Pursuing Peace and Radiant Health

 

Pursuing Peace and Radiant Health

You are so cherished. So important, and so loved. I hope you know that. I hope you comprehend how beautifully you have been created. Fearfully and wonderfully made by the hand of God Himself. You are a work of art. He delights in you, do you? In this lovely post I will share my journey on self-image, self-esteem and blooming as I have embarked on a journey of pursuing peace and radiant health.

 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Pursuing Peace

I never used to guard my heart. I never used to comprehend the importance of shielding the soul from external things that disturb your peace. Over the years I have experienced a level of stress that disrupted my health and my very peace of mind. I knew nothing of serenity. But constant worrying, sorrow and comparison which resulted from spending time with the wrong individuals, as well as scrolling too frequently through social media.
There are many things that can snatch peace away from our hearts. We’re all different. And for me, one of the main heartbreaking things that drowned me in despair was becoming too bound to the opinions of others. Comparing myself, and measuring myself to the journey of others. I once read a quote that said comparison is the thief of joy. And words can’t express how deeply I related to it. Through which, it was when I let go of the things that disrupted my peace, I watched my life transform in the most beautiful and freeing way.
I devoted myself to begin living with intention. I learned to put myself first, that I may listen to my heart and pursue peace by fixing my focus on what matters, and meditating on the lovely things.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” – Philippians 4:8
Like many of us growing up, I was always encouraged to brush my emotions to the side. By doing this, I guess it numbed me from genuinely paying attention to what matters to me. But the Lord helped me gain a refreshing, beautiful revelation of His love for me. He caused me to see that He does indeed, care about my body, soul and spirit. He made me remember that I’ve been so used to neglecting my heart, so much to the point where I  did not extend the love to myself that I so passionately share with others.
I had always found my heart so willing and so eager to share love with others, I’ve always desired to nurture and care for those around me. However when it came to loving and nurturing myself, it was something that was so alien and foreign to me. The Lord had to heal my heart, and cause me to see how deeply He cherishes me. That I may see myself through His eyes. Through the lens of His love. It’s been a process. Healing isn’t overnight. But God has been so kind, and so faithful to replenish the restless places within my soul.
In my journey, I’m working on being intentional about pursuing peace. Not only doing what brings me joy, but also seeking the heart of the Lord through prayer, through bible reading and even doing the small things where I can experience the beautiful potency of His presence. Like going for strolls in nature, or working on a pretty painting.
Scrolling through social media can be such a terrible habit that we can do out of routine. I know that there are so many other things that we love, so many other gifts and hobbies that we truly have. Taking a step back from social media has given my soul rest in such a way where I’m not constantly focused on browsing through the highlights of other people’s lives. It’s enabled me to see the beauty in my own life, and the journey that God has me on. I no longer feel behind in life, because I’m not constantly measuring it to the paces of others.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
For me, pursuing peace is about keeping my heart steadfast in gratitude, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding overflows me with the fullness of His joy.

Radiant Health

I have cut out junk food from my diet. Processed foods and certain meats are things that I also refrain from. Eating clean, with a healthy-balanced diet is something that I have been embracing over the last few months. And this year I have witnessed my body bloom so beautifully in radiant health. I feel refreshed. And looking after my health has also overflowed so wonderfully into my mental health. They say that mental health is closely linked to physical health in many cases. And as I have intentionally pursued healthy living, such as exercise, balanced diet and managing stress… I can truly say that serene bliss is so strongly part of my every day life.
My loved ones have also contributed to my health. Spending time with my best friends and my family have brought me joy. I experience such deep love and belonging in their presence. Not only with them, but with the Lord too.
Beautiful changes have happened in my skin, hair and nails. The overall feeling in my body has transformed so beautifully. And all of these changes only happened the moment I learned to put myself first. To pursue peace and radiant health.
My desire is that you too will blossom beautifully in health. Within body, soul and spirit. And that you will begin to see how exquisite you are in God’s sight.
Thank you for reading
Lots of love, Devona
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