Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Meditations for Health and For Healing 1

I diligently heed the voice of the Lord my God and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes; and God will not allow any disease to come on me which is present in the world for He is the Lord who heals me. (Ex. 15:26) 

I serve the Lord my God, and He blesses my bread and my water; and He takes sickness away from the midst of me. (Ex. 23:25) 

I walk in all the ways, which the Lord my God has commanded me, and I live and it is well with me, and I prolong my days in the inheritance, which I possess in Christ. (Deut. 5:33) 

The Lord loves me and blesses me and multiplies me. He blesses my children and all my possessions. The Lord takes away from me all sicknesses and will not allow any disease to come on me, which is present in the world. (Deut. 7:13-15) 

I diligently obey the voice of the Lord my God, to observe carefully all His commandments, which He commands me and He sets me high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon me and overtake me, because I obey the voice of the Lord my God. I am blessed in the city and I am blesses in the country. The fruit of my body is blessed. The produce of my ground and the increase of my herds, the increase of my cattle and the offspring of my flocks are blessed. My basket and my store are blessed.  I am blessed when I come in and I am blessed when I go out.

The Lord causes my enemies who rise against me to be defeated before my face; they shall come against me one way and flee before me seven ways. The Lord commands the blessing on me in my storehouses and in all to which I set my hand and He blesses me in the inheritance, which the Lord has given me in Christ. 

The Lord establishes me a holy person to Himself just as He has sworn to me as I keep the commandments of the Lord my God and walk in His ways, all people of the earth see that I am called by the name of the Lord and the fear of the Lord is on them. The Lord grants me plenty of goods, in the fruit of my body, in the increase of my livestock and in the produce of my ground in the inheritance, which the Lord has given me in Christ. The Lord opens to me His good treasure, the heavens, to give rain to my land in its season, and to bless all the work of my hand. I lend to others but I shall never need to borrow at all. 

The Lord makes me the head and not the tail. I am above only and not beneath for I heed the commandments of the Lord my God which He command me and I am careful to observe them. I will not turn aside from any of the words, which God commands me, to the right hand or to the left, nor go after other gods to serve them. I only obey the Lord’s commandments. The Lord takes away from me the curse of sickness, poverty and death. I have perfect health for Christ has redeemed me form the curse of the law.  (Deut. 28:1-14; Gal. 3:13) 

God guards all my bones and not one of them is broken. (Ps. 34:20) 

I praise the Lord my God for He is the help of my countenance and my God. (Ps. 42:11) 

God redeems my soul from the power of the grave and I live eternally for I have eternal life in Christ. (Ps. 49:15, 9) 

God’s loving kindness is better than life. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness and my mouth shall praise God with joyful lips.  (Ps. 63:3, 5) 

My soul blesses the Lord and does not forget all His benefits for God forgives all my iniquities and heals all my diseases. God daily loads me with benefits. (Ps. 103:2, 3; 68:19) 

There is not a feeble person in my family. (Ps. 105:37) 

Pleasant words are always in my mouth and they are as honeycomb, they are sweetness to my soul and health to my bones. (Pro. 16:24) 

I dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; my God and in Him do I trust.  He delivers me from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He covers me with His feathers and under his wings I do take refuge. His truth is my shield and buckler. I am not afraid of the terror by night, or of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 

A thousand may fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand but it shall not come near me. With my eyes I shall look and see the reward of the wicked. Because I have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High God, my habitation no evil shall befall me nor any plague come near my dwelling; for He gives His angels charge over me to keep me in all my ways. They bear me up in their hands lest I dash my foot against a stone.

I tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent. I trample under-foot. I trample Satan and all his demonic forces under my feet. I have set my love upon God and He delivers me. He sets me on high because I have known His name. I call upon God and He answers me. He is with me in trouble; He delivers me and honors me. With long life He satisfies me and shows me His salvation. (Ps. 91) 

God sends His word and heals me and He delivers me from destruction. (Ps. 107:20) 

God saves me and heals me and sends me prosperity. (Ps. 118:25) 

God revives me according to His Word. God strengthens me according to His Word. (Ps. 119:25, 28) 

God revives me according to His loving kindness and I keep the testimonies of His mouth. (Ps. 119:88) 

God upholds me according to His Word and I live. (Ps. 119:116) 

Always Have A Plan B

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance. Because many things don’t go as well as we would like them to, it’s a great idea to have a “Plan B.” Having fallback plans can’t help but make you feel better about the  outcome  of  any  situation,  and  it  is  a  common denominator among very self-confident people.

Anyone  who  has  had  more  than  one  failure  in her  life  can  tell  you  that  having  another  path  to  take probably saved her bacon a time or two. I’m a big one for  contingency  plans.  If  you  are  an  entrepreneur,  in the  arts  or  media,  or  you  have  all  your  eggs  in  one basket, a Plan B is essential.

Knowing that if you lose the farm you have a condo you can go to makes you feel safer in the world. I know a number of people who have motor homes, and one of the reasons they do is, as they jokingly say, it’s their “in case” home. During the last big earthquake here in Los  Angeles,  many  people  who  had  them  were  very grateful—and those of us who didn’t were envious.

With the world economy in turmoil, creating some kind of additional income stream is also a good idea. The jeweler who is also a great designer or builder, the computer  geek  who  can  also  teach  school,  or  the  PR person  who  is  a  closet  novelist  can  all  find  a  way  to thrive even if their current position disappears.

Backup  plans  don’t  have  to  be  new  ideas—I continue  to  use  aspects  of  everything  I’ve  ever  done. My days on stage playing guitar have made me a better public speaker, which makes me a good radio host. The energy  I  put  into  songs  and  poems  has  helped  them become columns and books.
The years I spent running my  own  business  give  me  the  insight  to  help  others streamline theirs. 

And all of my experiences have made me  a  confident  and  successful  therapist.  Every  talent and  ability  you  have  can  be  built  upon  and  also  used again.  Not  that  I’d  ever  again  want  to  be  on  a  tour bus with six smelly guys for eight weeks, but if I had to I could still put food on the table by humming and strumming.

There’s  another  potential  upside  here:  Sometimes your  original  plan  and  your  backup  can  work  at  the same time. I still counsel, consult, write, and speak to groups all over the world. In years when the speaking business  got  very  slow  (such  as  after  9/11  and  then the  financial  crisis),  I  spent  more  time  writing  and counseling.

When  there  was  a  lull  between  books, I  put  more  energy  into  my  radio  show  and  business consulting, and did pro-bono events. Having multiple options gives you the sense that, if any one thing went away, you’d have other gigs that would more than fill the gap.

So get a little creative. Look at your past accomplishments and your current talents. A Plan B is only an idea away. By the way, this Plan B thing works in life, but not in relationships. Having a backup mate is only going to erode your current relationship and cause heartache for everyone involved. Enough said.


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