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The Face of Spiritual Warfare & Five External Tactics
In a chaotic world we are living in with uncertain answers in life, we are left with confusion, sometimes panic, sometimes a loss of words and thousands of other emotins and feelings. The common denominator in a world uncertain of it's direction is that of Spiritual Warfare....... whether we are aware of it or not, it finds it's way into our life on some aspect. The question we'd like to ask you all, is do you know how to handle it? Are you wearing your amor? Are you awake and on guard watching to see where satan strikes next? Tonight's article is the testimonial of 4 woman in ministry who have faced Spirtual Warfare head on and came out victorious as they always kept GOD on their side in the battle. They knew without GOD being there in battle with them the outcome might have been very different. We hear from these women as they tell about their survival stories with GOD getting them to being victorious in times where had they gone in alone, that victory very well may have been lost.
We will also be including some bonus content tonight called Five External Tactics which can be found at the bottom of the main content. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Now............ Let's get started.
"In an effort to give you a close up of what spiritual warfare looks like in modern-day life, four women – a couple of missionaries, a pastor’s wife, and a woman in leadership – candidly share very different personal experiences with spiritual warfare in their own lives, and how they have successfully battled against the attacks of their unseen enemy."
The Face of Spiritual Warfare
In an effort to give you a close up of what spiritual warfare looks like in modern-day life, four women – a couple of missionaries, a pastor’s wife, and a woman in leadership – candidly share very different personal experiences with spiritual warfare in their own lives, and how they have successfully battled against the attacks of their unseen enemy.
A Mission Field Encounter by Jean Robinson (Veteran Missionary)
It was one of those beautiful moonlit nights in the very center of Africa, when the stars shine so bright that you feel as if you could reach out and touch them. The girls in the mission boarding home were having a sleep-out in the middle of their compound; and like all young girls everywhere, they talked long into the hours of the night.
Nearby a very young, inexperienced missionary woman slept soundly in her house. Suddenly she was awakened by a voice calling for her to come quickly to deal with an emergency in the girls’ compound. Throwing on a robe, she followed the caretaker down the path to see what the problem was. She came upon a scene like one out of the Bible. A young girl was thrashing around on the ground with super-human strength, yelling out obscenities with a voice not her own. It took the combined strength of all of the other girls to pin her down and keep her from throwing herself into the fire.
I was that young missionary who had been called to help out in this situation. Never did I feel more helpless. I realized that this was a battle, not with flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness of this world, the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. My heart cried out to the Lord for His help. He reminded me of something one of my professors at Bible school had said: “After you get out to the mission field, and when (not if) you encounter spiritual warfare in one form or another... remember that while you are weak and powerless, all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Christ. You can claim His authority and the power of His name and blood over the evil forces.”
So, that is what I did. I remember praying for that girl, and claiming the power of Christ’s name and blood for deliverance for her. As I did, she let out a horrible scream as the demon left her body, and then she fell into a deep, child-like sleep. Then, sometime later, that girl told me the history of her family. For many generations they had been Satan worshippers and had given themselves to demonic forces to be at work in and through them. The deliverance was a wonderful demonstration of the power of God that is always at our disposal. It was a good lesson for me to learn at the very beginning of my missionary career.
Later on, I worked among people who had been worshippers of the spirit-world. They were especially fearful of evil spirits. A large granite rock stood in the center of the area we lived in. This was the home of the much-feared “spirit of the rain.” It was next to this rock that the pioneer missionaries chose to build the mission station of Adi as the base for getting the gospel out among the Kakwa tribe.The Africans were appalled! Didn’t these white people know that if they desecrated that rock, the spirit of the rock would withhold the rains from all of the surrounding area, causing a widespread famine? It had been on that rock that the Kakwa people offered sacrifices to the rain-spirit, and even lacerated their own bodies, causing their blood to flow, to appease him. He was not one to be trifled with! They would watch the white people very closely and fearfully.
And so those pioneers of the gospel met on that rock, and prayed that the true God would break through the powers of darkness, and that the light of the gospel would someday shine brightly from that center to all the area around them. When I lived there at Adi, we would walk to that rock on Easter Sunday (together with hundreds of our Kakwa brothers and sisters in Christ) and praise Him for His resurrection power that had set us free from the power of sin and the fear of death.
But Satan didn’t give up his hold on that area or those people easily. During the ensuing years of my life in Africa, I was confronted with spiritual warfare in one form or another. While not quite as dramatic as my first encounter, the situations were nevertheless always very intense. I felt the onslaught of the evil one in many different ways. Always his goal was to hinder the spread of the gospel.
Some of the ways Satan attacked included:
Continued spirit worship, practice and fears on the part of many of the people.
Civil war, rebellion, slaughter, and evacuations, such as is going on in the Congo today.
Many personal encounters with drunken soldiers and their guns along the roads and pathways.
Border and travel difficulties through Idi Amin’s territory in Uganda at the height of his reign and power.
Life-threatening illnesses that attacked my family members and myself with no medical help nearby.
The sudden death of my husband.
But through it all, I found Christ’s grace, strength, power and victory to be sufficient.
Thank God we don’t have to fight these battles alone, but victory is ours through Jesus Christ, as we put on the whole armor of God, each part of which is really just a picture of Christ. I believe Rom. 13:14 sums it all up: “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” In Him, we have all we need, and we can be victorious over the attacks of the enemy. I can testify to the truth of that during my 42 years in Africa!
Battling The Enemy Within by Vicki Fleming (Ministry Wife/Leader)
Because I have a vivid imagination, I like to think of my unseen enemies as sinister, creepy-looking villains like extras in a low-budget horror film. Imagine my surprise, then, when the Lord gave me a glimpse of one foul creature, and the face was mine!
Supernatural forces can work against anyone in ministry; but I make the job easier for those working against me by just being me. The Bible calls this “walking in the flesh.” The Lord’s road is long yet scenic, and is called “walking in the Spirit.” It’s long for me because, being rather fond of my flesh walk, I tend to let go of it slowly. It’s scenic because the view from the Spirit’s road is beautiful though rough, yet God says this way is the only one that leads to spiritual freedom.
As the Lord invites me to move up higher with Him, I see three places where I allow myself to be robbed of the joy of His Spirit: fear, which robs me of my peace; greed, which robs me of my contentment; and apathy, which robs me of my passion.
About facing fear, Isaiah 42:16 says, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them. I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.” When I hear those words, I nod and smile; but when the Lord allows me to walk with Him in the dark I want to tell Him that He’s taken the wrong road, as if He doesn’t know where we are! I’m afraid that He won’t turn the darkness into light and that I’ll fall head first down a steep embankment. It’s then that fear makes me want to return to something I know; and I freeze, unable to move on with the Lord. Slowly, however, He teaches me to stand, then walk, then even run a little over some very rough ground. Is the road getting smoother? Is He making me more sure-footed? I begin to notice the light that only He can provide, and I see things I couldn’t see without Him. Peace replaces fear and I experience real joy.
Then there is greed. People in ministry seldom look for greed in their lives. I mean – really? No one makes enough money to buy expensive cars, grand houses or designer clothes. So what is greed? Greed is simply wanting more than we need; and since Philippians 4:19 says that “my God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus,” I must be wanting that which God has not provided. Ouch!! I don’t think this means that we must never long to own a home, or that it’s wrong to pray that the Lord replaces our rusted-out car; but it is wrong when our desires rob us of contentment. It’s greed, then, that tells me I can’t be filled with joy because I don’t have what I desire.
Finally, it is my apathy that robs me of my passion for Jesus Christ. It’s not that I don’t care. I care a lot; but what I care about can be easily misdirected. When I first came to know Christ’s saving love, I wanted to live there forever, enjoying His presence and telling a lost world about Him. I wanted to lay my belongings and family and future on the line for the gospel. How did it become so easy to trade that passion in for programs? Oh, I still care, but I’ve calmed down and “matured” and begun a love affair with programs. I spend months planning them – and minutes praying about them. I’ve learned to perfect programs to meet the needs of the people, but sometimes the programs become the focus while the people become a blur. My love affair with programs is measured by how strongly I feel when someone tries to change them or interrupts the process.
So what am I to do? How do I shed this flesh walk when I’ve woven it so carefully into my Christianity? I believe that I must go to God’s Word, perhaps Psalm 51, and ask the Lord to meet me there. I must ask the Holy Spirit to cut those things out of my life that keep me from walking in the Spirit; and to do it, please, with love and compassion. I must ask Him to “Create in me a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Only then will the Lord “restore the joy of my salvation;” enabling me to walk in peace, resting in contentment and finally restoring my passion for Him.
Assault On The Physical by Debbie Fortnum (Pastor’s Wife/Worship Leader)
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Early in January 1980, I chose that hymn as my theme song for the new year. Little did I know how the Lord would use it as a means of comfort and as an incentive to trustful surrender for me and my family through the dark and difficult time we were about to face.
Later that month, what at first appeared to be a mere case of the flu turned out to be the beginning stages of an extremely painful and physically restricting illness that plagued me and perplexed doctors for the next three years. From the very beginning, my spine and muscles were affected. At times the pain was so intense that my family had to be careful when they hugged me. Within six months my vision deteriorated, and soon I had to use a magnifying glass to read.
Believers from several local congregations held a special time of fasting and prayer for me, but nothing happened. Elders and pastors from different local churches gathered for prayer and anointing. Still nothing. Much prayer was made on my behalf, but there was no physical improvement.
Various specialists and tests in two major hospitals brought us time and again to the same conclusion – nothing. The problem was obvious, but when it came to pinning down the cause we were batting zero.
I became totally dependent on God’s supply of strength and grace which He offered me daily. And then it happened. The songs of worship and praise started to flow out of me. Since I couldn’t physically do much more than sit at my piano and sing or read God’s Word, I began to develop an incredible intimate relationship with God. My love for Him grew deep as I would prop up my Bible on the piano and literally sing the Word and worship Him for hours.
Three years had passed and my condition was worsening. We were encouraged when we were able to enlist the services of a committed Christian doctor. For the very first time in our lives we experienced the support of a medical man who held our hands as he led us in prayer, seeking the wisdom and skill of the Great Physician.
On January 31, 1983, my eyes were tested again. The doctor declared me legally blind. My heart sank!
Shortly afterwards, I asked my mother to read to me from Psalm 91. No one knew at the time how beautifully God was preparing my heart for what was to take place later that night. “You will not be afraid of the terror by night, or of... the pestilence that stalks in the darkness... Because (she) has loved Me, therefore I will deliver (her)” (verses 5, 6, 14 ).
In the middle of the night, I awakened my mother in fear – something that I had never done before. We went back to my room together and prayed. Sometime later, unable to sleep, I began to sense the evil presence of the enemy, and then saw a dark, gray cloud in the corner of my bedroom. Suddenly, an overwhelming sense of faith welled up inside of me, and I sat up in bed and declared in a loud voice, “Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ, I command you to get off my back and stop plaguing me – I am a child of God!” The evil presence promptly left. I began to quietly and joyfully worship the Lord. Then, almost as if a plug was pulled out at the bottom of my feet, I felt the pain literally drain out of my body. For the first time in three years, there was no pain!
Looking back almost 18 years, I realize that this whole thing started just prior to the missions conference that marked the first anniversary of the call of God on my life to serve Him full time – a fire that continues to burn in my heart as the wife of a senior pastor and a minister of worship. I can well understand the enemy’s strategy in attempting to prevent me from following that call. Not only did this painful experience give me a keen sensitivity to the hurts and needs of others, but it also developed the kind of faith that always steers me to the truth that even though the enemy always means it for evil, God means it for good. He sees the entire jigsaw while we can only see the one little puzzle piece in our hands! Healing is not everyone’s experience, but it was mine. Some have been healed much sooner. Some have waited much longer. Some are still waiting, but through this God has taught me that I exist for His purpose.
If His purpose is facilitated by pain, then pain is a blessed thing. I am convinced that pain became His life-changing tool to sculpt me into the likeness of Jesus. I am also convinced that God used the soil of pain to cultivate lifestyle worship in me. My prayer for us all is that we would be able to accept the words of the hymn writer, “Whatever my lot... it is well with my soul!”
Bended Knees & Battle Scars by Elizabeth G. Musser (Missionary)
I stared at the thermometer. My two-year- old had a 104 fever. Just five minutes earlier, my four-year-old’s temperature also had registered 104. I was used to high fevers, and I knew what to do; but on this Friday morning in March, fevers didn’t fit into my schedule.
For months we had been planning and praying for the Billy Graham Crusade that was to take place in Germany. Twelve other European countries would air the event each night via satellite, and our small church in Montpellier, France had worked hard to have all the right equipment.
This weekend was already overflowing with ministry. After each broadcast, my husband and I would be involved in counseling individuals who expressed interest in spiritual matters. Additionally, we had invited different friends throughout the weekend to eat with us and then attend the meetings. These were friends who did not know Jesus; friends for whom we had prayed for years. I thought of all the food I had fixed ahead of time just to be ready for this weekend. Six people were to be at our house tonight and now both boys had high fevers. “What do I do, Lord?”
If you’ve ever found yourself in the middle of a spiritual battle, you’ll know I felt the powers of darkness aligned against me. I don’t cry “Satan’” every time my kids are sick. But that day, with so many prayers and hopes focused on these few nights, I knew the battle was raging around us. The enemy did not want our friends to hear the gospel. Relief surged through me as I recalled David facing Goliath against formidable odds, yet remaining steadfast in his faith in God as he proclaimed to the Philistine, “the battle is the Lord’s” (1 Sam. 17:47). Then the Lord reminded me of the hundreds of people who were praying for us, specifically interceding for this Crusade. I was greatly encouraged.
Often we are totally unaware of the spiritual warfare that surrounds us. I rarely thought about the spiritual battle affecting me until I became a missionary in France as a young, single woman. But once there, the atmosphere around me and my teammates seemed oppressive and dark. Unexplained occurrences frightened us. Just before we expected six young women for our first Bible study, a window in our apartment broke for no apparent reason. Another time, we screamed in fear as we were awakened in the night by an unearthly, satanic presence hanging over us; and the believers in our tiny church seemed constantly plagued by profound, disturbing problems. We felt homesick and lonely, and depression threatened us. Being new, young missionaries, we felt unprepared for these frightening events.
Then, remembering that the battle was the Lord’s, we stood in a circle in each room of each of our apartments and prayed that Jesus’ blood would cover our homes and protect us from evil. We prayed every time before we stepped into the open markets to tell of our faith, and we prayed beside the heartbroken brothers and sisters in Christ whose loved ones had been snatched away without warning. When I’d be tempted to think that all we did was pray, the Lord reminded me again and again that prayer was our best defense against the enemy’s weapons.
The passage in Ephesians 6 concerning spiritual warfare not only reminds us to put on the full armor of God, but “with all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit and...be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18).
It has been said that the best defense is a good offense. When Paul exhorts us to pray at all times in the Spirit, he’s reminding me to do likewise as I prepare for whatever ministry I’m involved in. When we pray, we acknowledge our weakness and our dependence on God, realizing that He sees all, knows all and controls all is never overwhelmed or taken by surprise. What freedom this brings!
Next, we must be aware of the spiritual battle around us. Scripture tells us to be on the alert against Satan’s attacks because he knows only too well where our weak spot lies. If we’re busy about the Lord’s work, perhaps especially in leadership positions, Scripture assures us that he’ll take aim and the battle will rage. During those times, however, we should not feel alone, remembering that Jesus is interceding for and along with us, as well as others whom He has prompted also to intercede.
How many times have I stumbled along in the battle, on my own, forgetting to arm myself through prayer? Even now, years after I first stepped onto foreign soil, I sometimes catch myself feeling totally overwhelmed by circumstances, problems and evil in this world. That’s when the Spirit nudges me again to pray. And peace comes back. I remember who is in control. The battle is the Lord’s.
I survived that weekend in March. Yes, I was a bit battle-weary and exhausted; but spiritually, God had renewed my strength. We were praying; others were praying; Jesus was interceding. And I remembered who was in control. The battle was indeed, the Lord’s!
FIVE EXTERNAL TACTICS
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. Matthew 26:3-4
In the New Testament we see Satan using five external tactics against the church: rulers, priests, merchants, mobs and families—and of course, these often occurred in combinations. The followers of Jesus tend to unite the enemies of Jesus, so that quite unlikely alliances can be created. Jesus himself saw this when the Pharisees and the Herodians—two groups that never spoke to each other—got together to plot his assassination after he healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath (Mark 3:6).
It is surprising to some that the rulers are not the biggest persecutors of Christians in the New Testament. That dubious honor falls to the Jewish priestly caste. But there is no doubt that strong opposition came from the rulers. Pontius Pilate was complicit in the death of Jesus; Herod Agrippa killed the apostle James in Jerusalem (Acts 12:2); and of course Nero initiated a terrible persecution against the Christians of Rome in AD 64—the community most think Mark’s gospel was written to encourage.
Though it was Pilate’s order, it was really the Jewish high priest who pushed Pilate into giving the order for the crucifixion when he was inclined to let Jesus go (see John 18:31), and tried to accomplish this by arranging a crowd clemency scene. All throughout his ministry, Jesus’ bitterest enemies were the priests. And so it proved for the early church. The first flogging of Christians was administered under the auspices of the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:40), and the first martyrdom of a Christian (Stephen) was carried out by enraged clerics (Acts 7:54-59). And so it continued also for Paul, the main character of the early church, ironically a former Pharisee and a witness to the stoning of Stephen.
But it is a sad fact that the class threatened most by radical Christian faith is the clerical class, whether of one’s own religious persuasion or of a rival one. This is not to say all clerics are persecutors. Many Pharisees became followers of Jesus, and some, like Nicodemus and Simon, were the very model of courtesy and open-mindedness. Nevertheless, in the history of the church, other “believers” have perpetrated most violence on Christians.
Satan uses external as well as internal tactics to attack the advance of the Kingdom of God.
Lord, help me show love to other “believers” who do not hear Your voice but are used as tools of the enemy.
What's new this month? The following article provided below is from our newest guest column writer written by:
Julie Morris. She wrote an incredible article on Covid 19 and not letting it win in our lives. The article is below and can be found in word document format for download. You may contact her as well for article publication for your website and readers as well. Please share and like this information and feel free to download a copy of the article as well. She has also included a brand new article as well Employment in Addiction Recovery: Barriers and Opportunities which will also be listed below in written format and downloadable Word format.
Julie is a life and career coach and has made multiple great points and has given some very valuable advice. We all need as much uplifting as possible during this crisis going on in our society today and here is some additional helpful hints and advice . If you are interested in having her write for you and contributing to your website content:
Her contact information is:
Employment in Addiction Recovery: Barriers and Opportunities
On the journey of sobriety, finding employment is an important part of rebuilding your life and establishing a healthy daily routine. However, you may be frustrated to discover that getting hired is much more difficult than it used to be. Not only is today’s job market highly competitive, but employment gaps also present significant barriers to employment. This can exacerbate an already fraught situation.
You may be unable to get hired doing the same work or earning the same income as you did before. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t find meaningful employment — you may just need to adjust your expectations. Instead of holding out for a job that matched your previous career, you’ll likely need to consider something more basic.
A simple job may also be the best thing for you right now, especially if it helps keep stress to a minimum, and even if it means you earn less money. High levels of stress threaten your recovery, especially in the early stages. A low-pressure job allows you to gain financial and personal stability while you get re-acclimated to a daily routine. Once you feel more comfortable, you can search for a more challenging job. It’s also easier to get hired when you’re already employed.
If you’re struggling to find work, you have options. Spiritual Warfare Research and Development offers these strategies you can take to re-enter the workforce.
Self-employment offers a lot of benefits. A high level of control over when and where you work allows you to organize your schedule around meetings and taking time for yourself. All of which can go a long way toward limiting unnecessary stress. The biggest challenge in self-employment is securing funding. A lack of stable income or damaged credit makes it difficult to qualify for loans or credit cards. However, there are certain businesses you can start with minimum capital, such as a dog-walking, tutoring, or an commerce business.
Business Town has more suggestions for inexpensive business ideas. Once your business is established, you can secure funding to grow your small business. Research your funding options now so you understand what’s available and where your credit score needs to be in order to qualify.
You don't have to navigate your job hunt alone. Many treatment centers offer employment support. Services may include resume help, interview prep, and advice regarding your employment rights. In some cases, treatment centers may partner with local businesses to provide employment opportunities to those in recovery.
If you have a disabling mental health condition, you can receive support through your city’s Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation is designed to support people with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment. Some areas also have non-profit organizations or public programs designed to support people in recovery. You can also search for jobs through America in Recovery, which is a nonprofit job board designed to connect people facing stigma to willing employers.
There are other types of support, too. For instance, the SBA has a lot of information available for business owners, and there are online platforms like ZenBusiness that are one-stop shops for new entrepreneurs. Their tools and services help businesses with everything from selecting an official entity to accounting tips to creating a website. With a little online research, you can find everything you need to get up and running, stress-free.
Your first job in sobriety might not look how you expect it to. However, with perseverance and willingness to step outside your comfort zone, you can find meaningful work and minimize your stress. Whether that’s starting your own business, finding supported employment, or building from the ground up in a new career, there are many opportunities to start rebuilding your financial and professional life.
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Don’t Let COVID Win — Reduce Stress Today and Live A Better Life
The coronavirus pandemic has made it very difficult for even the most devout to remain positive. But we’re not going to let this virus drag us to a dark place. If you have found yourself struggling to keep a positive mindset, particularly if you’re a business owner who has been hit hard by the events of the last year, it’s more important now than ever to let go of stress. Here are a few ways you can do that starting today.
Prayer is food for the soul, and it is the best way to talk to God when you need guidance. You can find prayers on the Spiritual Warfare website to help you get through the toughest days. Make a point to drop to your knees every day and in those moments when you feel most alone or in need. The power of prayer will lift you up even at your lowest point.
If your home does not feel like a safe haven — perhaps your family is irritable and the air feels tense — it’s time to get to work clearing negative energy. This is achieved through prayer, but also through cleaning and decluttering. Cleaning your home gives you a physical outlet where you can let stress leave your body, but it also serves a greater purpose for your mental health. A clean home will help you focus your energies on what’s most important and redirect your thoughts from all the negative in the world. And if you run your business from home, you will be more productive while you work if you are not constantly fixated on the chores that sit undone.
Infuse the air.
Aromatherapy is, according to Psychology Today, a way to invoke emotion. Your olfactory senses have a significant impact on the body, and certain odors, such as lavender, lemon, and jasmine can help keep you calm. Try lighting a scented candle in your living room to help you wind down after a busy day. You can also utilize scents, such as peppermint, during your workday to invigorate the senses, which may leave you more productive so you are not bringing work home when it’s time to clock out.
Information anxiety — the stress you feel from having to remember every detail — affects professionals from all walks of life. This inner turmoil can follow you from work to home. Fortunately, one simple trick to waylay this type of anxiety is to take notes, according to Cubicle Therapy. Don’t be shy about whipping out the pen and paper during a meeting or keeping a notebook handy on your desk so that you can jot down important information as needed.
Planning is perhaps your single greatest ally in the fight against stress, particularly if you are launching a business in the middle of a pandemic. Create an actionable plan, which should feature attainable goals that are relatable and realistic in the times in which we live. Start with a business plan that includes everything from the way you will structure your business to how you can strategically get ahead of the competition. Having your steps to success in place will cut out a lot of guesswork and help keep you accountable as you adapt and grow.
Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, and the stress of the pandemic has only made it that much more difficult. But these challenges are not insurmountable, and you have the power within you right now to let go of stress. Start with prayers and then look for other creative ways, such as those above, to relax and recharge when you need it most.
Post your prayer request on Spiritual Warfare to let our angels and prayer warriors lift you up in spirit.
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With today's economy and environment, there are so many things that can cause our health whether it be spiritual health, mental health or so much more during this time of the pandemic world we are living in, We are please to present our first ever guest column writer Cheryl Conklin from Wellness Central, who we truly have to apologize to for taking so long to publish her article, because we recently had several rounds of health challenges that had to be overcome and we are finally publishing her article. We normally do not take this long to publish requested articles, but we ended up being laid up in the hospital from emergency surgery from the same issue back to back and we are now getting things back on track.
It is espeically important to take care of ourselves during this pandemic with everything from mental health awareness, how to handle food safety and so many more vital things. The following article in Microsoft word, which is the document that is listed below that you see, has some excellent ideas and resources, and if you would like to contact Cheryl regarding any of her content, please feel free to contact her via her email or website below. Please feel free to download and share this article with as many people as you'd like............Click the file below to hear what Cheryl has to say......We truly appreciate the time for Cheryl to help our readers gain more knowledge as as one of the greatest people I know always says..." Knowledge is power and power acheieved is power perceieved"-Bill Bean............ Take a minute to read what Cheryl has to say and we again from our family and readers at S.W.R. D. to all of your and yours, we truly thank Cheryl, for contributing and hope you enjoy what she has brought to the table for all to read . We hope she will consider more articles with us in the future! The Article may be downloaded and is available to read below.
Tips to Boost Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being as Pandemic Restrictions Lift
by Cheryl Conklin........
A quote from Cheryl : " I’ve learned so much about the importance of self-care during the pandemic, especially when it comes to making time for the routines that make me feel my best. It’s made such a difference in my mental and physical health in this strange time."
Wellness is central to a happy life.
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Tips to Boost Your Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Well-Being as Pandemic Restrictions Lift
After so many months of social distancing, the thought of venturing out into the world can feel a bit overwhelming — even if you’re just shopping for groceries, going on a run, or meeting a friend for an outdoor dinner. But as you transition to the next phase of the pandemic and start spending a bit more time away from home, it’s very important to care for your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being by eating nutritiously, praying and meditating, and taking precautions against the coronavirus. These tips from Spiritual Warfare Research and Development will help you to do it!
Care for Your Physical and Emotional Health
Whether you’ve gained a few pounds during lockdown, are experiencing symptoms of depression and/or anxiety, or you’re looking for some ways to boost your immunity and overall health and wellness, now is the time to start focusing on nutrition and getting back on track toward meeting your fitness goals.
If you’re struggling with mental health concerns such as depression, for instance, you may be able to beat the blues naturally by incorporating a few mood-boosting foods into your diet — including sweet potatoes, avocados, fatty fish, and walnuts. The food you consume not only affects you physically but mentally as well.
If you’re hoping to lose some weight, consume a better-balanced diet, or avoid going to the grocery store amid COVID-19, a meal delivery service could check all these boxes and more. Many grocery and meal kit delivery services can accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions, making them suitable for those on low-calorie, paleo, ketogenic, vegan, vegetarian, and pescatarian diets. Before choosing a meal delivery service, however, it’s important to consider the following:
Cost per serving
Availability in your area
Dietary needs and restrictions
Look Your Best, Even at Home
Another part of physical and emotional wellness has a lot to do with your wardrobe and the clothes you wear on a regular basis. According to GoodTherapy, the clothes you wear can play a major role in how you feel — and you may find yourself feeling sad or depressed if you’re spending much of your time in baggy, unflattering tops and bottoms. And while comfort should be key while social distancing at home, this doesn't mean you need to sacrifice style.
Popular brands like Kindred Bravely sell comfortable yet stylish clothing pieces such as leggings, joggers, tanks, pajamas, and many more options for lounging at home, running errands, or chasing after the kids. Plus, you can find stylish fashionable masks to complete your look whenever you need to step out for groceries or other errands.
Don’t Forget About Your Spiritual Needs
In times of crisis, faith and spirituality can help us to find the strength and inner peace we need to carry on with our lives — and the coronavirus outbreak is no exception. According to Bryan Goodman of the American Psychological Association (APA), having faith in a time of crisis can help us to feel like we’re part of something much greater than ourselves — and provide us with the hope and empowerment we need to manage stress and improve our well-being.
Moreover, there are a few things we can do to tap into our spirituality amid COVID-19:
Reading inspirational stories.
Incorporating positive affirmations into our daily lives.
Praying for guidance, calmness, and peace.
Practicing spiritual meditation regularly.
Streaming worship services online.
By fulfilling your spiritual needs and caring for your physical and emotional well-being as you prepare to venture out in the age of COVID-19, you’ll transition to the next phase of the pandemic with much greater ease. Many of us are struggling physically, emotionally, and spiritually after so many months of coronavirus-induced stress and anxiety, but a few simple diet, wardrobe, and lifestyle changes can help to prepare us for the months ahead.
Are you looking to boost your spiritual well-being in this time of global crisis? Visit Spiritual Warfare Research and Development to find inspirational stories, daily affirmations, prayers, poetry, news stories, and more.