Parish Nurse Health Tips for October 30, 2016


The fall season is upon us with lots of changes in the environmental picture – trees bare, gutters full of leaves, early darkness in the evening and later darkness in the morning, lots of wind and rain, extra layers of clothing to keep track of with the family. In addition to that, the Sunday bulletin has been packed full of activities for our families!  Life gets very busy!

One of the midweek devotions in Portals of Prayer for October was titled “A New Season in Christ,” and it gave me a great way to re-focus from the earthly busy signs of the autumn season to the wonderful joy and anticipation of the coming of the Son of Man.

Today is a wonderful day to begin actions to ‘reform’ our thinking, our faith growth, our personal spiritual growth.  The Reformation that began with Martin Luther can continue with us!

Using a “Prescription for Self – Image: Improving our Vision” seems once again a very appropriate way to give us food for thought on how we can refocus and improve our spiritual health.

  •  Refocus your vision with God at the center and everything else in increasing distance from Him. Draw this as a map and plot your stressors!
  •  Stay grounded in God’s Word and in prayer every day:  It WILL improve your vision!
  • Guard against negative self-talk, and when you do, restate it in words God would use.
  • Invest yourself in the work that matters, be involved in serving others.
  • Periodically look in the mirror and see what God sees:  A precious redeemed child!
  •  Speak a word of affirmation to others.

I’d love to hear your stories of self- image vision improvement!

As we sing together the Psalm 46 response today, I pray that each of you will give thanks with a grateful heart for all that we have been given.  Especially verse 10, asking us to “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace,