Message from Mary Nordtvedt, RN, BSN
Faith Community Nurse

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Mary Nordtvedt

From Your Faith Community Nurse ...

 

Gentle Reminders to Live a Healthy Life

 

Model For Healthy Living Part III

(See Part I & II below)

(Resource: www.chreader.org, churchhealth.org )

In the last two newsletters, I shared information about the Church Health Center tool, Model For Healthy Living. It is a tool created to help us look at the 7 dimensions of life (Faith Life, Movement, Medical, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, Family and Friends) and evaluate where our life may be in and out of balance. I invite you to reflect on the dimensions of Work/Volunteering, Emotional, Nutrition and Family and Friends this week.

 

Work/Volunteering: Appreciating your skills, talents, and gifts

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” Colossians 3:17

What a privilege … we get to join God in the work of building His kingdom through sharing of our skills, talents and gifts. Work and volunteering brings value to our lives and to the lives of others. How do you share your skills, gifts and talents with others at DPPC and the community? How do you feel when you are sharing your skills, gifts and talents?

 

Emotional: Managing stress and understanding your feelings to better care for yourself

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”   

Mathew 11:28-30

Give your worries and stresses to God. He assures us that we will receive peace and rest. Mayoclinic.org states, “Stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can help you manage them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. What do you do in your life when you are experiencing stress?

 

Nutrition: Making smart food choices and developing healthy eating habits.

Choosing to eat a healthy diet improves your mind, body and spirit, thus empowering you to carry out God’s work.  What role does nutrition play in your life? When you think of a “healthy diet” what comes to mind?

Family and Friends: Giving and receiving support through relationships

“Encourage one another and build each other up….”  1 Thessalonians 5:11

Friends, family and relationships are a big part of our health. Studies show that there is a strong relationship between relationships and physical health. How can your relationship with others reflect the nature of your relationship with God?

I hope that you have discovered some thoughts/ideas that are helping you to make healthy changes in your life or celebrate the ways you already living a healthy lifestyle through the Model of Healthy Living.

Blessings, Mary

 

Model For Healthy Living Part II

In the last newsletter, I shared information about the Church Health Center tool, Model For Healthy Living. It is a tool created to help us look at the 7 dimensions of life (Faith Life, Movement, Medical, Work, Emotional, Nutrition, Family and Friends) and evaluate where our life may be in and out of balance.

 

“As God’s chosen ones, holy, beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Above all clothe yourselves with love that binds everything together”. Colossians 3:12 -14

 

The basis of the Model for Healthy Living is this scripture verse and the belief that when we honor this verse for ourselves and others it is the first step in changing core issues at the root of unhealthy behaviors. Abundant life is not just about our bodies but the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit. This week, I invite you to reflect on your life in the areas of faith life, medical and movement dimensions.

Faith Life: Building a relationship with God, your neighbors and yourself. A faith life often includes activities such as worship, education, personal devotions and outreach.

Reflection Questions

¨ In what ways does DPPC bring faith and health together for you? How do you spend time with God every day? In what new ways can DPPC bring faith and health together for individuals and our community?

Medical: Partnering with my healthcare provider to manage my medical care. Caring for ourselves is very important work. You are an expert in your own health care. A healthy partnership for the abundant life that God promises recognizes the strength of each person in the partnership. (Jesus, you, your medical providers)

Reflection Questions

¨ What phrase or word describes your partnership with your medical providers? When experiencing a health challenge, ask yourself or someone that you are caring for; What is needed right now for the journey? How will this health challenge affect my ability to be a disciple of Jesus?

Movement: Discovering Ways to Enjoy Physical Activity

The many parts of our body are hinged and rotate in every direction. God means for us to move. 

Reflection Questions

¨ How do you include movement in your daily lifestyle? What are we doing or what can we do at DPPC to include movement as a part of our faith community?

If you are interested in completing a self-assessment using the model, stop by the Health Ministry table to pick up a copy or go to https://chreader.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Model-for-Healthy-Living-Assessment-Wheel.pdf.

 

Prayer for Wholeness with Self

O God, fill me with thanks that when I think so little of myself you remind I am your treasure. Fill me with gladness that you created me and receive me with rejoicing. Fill me with confidence to understand myself and find greater health in the path where you lead. Amen

 

May you be blessed as you care for yourself. You are a special child of God.

 

--Mary

 

Model For Healthy Living Part II

 

Our lives are a complex, interconnected web of many dimensions. I recently shared the Church Health Center Model of Healthy Living with the Stephen Ministers and thought that it might be helpful to you too. The model is a tool for individuals to look at their lives and evaluate where an individual may be out of balance. It also provides an opportunity to weave the practice into the fabric of our churches and communities. The model recognizes the relationships between the many parts of our lives and provides a tool to support individuals in having balance and satisfaction in their lives. When one area is out of balance, it affects the other areas of your life.

 

We all need gentle reminders to live a healthy life. I invite you to consider the 7 dimensions of Faith Life, Medical, Movement, Work, Emotional, Nutrition and Family and Friends in your own life.

Living in Life

If you are interested in completing a self-assessment using the model, stop by the Health Ministry table to pick up a copy or go to https://chreader.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Model-for-Healthy-Living-Assessment-Wheel.pdf.  In an upcoming newsletter, I will share thoughts on each of the dimensions.

 

In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

May you find abundant living in each and every day.” 

 

Blessings,

Mary

 

 

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Last Published: November 8, 2019 2:28 PM
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