It is ‘National Cancer Awareness Day’ and I find it very proper to concentrate on things that prevent cancer and even aid in the cure of it. What I have discovered, which is no secret to the medical community, has astounded me and I think it will you, too!
This week I had to go to my doctor for a regular check-up. My doctor was diagnosed last year with a very rare form of cancer. Only 2 per cent of the nation is diagnosed with it.
When I saw him my heart went out to this dear, compassionate man. He walked into the examination room with a broad smile on his face, but he walked haltingly. I saw he was walking with a cane and I could tell he was trying to obscure it from me by holding it close beside his leg, I think to not upset me. He is not only my doctor, but our dear family friend!
My heart welled with compassion for a man who has never been short on compassion for me! I got up and gently put my arm around him and hugged him. He looked really good, especially with all he has been through, which has been extensive.
He began to tell me some of the things his oncologist had told him. One of the main things she wanted him to do was laugh daily and regularly. They have found that patients who laugh often are experiencing remarkable results, even being cured of cancer.
Studies have shown laughter releases two chemicals from the brain that keep us healthy and aid in the healing of diseases. One class of chemicals is called ‘endorphins’ and the other is ‘serotonin’.
Serotonin aids in decreasing inflammation in our bodies, which has been found to be the cause of many health issues including cancer and heart disease. It is thought to be a ‘balancer’ of our physical bodies and of our mental state as well.
Endorphins act similarly to codeine and morphine in response to pain in the body. It is often called the ‘runners high’ because they produce a euphoria. Endorphins have been shown to not only reduce pain, but to build our immunity to diseases, such as cancers. It is also shown to be a very effective stress and anxiety reliever!
When I was in college, I went to a revival at my church. This has been over thirty years ago, but I will never forget this part of the evangelist’s message. He told us of a friend he had who had been diagnosed with cancer. It was incurable and the doctor sent him home to die. This man was friends with his doctor and due to that he told him to come back in three weeks and he would run a few more tests.
This man went home and called his evangelist friend and had him pray for him. He felt a strong impression to laugh, and to laugh daily! He began to watch ‘Laurel and Hardy‘ tapes. This was the age of the VCR, and I am telling my own age on this one! He did this every day for several hours a day. The cancer had already disabled him from being able to work so he was able to watch the videos for several hours a day in which he laughed basically all day, every day.
When he went back to the doctor only three weeks later, his tests results showed such a significant improvement. His doctor questioned him as to what he had done. He told him he had simply been laughing on a regular basis! The doctor told him it was having a phenomenal effect on his body and to continue it. It turns out this man was cured of cancer and lived a healthy life!
Laughing does not only aid in the area of cancer. I know a woman who had taken a drug for her stomach, that has now been recalled due to the harmful side effects. She developed uncontrollable ‘twitches’ in her face. It then began to spread to her limbs. She could not keep her arms or hands still, nor her head from having uncontrollable movement.
This became so bad, she had to be taken to the emergency room one evening. The emergency room doctor told her it was the medication she was taking for her stomach that had caused the uncontrollable movements throughout her body. This was one of the main reasons it had been recalled. He told her she probably had permanent nerve damage to her face. He prescribed Benadryl and told her it was just as important that she smile and laugh for fifteen minutes a day as it was to take the medication to reverse this damage as much as possible.
He told her when we smile, we use and condition muscles and nerves in our faces! He said the endorphins released from the laughter would help in relaxing the muscles which were constricting the nerves, hence causing the nerve damage.
She went home and did just as the doctor had told her. Within a couple of days she began to see improvement. Within a few months she was cured!! The damage, although thought to be irreparable, was completely healed and gone! I must add, she was also prayed for and believed God and His Word for her healing! Nothing replaces faith in God…it is your greatest assurance of healing! God can and will do what modern medicine cannot!
It amazes me how science always proves the Word of God. In Proverbs 17:22 KJV, it tells us, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.’ Everything the doctors are saying and prescribing literally lines up with this verse of scripture.
If we will do what God tells us in the Word, the Word of God and our faith in it, will literally bring healing to our bodies! Just ask those who have experienced it for themselves! The ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’.
I cannot let this day go by without saying Happy Thanksgiving to my WordPress family and readers! This year has been phenomenal and I am praising God for it and sincerely thanking you! Our numbers at simplyjuliana more than tripled this year and I NEVER received anything but positive feedback.
I started writing when I was 50 years old and 2 years later, here I still sit, thank God! God is wonderful and He has blessed me beyond words. I had no idea what all He had in store for me. My mother, who went into heart failure twice after open heart surgery that was unsuccessful in stopping atrial fiberlation, brushed death twice last year. Today, she is healed and a feisty elderly woman, glory to God! He healed her and restored her health before our eyes. I also had health issues, and God has touched me in a mighty way and am feeling better daily!
Little did I know this little blog would turn into a book that would sell out on amazon twice. God is good! No matter what your age or what you have faced, God’s blessings await you in ways you never knew possible! Never give up!!
Thank you for sharing a little of your day with me! I praise God for you, precious reader!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Dear friends and readers, it is with mixed emotions I am writing this post to you. I am going to be very, very upfront with you. I have never been one to hide anything. To me those who have to hide are those who have something to hide. My life has always been an open book and it will always be.
Yesterday, I had an attack on my health. It happened when I was at church. I had taught my Sunday School class and as soon as it was over I began to feel ill. All energy drained from my body, my heart began to pound fast, and I felt woozy. I went downstairs to my husband and told him I could not stand up. I had no energy to stand for a long period of time.
I sat down as the service started and continued to feel the energy drain from my body. I found out last week, that my blood work suggested I was prediabetic. I did not take the news well at first. Cold fear went through me and questions about why. I began to seriously take a long hard look at my diet and things I needed to change and did so immediately. I continued to feel last week as though I could barely go and I blamed it on anemia. It also came back in my blood work I had that, as well.
I am not one to be ‘sick’ and I don’t do well with anything medical! I was raised in a medical family and instead of me getting used to needles, tests, etc. I went in the opposite direction. I want nothing to do with needles, tests, etc.. The doctor gave me the name of a supplement that helps keep blood sugar regulated, because I am NOT diabetic. But, at the same time, I knew satan had diabetes planned for me.
In the weeks leading up to the “diabetic testing”, it seemed I saw hundreds of commercials on different diabetic medications, the best meters for finger sticks, and so on. I could tell the enemy was coming full force to get me to entertain the “what if” thoughts. Finally, I broke down and had the test done. In one month I went from completely normal blood work to blood work showing anemia, prediabetes, and he didn’t tell me what else. That was enough for me to handle.
I began to feel panic trying to set in, in the week to follow and I had to fight it. Still, I felt no peace no matter what I did. I tried various things to get my mind off of it. Finally, yesterday when I couldn’t shake the hypoglycemic attack that hit me as I could in the past, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I want you off of Facebook and the telephone for two weeks. I want you to isolate yourself unto Me until you are at peace. I want you to “fly under the radar” so to speak.”
The first thing that came to mind was “Is this Biblical?” God spoke to me of when Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days and nights to fast and pray. There will be people who will not agree with this decision and will try to let me know about it. I cannot care what they think, I must to go with God. I also thought at first this might be a depression trying to set in, but I knew deep down it wasn’t. I know God and I must have communication and time alone!
I remember when Creflo Dollar was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He told Taffy not to let ANYONE talk to him for two weeks (I thought of this afterward). He went to their bedroom and closed the door and went into a time of fasting and prayer. At the end of two weeks, he went back to his doctor and there was no sign of cancer anywhere in his body! What happened to him is the same thing with me. I must clear my mind and become saturated in the presence of God! I have to come to a peace that no one and no thing can give me but God, my Father, Himself! This will show up on Facebook because I have my settings set to automatically publish, so friends and family will know what is going on, BUT I have not returned and will not until the time is up.
Prayer warriors and intercessors, please remember me and my family during this time. I know it is a time of new direction and mighty things. God doesn’t call us to this type of prayer unless it is to bring great and mighty answers forth!! God doesn’t call us to any type of prayer without the intention of answering it! I rejoice and take comfort in knowing this.
God bless you, my friends! I will see you soon!
34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
As I write this all I can think is, “God, people are going to think I am nuts! This is just kind of weird!” But, I have seen God ask people to do odd things before and it has profound effects on people’s lives. It isn’t our job to figure it out, approve it, or subject it to human reasoning. It is our job to obey. Here we go!
About two weeks ago, Aggie girl told me, “Momma, almond shaped nails are really big in fashion right now.” If you don’t know what that is, it is a “fake” nail that is shaped like an almond with the pointy side being the tip, of course. You can see it in the picture above.
When she said that, I, who HATES getting fake nails because they are time-consuming and can get costly, suddenly had this weird temptation to throw caution to the wind and do something bizarre! Yes, this is bizarre for me! I threw out my common sense that told me, “You are not going to want to go in every 2 weeks to have them done, you won’t be able to type as fast, you will have a hard time finding someone who is really good to do them (I am super picky!), and you are going to feel you are wasting money on something that is here today, gone tomorrow!” Oh, I know myself so well. But, I didn’t listen and off I went and did it!
Before they were even finished, I was regretting the decision I had made; They were on finger number 6 when I began to wonder what possessed me to do this, but it was too late to change my mind. I paid for my regretful decision and left. The first thing I noticed was my fingers felt heavy! I told you this was weird! It felt like I had some type of heavy weights on my fingers. I got home and looked at them and the shape wasn’t what I wanted; here comes the extra money because now I have to pay to have someone fix them. I couldn’t type my blog as quickly because the nails were so long they hit all the wrong keys and I would have to correct over and over again.
The next day I woke up to horrible pain! My mind quickly comes out of sleep and focuses on my FINGERS! My nail-beds were sore and tender to the touch. What was up with this?? I began to think it through and remembered I had hit my nails several times the day before because I was not used to the length. Evidently, I had hit them so much and so hard I had bruised my nail-beds!
I call another salon and go in and find someone to fix the mess I had chosen to have done to me. She does and I go my way. I could not shake the “heavy” feeling of these nails I didn’t even like! Again, as I began to work on the computer, it took twice the time to do what I had to do because of silly fingernails!!
I could no longer stand it. Today, I woke up and said to myself, “I cannot take this anymore!!! I have got to get these off!” Hubby and I are leaving town today and I knew it would interrupt the fun of the trip. Now, who would guess fingernails could make such a dramatic difference in your life??? I told you this was weird! But at the same time I could see an analogy developing!
I knew not to get them. I violated my own common sense. I knew after the first couple of nails, I was doing the wrong thing and I could back out but I didn’t! I knew the last time I got them, I hated the ‘feel’ of them and I was going to have to put up with it. They were a waste of time, money, and were my literal focus for days…nails of all things!!
I have them off now, thank God, and I realize how important it is to simplify life and keep it that way. So much peace, joy and wisdom comes from simplicity. It is when we add things to our plates, knowing we are not acting wisely, knowing God is speaking common sense to us which we ignore that we get burned out, frustrated, and exhausted! Even when it is just getting fake nails, we could walk in so much more freedom and peace if we just listened to God in the “little” things of life.
You don’t have to be in every club, have your children in every sport, go to every single conference (that is optional), be involved in every activity that comes your way. “No” is an anointed word! Look at how it is spelled…aNOinted!
Not long ago, I saw a cartoon of a man who was in a bed with his computer, cell phone, and television just to name a few of his devices. To the side of the bed was his Bible and his devotional. It showed a caption that said, “I wonder why God doesn’t talk to us like He did to Paul and the disciples?” It showed God trying to speak to him, but he was so busy he had no idea of it. That is what “busyness” gets you. Whether it is fake nails, or climbing to the top of the corporate ladder, or making money for your family (and your family never sees you due to it), we tend to violate our common sense and get weighed down with things that won’t mean much, if anything, in the long run.
Ask God if there are “things” that you need to let go of. Be honest in wanting to know and He will tell you. When He does, use the wisdom you have prayed for and get it straight. Great peace and satisfaction that all the ‘stuff’ in the world could not get you will finally come!
Blessings in abundance, precious reader! I will see you soon!