• The purpose of Word of Life Images

    Word of Life Images - Our goal for people with Cancer and Health Issues is to show how God's Holy Word can be a source of great strength. When you read what the Scripture means, meditating daily, it will give you strength in your time of need.

    Images - With each article that we publish, we create an image that should correlate to what's being written. We strongly believe that the image is only a place mat, the same type of place mat you would use when setting the dining room table for your guests. The meal is God's Holy Word, at no time is the place mat better than the meal (God's Holy Word).

    Caregivers - Having been both the patient as well as a caregiver, I know how much God's Holy Word helps. As a caregiver temptation is great and the workload is heavy and lonely, that's where God's Scripture and tips we give you can help lighten your load.

    Moments of Health - Our goal with moments of health is to help teach you by using Meditation, Breathing exercises, Yoga and Juicing for Life giving you a chance at gathering moments of health during the course of your day.

    Juicing for life- We love to juice, the fastest and most complete way to get the nourishment your body needs to energize and rebuild itself.

    Inspirational videos, stories etc. The old cliché you are what you think, is very true it's another way to gather moments of health during your day. Try during the day to find things that inspire you, could be people, stories and hopefully some of the things that we post on our website for you.

Adversity, cancer, health issues, God’s Word.

1 Peter 4:12 – the purpose of our trials – times of testing as “fiery ordeals”

James 1:12 blessed is the man who perseveres under trial…….. he will receive the crown of life that’s God’s promise to those who love him.

1 Peter 4:12 - the purpose of our trials - times of testing as "fiery ordeals"

Adversity, cancer, health difficulties and God’s holy word.

Anyone who’s gone through cancer, and major health issues, knows that perseverance is required on  so many different levels. Good example would be my last two weeks of trying to make three appointments at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona. First by accident, I found out Wednesday that I had to be at the Mayo Clinic by 1 o’clock Friday afternoon,( no prior warning) (try flying 5 states on airlines  –  price of last minute tickets!) , when trying to move the appointment, I’m told that there are no openings, even into infinity. That’s right even into infinity, try to juggle that in your head for a while, and tell me you’re not being penalized.  Unfortunately most people that go through cancer and major health issues, have a wide range of trials including pain and suffering, so what is God’s Word on our Adversities?

 

God’s purpose for our trials  1 Peter 4:12 says “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. The word “suffering” and it’s derivatives are used 21 times in this epistle. Peter tells us that we should consider it as normal Christian experience. We have no right to expect better treatment from the world than our own savior received. All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  (2 Tim. 3:12), It is especially true in that those who take a stand for Christ, and become an object of savage attacks. Satan doesn’t waste his ammunition on nominal Christians. He turns his big guns on those who are storming the gates of Hades.

James 1:2-5  In this section James deals with the subject of temptation. He uses the word in two different senses. In verses 2-12, the temptations are what we might call ( holy trials or problems), sent from God, which tests the reality of our faith and produces likeness to Christ. In verses 13 – 17 on the other hand, the subject is, unholy temptations which comes from within, and which leads to sin.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

 

How does suffering through adversity strengthen our walk and others, with God? Most people who I know that are suffering through adversity, go to great lengths not to show their illness or pain. We constantly hear about ” you look good” my joke has been, you could be missing a leg but you will still get the same story, “that you look good”.  People just don’t know what to say. But they are watching us, they wonder where we get our strength to go on each day, they wonder how can we smile and laugh, when they would want to run away. Remember God is using us, to teach us, and bring us closer to him, and to teach others the strength of our closeness with God, so when you feel that you’re all alone, you’re not,  God is watching us  and there’s other people in your life that are watching you also. God’s goal is to use you to help others to be drawn to him.

 

 How and why to ask God for wisdom when facing cancer and health adversities. When you are suffering from a  major illness you need God’s wisdom in multiple ways.

  • Asking God, what can I do to improve my health?
  • Show me what I’m doing that hurts my health.
  • Asking God, where should I seek medical advice?
  • Show me how to have strength to endure.
  • Asking God, how do I pay for my care?
  • Asking God, how do I care for my family?
  • Asking God, most importantly, please guide me in every step I take.

One of the things I’ve held dear to my heart is .It said repeatedly in the Bible especially in Proverbs, seek wisdom with all your heart. Just think, God is willing to give you wisdom freely without finding fault. What other promise can you ask for, than his willingness to give you wisdom, on what to do with your life.

 


Are you wasting your adversities?
God allows trials to enter your life, He has a purpose for them. He wants you to squeeze out every ounce of spiritual growth towards God’s likeness, instead of letting difficulties force you into despair and discouragement. If you’ll just respond in the right manner, that trial that looks as if it could destroy you, could become an instrument of blessing. From In Touch Ministries devotional [1]. If you’ve read the book of Job, you’ll remember that Job went through great adversity. His friends thought it was because he had sinned and were not afraid to tell him so. Satan was telling God that if you take everything away from Job he will curse you to your face. Sometimes during testing in our lives, we question (why does God allow this if he’s a loving God)? All of us at some time in our lives have seen people who have gotten everything and have not been tested at all. Most of us would not want to be those people, they are usually self-centered, they have no compassion for others, and could not feel another person’s pain, even if sitting next to them in the same room. They could not feel that there is a problem, they go merrily on with their life and only worry about themselves. Most  people that I’ve met who have gone through serious illnesses, know what compassion is about and reach out their hands to others who are in need. Do you think that’s what God is trying to teach you?

Compassion: this is the definition out of my dictionary “a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate that suffering. I challenge all of you, who are reading this post, test your heart and soul for sensitivity and compassion for others who are suffering and most importantly, what are you doing to help alleviate that suffering. I would love to hear from you.

 

Love Much

O’B

[1] InTouch Daily Readings for Devoted Living – August www.intouch.org

 

 

 

Gather Moments of Health when facing Cancer and Health Issues.

Five important areas of Moments of Health when facing cancer and health issues.

How you talk to yourself, Breathing exercises, Meditation, Faith in God  plus Juicing for life will help you capture Moments of health and increase your happiness during your day.

God cares for you 1 Peter 5:7

1 Peter 5:7 cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

If you’re reading this article hopefully you’ve come to word of life images many times, most  people who visit our site are either going through cancer or health issues, or are caregivers to the ones that are facing the fight of their life. Word of life images; Our goal is to help people in their fight in multiple ways, one being “Gather Moments of Health”.

Just what do we mean by Gather Moments of Health. In an age of advertisements and claims of the miracle cures, most of us who face chronic life-threatening illnesses, are still waiting for that magic cure. I believe very strongly, that how you look at things can make your day harder for you, or at least a little easier at times, one of those is, learning how to Gather Moments of Health” during your day. I do that by practicing breathing exercises, meditation, different forms of exercise i.e. Acu yoga, Bo- flex, walking, and using different exercise equipment. I couple this with “Juices for Life” another area that we will be writing about.

Faith is a huge area that can help you in your gathering of moments of health, as I read the holy Scriptures and  believe in God’s Word, he tells of a future where there is no pain and anxiety, this allows me to focus on a different life. The definition of faith found in Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Verse 1 is not really a formal definition of faith; rather it is a description of what faith does for us. It makes things hoped for, as real as if we already had them, and it provides unshakable evidence that the unseen, spiritual blessings of Christianity are absolutely certain and real. In other words it brings the future within the present and makes the invisible seen.

 

 

1.) How do you talk to yourself? Are your dark thoughts hurting you today?  Or are your thoughts focusing on healing yourself today? Do you see the bright side of the road or are you always looking in the shadows?

I’ve had this antidote for myself for as long as I can remember it goes like this “Picture accidentally hitting yourself in the thumb with a hammer, you have two choices you can grab that thumb yell, scream, tighten your muscles and visualize a mangled thumb along with all the pain that it’s going to be.

or you can try to relax, deep breathe, as you breathe out let the pain out and focus on letting go.

Now hitting yourself in the thumb with a hammer is not smart, but neither is focusing on all the possible pain that may or may not be there. You’ll find that if you learn to relax even when you’re hurt,  pain, fear, anxiety and anger can fade away.

The real issue is, all that undue stress and fear creates havoc on your immune system, by putting it into your fight or  flight syndrome. The stress response – one critical thing to understand about stresses that your body reacts to.

The psychological changes that occurred during the fight or flight response are activated in order to give the body increase strength and speed in anticipation of fighting or running. Some of the specific psychological changes in their functions include:

* Increased blood flow to the muscles activated by diverting the blood flow from other parts of the body.

*Increase blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugars, and fats in order to supply the body with extra energy.

*The blood clotting function of the body speeds up in order to prevent excessive blood lost in the event of an injury sustained during the response.

*Increased muscle tension in order to provide the body with extra speed and strength.

* Emotional reactivity – during the reaction the intensity of emotion that is brought on by the stimulus will also determine the nature and intensity of the behavior response. Individuals with higher levels of emotional reactivity may be prone to anxiety and aggression, which illustrates the implications of appropriate emotional reaction in the fight or flight response.

These are only a few things that happen during the fight or flight response, needless to say some of us stay in this type of anxiety because of the sickness, pain, stress and fear most of our waking moments.

 

2.) Breathing Exercises & Meditation, using your breath and your mind – which can be exercised while you’re walking, laying in bed, or your actual  practice  exercises that increase your effectiveness  both breathing and meditation.

A good example of the Power of the mind is, the placebo effect. If you’ve been through clinical trials as an example ;

* Control groups are created, some will have a drug at a certain strength.

* Another group will have the same drug but at different times and strengths.

* Another group will have a drug that is a placebo in other words it does nothing, this helps establish a baseline to find out if drugs work or not. There is always a certain percentage of people that will be cured or their health will be improved just by the power of the mind and not by taking the drug.

Now you’re asking me, what does this have to do with breathing and meditation? The power of the breath combined with meditation will have an awesome effect on your Moments of Health.

The power of the breath is enormous,

1.) Relaxing breath that will relieve anxiety slow your system down.

2.) Another type will increase your energy and allow you to get much more accomplished, increasing  your brain focus.

3.) Stimulating breath, yoga breathing techniques to raise energy and increase alertness.

4.) You can combine meditation in a variety of forms along with your breathing exercises, this we will go into further detail, in future posts.

 

 

3.) Juicing for Health – quickest way to increase your health is through pure vegetable and fruit juices. Very quickly you’ll see the results, and you will soon be make juicing a way of life. By choosing the correct juicer you can  save yourself time juicing, as well as increase the pleasure of making your own vegetable and fruit juices. Later we’ll go into much more detail on how to choose the correct juicer, there are a variety of types, but one thing to remember is the  time to clean up and prepare your juice, as well is how much juice comes out of your juice.r For quite a few years I’ve owned several books on juicing, there are a variety of juices that you can make, that will help heal you while at the same time, enjoying the variety of great tastes.

Typical areas that can be improved by juice

 *Immune system  *Cancer * Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  * Diabetes * Gastrointestinal complaints * Hypertension  * Kidney Stones  * Malnutrition  * Muscle Twitching *Rheumatism * plus many more.


4.)Acu-Yoga for self-healing
I use Acu-yoga most days to keep my spine back in line from a very strong Muscle disease that pulls my vertebra’s out of socket every day. Without the Michaels Reed Gach books on ACU Yoga my life would be a living hell.

1.) The first book Acupressure Stress Management Book  Acu-yoga

2.) The second book Acupressure’s Potent Points -a guide to self-care for common ailments.

Both of the Michael Reed Gach books have served me well over the years, there are great references on how to do different Acu yoga poses as well as certain pressure points.

Developed in Asia more than 5,000 years ago, acupressure is an Ayurvedic healing art, involving the use of fingers to gradually apply pressure to “key healing points,” activating the body’s natural healing abilities.

Acupressure may be beneficial for alleviating pain, improving energy levels, and maintaining overall health.

“By relieving stress, Acupressure Therapy strengthens resistance to disease and promotes wellness. You can learn self-care applications and pressure point formulas for specific conditions, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, chronic muscular pain, mental stress, addiction recovery, learning disorders, trauma, emotional imbalances and more, “according to Acupressure.com.

Acu-Yoga, invented by Gach, is “a self-healing system of exercises that integrates the knowledge of two ancient methods of health maintenance, Acupressure and Yoga.”

Gach has written several books on acupressure and Acu-Yoga, including; Acupressure Pain Relief, Acupressure for Lovers, and Acupressure for Emotional Healing I would highly recommend your investment in his books.

 

5.) Power of Faith-  When facing Cancer and Health Difficulties: My Faith in God allows me to gather moments of health throughout the day as I lay my Life into God’s hands.

 see article below  from NewsMax – Health  Friday May 20, 2016

 

“And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85

showed regular churchgoers live longer.“There’s a lot of evidence out there.”

Dr. Koenig — director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and the

author of several authoritative books on faith and healing — says a striking study

published in the Southern Medical Journal demonstrated that prayer has a remarkable

effect on patients with hearing and visual deficiencies.

After prayer sessions, “They showed significant improvements based on audio and visual

tests,” Dr. Koenig said.

 

He added: “The benefits of devout religious practice, particularly involvement in a faith

community and religious commitment, are that people cope better. In general, they cope

with stress better, they experience greater well-being because they have more hope, they’re

more optimistic, they experience less depression, less anxiety, and they commit suicide less

often.

 

“They have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and probably better

cardiovascular functioning.”

 

The proof of the power of prayer is overwhelming, says researcher and writer Tom Knox,

a one-time atheist who became a regular worshipper after doing in-depth study of the

medical benefits of faith.

This is from article Newsmax – Health Friday May 20, 2016

 

Much Love

O’B

 

 

 

Facing Death, Faith in Jesus Christ important

Importance of faith in Jesus when facing cancer and health difficulties.

 What happens after death is important when going through cancer and health difficulties – Faith in Jesus Christ.

Importance of faith in Jesus when facing cancer and health difficulties

What happens after death is important when going through cancer and health difficulties – Faith in Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17  “We who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord (Jesus Christ) forever.”

 

Most of us who face cancer and health issues are concerned at some time that our death could be near or at least sooner than we want. Let’s face it, we’re always waiting for Dr. reports, tests and most of us live in constant pain and fear. If the medication doesn’t kill us the treatments might, either way death is usually on your mind. As you look around you start seeing all the people that you will miss, Just about everybody will tell you “You Look Good”, but deep inside you don’t feel that way. Faith in Jesus death on the cross, resurrection and return will help you

What happens after death?  At home with the Lord. This verse 2 Corinthians 5:8  and others (Luke 23:42-43; Philippians 1:23) clearly teach that there is no lapse of time between death and life to come, the believer’s death brings him or her immediately into Christ’s presence.

What are some of the components that are important in a believers life?

  • Faith – That Jesus Christ died on the cross for us.
  • A right Relationship with Jesus = Righteousness.
  • Belief that God cares deeply for you, regardless of how severe your circumstances are (Romans 8:34-35, 2 Corinthians 1:8-10, James 5:11). Suffering should never lead you to deny God’s love for you, or reject him as your Lord and Savior.

 

What does Christ’s resurrection mean to you? Is it simply an event in the distant past with little impact on your life now, or does it affect how you think and act each day?

Since we didn’t personally witness the crucifixion and the raising of Christ after his burial, trying to imagine the importance seems far away and easy to overlook. Then we run the risk of taking the resurrection for granted and missing the impact it still has today.

The apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of the resurrections importance.  (I Corinthians 15:13-17  If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him in if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ is not been raised either. And if Christ is not been raised your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.)

By describing what would have happened if Jesus had not been raised. Our Easter celebrations would be a big lie, and our faith would be worthless. Worst of all we’d still be bearing the guilt for every sin we’ve ever committed – with no hope of forgiveness, salvation, or eternal life in heaven. If Jesus had not been raised, his death would’ve accomplished nothing.

Jesus died in our place to satisfy the requirement for our atonement, a price far too high for us to pay. His resurrection proves that the father was satisfied with this sacrifice Romans 3:25 and counted it sufficient for the forgiveness of all of our sins, I Corinthians 15:20-23 and because of Christ’s victory over death, we too will be resurrected and receive an imperishable inheritance reserved for us in heaven. This is the hope that enables us to rejoice every day, even in the midst of trials and suffering  (I Peter 1:3-9  Praise be to the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into the living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into the inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade  – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice,  though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all types of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which parishes even though refined by fire may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor and when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though  you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for your receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.)

 

James: 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and of seeing what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

 

 Romans 8:34-35 Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus who died more than that, who was raised to life, is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ” For the Lord himself will come down from heaven and with a loud command, with the voice of the Archangel and with the trumpet call of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

 

With much Love

O’B

 

 

Love – God’s greatest commandment.

 

Love – what is love? A desire to please others or ourselves.

 

Luke 3:21-22  Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

 

True love is giving ourselves to others out of a desire to see their happiness grow.

“This is my son whom I love: with him I am well pleased.”

There are multiple Scriptures that tells in God’s own words, how much he loves his Son Jesus. Matthew 17:5, Matthew 3:17, Mark 1:11, Luke 3:22 and Luke 9:35.

On most scriptures the words are, “This is my son whom I love: with him I am well pleased.”  Every time I hear these words it makes my heart jump with joy thinking about the love the father (God) had towards his son and thinking of how much the son must have felt hearing it from his Father. I’m sure everyone on this planet would love to share that same type of love, how about you?

In  I Corinthians 13:1-13, Paul explains the importance of love and all the attributes. There many times when I look at all the facets of love, some that I fall down on, example Love is patient, this  being one of them. I do know the Lord keeps working on me to develop more patience.

 

 

The question is, what is love to you? God showed his love by giving his only son to die on the cross for us, Jesus’ death on the cross covered our sins, so that we may be with him for eternity.

Some people love ice cream, fast cars, money, and big houses, as you look at these examples, see the love really is only for themselves not for others.

True love is giving ourselves to others out of a desire to see their happiness grow.

True love we give ourselves, without expecting anything back .

Remember  You have an unlimited supply of love. Love doesn’t have a quota or a cap. What determines how much you give or receive is up to… you.

 

Much Love

O’B

 

 

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world…. believes in him shall not perish.

 

John 8: 58 ” I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered,” before Abraham was born, I am!”

If your facing cancer or health issues and concerned about facing death, read and meditate on  John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”  I pray this Scripture will bring you calmness and love, deep into your heart and soul.

 

For God so loved the world he gave us both His Son to Die on the Cross for Us,

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world…. believes in him shall not perish.

God’s Gift of Love to the world. Jesus Christ came to earth as a living sacrifice, honoring his father, so that we may have eternal life.

John 3:16-18   For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only son.

As we remember to honor the birth of Jesus Christ, remember a very important fact. As a member of the Trinity, Jesus is the eternal son of God, being present during the creation of the world. John 8: 58 ” I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”

For God so loved the world he gave us both His Son to Die on the Cross for Us, and His Holy Bible. In his Holy Word is a message that can change our eternal destiny. Discover the love of walking with God daily, by reading and meditating on his Holy Living Word.

 

Key words to remember, whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

 

 

Much Love

O’B

 

Life through looking at the one on the cross.

Old Testament prophecy –  Numbers 21:8-9  fulfilled in Christ – John 3:14-15

Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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