For Women Only

Toblerone Triangle croppedQuarrelsome or Nagging Wife

It’s better to live alone in the desert
    than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. Proverbs 21:19

Marriage is difficult. We’ve been working on it for 35+ years and I still have so much to learn! Reading this verse in Proverbs about the nagging wife, usually brings to mind incidents of OTHER women. Rarely have I thought I might BE that woman.

As I listened to the audio Bible of Proverbs 21 last week, I believe the Spirit of God gave me a fresh insight and deeper understanding of the nagging wife.

When we hear the words “nagging wife” or “quarrelsome wife” most of us women, have an idea of what that is. We may also know someone who fits that description. But,

What does a man perceive as quarrelsome/nagging?

In particular, what might your man perceive as nagging?

Having recently read most of the old book with old-fashioned ideas, Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Andelin, I came up with this list of possible things men might perceive as nagging.

Reminders of his shortcomings in any area of life. Maybe even something as simple as reminding him that he left the milk on the counter, or left the garage door open. Additionally, almost every man will feel nagged by any reminder, however subtle or unintentional, that reflects negatively on his current role of provider. For instance, reminding him that you are making great personal sacrifices because you have such a small budget, or reminding him of how little money you managed to spend, etc. While you may genuinely feel your efforts need to be commended, they may come across as reminders that he is not providing the family with the abundance he would like to.

A wife is often the one and only place a man will reveal his deepest thoughts/feelings/insecurities/vulnerabilities. We must guard these as a sacred treasure, not to be shared with others. Never to be spoken of in anything that may be interpreted to be demeaning or belittling. Anything that reminds him in a negative way of the vulnerability he has shared with you will most certainly be interpreted as nagging.

While we must guard the treasures shared with us by our husbands, we must not allow them to burden us. We must release those deep secrets into the care of our Lord Jesus who has only affection for us. We must not hold on and allow our husband’s insecurities to weigh us down. We must learn to answer with faith and encouragement both for the sake of our husband and for our own sake.

Another action that could be interpreted as ‘nagging’ by our husband is any attempt to share information or “teach”. Most efforts to bring information or expertise and share it, usually backfire. Generally a man does not desire to learn anything from his wife. If he does want to learn from you, he will certainly ask you, in which case you must share the skills you have gained in a humble patient way. Never patronize him, or speak down to him for not knowing something you know. Never bring him new information, as if you have something really important to teach him. When we bring new information to a man he interprets that as highlighting his weaknesses. What a man wants to hear from his wife is how awesome he is. He only wants to discuss things that directly relate to him and build him up. Everywhere he turns in the world he finds challenges, competition, complaints and criticism. From his wife he wants bolstering. He wants a viewpoint that sees him as the hero.

Other common things woman may inadvertently do that can be interpreted as nagging include talking to him as if he is one of the children, making any disparaging remark about his academic abilities, his financial abilities or past mistakes, any negative reference to his physical appearance or presentation, and unsolicited reminders of any sort. Even when we have good motivations, he doesn’t want to have his actions questioned, “You aren’t going to eat that are you?” or “You aren’t eating now are you?”

Encouraging is probably the polar opposite of nagging. Our goal should never be maintaining a neutral position, but to be robustly encouraging. Encouragement is not only conveyed through the words we say. Encouragement does not hinge on our intentions behind our words. The litmus test for encouragement is how your man hears and interprets your words and intentions. While every man has the same landscape of hopes, dreams, drives and insecurities (For Women Only, Revised and Updated Edition: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn), every man is different and a puzzle for his wife to navigate. Your unique and valuable position as a wife means learning what words and actions your husband finds encouraging.

Learning how to respond in an encouraging, non-nagging manner does not mean squashing all your thoughts and feelings inside. It does not mean disappearing into a non-person state. As a wife you have a unique position and opportunity to be the one light of encouragement in your man’s life. If you see yourself in this position of honor, you will reap benefits beyond your imagination.

Whole FamilyAuthor Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, writer, and speaker, is passionate about health, Jesus, and joy. Becky blogs at http://journeyboost.com and shares health information on her Facebook page. Please like journeyboost on Facebook!

 

Appropriating God’s Blessings in 2016

Based on Deuteronomy 33

Appropriating and proclaiming God’s blessings in 2016

I am rich in favor,
Full of the Lord’s blessings.

The eternal God is my refuge.
His everlasting arms are under me.
He drives out all enemies,
Such as illness, doubt, fear, insecurities.

The Lord is my protecting shield,
My triumphant sword.
He brings security, prosperity,
Grain and new wine,
While heaven drops down dew upon me.

O Lord, hear our cry.
Bring your servants together in unity.
Give us strength to defend our cause.
Help us against all opposition.
Bring justice and healing.

For the glory of God,
And of Jesus Christ,
Our Rock,
Our foundation,
Our Savior.

 

The Paradox of Faith

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I heard a talk, Taking Possession of Tomorrow by Bill Johnson. I took some notes and had a few reflections. This is by no means a comprehensive review of what he said, partly from Joel 2.

Imagine an entire city
Recognizing their need for God!

Our faith, our boldness, our obedience,
Can alter the course of history!

Don’t list the opposition you’ve experienced.
Don’t list the challenges you are facing.
Focus on what God is able to do
Through the resurrected Jesus!

Lord, alter my thoughts;
Altar my dreams;
Extend my vision
To see all YOU can do.

Bring the fruit of the impossible for the glory of Jesus.

That was all I had from Bill’s inspiring talk,
But that got me reflecting on WHY
More Christians don’t wholeheartedly
Run towards God,
With life-changing faith.
Why don’t we experience
The resurrected power of Jesus in our lives?

The Faith Dilemma

It is quite difficult
When you are so entrenched
In mediocre Christianity.
There is no urgency, no power,
No evidence of God at work.
Many of us have never known
Anything except comfortable Christianity
For our whole life.
We rarely, or maybe NEVER,
Have seen anyone healed
By the power of God.
We pray, but do we actually expect
Tangible answers to our prayers?
Mostly we stick to safe prayers.
We don’t want to ask too much
Of God. Perhaps we feel unworthy
Of His attention, or that our request
Isn’t noble enough.

I am comfortable and in control
When life is predictable.
My time is spent acquiring stuff,
Paying my bills, watching my shows,
Looking after the people in my life.
Do I need anything more?
More of God?
I don’t even know what that looks like.
I think I’ll pass.
I’d rather have the current amount.
Just the comfortable serving.
So I’ll be more like all of my friends.

Or maybe,

If I risk seeking more of God,
He won’t come through for me.
Maybe those ‘comfortable Christians’
Are the reality.

Maybe this desire for “more” of God
Is just pride. I think I’m better,
Or have a greater understanding, etc.
But if I were to test it,
If I seek to step boldly out
On what I perceive to be God’s promises,
And I fall flat,
Provision doesn’t come in,
The power of God is not displayed.
Not only will I be disgraced and discouraged,
But my example may lead people
Further from the truth.

So I stay stuck;
Comfortable in what I know.

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Becky Hastings, wondering about faith and God’s purposes in our world, knowing that anything good I can say or do is only through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is God Quiet?

shhhh-1433634-639x852So often we live like God is quiet,
or not operating on earth;
like the inter-testamental times.

We don’t see the supernatural.
We don’t expect the supernatural.

Yet God, the Creator of all things
invites us into a relationship with Himself.

Think about that.

Imagine a person with a ‘Midas’ touch,
or phenomenal money-making ability.
What would it be like
to have a close relationship with them?
Their blessings would naturally overflow.
What if that person was your father,
who loved you absolutely?

God has glorious unlimited resources.

We worry about food and provisions.

My Creator – has the power
AND the DESIRE
To empower me
TO DO HIS WORK ON EARTH
Through the inner strength,
wisdom and guidance
Of the Holy Spirit.
Too often I stay mired in basic struggles:
Feelings of insecurity,
Struggles with habits
Relational challenges.
I don’t seek or experience
God’s power that I read about
In the Bible.
If I could comprehend
How wide, long, high and deep
God’s love FOR me is, and that
He can fill me with COMPLETENESS;
HE INVITES me to join Him in the work
He is doing on earth.
He has absolute power,
God is able to accomplish
INFINITELY MORE
Than I could ever think to ask for
Than I could ever dream or imagine.

All given freely
By His grace.
Nothing I could ever earn.

DSC_0062Becky Hastings, a sinner saved by grace, who enjoys considering all the grace our loving Father wants to bestow on us.

Boldly

Baby Dad silhouetteThrough our faith in Christ
We can come boldly
And confidently
Into the presence
Of God.

Think about that.

One would think
That God’s presence
Would evoke fear, or
Guilt;
Feelings of inadequacy;
Thoughts of judgment;
and punishment deserved.
Not measuring up, comparison,
Lack of blessing, shame,
A remembrance of rules, laws, punishment.

Yes, God gave the law
As a guide,
Fully knowing how impossible
It would be
For us to keep it.
The purpose of the law
Was to show our inability to keep it,
No matter how hard we try.

Yet Christ’s death
Abolished the law,
Allowing us to enter
Boldly,
Confidently,
Into the very presence
Of God.

Awesome.

_DSC7099Becky Hastings, a forgiven, cleansed sinner who rejoices while boldly approaching God! Also, a wife, mom, grandmother, health promoter, breastfeeding counsellor (helping moms for 22+ years), and someone who seeks to research, understand and share truth so people can make wise choices in our crazy mixed up, deceived world!

Truth Seekers

cosmosArguably the most powerful words ever spoken on our earth:

My kingdom is not of this world (kosmos). If My kingdom were of this world, my subjects would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders, but My kingdom is not from here.

The reason I was born and have come into this world (kosmos) is to testify to (share, highlight, reveal) TRUTH. Everyone who seeks truth, who is on the side of truth, will hear (pay attention, understand, obey, accept) my voice. spoken by Jesus, recorded by John 18:36-37, Becky’s paraphrase

Seeking Truth

The extent of evil
Oozing in every sphere of life
Forces me to seek the LIGHT.
Wholeheartedly.
Unreservedly.

Not on my terms or conditions
For how can I impact or dictate
To the LIGHT?

I seek the totality of the pure LIGHT.
The LIGHT of truth.
The truth that brings healing; wholeness.

The truth that seeks good;
Demands justice.

The truth that fully accepts.

The truth that does not conform
To my ideals or expectations.

I must conform and align
To Truth.

I am fascinated by the topic of truth. In the information age in which we live, truth seems to have become more and more elusive. So much conflicting information is available. We are exposed to theories and arguments on every side, with multiple issues. How do we discern truth?

When the Spirit of TRUTH comes, he will guide you into all TRUTH. Jesus, John 16:13

Jesus prayed to God, the Father for us, this is what he said, “Make them holy by Your TRUTH; teach them your word, which is TRUTH.” John 17:17

I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, no man comes to the Father, but by Me. Jesus, John 14:6

“I am the LIGHT of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the LIGHT that leads to LIFE.” Jesus, John 8:12

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of TRUTH comes, he will guide you into all TRUTH. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” Jesus, John 16:5-13

12Becky Hastings, a forgiven, cleansed sinner who seeks to walk closely to the LIGHT of Jesus Christ every day. Also, a wife, mom, grandmother, health promoter, breastfeeding counsellor helping moms for 22+ years, and someone who seeks to research, understand and share truth so people can make wise choices in our crazy mixed up, deceived world!

 

 

 

Inspiration From My Heart to Yours

Sometimes songs linger with an extremely powerful positive message. The words are worth considering and meditating on. Powerful truthful words that need to sink deep into my soul. This is one of those songs. I pray it will bring as much light and encouragement to your heart as it has brought to mine. I like to read and review the lyrics, so I’ve included them below. You can also listen here.
Be blessed,
Becky

Baby Dad silhouetteSons and Daughters
by Brett Stanfill

Before He spoke creation
The God of heaven knew our names
Formed in His reflection
We are His glory on display
And His heart is good
He is always kind
With a cross He proved
He is on my side

We are the sons
We are the daughters of God
No matter where we go
We’re close to the Father’s heart
And though we stumble
He will not let us fall
We are the Lord’s and
He will never forsake His own
We are the sons
We are the daughters of God

finger-post-in-the-morning-sun-1553708-1279x852His love He lavished on us
And called us children of the King
And in His loving kindness
He chose the lowly and the weak
And His heart is good
He is always kind
With the cross He proved
He is on my side.

When the lies speak louder than the truth
Remind me I belong to You.
And when I can’t see past the dark of night
Remind me You’re always by my side.

We are the sons
We are the daughters of God.
No matter where we go
We’re close to the Father’s heart.
And though we stumble
He will not let us fall.
We are the Lord’s and
He will never forsake His own.
We are the sons
We are the daughters of God.

North Point WorshipBrett Stanfill (Album: Hear)

Great words to consider

The lyrics of this song resonate deeply in my heart so that I MUST share them! You can listen to the song here. Please check out the link below for more information. I am not making any money off of this recommendation, but my heart has been blessed and I hope yours will be too! It reminds me that our God can be trusted with anything and EVERYTHING! He proved His love for us through Jesus!

Enjoy,
Becky

Faith surrenderTrust It All

With every breath, with every word I speak
With every step, with every heartbeat
Jesus let it be for You, for You only
My whole life, all for Your glory

My life is in Your hands
I trust it all, I trust it all to You
My dreams and all my plans
I trust it all, I trust it all

Forever I am changed, I’ll never be the same
Because of Your love, because of Your love
Forever I am changed, I’ll never be the same
Because of Your love, because of You Jesus
Woahohoh because of You Jesus

For all my days God, You are my guide
I give You all, my heart is opened wide
Jesus let it be for You, for You only
My whole life all for Your glory

You are everything, everything
You are all I need, all I need
I’m forever in love with You

North Point Worship, Brett Stanfill (Album: Hear)

http://www.praisecharts.com/songs/details/26867/trust-it-all-sheet-music

The Vaccine Myth

Myths FactsPowerful forces are at work in our world to perpetuate many myths. Two thousand years ago Paul wrote a letter to a young man, Titus. He warned him of a common deficiency in human nature: those in positions of authority, but who are themselves in rebellion against God’s authority, deceive others. Paul explained that their only motive is money – the financial gain they receive from perpetuating their lies.[1]

In the United States today, if you are honest, you will admit that there is pervasive endemic culture of lying. A friend of mine has been planing and building a new home for the last few years. She moved in only to discover a host of faults. The house has mold and is causing her serious health problems. She has had multiple interactions with the builders of her brand new home only to realize their willingness to consistently lie to her. In comparing notes with others who know the building industry in her area, they realize lying has become so commonplace because it helps the builders achieve their bottom lines.

Many people depend on vaccines as a fool-proof way to protect their children and themselves from dread disease and keep them “safe and healthy,” yet they fail to realise they have fallen prey to a modern myth, the vaccine myth.

It takes time and effort to dig to find the truth. The deception has influenced policy making, media, medical training and public understanding on a grand scale. The perpetrators of the vaccine myth know there is a much greater danger of an adverse reaction after vaccines than they are willing to convey to the public. Their minds and consciences are corrupted. They twist the facts and believe their own lies.

There are good people involved in the continuation of the myth because they themselves have been deceived.

This blog post is going to highlight two important proofs exposing the vaccine myth. Firstly, the history of all illnesses reveals powerful information largely ignored. Secondly, there is incontrovertible evidence of secret meetings, plans, and tactics of those in authority to cover-up information that would have exposed the myth.

History

Many medical doctors are aware of this information, but few are willing to speak out about it. While I am encouraged that the number is growing daily, many outspoken medical voices in the past were castigated by their profession for breaking ranks with the established line regarding vaccines. Dr Jayne L. M. Donegan is one such doctor:

“Despite questioning the safety and efficacy of vaccination by reputable medical men since its introduction, debate has been, and is, increasingly silenced.”[2] Scientific studies are being designed or altered to prop up the position of those perpetuating the vaccine myth. For most doctors trained over the last 60 years vaccines are presented and accepted as an established unquestionable ‘article of faith.’

Vaccine preventable diseaseFor over half a century medical and nursing students have been trained that vaccines were the reason children and adults stopped dying from diseases for which there are vaccines. They are taught that there are two categories of historical diseases: ‘vaccinatable’ and ‘non-vaccinatable’. Both categories of disease diminished in incidence and mortality (causing death) over time, but the reasons given for this decrease depends solely on whether there was a vaccine that managed to reach the market, or not.

Diseases such as scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, typhoid fever, typhus, and cholera decreased due to better social conditions, but for all the others – the ones they managed to get a vaccine onto the market – the decrease is credited to vaccines.

Disease Chart“You would think – as medical students who are supposed to be moderately intelligent – that some of us would have asked, ‘But if deaths from these diseases decreased due to improved social conditions, mightn’t the ones for which there are vaccines also have decreased at the same time for the same reasons?’ But we didn’t.”[2]

“The medical curriculum is so overloaded with information that you just have to learn what you hear, as you hear it: ‘nonvaccinatable’ diseases into the social conditions box and ‘vaccinatable’ diseases into the vaccines box and then on to the next subject.”[2]

“Everything I was taught and read in textbooks, both before I qualified as a doctor and through all my post-graduate training, reinforced this view.”[2]

Cover-up.

There is a lot of evidence of cover-up that has become available through the freedom of information act (FOIA) and dedicated parents and scientists who refuse to be side-tracked. The following is only a brief sampling of some of the cover-ups employed to perpetuate the vaccine myth.

Firstly, there is the re-classification of the criteria to be classified as ‘polio’ by the CDC after the introduction of the polio vaccine in the 1950s and 60s in order to convey a massive reduction in polio cases, when in reality so many cases were excluded from the count that they numbers were significantly deflated.

“The definition of polio also has changed in the last six or seven years. Several diseases which were often diagnosed as polio are now classified as aseptic meningitis or Illnesses caused by one of the Coxsackie or Echo viruses. The number of polio cases in 1961 cannot accurately be compared with those in, say 1952, because the criteria for diagnosis have changed.” Chicago Tribune, March 1961[3]

Next, please read the entire Simpsonwood Transcript (200+ pages), or at least a summary of the incriminating statements made by 50+ experts including medical doctors during a secret meeting convened by the CDC in June 2000. The reason for the meeting was to discuss the troubling scientific data that had been collected and showed a “strong signal” between vaccines and later neurological damage or delays in children. These experts openly discuss the unfortunate reality and the impact it could have on their cherished vaccine program.

These specially invited guests were invited to this meeting – not with the purpose of actually questioning the status quo vaccine program, but to help the CDC figure out a plan to re-frame and hide the information discovered and explore ways to create more ‘scientific studies’ to obfuscate the known links. They discussed the role of mercury as a known neurotoxin and reveal nearly complete ignorance on the role of aluminium in harming brain function when injected. Absurdly, instead of seeking more information from experts, they blindly continue with vaccines known to contain high levels of aluminium. Their agenda was clearly NOT to protect the health and well-being of babies, except in the case of one participants recently born grandson – whom he declared would NOT be getting any vaccines until they were safer.

Dr William Thompson, Senior Research Officer at CDC, father of 4

Dr William Thompson, Senior Research Officer at CDC, father of 4

While there is much more evidence you can unearth on the overt attempts to perpetuate the vaccine myth over the last 100 years, the final incontrovertible evidence of cover-up on the part of vaccine promoters that I am going to present is the CDC Whistleblower, Dr William Thompson.

“That’s the deal . . ., that’s what I keep seeing again and again and again . . . where these senior people [at CDC] just do completely unethical, vile things and no one holds them accountable.”

— Dr. William Thompson to Dr. Brian Hooker in a recorded phone call, June 12, 2014[4]

Dr Thompson has made over 100,000 pages of documents available to Congressman Posey and made a public statement in which he admitted to lying and altering data in order to change the perception of vaccine safety in a study published in 2004. Dr Thompson and his colleagues at the CDC discovered through their epidemiological survey that there was an increased risk of autism under some conditions after vaccination. Instead of making this information a topic of further investigation so that children would be protected, they were told by their bosses at CDC that they needed to change the study design midstream. Under no circumstances was there to be an acknowledgement of possible vaccine harm.

CDC Whistleblower bookOver a series of many telephone conversations with Dr Brian Hooker, Dr Thompson revealed his role in this cover-up. He states clearly “My boss told me to lie. I have stopped lying. I am not going to lie anymore.” He also expressed deep remorse every time he sees an autistic young child because he knows that his actions could have contributed to the possibility that this child developed the neurological symptoms because he had been involved in a scheme to lie and cover-up known links with recommended vaccines. You can read the transcripts of the telephone conversations in this highly recommended book, Vaccine Whistleblower: Exposing Autism Research Fraud at the CDC.

This information is hard for most of us to swallow. We would rather believe the world is a safe place and the people in authority would never lie to us. It is particularly hard to believe that anyone would lie or hide evidence that would result in harm to infants and children.

I know 99% of parents would never knowingly harm their baby, yet I continue to daily receive reports of babies enduring severe vaccine adverse events because the parents have been lied to. I encourage everyone to dig deeper and get the facts for yourself. You don’t have to believe me. You can find the information to make an informed decision for the health and welfare of your family. Your most important responsibility as a parent is to protect your precious babies.

DSC_0062Author Becky Hastings: I’m just a wife, mom, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus, fitness trainer, health promoter, breastfeeding counsellor helping moms for 22+ years, and someone who seeks to research, understand and share truth so people can make wise choices in our crazy mixed up, deceived world!

 

[1] Titus chapter 1

[2] Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and the Forgotten History by Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk. Forward by Dr Jayne L. M. Donegan.

[3] http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1961/03/05/page/62/article/the-truth-about-the-polio-vaccines#text

[4] http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/the-thompson-transcripts-shocking-revelations-by-the-cdc-whistleblower/

 

The Great Physician

Boy in hatDead Doctors Don’t Lie is a popular talk first given by Dr Joe Wallach in 1994. He has repeated this talk hundreds of times, adding significant substantial information along the way. I highly encourage you to watch his talks. He has a unique viewpoint with a degree in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, before becoming qualified as a Naturopath to treat humans.[1]

I have seen several versions of his talks. Dr Wallach explains how over 900 diseases in animals have been conquered. These diseases were once BIG problems. Every disease was shown to be a result of a nutritional deficiency, and when the deficiency is addressed, the disease disappears. The same incredible success using nutrition with animals has also worked to avoid and prevent birth defects. Those who raise animals for a living appreciate that they can increase the health and longevity of their animals, and thus their profits, by understanding and applying principles of nutritional science.

This information is so brilliant, you would think every human doctor would be thoroughly instructed on the vital role of nutrition in disease prevention and cure. Since doctors enter their profession to help people, and there is a clear way to make the lives of people better through correct nutrition, you would think that their training should include learning the details of every nutrient required by the body and how to motivate their patients – the most intelligent of the primates – to feed themselves well.

Yet doctors receive little to no nutritional training in medical school. It leaves me wondering:

  • Why does the public follow the advice of the medical profession today in 2015?
  • Do the doctors giving us information and advice have superior health?
  • Do doctors live longer, better lives?
  • Are doctors bright and vigorous right up to the time they die?
  • Do doctors have strong healthy relationships?
  • Are doctors are best role models for health and wellness?

If you research the stats on doctors, it would appear from a variety of sources that the average life-span for those in the medical profession is approximately 57 years. I’m not against all doctors. My father was a doctor and I have met many wonderful doctors over the years. Doctors provide life-saving treatments for many conditions and we all want an excellent medical facility available if we are in need of emergency trauma care. But perhaps, at least sometimes, we exalt ALL doctors just a bit too much.

What do doctors have going for them?

The medical profession, especially of the Western variety, has long had a reputation for being wealthy. With wealth comes power and prestige. Those fortunate enough to be accepted into medical schools and who manage to successfully pass the rigour of the training are revered by most in our society for their knowledge, education, and prosperity.

Yet perhaps when it comes to understanding how to achieve and maintain true health over a lifetime, many medical professionals are blind. It is well-known that a doctor’s medical training includes very little information regarding nutrition. Even gastroenterologists, who specialise in the gut, are not taught much about the essential role of diet and nutrition in gut health. Those doctors who have figured out relevant aspects of nutrition and health, have usually learned from their patients or through their own research, after completing their formal medical training.

We all know what Jesus said about following a blind guide – both fall into a ditch.

Sometimes people hear an interesting alternative approach they can easily implement in their life and they say, “I’ll have to check with my doctor about that.” Or, “I couldn’t take that supplement without first asking my doctor.”

I guess they have their reasons. Maybe they are already taking so many medications prescribed by their doctor that they are worried a specific supplement might interfere with the pharmaceutical drug they are taking.

My question is, Why do people give doctors so much power in their lives? Why do they think a doctor would know anything about a natural remedy or a nutritional supplement? Why wouldn’t they research it for themselves? If they are taking pharmaceuticals, why wouldn’t they research and find an effective non harmful natural alternative?

I have heard repeatedly by doctors themselves that they received no training in nutrition in medical school. Ok, maybe they had a ½ hour lecture. If they are married, sometimes their spouse knows and understands more about nutrition than they do.

Properly prescribed medical care is either the leading cause of death or the third leading cause of death in the USA, depending on the year of the study. Even if it is only in the top ten, that is a little too frequent for my liking. What this means is that doctors and hospitals cause A LOT of deaths every single year. This is not the case that someone goes to the hospital gravely ill and dies. It is when an otherwise healthy person receives medical care and then dies.

You are the chief expert on your own body and condition. You live with yourself and your aches and pains every single day. You know what you eat and you know how your body responds to it. You know how your digestive system is working and exactly what your poop looks like (which is, by the way, one of the biggest indicators of health). You know your energy level and how you handle stress. Those are all the key indicators of health.

Your doctor is only one consultant. He works for you. You can consider his recommendations, but you are by no means obligated to follow them.

We were all formed in the image of our Creator to display His glory. I would urge everyone to seek God’s answers to every question. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ, God’s human expression on earth, as their Lord, you have the Spirit of God living inside of you! You have direct access to the same power that raised Jesus from the dead!

Don’t settle for a human answer. If you get worrisome or troubling information from a doctor, don’t just accept it.

Fast, pray, worship Jesus. Do not worship at the altar of the medical industrial complex. You will not find salvation there.

Are you afraid? What is the basis of your fear?

“As we live in God our love grows more perfect. Such love has no fear. Perfect love casts out all fear.” 1 John 4:18

God has your life in His hands. He can guide you to exactly what you need. Seek His peace. Your doctor might be a wonderful person – I hope so. But your doctor is only a person and any wisdom s/he does have has been bestowed by God. Seek God first and He will make your paths straight.

Becky on stage

Author: Becky Hastings, wife, mother, grandmother, passionate follower of Jesus Christ and truth seeker, especially in the areas of health and children. Facing a world quite different from the one in which I grew up, I seek to research and understand the true route to health, freedom and joyful family living!

 

[1] Dr Joel Wallach, BS, DVM, ND https://www.youngevity.net/category/dwj.html