tHealth is defined as the state of being free from illness and injury. Understandably, this is intended to define our physical health, but how accurate is it as we also consider our mental, emotional and spiritual health.
“Beloved friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and that you continually enjoy good health, just as your soul is prospering.”
3 John 2 TPT
A healthy, prospering soul allows one to move out into the world in strength. To face opposition with hope, faith, and assuredness despite circumstances that would otherwise be utterly devastating.
Have you ever encountered the person who, after fighting cancer or battling years of infertility, continues to have a firmly rooted and prospering soul? The believer who, in the midst of great trial, is able to say “it is well”. Talk about being FREE.
If our bodies are weak but our soul is strong in the Lord, we can ‘enjoy good health’ knowing that He goes before us. When we are emotionally drained but our soul is strong in the Lord, we can rest knowing that He works all things together for good. When we are mentally done for, God promises to be our sustainer.
The covers of health magazines promise a six pack in six weeks, or magic tricks to lose your cellulite. But we are so short-sided if we define health by our physical appearance or state. John was so clear that our physical health and soul health are directly related.
A couple months ago I took my mom to the dreamiest spa in Arizona for her 60th birthday. I was so excited to give her a weekend to rest, to remember her worth and to indulge in the significance of self care. Little did I know, that God was going to use that weekend to open my eyes to the current status of my own health.
One of the exercises we did while we were there was write a letter to ourselves in the future. I recently received this letter to myself in the mail and was shocked at how quickly I had let myself slip into “survival mode” yet again.
Let my letter to me, also be a letter to you:
What a wake up call. I have let myself become physically, emotionally and spiritually exhausted. These are my four key takeaways: self-love, self-care, forgiveness and freedom.
- Self-love. Love yourself. Love who you are on the inside and the outside. Show yourself that you love you! Speak positively about yourself and declare who God says you are out loud: beloved, beautiful, strong, anointed, passionate, blessed, favored.
- Self-care. That email can wait until tomorrow. That workout or quiet time or long run cannot. Prioritize clean eating. Create margin. Workout. Rest. Be intentional to have time off your phone and off of social media. Taking care of yourself acknowledges that you are worthy of being taken care of. If you do not take care of yourself and acknowledge your worth, you risk letting people treat you less than.
- Forgiveness. First and foremost practice forgiving yourself. Embrace grace. As you consistently learn to forgive yourself, it allows you to extend grace and empathy in much deeper and authentic ways to those around you. Do not be so proud as to not ask yourself or others to please forgive you. Recognize that it is more meaningful to ask someone for forgiveness than to simply say I’m sorry.
- Freedom: Walk in freedom. Roll your shoulders back, take a deep breath, look to the sky and remember to lift your perspective. Nothing can hold you captive unless you give it permission to. You are free of guilt, shame, condemnation, expectations, perfection, all of it. Your identity is deeper than your performance.
Sincerely and praying for your prospering soul,