Pastor's Corner

22 Jun
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Mid-Week Challenge

How do you make hard decisions?  A survey of 2,000 adults found that 70 percent say they always trust their instincts with 35 percent experiencing a physical ‘gut feeling’ about situations.  Nearly one in five (17 percent) turn to the feeling in their gut to tell them if something’s wrong when it comes to their health, while 20 percent rely on their intuition to guide them when it comes to trusting a partner. And 21 percent think their gut will influence their dreams if it’s trying to tell them something.  But when it comes to this part of their actual anatomy, 36 percent are unaware of the gut’s importance to overall wellbeing. While 40 percent don’t know the role diet plays in gut health, and despite fiber supporting good gut health, only seven percent know how much they should be eating.

“While there’s a lot we don’t know about the gut, we do know there are trillions of bacteria (our gut microbiota) living in it,” said NHS doctor and registered nutritionist, Dr. Joshua Wolrich, who is working with California Almonds, which commissioned the survey carried out by OnePoll.  https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/survey-finds-less-than-half-of-americans-practice-a-wellness-routine-but-the-majority-agree-on-its-benefits-301527467.html 

We also know that eating a healthy diet that includes fiber, drinking enough water, and quality sleep are among the ways you can improve your gut health, which can stave off a variety of disease.  But the benefits of ‘gut feelings’ can reward your life only when you listen to that inner wisdom, rather than ignoring it.  So, where does your “inner wisdom” come from?  Life experience, trial and error, direction from parents? We all use a combination of things to help us practice what the Bible calls discernment.  But the best advice comes from Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 

Wise people trust experience and the advice of a trusted friend, but all these things will point to what God has given us in His word.  Putting these things into proper practice will never cause an upset stomach! 

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Psalm 119:105

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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