Changing MY Heart

There are heart shaped boxes of chocolates, heart cards, heart shaped balloons, confetti, even food shaped as hearts this time of year.  These all are great reminders to us as we allow God to change our hearts.  We are not responsible for changing the heart (or attitude) of anyone else.  I believe God can and will do a much better job than we ever could try to do ourselves!  The purpose of caregiving is “showing love to everyone else, while giving God the work of changing My heart”. 

Speaking of “hearts”, have you, the caregiver, taken time to have your physical heart checked? Do not forget to have a physical once a year and ladies a mammogram once a year.  Keep your heart strong and healthy by exercising regularly, thirty minutes a day, even if you have to break it up into three-ten minute sessions.  Walking is just as good as running and is easier on your joints.  Keep both your hearts, physical and spiritual, strong!

Scripture for meditation

Hebrews 6:10   “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

Diet and Exercise

Diet and exercise are common topics every January. We need to eat, drink, and stay fit in order to fulfill our tasks at maximum capacity. Exercise increases our endorphins—our feel-good hormones. It not only improves our physical stamina but also our emotional stamina. "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

The reason for maintaining a healthy diet, portion control, and regular exercise is to glorify God in our actions and attitudes. We need to remember to take care of ourselves in the process of caring for others. We need to make time for some intentional exercise, at least thirty minutes a day, even if we have to break it up into three ten-minute sessions. God’s desire for us is to not just endure our trials, but to lean on Him and trust Him with our lives and the lives of our loved ones as each trial manifests itself in 2014!