If you want to live healthy it takes a good dose of discipline and intentionality.
When you’ve got the munchies it’s so much easier to reach for a pie, head to the closest drive through or pull out a tub of Connoisseur cookies and ice cream! (And now you know my weaknesses!). But in the end, putting the time into preparing healthy food is the best thing you can do to strengthen and refresh your mind and body.
It’s the same deal when it comes to health of our soul and spirit. It’s so much easier to click on Netflix or scroll through Facebook rather than taking the time to spend with God. But in the end, intentionally setting aside time to seek God and enter into His presence will give you more strength and leave you feeling more refreshed than binge watching your favourite TV series!
This is true, especially in the most difficult seasons of life, where no amount of TV or social media will hit the spot. But those who set their hearts to seek God will discover that it’s the presence of God that truly refreshes the soul, even in the midst of the most painful times of life:
‘What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their heart on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem’ – Psalm 84:5-7 (NLT)
Waterways are always found in the valley. And if you can’t see it with your eyes, if you dig a little you will find water just below the surface. The most painful times of life are always an opportunity to dig deeper and push further into the presence of God. Pain is the shovel we use to dig the wells of intimacy with God, and it’s these same wells that we will again draw from in the future.
As you make it a priority to intentionally, consistently set aside time (no matter how large or small) to seek the presence of God, your soul and spirit will be strengthened and remain refreshed throughout all the seasons of life!