Do you believe in the power of well-being? Jeremiah 17:14 simply states what the Lord would have us embrace, “Lord, heal me, and I will truly be healed. Save me, and I will truly be saved. You are the one I praise.”
Have you been healed? My heart sings praises to God as I stop writing to raise my hands in the air with a resounding ‘yes’ and ‘thank You Father’ for healing my body and my heart!
With this story stirring strong after writing last week about the power of trusting God, I believe well -being should be a top priority on everyone’s list! Healing is needed throughout our land in the hearts of the people and the heads of government that make the laws and govern the people. Americans need to embrace the power of well-being and healing…starting in homes and families where faith and ways of health and happiness are fostered.
Traditional marriage vows ask would-be husbands and wives to commit themselves to one another through several potential seasons of married life: for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Every couple hopes that the better, richer, healthier seasons of life will outweigh the rest.
Yet, when couples remain married until ‘death do us part,’ we are bound to go through seasons of ill health along the way. We may even find ourselves facing long-term health issues that make illness a part of daily life or death coming without warning in the twinkling of an eye with no apparent health issues at hand. Have you and a loved one been parted by prolonged or instant death? Were you prepared? Are you moving forth in faith with precious memories and God’s promises to heal your broken heart? Well- being is possible even when your world has been turned upside down and your plans plummet without rhyme or reason. Through it all, God cares about the health and happiness of His children, even when the sting of death can steal joy and peace to press forth. The power of well- being can be our best friend when miracles of healing and happiness are needed to enjoy life and look to the future with hope.
Miracles happen today but are not embraced with the passionate power shared in the Gospels. Jesus healed the lame, the blind, the mentally unstable, those with leprosy, even those who had already moved beyond sickness into the realm of death. Jesus cared for people’s bodies as well as their souls. Today, miraculous healings still happen. I am living proof! God healed me when Prayer Connection friends prayed over me believing and declaring what God could do: heal! And He did. Many people reading this have experienced healing too. God can provide healing in unexpected, misunderstood ways. Naysayers discount His healing power. Some said my husband, Tim, did not have the faith to be healed. They were wrong. I prayed for two years for God’s best healing for the man I promised to love and cherish forever and ever. God healed Tim with the best healing: Heaven! God knew what was best for Tim’s well- being when He called him Home. The miracle of heaven promises life eternal. That gives peace and promise as we trust God with our well-being here and in heaven.
Paul prayed to be healed from what he referred to as ‘a thorn in my flesh,’ Paul underwent a miraculous healing of his point of view. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, Paul shared about his thorn, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
In our personal and professional lives, thorns in our flesh can poison our well- being. What are we doing to show our faith in God and belief that His healing power can change things in our lives and in our nation? God can bring healing to you, me, and the land we call home sweet home when we put Him first, repent of our sins, trust, obey, and keep His Word and ways alive in our hearts and homes.
Through the power of prayer, God can take a winter like season of sickness, sorrow, difficulties, distance from Him and transform it into a springtime of new growth and inexplicable joy. No matter what type of healing we need in our own lives or for the well-being of our nation, God can make it happen. Let us join together in turning to the Lord in prayer – regularly, honestly, and expectantly seeking His power to turn ‘for worse’ into ‘for better’!
Though wintertime seems to have set in with freezing weather and dismal days, our well- being is well worth working hard for. With prayer and purpose, we can rise up and enjoy life in all seasons. Many people can get stuck in winter, with depression and despair keeping us from enjoying life. Yet, we can overcome for we are assured of God’s promise that springtime is coming. The miracle of new life and renewed growth will blossom in His perfect timing. While waiting, let us enjoy this blessed season that reminds us to stay firm in faith, embrace well-being, and look to a new season with hope and joy in our hearts.
The power of well-being is important and should be passionately and purposefully put in proper (1st) place throughout all seasons of our lives. We should listen to signs that our bodies need help, look for ways to stay in shape physically and spiritually, stay on the straight and narrow, and trust in God ‘till death parts us from loved ones here and He welcomes us to Heaven to be together forever and ever…but only if all is well with our souls!
Becky Spell Vann is the owner and operator of Tim’s Gift and The Learning Station.