Health and Healing. Day thirty-four...
Imagine newlyweds, back from their honeymoon, cooking breakfast together for the very first time as husband and wife.
The young bride decides to scramble some eggs while her husband works on the pancakes. As she pulls a skillet out of the cabinet he yells, “Hey, that's my skillet! Use your own!”
Health and Healing. Day thirty-three...
What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you or someone you love gets a not‐so‐great diagnosis from the doctor? Do you go to the internet to find out everything you can about the diagnosis and possible treatments? Or do you go to the Bible to find out everything you can about what God says regarding healing?
While the medical community in the United States is probably the best in the world at coming up with a diagnosis for just about any symptom, the diagnosis is going to be based on factors that are limited to the natural world. And any treatment recommended will not take into account the spiritual side of things.
Health and Healing. Day thirty-two
For as long as I can remember I've been curious. I want to know how things work, and why people do what they do. So I ask all kinds of people all kinds of questions about all kinds of things. Sometimes this gets me into trouble, but most of the time it gets me into some very interesting conversations.
As a child I was raised in a Methodist church in a small town a few miles from our family farm. I attended faithfully all the way through high school, but by the time I left home for college I had questions that I thought were bigger than God.
Health and Healing. Day thirty-one...
“Honey, you wore that same shirt to church last week!” So when I hear those words I change my clothes. Frankly, I don't understand. If I'm totally oblivious to what I wore last week, how would anybody else notice either? But then, I'm a guy.
I wonder if a woman does a quick scan in her memory to remember if someone else has worn the same outfit she is about to buy. (I'm not going to ask!) But I assume that women are very sensitive to this, because it's probably really bad to show up at some event wearing the same dress as somebody else.
Health and Healing. Day thirty...
When you think of science, do you think of the natural world or the spiritual world? If you're like most of us, you think of science as only having to do with the natural world. So, to be sure, let's see what the dictionary says.
The online Merriam‐Webster dictionary defines science (abbreviated definition) as:
- knowledge about or study of the natural world based on facts learned through experiments and observation
- a particular area of scientific study (such as biology, physics, or chemistry) : a particular branch of science
- a subject that is formally studied in a college, university, etc.
Health and Healing. Day twenty-nine...
A “surprising connection” is one of those moments when we realize that one issue in our life is being affected by another issue that appears to be totally unrelated.
As an example, after making the connection that bright light triggers the neurotransmitter, “hypocretin” (the body's alarm clock), I no longer turn on the light when I get up in the middle of the night. It's a lot easier to fall back asleep when I don't tell my body to, “Wake up!” by turning on a light.
Health and Healing. Day twenty-eight...
When the word “pushback” is used in today's culture, we don't usually think about the pushback that backs an airplane away from the terminal. We're more likely to think about the pushback the community had against the proposed low‐income housing addition, or the pushback the parents had against the new middle‐school curriculum.
My first memory of what would today be called “pushback” was the strategy us seventh‐grade boys planned to use against the bullies in the eighth grade. But after considering just how much bigger they were, we chickened out and tried the submissive approach instead.
Health and Healing. Day twenty-seven...
When hearing someone say, “Let's do some painting,” those volunteers with no experience will immediately grab the brush and open the can—having no idea how far away they are from actually being ready to paint.
The prep time for painting walls and trim in new construction takes twice as long as the actual painting, and that prep time is even longer when re‐painting existing construction. But when the patching, the filling, the sanding, the texturing, the caulking, and the masking have been done properly, the painting takes no time at all—and the finished product will dazzle.
Health and Healing. Day twenty-six...
Art and function have always been inseparable in pottery. I am constantly amazed at what a pile of clay can become in the hands of the right person. Maria Martinez (1887–1990) was such a person.
This Native American artist was honored with special invitations to the White House from four different Presidents and honorary degrees from major universities. She was famous around the world as a craft artist.
Health and Healing. Day twenty-five...
As Mom would say, “How do you know you don't like it until you taste it?”
Of course, Mom was using words that I didn't like the sound of, like:
- “It's good for you.”
- “It helps you grow.”
- “It makes you strong.”