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Finding Your Balance: Mind, Body and Spirit


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Shhh! No Talking During Your Test

Have you ever prayed for an answer about something and it seemed that God was strangely quiet?  I’ve had that happen to me while going through a difficult challenge in life, and I was left feeling alone and unsure of what direction to take.  I knew according to God’s work that He would never leave me nor forsake me, but the silent treatment was a bit unsettling.  The situation worked out fine, but I still wondered about not getting that answer in the thick of it all.

I recently recalled that experience with one of my sisters who is an elementary school teacher.  What she shared with me was so profound that I had to write about it.

“I have to give tests to my students all the time,” she said.  “This is the time for them to show what they’ve learned and what they understand.  But once the test begins, I don’t talk to them.”  WOW! No talking during the test.

“I’ll walk around the room and I know every one of them; I see every one of them,” she continued. ” I know the students who are strong in that subject, and they can make it through just fine.  The ones that are having difficulty in the class or who may try to cheat, I pay close attention to and even stand right over them while they complete the test.  I see some make simple mistakes or even choose the wrong answer, but I don’t intervene because THEY must take the test.”

This was such an eye-opener for me.  There are times in life when I have to go through challenges that test my faith.  And I may pray and sometimes not get an immediate answer because I have to apply what I’ve been taught…all under the watchful eye of my Heavenly Father.  I have to endure and pass the test in order to grow both naturally and spiritually.  If I don’t pass, I may have to take that test again….ugh!!

So the next time you feel like you’re getting the silent treatment when you pray, start brushing up on the Word and apply it to your situation.  You may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.

I think I’ve got it now.  Another life lesson taught to me by my younger sister.  Thanks girl!

As always, take care and enjoy the balance of your day.

What’s Your Season?

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Ecclesiastes 3:1- To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven…

My pastor taught me this passage many years ago, but it has only been in recent years that I’ve truly come to understand it for myself.  Everything truly takes place in its proper time, no matter how much we try to move things along.  We can strive and run ourselves ragged trying to make things happen when the fact is…its just not time for it.  It’s not the right season.

We can enjoy Spring, when everything seems to be blooming and good things are popping up all over the place.  We like Spring!  Then there’s Summer and situations can get too hot to handle, or we feel the heat and pressure of life bearing down on us.  Fall can be a bountiful harvest of blessings that you’ve been waiting for for a long time.  And then there’s Winter.  Nothing happens in winter:  life seems to be at a standstill and nothing is growing or developing…at least where you can see it.

Just as God ordained the seasons in nature to have seed time and harvest time, He has also done this in our lives. I have come to understand that its not going to Spring all year long.  I’ve had to endure some pretty cold Winters and some truly blazing Summers but they are all designed to make me respect the delicate balance of this thing called “life”.  If we never had times of disappointment or hurt, how would we ever appreciate the joys that follow?

But here’s the real kicker:  In order to make the most of this life, you’ve got to know what season you’re in. If everything is going your way and blessings seem to be falling into your lap, congratulations on a lovely Spring. If nothing you’ve tried is coming to fruition, you’re probably in Winter, and you know- nothing grows in winter.  But don’t get frustrated.  It can’t stay that way forever.  Remember, Spring is on the way but in its own time-only in God’s time.

Take the time to learn what your current season is and make the most of it.  There is something to be learned and-even enjoyed-  in our least favorite life seasons.  Somehow knowing this is comforting to me because I happen to be in Winter at the moment.   But I’m planning for a glorious Spring by making preparations in my career, my home life and my spiritual life.   I’m getting my seeds ready for planting and I will be ready when that fertile ground of opportunities appears.

I thank God everyday for blessings of wisdom like this, and I hope this will be a blessing for you as well.

Take care my friends, and enjoy the balance of your day.

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Life from the Rearview Mirror

Hi friends!

I had an epiphany why driving on the freeway yesterday, and felt the need to share this with you about how your past can distract you from moving forward in life.

While heading downtown, I happened to look in my rearview mirror and noticed a red sportscar irratically switching lanes at a high rate of speed. I know I’m supposed to keep my eyes on the road ahead, but something about this car had me slightly distracted. Perhaps it was the idea of seeing which direction the driver would take next….who knows, but I for some reason my focus was not where it should have been. As fate would have it, traffic in front of me slowed down, and SCREECH!! I looked ahead just in time to hit the brakes before causing somebody (and me) to have a really bad day.

As I got my bearings and reached my destination, I found myself talking about the incident to several people at work that day.  Then, the epiphany struck. It suddenly occured to me that I was giving too much time to this experience. I think people in general have a tendency to dwell on the stuff that happened in their past, be it a few hours ago, a few days or even years ago.  Just as you can’t drive a car forward looking in the rearview mirror, you can’t move forward in life dwelling on past mistakes, failures or even successes. This stunts our growth toward reaching a fulfilled life because we miss the new experiences (or in my case, the open road laying before me) because we’re too busy focusing on the old ones. How many times has an experience in your past kept you from seeing what was before you? Has the memory of an old boyfriend kept you from finding love again? Is the loss of a job causing you to lack confidence in your talents and abilities? This is the kind of stuff that can really cause you to miss out on opportunities that can take you where you want to go!! I have a much deeper appreciation now for why the rearview mirror of a car is so small in comparison to the size of the front windshield. We need to spend more time looking forward and pressing forward in life rather than being distracted by anything in our past, good or bad. Learn from mistakes and failures, but don’t dwell on them for very long…they could cause you to crash and burn like I almost did.

Now, let’s try to put this into play.  Have a great Sunday, and enjoy the balance of your day!

Andrea


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Hello world!

My name is Andrea Perry and I’m kinda new at this, so bare with me.

What exactly is The Whole You Project?  Glad you asked!  In the past several years, I’ve come to understand that in order to have a happy, healthy and satisfied life, you’ve gotta find the right balance of three essential aspects of the human experience:  the mind, the body and the spirit (or whatever you choose to call it).  For me, this has been a journey that proves you never stop learning. You never stop growing.  You never cease to find little nuggets of wisdom in what once seemed mundane or insignificant.

So here I am…I’m no psych expert or spiritual guru.  I’m just a chick from Chattanooga, TN who is finding that balance for myself.  I want to lend a hand to others along the way who may feel as misplaced as I do from time to time.   Since my professional background is health reporting (radio and TV), I’ll be drawing on my experience to bring you health and wellness information that covers all three areas (mind, body and spirit) as we discover that full, satisfied life together.

That’s my story of the Whole You Project.  Stay tuned and enjoy the balance of you day!