I was very encouraged by the replies to my last post. I went back to my opthalmologist and, by not using my left eye for two weeks the problem has settled down. Just another part of getting old I guess. She said that I can use both eyes now, just don’t read without my glasses and not too long.

The scriptures suggest that we should be aware of what we are saying with our faces and our body posture and the way we care for ourselves. Do we look people in the eye and SMILE, or look blankly past them?Do we lean towards them when they are talking or look slightly preoccupied? I was saying that we need a class at church on how to say with our bodies that God is on the throne and we are happy to be here with those around us. Pastor said that the people would not stand any such practical guidance. So what do we do with all that general preaching? Do we assume that we must be applying it well? Do we assume that we ARE lending our body parts as slaves to God including our faces and body posture. Well from what I see, there is room for improvement in this area. So I’m going to stand in front of the mirror this week and  practice smiling and looking interested and pleased to see you etc.

There are so many vicious circles in life. One of them is the circle between our habit brain deciding that there is some value to continuing to focus on our misery even when there is nothing to do about it. We expect, I suppose, to find a solution at last, or at least to get someone else to notice and help us or at least reward us with their sympathy. This choice to worry or ruminate on the details of past hurt or past failure or of a current situation we can do nothing about: causes our passion center to send signals into the body to dump out adrenaline which begins to jangle the nerves, cortisone is released which, if chronically released, will cause burn out depression, brain fog, lower immune function, thin bones, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease etc. The immune system is told to go on high alert, which leads to fibromyalgia, migraines, TMJ, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, asthma: because the body begins attacking itself.

One thing that locks us into the perpetual tension phase, is to “say” with out bodies that we are miserable. The brain feels tense and then it notices that the muscles are tight and that your face is sad and your stomach is full of butterflies, and your posture is slumped, and your hair unbrushed, and fingernails unpolished. (We are trained to look at how far the polish has grown out to estimate the length of current severe misery.) All these body signals pump up the brains misery which causes you to slump more etc.

The scriptures admonish us to “lift up the hands that hang down and straighten the feeble knees and wash you face and put on cologne ‘oil’ . It is OK to take into account your struggle and”make straight paths for your feel if they are lame. Hebrews 12:12. Strengthen the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, be strong fear not: behold your God will come. Isaiah 35:3 Go thy way , eat thy bread with joy and drink thy wine with a merry heart’ Let thy garment be always white (clean and pressed) and let thy head lack no ointment, ( take care of your appearance.) Ecclesiastes 9:7,8

Hannah’s husband Elkanah suggested in first Samuel 1 that her being miserable reflected on him, “Am I not better to thee than ten sons? So she got she ate and drank, ‘which she had not been doing’ and took her request to the Lord rather than wandering around miserable. We are to cast all our cares on him for her cares for us. When we circle endlessly on the details and walk around miserable, we are saying to the world that Jesus is not enough and being a Christian is sure a drag. Sure we grieve, sure we want children and other blessings so take it to the Lord and leave it there

  1. If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
    And you have to get along with meager fare,
    Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

    • Refrain:
      Leave it there, leave it there,
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
      If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
      Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  2. If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
    And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
    Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  3. When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
    Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
    He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
  4. When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,
    And your body bends beneath the weight of care;
    He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end—
    Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


  1. I find that when my heart is truly broken (different from when I am angry at God about something I don’t think He’s doing right), it is not difficult to smile – just the act of smiling is an encouragement to me, never mind the other person. A little sunshine on a dark day is appreciated. However, when a scowl is stuck on my face, it is a likely sign to me that I need to check my relationship with my Maker, as it seems I need some tweaking.

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