Our scripture above tells us that not only will we be seen as God’s favored but our descendants will also be recognized and honored among the nations. And did you know that we are promised to obtain favor even with our enemies?  Proverbs 16:7 states, “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

There was a situation several years ago where I clearly was in the wrong place at the wrong time and there was no sign of favor anywhere. I felt like a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.  Nothing I did worked, which I came to realize was a clue that I had somewhere, somehow, gotten off track. I had become so accustomed to receiving God’s favor everywhere I went that when it wasn’t there, it was a bizarre experience for me and one that I do not want to repeat anytime soon. It did not take me long before I realized that I unknowingly had stepped out of God’s path for my life.  I was swayed by man’s opinion rather than seeking God for where I needed to be for such a time as this. Hence, I made a change as quickly as possible and I found myself once again living where God’s favor reigns.

I believe there are times in each of our lives when God allows us to walk through difficult places to stretch us and show us what is really within our hearts (Deuteronomy 8:2). Yet when God leads us to a valley, He promises to provide us everything we need, including His rod and a staff to comfort us (Psalm 23). The question is, has God led us to this valley or did we unknowingly step out of the path of life and lead ourselves there? Selah (pause and think about this for a moment). If this is the case, then we can run to God and trust that He is bigger than every circumstance in our life.  He loves us and will show us His path of life.

It is my prayer that we continually live in God’s favor and that when people see us coming, whether at the grocery store or in our workplace, they will declare, “Surely they are BLESSED of God.”

Prayer:
“Lord, show me Your path.  I long to be where Your favor is for me and my family.  Forgive me for the times when I trusted in anything other than You.  You are my God and when I follow Your path I cannot help but walk in the favor of God.  Make every crooked place straight in my life and may everyone around me see supernatural favor on my life.  Amen.”