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                Faith, Fear and Our Physical Body                                       

No Doubt we “are fearfully and wonderfully made” as it says in Psalms 139. This goes without saying, it is with every part of us, my physical body, as well as, my soul and spirit and how delicately inter-woven they are.

His natural design within the body for fighting disease is what we call the immune system. It’s a system of cells that fight and restore balance within the body in order to maintain health or absence of disease. When our body comes in contact with such things as parasites, bacteria’s, molds, virus’ to name a few, it starts a system of fighting. Every day it is fighting and you never know it. You may not have symptoms or you could have fever, headache, vertigo, nausea, vomiting or maybe even lethargy if it’s fighting hard enough. Fever is a natural and good body response to what God has designed to fight disease. Medicine now says that a mild fever does not need to be treated to allow its natural design for fighting. (Consult your Doctor for what he deems necessary for treating. Children are different than adults.) It’s a beautiful system when functioning properly.

Fear, terror, and panic can have a profound negative impact on our immune system and our body as a whole. God designed our bodies for the ability to fight short-term stress without ill effects. An example is of running from a wild animal. If you see or feel a threat, your body starts a whole body awareness of the need for adrenaline and energy-alertness of all systems. Your brain starts the process with the release of adrenaline, the rest of the body follows suit. You run from what is chasing you. Often, we hear the stories of crazy things people do during these stress events. Lifting cars, survival in crazy conditions, etc. That’s the amazing body at work.

When it becomes long-term stress, we start to see breakdown in the body; diarrhea, digestive tract  disturbances, skin eruptions, insomnia, lack of appetite, lack of energy, mood swings, backaches and headaches to name a few.  Our bodies can only take so much before it’s fatigued and tired. According to the American Institute of Stress a large percentage of doctor’s office visits are for stress related illnesses. That doesn’t mean stop going to your doctor, but to start listening to your body. It will tell you when you need a break.

“Stress is the body and mind’s reaction to any pressure that disrupts their normal balance. It occurs when our perceptions don’t meet our expectations and we don’t manage the reaction to the disappointment. Stress, that unmanaged reaction, expresses itself as resistance, tension, strain, or frustration, throwing off our physiological and psychological equilibrium and keeping us out of sync. If disturbed long enough the stress becomes disabling. We fade from overload, feel emotionally shut down, and eventually sick.” (Doc Childre and Howard Martin, stress researchers.). Listen to your body, unplug for a while, listen to some music, get your brain and body to slow down.

 

Faith- How does our faith overcome the fear?

We live in a very interesting time to say the least. It has been said “that we are at war”. No doubt! I was reminded of several Bible verses recently as I was thinking and praying, Psalms 91. I encourage you to read the whole chapter but I will talk about a few here. V4-6: “He will cover you and completely protect you with His pinions,and under His wings you will find refuge;His faithfulness is a shield and a wall.You will not be afraid of the terror of night,Nor of the arrow that flies by day,Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,nor of the destruction (sudden death) that lays waste at noon.”

 

How do we get there? Not fearing? God told Moses and the children of Israel that if they kept God at the forefront of their lives, staying committed to Him, that this was the promise. (read Exodus 15:26). Friends, He is our shield! We need not fear!   2 Timothy 1:7 says, (AMP) ”For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”

Settle in to Perfect Love, “for Perfect Love casts out fear”. (1 John 4:18)

We do what we can, using what we have and let the rest to Him. What an awesome promise!

Keep your eyes and mind on Him, eat well, get fresh air, run around with your kids, take walks, love one another and pray for those in authority over us.

We ALL will get through this. Rise up church! We have been called for “such a time as this”.

 

 

Corona Virus Update

Facts

In the US the current mortality rate is 1%.

  • If you have the flu or the corona virus:

  • Drink ½ body weight in water a day (unless on a restricted fluid intake)

  • Drink warm lemon water

  • Drink warm/hot herbal tea

  • Restrict/limit caffeine

  This virus affects the lungs causing thick mucus and difficulty breathing in some. Drinking warm fluids and adequate water will help to loosen these secretions.

Businesses that are open are “life-sustaining” only in PA.

There are currently NO cases in Mifflin, Juniata and Huntingdon Counties and only 3 cases In Centre County.

For those that are High Risk

Most area stores are closing for the night to clean and restock. The first hour at most grocery stores are designated for those that are High Risk to be able to shop.

Please continue to restrict interactions outside your home. Stay at home if you are sick or have symptoms of an illness or flu.

 

 

     Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System                          

God in His infinite wisdom knew what our bodies would need to help us fight off virus and bacteria. Our bodies fight things every single day that we know nothing about. Science has identified millions of bacteria in our guts that are healthy and help with the immune system, digestion and brain health. They also fight off bad things that get into our guts keeping us from disease. They have discovered that there is a very delicate balance that must remain in the gut for good overall health. An imbalanced lifestyle, diet and over use of antibiotics, and we will start to witness a breakdown in the body. Ways to keep our immune systems functioning at full speed are simple.

Foods

  1.      Eat fresh fruits and veggies every day and at every meal.

  2.      Eat meats and proteins with every meal.

  3.      Eat complex carbs instead of simple carbs. Like sweet           potatoes, and whole grains. Brown rice instead of white       rice. If your jaw isn’t tired with a piece of bread, it                     doesn’t have enough whole grains.

  4.      Restrict sugar and simple carbs like candy, cake,                     cookies and sugary drinks.

  5.      Limit refined foods, eating more fresh foods.

  6.      Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water a day.                * This is very important

  7.      Limit caffeine- it can dehydrate the body.

Activities

  1.      Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

  2.      Get your body moving during the day. At least 30 mins         a day for those that have sedentary jobs and school.

  3.      Get outside in the fresh air and sunlight. Show some             skin, (without sunscreen BUT do not burn the skin) for           at least 15 mins a day. The sun gives our body the things       it needs for cell function and Vitamin D synthesis that           helps with immune health as well as brain health.

  4.      Spend time “unplugging” from the world and its chaos. 

  5.      Spend time with family.

  6.      Spend time with God each day. Science has shown that       those that spend time in quiet Bible reading and prayer       are more at peace and contented.

  7.      Be an optimist. If the cup looks 1/2 empty to you,                     challenge yourself to see it as 1/2 full. Re-train your brain.       It is possible. Optimist are more contented and at                   peace, happier and generally healthier people.

Supplements

  1.      Take a good clean multivitamin

  2.      Take vitamin C 500 mg daily during the winter seasons.

(As always, before taking any vitamin or supplement, talk with your doctor.)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Info

WHEN TO CALL YOUR DOCTOR:

  1. IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 AND DEVELOP ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS, CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER. SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR 2-14 DAYS AFTER INITIAL EXPOSURE
  •       - Fever
  •       - Cough
  •       - Shortness of breath
  1. IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY OF THESE EMERGENCY WARNING SIGNS OF COVID-19 CALL 911

                  - Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

                  - Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

                  - New confusion or inability to awake

                  - Bluish lips or face

                  - THIS LIST IS NOT INCLUSIVE

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home. Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

COVID-19 AND CHILDREN

What is the risk of my child becoming sick with COVID-19?

Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date.

How to protect yourself and others:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with coughing and sneezing.
  2. Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
  3. Avoid touching face
  4. Keep a safe distance of 6 feet from others
  5. If you are sick, please stay at home. Self-isolate and use a separate bathroom is possible. Wear a mask if you are out with others.

CLEANING

Clean with a simple solution of bleach and water.

To make a bleach solution, mix:

  5 T bleach/ gallon water

OR

4 tsp bleach/ quart of water

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Here is the CDC FACT page that has more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/share-facts.html

 

If you are sick, check out this site for information and instructions:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html