Is Anybody Listening?


“Happiness is more than good health and a bad memory”.
  –Mike Fenton Heart & Soul Health Coach

          When life’s issues happen upon us and we are looking for someone that will listen and perhaps help out we can sometimes feel as though we are speaking but no one is listening. When this happens we become frustrated and look for other ways to find comfort. This month’s main topic talks about how some folks will turn to eating or drinking to find comfort and why that is not a good idea.
     Despite what we feel, we have someone who is always listening and better yet someone who is willing to help if we will only allow Him to; His name is Jesus Christ. We read inPsalm34:6 “This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles”. It matters not whether we are rich or poor, nor what color or nationality we are, if we ask in faith our Lord will listen. Isaiah 45:22 says “Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other”.
     The best part is our Lord never changes. You will not get one answer one day and a different answer the next. We can’t always say that about the people we know. The book of John talks about how when our soul prospers and we are led by God that He will direct us on a direct and easy path.
     So the real question isn’t – Is Anybody Listening? Rather the real question we should be asking ourselves is – Am I talking to the right person?
     Life came with an owner’s manual; it’s called The Holy Bible and in it you can and will find answers to any problem you may encounter. Life can sometimes be hard, but it becomes even harder when we try to seek answers without God’s help.

     July Reflection –    Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” 


Don’t Eat the Meatloaf!

Meatloaf is certainly one of the great American comfort foods and one that most of us have enjoyed at one time or another. But why do we eat comfort foods to begin with? Well each person is different but the underlying reason I believe is the same, it is to comfort us, hence the name comfort food. But do we really want to look to food to ease our problems and comfort us? Sadly for some their answer is yes. People eating their troubles away are just as common as an alcoholic drinking their problems away.
The problem with that strategy is that the comfort we receive is short lived. We also find that eating or drinking our problems away does not address the root of the problems we’re having and therefore leaves us vulnerable to have the same situation happen to us again and again.
When a decision is made to treat the symptom and not the cause we find ourselves forgetting about determining the root of the problem and instead we take the easiest way out and “eat the meatloaf”.
There are a good number of people that could get themselves off prescription medications and save a lot of money simply by eating better and having some form of exercise as part of their daily life. Yes it requires an effort on our part but the rewards make it well worth the extra effort.
If you have not yet noticed we are entering into the age of self-accountability. WE are going to have to be responsible for maintaining good health or we WILL pay the consequences for not doing so such as:

  • Paying higher healthcare insurance premiums.
  • Paying increased prescription medication costs.
  • May affect our ability to retire from work.

     Yes our ability to retire from work! I have seen more folks that have had to go back in to the work place in order to get healthcare coverage from an employer because they could not afford to purchase it on their own.
Unfortunately,most folks don’t take this into consideration because they have no idea just how expensive it is going to be.
Make the decision today to live your life in the state of “Total Wellness”, start to live life on your own terms. It will taste better than any meatloaf you’ve ever had and the comfort you receive will be eternal.

My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny.

-Elain Maxwell