Category Archives: Health

Why Doesn’t Walmart Carry Watermelons in the Winter?

So, you’re reading this right now because you must feel the same pain I do.  I love watermelon; it’s my favorite fruit.  Put a little salt on it (YES – that’s what I said, so wipe that look of disgust off your face and just try it!) and you’re transported to a heavenly place.  So, why doesn’t Walmart carry watermelons in the winter?  I mean, don’t they get it?!?  Watermelon is amazing and should be on-demand at all times, every day, no matter what!  But it isn’t for one simple reason – it’s not in season.

It seems like everything has its season, and we may be fully convinced of this.  There are some things we’d like to enjoy year-round, but it isn’t possible because the season dictates what is available and what isn’t.  We don’t just apply this to fruit, but we view many areas of our lives like this.

I mean, who doesn’t love, love?  Everyone wants to be in love, but we have to admit we reduce love to a particular season because sometimes we love and then other times we don’t feel like it.  We all want joy, but there are certain seasons of life where joy seems absent or even unobtainable.  Peace: who doesn’t want more peace?  Yet peace seems fleeting and in a moment it can be taken due to an unexpected tragedy or simply a shift in your schedule.

So, when the Bible talks about the Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control – we think it is a great idea, but it’s seasonal.  LET ME TELL YOU THIS……IT’S NOT SEASONAL!  The fruit of the Spirit doesn’t abide by the same natural laws as that tasty, wonderful, water-filled summer treat.

As a follower of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit is not something you experience in a season, but it should be evident in your life no matter what season you find yourself.  Love should be abiding and not fleeting or dependent on how you’re treated.  Joy can be possessed even in the most difficult times.  Self-control can stand strong when temptation comes knocking.

Our problem is this: we try to experience the fruit of the Spirit through natural means in a fallen natural world, and it’s impossible.  If you want to live with each fruit in all seasons of your life, you’re going to have to get closer to Jesus and walk with Him daily.

If you’re wondering how to develop greater consistency in possessing the Fruit of the Spirit and living with it in all seasons of your life, stay tuned for more on my blog!  God’s going to do great things in you this year as you apply His Word to your life!

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I May Be Down, but I’m Not Out!

sickBeing sick is never convenient.  It slows us down and can knock us out of our daily routine.  We get sick, but we have deadlines to meet, problems to solve, and a life to live….we don’t have time for being sick!  I don’t get sick often, and I won’t allow it to knock me out of my routine completely.  It’s rare for me to confine myself to bed for rest since it’s impossible to rest while thinking about all I need to do.  I’ll do whatever I have to do to fight through it and stay productive.

Sickness never comes at an opportune time, right?  I mean, no matter what stage life is at, or what there is to do, being sick is a big inconvenience whose occurrence some other time wouldn’t be any better except that it wouldn’t be happening now.

Our struggle with difficulties is much like struggling with sickness.  It has the ability to knock us down, but it doesn’t have to knock us out.  So, how do we ensure we can stay standing when life hits us hard and unexpectedly?

Keep following the doctor’s orders…

We generally only go to the doctor when we do get sick, and he will tell us what we need to do, and we will do that for a time but then begin to slack off.  For instance, I’ve been told to take Vitamin D, especially during winter months, because we generally aren’t exposed to the sun as much as we are in the summer.  Being in the sun helps produce vitamin D in the body….or something like that I’ve been told.  So, if I would take Vitamin D all year long, my immune system would be stronger, and I wouldn’t get sick as often.  That makes sense.  Rather than take something only when I’m sick, I can follow the doctor’s orders and take some preemptive steps to combat sickness.

Ephesians 6:10 says ‘Be strong in the LORD.’  It basically means to follow the doctor’s orders by staying connected with Him.  Our lives easily start to spin out of control, and we begin to feel beaten down and ready to give up due to a coming knock out when we fail to remain in His presence, under His influence, and following His ways.  If you’re not following me, what I’m trying to say is this – the believer is capable when he is connected with God because God is able.  Don’t wait for your life to get difficult before crying out to God and then when all is well to settle into your old ways until you need Him to bring health back to your life because you’re spiritually sick.  If we would stay connected to Him and abide in Him, we would still face difficulties which may get us down but would be unable to knock us out because He is close and always available to strengthen us.

A daily dose of what you need the most….

Your body is able to stay healthier when it has the proper amount of vitamins, nutrition, and water in your system.  Even drinking 8 glasses of water a day boosts your immune system.  If we want to keep our spiritual lives boosted, so we can stand up under the most incredible pressures in life, we understand what Paul says next in verse 10, ‘and in his mighty power.’

Your not able to live the life of a believer without the strength of God.  Compared to God, we have little strength and life stretches us beyond our limits.  It’s here where are limits are reached that God shows He is limitless by giving us the strength to get up and keep pressing on…..we may go down momentarily, but we aren’t out by any stretch of the imagination.  When I can’t, He can.  When I come to the end of myself, I have found the beginning of Him.  When I feel as if the way ahead is too difficult, He bears the burden as I give it to Him.

Maybe the pressures, difficulties, and perceived impossibilities are slowing you down and you feel as if they are about to knock you out.  Right now, and every day from this point forward, seek the LORD and keep connected with Him and draw on His strength.  Be encouraged by His promises, and trust in Him.  Then, when life becomes more settled, stay connected and keep depending on Him and rather than get knocked out, you’ll be able to press on!