When it comes to keeping your family healthy, who do you listen to the most?
Your family is unique, and there may be a different path for you than the family down the street. One family may be on a special diet due to allergies, another family may find greater health when eliminating gluten, and another swears by only using alternative medicine to treat all ailments. But their way may not be God’s way for YOUR family!
Why do we tend to defer to others more than we defer to our Creator?
And what does God have to say about health?
We want to encourage you to listen to God about what He wants for your family to be healthy.
In this week’s podcast, we’re discussing how to maintain health in your family and what we’ve learned over our 30 years of parenting. Let’s dive into these three points we want to share!
1. Our body is a temple, and it’s designed to heal itself.
God designed our bodies to heal. You know the example of when you have a cut or a scratch. Keep it clean, bandage it, and over time it heals!
How can we partner with God on this? Let’s partner with the body that God designed for us to support good health. Our body is a physical temple that houses a spiritual being, and God’s desire is to connect with that spiritual being while keeping that physical temple healthy and strong so it can do all the things it was designed to do to advance God’s kingdom on this earth. God designed the body to heal. What are we going to do to partner with Him in that?
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So, glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his: We are his people and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalm 100
2. Operate in belief versus fear.
Our mental state can have a powerful influence on how we heal. Too often, we respond out of fear.
When we were first parents, we found ourselves running to the doctor for every little thing! We had the false belief that the doctor had more influence over our child’s health than God did! (Or their own bodies’ healing mechanisms!)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10.
The world teaches fear and reaction. But God counters the enemy of this world with his PEACE: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives so I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Believe that God is in control. Go to God first to discern what to do. Ask Him to help you discern the advice of everyone out there and to discern godly counsel also.
3. Prayer is a medical weapon.
Suzanne shares a time when she cried out to God when Cade had a very high fever, asking for healing and wisdom on how to support his body.
“Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” Psalm 30:2.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. ” James 5:16.
“The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health.” Psalm 41:3.
Cry out to God when you feel fear. When you cry out to the Lord, it is a different kind of prayer. He hears us always, but the scriptures speak often about the uniqueness of crying out to God. It’s just a different level of prayer.
We believe in the power of healing! God designed and created us to submit our bodies and our health to Him. He has a plan, purpose, and goal.
He wants to be invited into our health so He can show us His love for His creation by giving us life, peace, health, and healing.
You have permission to be in charge of your child’s health, to be the advocate for them. Don’t let the world, society, or your in-laws dictate what’s best for you. Educate yourself, know your options, and go with what you believe is best for your family.
Go be crazy!
Disclaimer: This content is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for the medical advice of a physician.
If you have a question or a parenting issue that you’d like us to discuss in a future podcast, email us at [email protected].