The Bible tells us that when we’re not feeling good,
to call on the elders of the church and they will pray for us to get well. (James 5:14)
My husband is a healthy weight these days but just a few years back, he was severely heavy. I worried about him and so did the kids. The doctor put him on statins for high cholesterol. The man is large-boned and tall and loves to cook and eat! It took months, but he lost over 50 lbs. by modifying his diet and exercising. He has stellar blood pressure! It was an interesting journey, thus far.
I thought about that journey this morning when I was at the Rec Center working out on one of the machines. Across the room, I saw my husband break from the fitness equipment and chat with an old friend. The old friend happened to be one of the pastors on staff at a church we attended some years ago. I remember marveling at his weight loss so I sought him out and asked if he would pray for my husband to get healthy and trim down. After all, he fought the battle and won!
Our daughters prayed for their dad, as well. Our youngest just learned she was pregnant and she wanted her child to have a fun grandpa to play with, not a big fat one that puffed after activity. She even bribed him! She prayed that whatever it took, her dad would turn over a new leaf.
Months later, my husband developed a sinus condition that affected his taste buds. All sweet things became bitter. He passed up desserts and the weight began to fall off. Motivated, he picked up an old love, weightlifting. He changed his diet and grew big muscles. He joined a health club. Today he is strong and driven. I am jealous of his energy! He is even able to eat sweeter things again occasionally.
Running into that pastor friend this morning makes me realize how much God really cares about us. He puts just the right people in our lives for the right purpose. We’ve not arrived, but at our house we’re on the road to better health. I’m glad we both want to get thinner; it makes cooking and certainly exercising together a lot more fun!
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