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How to Take Care

“Take care,” she said at the end of our phone call.

It was an everyday sort of remark, one you usually don’t think about . . . but that day I did.

No one knew but I’d felt a lump and was feeling a bit of concern.

I was also experiencing chronic digestive problems, joint aches, and shortness of breath.

Take care.

Truth was, I hadn’t been–instead living life willy-nilly and doing and eating what I felt like rather than being diligent about my health.

So, I scheduled my overdue mammo, and I made an appointment with my doctor. And I took care to get my health back on track.

Six weeks later now, and all is well. False alarm. And back on track with eating right and walking for my health/praying for my community.

Take care.

Moses said this when he was saying goodbye to the Israelites before they would enter the Promised Land: “Only take care, and keep your soul diligently . . . .” And then he spoke a BOOK of how to do just that–Deuteronomy (literally, “second law”).

How do we take of our soul? We read the Bible. We pray. We worship God in community . . . and in private. We sing. We reflect and meditate.

AND . . . we read great books! Lucinda Secrest McDowell has written a beautiful one called Soul Strong: 7 Keys to a Vibrant Life (New Hope Publishers), which guides the reader to embrace seven decisions that can help us lead soul-strong lives that will not just help us survive the pounding surf of life but also allow us to thrive and experience the refreshment that life offers.

The author of 24 books, Janet’s favorite thing to do is to speak hope, health, help, and humor into the hearts of women. She would love to serve you and your group at your next event and may be contacted through her website:

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