“They wanted to hear Jesus Speak”  Luke 21:38

Advent is the time of anticipation of Jesus coming.  We  anticipate hearing Him speak during this Holiday time.  Often we fear we cannot even hear our loved ones, let alone Jesus, speaking to us, with all of the noise, hurry, bustle, stress, sadness, grief, and disappointment obstructing our hearing.  Possibly our Holiday Wellness can be improved by just simply looking at the word ADVENT:

A—Anticipate positive things during this month, allow the words of Jesus to come through.

D– – Increase your devotional time,  that your stress levels will decrease and depression vanish.

V–Visualize joy, visualize wellness, visualize absence of pain, visualize presence of peace.

E— Energize your life by decreasing your sugar intake, exercising daily, and getting adequate rest.

N– Note the positive things happening around you, write notes of gratitude and connection.

T—Take Time for yourself!   Allow a few moments in each Advent day for reflection, prayer  planning, and peacefulness.

Allow the Advent Season to speak to and strengthen your spirit.

Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN

Parish Nurse Consultant

Prayer from Manuscript Found in ACCRA

Dear Friends….

Our niece, Melissa, sent us this prayer this week… It spoke to me, and I hope it speaks you.




Give us this day, Lord, our daily miracle.

Even if we are incapable of noticing it because our mind is focused on great deeds and conquests. Even if we are too preoccupied with day-to-day life to know that our path was changed by it.

And when we are sad, help us to keep our eyes open to the life around us: a flower opening, the stars in the sky, the distant singing of a bird or a child’s voice nearby.

Help us to understand that there are certain things so important that we have to discover them without anyone’s help. And that we should not feel alone and helpless, because You are there with us, ready to intervene if our feet go perilously close to the abyss.

Help us to continue onward despite the fear and to accept the inexplicable despite our need to explain and know everything.

Help us to understand that Love’s strength lies in its contradictions and that Love lasts because it changes and not because it stays the same and never faces any challenges.

And to understand, too, that each time we see the humble exalted and the arrogant humbled, we are witnessing a miracle.

Help us to know that when our legs are tired, we can keep walking thanks to the strength in our hearts, and that when our hearts are tired, we can still carry on thanks to the strength of our Faith.


Wellness Notes – May is Mental Health Month


 “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”  Psalm  34:4

May is Mental Health Month.  We look at MIND-body-spirit wellness for our overall health, thus it is very important to look at mental health issues and concerns.   There have been so many concerns in the past year about awareness of mental health issues, it is important for each us to look inward  and around us to identify and advocate for Mental health follow-up and treatment. Mental Health America has adopted a program focused on  “Live Your Life Well” .  They offer a brochure “Are You Feeling Stressed Out”  and great information on the above website.  Each of us may identify symptoms of mental health concerns and make an effort to work with these issues as we would our physical symptoms. Some common mental health conditions that may lead to distress and ‘dis-ease’ are Stress, Depression, Panic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disease, and stress of caring for a loved one or aging parent.   Do we know how to recognize cause for concern?

What Are the Signs of Depression?

Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping more than usual

Reduced appetite and weight loss, or increased appetite and weight gain

Loss of pleasure and interest in once-enjoyable activities

Restlessness, irritability

Difficulty concentrating at work or at school, or difficulty remembering things or making decisions

Fatigue or loss of energy

Feeling guilty, hopeless or worthless

Thoughts of suicide or death

Are you experiencing the signs of stress?

Feeling angry, irritable or easily frustrated

Feeling overwhelmed

Change in eating habits

Problems concentrating

Feeling nervous or anxious

Trouble sleeping

Problems with memory

Feeling burned out from work

Feeling that you can’t overcome difficulties in your life

Having trouble functioning in your job or personal life

Ways of STAYING WELL when you have a mental health condition are as follows:

Connect with others;  Advocate for yourself; Get care you need (regular check ups & medication monitoring); Plan your sleep schedule; Manage stress; Exercise (at least 30 min. 3x weekly); Do something you enjoy ( at least 30 min. 3xwk);  Eat a well balanced meal plan–heavy on veggies & fruit; Get help with Smoking or Substance Abuse; and Know your community resources for help.


Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,CDE, Parish Nurse Consultant

Be Good to Yourself and Be Good to Others!

The following passage is from the book, “Be Good To Yourself” by Orison Swett Marden:

“When we learn to look for the good in people instead of the bad, we shall bring out the good instead of the bad, for our estimate of others helps to form their estimate of themselves; and no one can bring out the best when he believes and sees only the worst of himself. If we held charitable, helpful views of one another our attitude would revolutionize civilization.”

This book is great at keeping it simple. Here is a key theme it espouses for making the world a better place to live, for ourselves and others:

Be good to yourself and be good to others!

That’s about as simple as it gets, and we need to remember it!  As a plant grows bigger and stronger when well tended, so do people.  Encourage, help with the small things as well as the big ones.  Never underestimate how your opinion of someone else will affect them.  In the same way, remember the good things about yourself, positive thoughts breed stronger people.

Wellness Notes – Hurry Sickness

April, 2013


The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore  I hope in HIM!”  Lamentations 3:24

April, on the Wellness Calendar, is the month when we focus on  the following wellness issues:

Alcohol Addiction Awareness,  Stress Awareness,  Cancer Control Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention, DONATE LIFE  (organ donation month),  to name a few.    Upon reading a recent devotion on the above scripture,  the suggestion that looking at the ‘congestion’ in our lives is important. That ‘congestion’  often causes wellness issues such as , grumpiness, stress, reliance on alcohol or medications for relief, or causes us to act in hurtful ways towards others .   The devotion author suggests  the ‘dis-ease’ that might be causing our issues is “HURRY SICKNESS”.  ” This sickness appearing every time we try to do too much and  think it’s still not enough.”   Jeffery Japinga, the author of this devotion states that we get our flu shots, shingles shots, take vitamins, try to eat right and exercise,  but if we don’t do this daily prescription for “Hurry Sickness”  we may miss the major preventive measure for wellness.   The following suggestions may help :

  • Check yourself for “Hurry Sickness”
  • Sit on the side of your bed when you first arise for a full TWO MINUTES to breathe, praise God, or just count to 120 to clear your mind and focus on a new day.
  • Find a time (first thing in the morning,  as you sit in your car waiting for someone, before you  turn on the TV or Computer, just after you eat your lunch,  or just before turning off the light at night), to spend time with GOD.
  • Find at least TWENTY MINUTES A DAY for uninterrupted prayer and silence.
  • Make it GOD TIME.

These measures  may help prevent “Hurry Sickness” that may lead to other more difficult health concerns.   Feeling blah?   Overwhelmed?   Drained?    Frustrated?   Angry?  Blue”   Out of control?


Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN

Parish Nurse Consultant


Holy Week/Easter – 2013

Maundy Thursday, March 28—7:00 p.m. Communion

Good Friday, March 29—12:00 noon Prayer Service

Easter Sunrise – March 31—6:30 a.m. at 300 level Parking Lot

Family pot luck brunch—following Sunrise Service in Fellowship Hall

Traditional Easter Service—9:00 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt following traditional service at home of Joan E. (across the street from the church)

Maintaining a Balanced Life and Perspective

A friend sent me the following.  I thought it good enough to pass on.  Janet.

The following passage is quoted from Diane Johnson as sourced from the book, “Over the Top” (Zig Ziglar):

“Laughter is the jam on the toast of life. It adds flavor, keeps it from being too dry, and makes it easier to swallow.

Maintaining a balanced life and perspective is vital to the overall quality of our lives. There is a great deal of negative energy floating around in our world – at least it can seem so if you get too caught up in the day’s headlines via the internet, social media, cable news, talk shows, etc. But life is much more than headlines. Thank goodness. While there is much to take serious in life there is also much to smile and laugh about. Let’s not speed along too fast on the highway of our lives and miss out on the smiles and laughter! Spread some sunshine today, especially if it happens to be a little ‘cloudy’ in the life of someone you know!


I heard of a Christian group that formed on a college campus. It was a newer group at a campus that had recently launched, and the group members were eager to do something big and evangelistic. They wanted to coordinate a fall festival or cookout at the campus, inviting the neighborhood around the church to attend. The pastor listened, nodding, and finally interrupted.

“These are all great ideas, but let me ask you something. What’s the guy’s name in the house next door?”

There was a long and awkward pause. Finally the group leader spoke up. “Uh, I’m not sure.”

“How ’bout across the street?” the pastor asked.

This time the leader knew a first name, but when pressed further, he didn’t know the wife’s name, the kids’ names, or what the neighbor did for a living. The group had a big vision for reaching the “lost,” but they didn’t have affection for the people living just next door.

The pastor, wisely, identified something all too common for us. We’re happy to put together projects and throw big events at our churches. We’re much more hesitant to befriend neighbors, share life with the people in our own neighborhoods or people we meet in our lives that don’t already have an important place in our circle.

I think that because Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood are smaller we may feel that we know all our neighbors and know them well.  But maybe we should check.  See how many of our acquaintances we truly know and maybe we can invite them to church! Wouldn’t that be something?

Janet and Michael

A Difficult Loss

This has been a very hard week for our congregation.  A wonderful 5 year old boy was taken home to heaven.  He and his family are very important members of our church and we are all feeling the pain.  It is so hard to know what to do in situations like this.  We hurt, we cry, we rail at God and want to know “WHY?”  How can this possibly have happened?  There are few, if any, words that can help.  Saying, “I’m so sorry for your loss,” just doesn’t cut it for parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who have lost one of the most special parts of their life.

Mike and I made a special point of giving our own grand-children extra hugs and love, but we did so with tears in our eyes and an ache in our heart.

So, besides praying for the family and letting know that we love them, maybe the only thing we can do is this… make an extra effort to tell our own special people how much we love them.  We need to trust in God, and know that though this will never be “right” in our minds, if we let God in, He will, over time, make it easier to bear and He will comfort us all.

Photos from the Christmas Eve Service

Below is a gallery of photos from our Christmas Eve Service, courtesy of the Verde Independent newspaper. Some of the photos and a nice article about our Christmas Eve Service appeared on the front page.

January 2013 Pastor’s Message

Happy New Year, Peace and God’s Blessings to one and all. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas. For those who did not make it to our Christmas Eve service, Wow! You missed out because the youth and children of Haven UMC did a terrific job with the pageant on the story of the babe at the Inn. There will be photos on the website to look at from the Christmas Eve service. The Haven UMC Choir sounded angelic as they sang. There was even a write up in the Verde Valley newspaper on the front page with photos.

So this is the beginning of a New Year (2013) for everyone. And as we look into the future year of what we are expecting out of ourselves and others, we need to remember to turn to Jesus Christ and to continue with prayers of peace and blessings and asking forgiveness for all our sins. Blessed are you who hear the word of God and follow it where it leads. Doing so, you will be like the servant who, when the master comes, is found doing right.

Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, and your joy will be full.

Below is a poem I found on another web site that I thought was appropriate for this column. It is used with permission of the writer;

New Year With The Lord

A new year is about to unfold
With new opportunities to explore
Doors will open for new experiences,
New adventures with the Lord

Remember not the former things,
The things of this past year,
The Lord will do new things in us
Much more than we are aware

For He will make a way for us
As we put our trust in Him
And He will guide our every step
By His presence we have within

What God has placed within our hearts,
We find we’ll be able to do
If we look for the opportunities,
We’ll see the door to go through

We mustn’t let anything hold us back
But rise up and take our place
And be all that God wants us to be
With a fresh touch of His grace

© By M.S.Lowndes

Used with permission

Be in peace this coming year and let nothing stand in the way of your belief in God, the Holy Spirit and in your Savior Jesus Christ.


The Holidays are Here

Well, here we are coming up on Thanksgiving and the Christmas Holidays, with all the hussle and bustle that goes with getting the turkey ready, visiting with relatives,  and holiday shopping. Let’s not forget to thank God for everything we have, and everybody in our lives, even those that have touched our lives ever so briefly. Remember that God loves you and has forgiven you your sins but, you DO have to ask for forgiveness. Prayer is the focal point of most of our lives, as we continue to pray for all of the afflicted in our nation. The east coast was hit by a horrendous storm that wiped away many homes and lives and we need to remember to keep them in our prayers. we also need to remember to pray for those locally who are having issues with life.

We here at Haven are looking forward to the Christmas Eve service which begins at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 24th. Our youth will be adding a Christmas pageant to the service which I for one am looking forward too. The Pastor’s message for the Christmas Eve service is titled “Fear Not”, for God had told us to “not be afraid”.

So in closing this message, we would like to remind you to thank God on a daily basis and to not forget who the “Son of God” really is to you.

Blessings to all,

Michael & Janet Keffer

Wellness Notes – Diabetes

“The wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning”  Proverbs 16:21

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.   In my years as a Diabetes Educator I find most of us have had our lives touched by this increasingly prevalent disease.  Whether you have been diagnosed with Type I , Type 2 , or Gestational Diabetes; been told you  are “Borderline”; have a family history of Diabetes, or just have a friend challenged by Diabetes,  it is important to take note of the following information:

  • There is NO BORDER!!   One either HAS Diabetes or DOES NOT  have it.  The numbers tell the story and if you have been told you  are ‘borderline’, you have “Pre-Diabetes” and must take charge of your blood glucose management.  Prevention at this level is most important and can keep you from having complications.
  • “Apple” Shaped bodies are more susceptible to developing Diabetes.  That tummy fat is often due to increased insulin resistence and increased insulin production.   Waistlines over 38 inches for women and 40 inches for men are a RED FLAG for developing Diabetes.
  • Diabetes is often accompanied by High Blood Sugar levels, High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Obesity,  & High Triglycerides.   This group of diagnoses are known as “Metabolic Syndrome” and requires  management.
  • KNOW YOUR NUMBERS:    Be aware of your laboratory results and always obtain a copy of your tests and results for your personal file.  KEEP TRACK OF the following NUMBERS:
  • A1C  measures your average blood glucose level over the past 2-3 months.  A1C target if below 7.  Maintaining levels 5.9-6.5 is desirable to prevent complications.
  • LDL Cholesterol (Lousy kind) builds up & clogs arteries.  LDL Target is below 100.
  • High Blood Pressure makes your heart work too hard.  Blood Pressure Target is below 130/80
  • Self Monitored Blood Glucose  is important.  Learn how to check your glucose at home.  Vary the times you check to see what makes your glucose go up or down (meals, exercise, stress). Keep a log of varied times tested and take log to your Physician or Diabetes Educator for consult.   Use these numbers to manage your diabetes.  YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR CARE.
  • Eat healthy foods.  Diabetes does not mean you CANNOT EAT CERTAIN FOODS.  You just need to EAT MORE WISELY.   Your self-monitored glucose levels will help you see how foods work for you as well as serving sizes and timing of meals.
  • Use the “MY PLATE” model to increase fruit and vegetable servings, decrease size of meat servings, and increase fiber intake.   Including Whole Grains, Low Fat Milk products, and less salt and sugar is wise.
  • Be Active 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week.  Brisk walking is a great way to stay active.
  • Learning to manage your stressors is important.  If you know what causes you to feel stress (& elevate your blood glucose) learn techniques for changing the stress or your response to it.  (Yoga, Meditation, Sign Chi Do)


If you have questions or need assistance with Diabetes management or your numbers, please feel free to give me a call.

Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN


Parish Nurse Consultant & Diabetes Educator


Power of Prayer

“If you are strangers to prayer you are strangers to power.”  Billy Sunday

Prayer doesn’t always come easily for me.  I know how to ask God for help and how to ask him for forgiveness.  I know words to say that glorify God…

I was looking out the window of the church office this morning, with its glorious view of the Verde Valley and the Rim beyond and these words from the Psalms came immediately to my mind… “I lift my eyes to the hills, from whence comes my help.”   The majesty I see when I look at the wonders God has made help me to internalize God’s love.

When I look to the hills and begin my prayers I often struggle to say the right words, to convey my needs and what is on my heart in a way that God will understand and act on.  However I know that God knows what I am praying for and what I need long before I open my mouth or try to put it into words.  When I tell someone that I will keep them in my prayers, I put them on my mental list of who to pray for the next time I am alone and/ or “have the time.”  But, I know that as I say “I will keep you in my prayers”, God knows that I care about this person or situation and is already on top of it.  It never hurts to repeat the request and to repeat it often if need be, but my faith tells me that God is already aware of anything that I can come to him with.

Thank goodness that God does not just hang around waiting for me to call something to his attention.  God knows!  Prayer is our way of doing something, when there seems to be nothing else we can do.  I also believe that when I ask God to heal someone or rectify a situation he is listening and takes my prayers into consideration.  But I know that God knows what is best, much better than I.  Prayer can be rich when it’s simple and spontaneous. In fact, we can pray anywhere, at any time. It doesn’t require lofty language in a sacred space. All we need to do is see our ordinary moments as the perfect occasions for communicating with God, then speak from our heart.

As Billy Sunday said, there is power in prayer…people know when they are being prayed for and feel comforted.  God listens.  God acts.

When I was in my 30’s I received a phone call from my mother in Maryland to report that she and my father had been mugged and that Dad had been shot.  It was hard being so far away, but I knew the best I could do at that time was pray.  I prayed and prayed, as did many other people.  Dad was healed.  He had bullets in him for the rest of his life, but God answered our prayers.  Because Dad still had more to do on earth…probably, maybe even most likely, but also because he heard the prayers of so many.

Prayer is taking action, prayer can comfort and prayer is how we communicate to God.  I know that he is always listening and I know that he loves to hear from us.



I Am Blessed

Like the rain that can’t be stopped from falling, God’s love and blessings keep on pouring.  – Author unknown

Some of you may have seen my license plate which says. “IMBLESD”.  Some folks have come up with other ideas for what the letters mean, one person thought it meant “imbecile,” but my intention was to say “I am Blessed.”   And I am blessed!

My life has been a very good one.  I have had my share of the “down side” of life, but I always end up getting the “good stuff” as well.

I was blessed to grow up with parents who not only loved me, but encouraged me and stood by me.

I am blessed with a daughter and a son who make me proud all the time and whom I enjoy as much now as adults as I did when they were growing up, and I am blessed with a  step daughter and grandchildren which are one of the joys of my life.

I am blessed with a husband who loves me unconditionally and who supports me in everything I do, or try to do.

I am also blessed with friends who I can call and talk to anytime I want to and who always seem to be glad to hear from me.

Sometimes, however, it is difficult to see the blessings when difficulties and heartache are in the forefront of my life.  Sometimes financial worries or worries about relatives or friends or the world’s ills seem to take over my mind and I forget to count my blessings for a while.  I hate it when that happens because these, I believe, are the most important times to remember all the blessings that have been showered on me.  These are the times to remember that God is in charge and that he is going to be pouring even more blessings on me as time goes by. These are the times when I need to remember that God answers prayers, even if he does it in his own time frame and not mine.

God’s blessings are always there for me, whether I see them or not!  My family and friends love me!  But, God loves me even more!

I pray that I will never forget that!






It is Never Too Late to be What You Might Have Been

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

How true this is.  I have found that as we age we tend to give up on new beginnings.  We are content to say “Oh how I wish” or “If I were only younger”.  And for some of us, we are still wondering what we want to be when we grow up.  It doesn’t seem to matter if we are 30, 40 or 60 or 70, most of us still have things we wish we had done or wish we had accomplished.  I admit that I don’t have the energy anymore for that hike across Europe that I once thought I would like to take, but seeing Europe by car or bus is still a possibility.  I no longer am enamored of the idea of attending a loud noisy concert, but an evening at the symphony is still an attractive thought. I still would also like to see a Broadway musical, but I would be just as happy to see it in Phoenix as to travel to New York.

I don’t think that this “downsizing” of my dreams makes them any less of a dream or hopefully a possibility.  Things like finances and physical ability can still tend to get in the way, but as long as we keep planning the dreams will never die. When I was younger things had a sense of urgency to them that they no longer have.  The idea of wanting results “right now” was something that plagued me.  Like a small child pounding his fists on the floor I didn’t want to put anything off.  I wanted it “now!” But if I had accomplished everything I wanted to do in my life when I was in my 30’s…what would I be doing now?  Dreams age with us.  We modify them and make them fit our limitations, but they are still dreams worth holding on to.

God has plans for all of us.  He doesn’t necessarily wan’t us to accomplish them all at once or in a span of a few years.  God can still work with us as we get older.  If we can’t learn things from a trip abroad, we can still learn things from people close by.  We can also pass on our accrued wisdom to the young.  “Don’t worry if it is not all possible now…God will see that the things he wants to get done will get done.  In God’s time, not ours.

Keep dreaming!






I Will Be 62 Next Month

I will be 62 next month.  At this time of life I pictured myself being ready to settle back, relax and let the younger people do things.  I guess I imagined that I would have accomplished every thing important to do by now.  How wrong I was.  In some ways this seems to be a new beginning for me.  Things that were important to me in my 20’s and 30’s seem no longer very relevant or at least as important as they once were.

When I was in my 20’s the church I attended installed a new associate pastor.  She had just graduated from seminary and was beginning her career in God’s service.  She was 60!!  I thought my gosh what is she doing…how can she want to be starting something like this at her advanced age.  How unaware I was then of how much the “older generation” still has to offer.

A few months ago Gary Kennedy came to me with the suggestion that Michael and I become “Lay Persons assigned” here at Haven UM.  Michael was thrilled…he and I both had talked about feeling a “call” many times.  But now that the moment was here… I hesitated…  “Am I really ready for this?” Michael had preached here several times and we had come to love this congregation and this community.  But really?  This now…at our age?

But I very quickly got caught up in Michael’s enthusiasm.  Why not, I thought…now or never I thought as I jumped into this ministry closing my eyes and holding my nose and feet first just as I jumped into the cold waters of Lake Mokoma where my family went on those long ago summers. And, just like at the Lake the experience has proved to be worth overcoming the fear.

I know it has been a short while but I believe that I am viewing things much differently now.  God has always been a very important part of my life…growing up as a preacher’s kid, I long ago had learned the importance of putting God first in my life.  First before everything, before work, before family, before friends.  I prayed each night when I went to bed.  We said grace at (almost) every meal.  But had it become more of a habit than a need.   More of a “way of life” than an essential part of my life.

I have been reflecting on this recently…where had the excitement gone?

My mother told me a while back that every morning when she wakes up she recites…”This is the day that the Lord hast made, let us rejoice and be glad in it”.  What a wonderful way to begin the day!  Thanks to this “late in life calling” I am feeling that excitement again.  I have jumped in the cold clear water and re-emerged feeling refreshed, excited and ready to face a new life, a new challenge and a new direction.  Some days it will still be put one-foot in front of the other and get things done as before, but now I feel a new richness and the possibilities are endless.  I hope you feel that way too.



On our first weeks at Haven…

What a blessing to have been assigned to this church and to this town.  Michael and I have been overwhelmed by everyone we have met up here.  People from all walks of life seem to have gravitate to Jerome, and they all have one thing in common…they are nice!  Not just average nice like holding the door or saying “Good morning”. But above average nice, eager to welcome and to get to know us and to let us know them.  I guess it is our years of “big city” living that let us forget that places like this exist.

We have definitely, too, been loving learning of the history of Jerome.  It is so hard to believe that at one time over 15,000 people lived on this hill.  Talk about cramped quarters.  But they made it work and they made it thrive, at least until the stock market crashed and the price of copper fell.  The history here is intriguing and we are anxious to learn more.  Rev. Paul McCleary from Clarkdale has written some books about the area which we are enjoying and I am also looking forward to reading a book by long time resident, Roberto, which is called “Rich Town, Poor Town”.  We have heard it is a fascinating read.

So until next time, we are still meeting people and learning about the Verde Valley, loving the views from the hill and getting ensconced in our new “home”.  Jerome and Haven…you are great!


Meet the New Pastors – Potluck and Ice Cream Social



Haven United Methodist 

Potluck and

Ice Cream Social


When: Sunday, Sept 23rd 11:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Joan Evan’s yard

(across from the church).

Hot dogs, Hamburgers and drinks provided. 

Bring a dish to share.

Wellness Notes – Spiritual Strength

Wellness Notes – August, 2012


“The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him”

2 Chronicles 16:9

Recently I saw the question:  “What is more important Spiritual Strength or Physical Strength?
People forget about Spiritual Strength”.     We spend the summer reminding ourselves to get out early in the day or later in the evening when it’s cool to exercise.  We evaluate how well our exercise programs are doing in improving our physical strength.  We work hard to eat healthy meals to improve our body and our health.  We keep track of how strong we feel and how active we remain.   How much emphasis do we place on our Spiritual Strength?    What are the ways we improve our SPIRITUAL STRENGTH?   Consider the following:

  • Daily look to your Heavenly Father, whether it be in prayer, supplication, or gratitude.
  • Practice prayer as a running conversation with God.  Keeping Him in the loop of your daily activities and daily celebrations and concerns.
  • Keep the Ten Commandments in daily life and activities.
  • Read the Bible—setting your Bible in a prominent place where you are daily reminded to search its truths and study it’s meaning in your life.
  • Get a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room, Guideposts, Online Devotions, Phone apps.
  • Utilize the “Sticky –Post It” Theory.    Place frequent reminders , in prominent places,  of affirmations, goals, verses, or statements that remind you of personal improvement and positive thinking
  • Practice Positive Thinking
  • Strengthen your spirit through visualization.   “Picture a prayer or connection with God”
  • KNOCK!!!    Jesus is ready to answer the door if we only make the effort to knock.
  • Attend Church, Visit with your Pastor,  Participate by using your time, talents, gifts and service as a member of God’s family.
  • Reach out if your ‘spiritual exercise’ program does not seem to be working.  Realize Jesus is the BEST spiritual personal trainer.  Ask for help from your church, counseling, friends, or mentors.
  • ·         Consider taking a weekend to “Walk to Emmaus”.  Your spirit will never be the same.  Check out  www. or ask an Emmaus alumnus in your church family for information
  • ·         Commit yourself to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pour your energy into the relationship with HIM. 


Alice Stephenson BSN,RN,PN

Parish Nurse Consultant