Knowledge Is Power

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
    I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
    I also will ignore your children.
 The more priests there were,
    the more they sinned against me;
    they exchanged their glorious God for something disgraceful.”

Hosea 4:6-7

You know what I find interesting about us humans? How uninspired we can be when it comes to developmental growth. Now I’m not talking about those who have accomplished educational accolades. I’m all for school if it’s beneficial for your purpose. I’m talking about those of us who jump on the trend bandwagon without taking the time to discover the foundation of what we’re about to embark on.

I remember growing up in a Pentecostal Church. As a little girl, I often heard the scripture “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” This was a pillar in my home to ensure we went to school to further our education. You know, “Live the American Dream.” Looking back I can’t honestly say this concept was applied to all areas of my life. When I think about it the bible speaks about growing in knowledge in many realms. Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual to name a few. Having a “sound” mind. Our bodies being a “temple” Holy and acceptable. Being “renewed” daily. It makes you wonder why so many of us were not raised knowledgeable in our overall health.

In my adult life I’m presently transitioning to a Christian Holistic Lifestyle. I’ve previously written about this which you can find here. As a recap let me explain what a Christian Holistic Lifestyle embodies? Essentially, it means you’ve made a choice to take responsibility for your own well-being and everyday decisions which affect your health. By creating balance in your life in efforts to achieve the highest level of well-being for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health while drawing directly from the Lord.

I have to continually make it known this is a CHRISTIAN Holistic Lifestyle. It’s interesting when people decide to become “healthier” they run to things like aligning chakras, burning sage, placing crystals throughout their homes, and praying to Mother Earth. This is the lack of knowledge I was referencing earlier. Here’s a fun fact! Chakra, also spelled Cakra, Sanskrit C̣akra, (“wheel”), any of a number of psychic-energy centers of the body, prominent in the occult physiological practices of certain forms of Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism. The chakras are conceived of as focal points where psychic forces and bodily functions merge with and interact with each other. In case you were wondering psychics are linked to demonic practices and witchcraft. I think it’s safe to say, we will operate in realms not of God and have no idea we’re doing it. So do your research folks.

It’s not beneficial to put God first and get an education solely. We also need to equally encourage ourselves to eat whole foods, acknowledge our emotions and mental state then choose the most productive way we respond. We have to do a better job of becoming more proactive about being knowledgeable in every area of our makeup. If no one ever exposed us to being whole in our life then how do we do it? We grow in our knowledge. We decide to be a participant in the developing of our WHOLE self. Mental, physical, mental, and emotional. That my dear brothers and sisters is up to us. No one else.

All in all, it’s our knowledge which opens the door for opportunities. It exposes us to a higher level of thinking and understanding. It provides us with the ability to create spaces intentionally and with purpose. Knowledge is powerful. We live in a world full of generational curse breakers, billionaire’s, best-selling authors, and self-care activist who will never tap into their respective gifts. It’s their decision to repeat what they’ve learned instead of seeking knowledge for themselves in their individual craft. The bible says it best, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge because they REJECT it.” When we don’t take the time to learn how to grow in our mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health we are literally destroying ourselves. It’s time to tap into one of our sources of power, Knowledge. Blessings!

What Is A Christian Holistic Lifestyle?

Great Morning my brother’s and sister’s in Christ. I pray you’ve spent your time living intentionally and with purpose. I missed last week’s Self-Care Sunday post but I’m back. Better than before! Over the last year or so my life has transformed drastically. One area of change has been my understanding of self-care in relation to mind, body, spirit, emotion. I’ve been drawn for a while now to live a Holistic Lifestyle. As I began doing the research I felt it necessary to establish any information I share with you in regard to living a Holistic Lifestyle will come from a Christian point of view. Disclaimer: I meditate and do yoga which has been tied to demonic practices in some instances. This is certainly not that. I won’t be drawing energy from crystals or praying to Mother Earth. When I meditate it’s a time for me to be present, here from the Holy Spirit, and show gratitude to God. Know everything I do is to glorify Jesus Christ. With that being said, I pray my Christian Holistic Lifestyle Journey will inspire you all.


“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34

So let’s dive into it. What is a Christian Holistic Lifestyle? Living a Christian Holistic Lifestyle means you’ve made a choice to take responsibility for your own well-being and everyday decisions which affect your health. By creating balance in your life in efforts to achieve the highest level of well-being for your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health while drawing directly from the Lord.

More often than not we tend to neglect something in our lives. Some of you may be at an optimal level in your physical health but lack the same growth in your spiritual health. You may have a great understanding of your emotional health, but lack the physical discipline to be in shape. A Christian Holistic Lifestyle is focused on you balancing all areas of your life at the same time with the same amount of energy, consistency, determination, and drive. If we’re ever going to reach optimal health we can’t afford for any areas to be neglected in our well-being. Essentially, it’s knowing our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health all work interchangeably in order for us to be the best version of ourselves. Nothing left behind. All needed to add balance to our lives.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2

The base of starting a Christian Holistic Lifestyle is creating a Personal Well-Being Plan. Your personal well-being plan consists of goals to develop and grow the four areas of your overall well-being. Those areas being your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Create an outline and place at least five goals in each area. Once you completed the list of goals carve out 2 hours of your day to complete one goal in each area daily for 30 mins. So you have 4 areas with a range of goals in each area. Choose 1 goal for the day in EACH area and spend 30 mins DAILY on EACH goal. Doing so creates balance in your overall health and ensures all areas of your well-being are closely attended to.

“Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
   after that, build your house.” Proverbs 24:27

To give you a jump start on your Personal Well-Being Plan I’ve included examples of goals for the 4 areas of health. Feel free to add some of them to you own plan.

Spiritual

Spiritual

~ Bible Study

~ Prayer

~ Meditation (Attitude of Gratitude)

~ Fellowship with others about God.

~ Seek counsel from your Spiritual Mentor.

Physical

Note: What you eat and getting enough sleep are also a part of your physical health.

~ Walk

~ Do a workout video at home

~ Join a class at your local gym

~ Meal Prep – Eat whole foods rich in nutrients, fiber, and protein.

~ Get enough sleep

Mental

~ Meditation (Taking 30 mins a day to meditate on who God says you are, what your day will look like, and reciting affirmations aids in positive mental health)

~ Seek mentorship or counsel

~ Surround yourself with positive people.

~ Be present (disconnect from social media, work, relationship)

~ Acknowledge your thoughts then decide if you want to be a participant in the feeling (See BLOG here to learn how to acknowledge your feelings without allowing them to run rampant in your life)

Emotional

~ Think before you act (Something I do when I’m emotional is count to 10 before I respond)

~ Write down how you’re feeling instead of acting on the feeling.

~ Read the bible and see if what you’re feeling is a fruit of the spirit of the flesh.

~ Allow yourself the room to be compassionate for you.

~ Don’t allow people or things to negatively decide or alter how you feel.

All in all, God wants us to activate every seed He’s planted on the inside of us. The best version of you already exists and is patiently waiting for you to ignite the fuse to becoming a better you. I say it all the time. Before you can be anything to anyone you have to be everything to yourself. God doesn’t want us to only be focused on growing in Him. We are to also be good stewards over our overall health. How can we ask God to heal our bodies then eat foods causing diseases which can kill us? It makes no sense. We have to be active participants in our wellness journey.

Today, I challenge you to choose LIFE. I challenge you to make a decision to live a Christian Holistic Lifestyle. One which will lead you into becoming the best version of yourself. Remember, our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health is a reflection of the life we chose. You decide the type of life you want to live. Blessings.