Devotions

Elizabeth Austin

Elizabeth Just before Easter, I was in a place of despairing of recovering totally from adrenal fatigue. Our New Beginnings team met for prayer and they gave me a word to commit for a period of time to get well. So I gave myself “permission” to concentrate on getting well during the summertime. Since adrenal fatigue is the result of great stress, I felt God saying to relax and allow my body to rest! So I began to rest and read – Christian books, fiction, all sorts of books. I rested on the couch, on my bed, and my favorite place –my gravity chair outdoors on the patio. I enjoyed the beauty of God’s creation; the warmth of the sun, the song of the birds. I noticed clouds that looked like mountains and thought of how soon Jesus may step out of the clouds and return to the earth. That was a glorious picture.

Somewhere in time, I began to notice the word “soul” coming to my attention often in the scriptures. As my body began healing, I took a look at my soul – my mind, my will, and my emotions. The soul makes up the essence of our personality. At the end of June, I attended, with my daughter and granddaughters, a Carmen conference. He sang an anointed healing song and had those with physical need to stand while the song played and then he asked those who had been wounded in their minds to stand. I found myself standing with tears running down my face and felt the touch from God setting me free. Psalm 23 1-3 says “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” Now, after many books and much rest, I hear the Lord saying “move” to me and so I am walking and moving more as my next phase of healing. Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your soul.”

If you, like me, hadn’t thought as much about the soul as I did the spirit and the body, a good place to begin for health in our souls is found in my favorite chapter, Colossians 3:2, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”. Look up at Jesus and rise above earthly needs and desires. My soul cries out, and I hope yours will, too -“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name:” Psalm 103:1 Amen!

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