Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Words For Life and Wellness



Do any of you know the book Come Away My Beloved, The Intimate Devotional Classic by Frances J. Roberts? Written several decades ago, the author wrote poetic meditations out of her own close relationship with God, and she invite her readers to draw near God too. 

A few years ago, I "happened" across this book. I say "happened" in quotes, because I've learned over the years that nothing just "happens". Behind the scenes so often I believe God is gently directing my steps... so that books, songs, movies, and people's timely words come at just the 'right' time to encourage, uplift, and instruct me.

Why tell you all this? Because as I happened to reach to open the book this evening I was immediately drawn to a few gently penciled phrases and sentences from earlier readings. It had obviously spoken to me in the past, but there it was as fresh and new and life-affirming as if it were the first time. For, you see, I've been working on areas in my own thought life as I begin to understand more clearly that my thoughts do impact the health and well-being of my physical body.

I couldn't just close the book and go back to bed... because I know so many of us struggle in similar areas. Perhaps Ms. Roberts' words are words for more than just me tonight! Because after all, each of us longs to be well in body and soul -- it's what He longs for us too. It's my own wish for you too.
 


Excerpts from: 'Whatsoever You Sow', Come Away My Beloved, Frances J. Roberts.
"How can I give you healing for your body while there is anxiety in your mind?  So long as there is disease in your thoughts, there will be disease in your body.  You need many things, but one thing in particular you must develop for your own preservation, and that is an absolute confidence in My loving care.
It is written, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28.  Only when your mind is at rest can your body build health.  Worry is an actively destructive force.  Anxiety produces tension, and tension is the road to pain.  Fear is devastating to the physical well-being of the body.  Anger throws poison into the system that no antibiotic can ever counteract....

Ten minutes of unbridled temper can waste enough strength to do a half day of wholesome work.  Your physical energy is a gift from God, entrusted to you to be employed for His glory.  It is a sin to take His gift and dissipate it through the trap doors of the disposition's evil emotions.

Do not condemn others for jeopardizing their health by harmful habits and wasting their energies on vain pursuits while you undermine your health by unworthy emotions.  You waste time by entertaining such things as self-pity and remorse and evil surmising when you might be keeping your mind in an attitude of praise and faith...

You cannot risk giving your thoughts free rein. They will never choose the right path until you bridle them and control them by your own disciplined will.  You are master of your own house....

Whatsoever you sow in your secret thought life, that you will reap.  Sow love and kindness, and you shall be rewarded... Sow charity and forgiveness, and you shall reap in kind.  Sow generosity and gratitude, and you shall never feel poor.  Sow hope, and you shall reap fulfillment......"


  May these words bring each of us life and wellness,
Brenda
xox




10 comments:

  1. Very encouraging thoughts, Brenda!!

    You are definitely helping to build my library. I've already put "The Practice of the Presence of God" in my Amazon cart and now have another book to peek at. Thanks!

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  2. Unworthy emotions indeed! Okay then, I'm in a better frame of mind already and perhaps can tackle that sewing room now. (None of this makes sense without reading my post today. ;D )

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  3. beautiful useful thoughts...

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  4. Excellent reminder, sister!

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  5. Hi Brenda,
    I've just noticed this wonderful quote on your sidebar.

    "THE ONLY DIFFERENCE between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things." ~ Veronique Vienne



    I absolutely believe that to be true. I've jotted it down for my gratitude/quote book and have shared it with a friend as well. Thank you.

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  6. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
    Thank you for staying up.
    Thank you for thinking of us.
    Thank you for sending these words our way.

    You never know who or when you touch a heart.

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  7. Beautiful words, Brenda, and certainly ones that I need to ponder. Worry - accomplishes nothing for me at all.

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  8. Very thought-provoking. I too believe that everything happens for a reason, and that we must work each day to ward off fear and dark thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I'm going to look for that book. sandie

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  10. Lovely post! So true...I've always tried to remember that what we focus on grows...being human I forget sometimes...reminders like this are so valuable. :)
    Warmly,
    Tracey

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