What is spiritual wellness? It means that one has a spiritually sound and healthy relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It is based on the choices we make about our worship and praise or lack of. We are all spiritual beings because we have a spirit. However, if our spirit is not in line with God, we are without a doubt, spiritually unhealthy.
What is physical wellness? It means that our physical being (our body) is healthy, well-maintained, and free of illnesses or disease. Physical wellness is based on the dietary choices and the fitness choices we make. We have often heard, “You are what you eat.” Medical staff will say that if we eat healthy foods, we will be healthy. They will also say that if we eat foods high in fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar, we will be fatigued, unhealthy, and that disease awaits us. However, the truth is that if we are spiritually well, physical wellness will follow.
The women’s ministry of the Rose Hill M.B. Church hosted their first women’s conference on Saturday, May 15, 2010, as a means to educate women about spiritual and physical wellness. Youthful Praise Dancers of Disciples of Christ Family Center of Mendenhall, MS, blessed us with two praise dances. Little Jasmine Wells (photo on the left) did a solo performance to “I Told The Storm.” The Rose Hill Praise Team blessed us with three selections. The two speakers for this event, Sister Dorothy Milton (Rose Hill M.B. Church of Mendenhall, MS) and Sister Diane Whitcomb (Stronger Hope M.B. Church of Jackson, MS) really brought out some excellent points about spiritual and physical wellness.
Sister Milton spoke about the importance of studying God’s word, teaching God’s word, fellowshipping with other believers, and setting aside some time for worship. She mentioned how believers can get beat down daily because they don’t know the word of God (2Timothy 2:15). She also stressed how important it is to love one another and to serve one another. Sister Whitcomb talked about how we can be in bondage by others, by evil spirits, and by ourselves (Mark 5:1-9, 15). She talked about the man who had many unclean spirits and had sought Jesus for deliverance from these spirits. She told how the city saw the man sitting, clothed, and in his right mind after Jesus had cast out these spirits. Before his encounter with Jesus, he was neither spiritually or physically well. After this conference, I could definitely say that if ye seek ye first the kingdom of God, all other things will be added unto thee.
By: Sandra Lott