He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields it fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalms 1:3
I want to be like this! I always want to be prospering. No, not the “live long and prosper” kind of joke that Star Trek fans quip about. (No offense, Trekkies.) I mean a real long-lasting impact on the world. Or if not the world, then our circle of influence. We may not be cut out to be Luther, Mozart, Einstein, Churchill, or Mother Teresa, but we can make a positive difference in the lives of our friends, family, and now, with the internet, maybe a few hundred or thousand acquaintances. That’s my desire as I begin this blog. My first post may not reach that many. But I pray that Restored Roots will grow and touch those who it’s supposed to. I desire it to be used by God for good in people’s lives. The previous verses of Psalms 1 describe a man (or woman) who is blessed because of their right choices. They do not follow evil, but make conscious decisions to meditate on God’s eternal laws and walk in righteousness. Then, they are prosperous! Ultimately, that is my highest aim, to glorify my Creator. I believe that’s my greatest purpose.
Restored Roots will take on several subjects, but mostly focus on discovering better health through diet and having a right spiritual mindset, as in this Psalm. In my own health journey, I’ve done so many things wrong, mainly because of ignorance. For the longest time, I thought I was healthy, when really I was oblivious! Little did I know how my everyday choices would make for a difficult path in years to come. In 2008 I had a significant health crash (see My Health Story) that caused me to reevaluate my choices and change my perspective on health, food, drugs, and how government and many corporations do not support your best health. Trust me on that one. I will be writing from my experience about things I’ve learned the hard way.
My goal in writing this blog is to change minds in several ways.
1) I want my readers (especially driven women and mothers who never allow themselves to rest) to recognize that they really do have MUCH control over their health. There is great freedom in believing this fact! You don’t have to be a victim; you have choices. Even if you can’t change every circumstance in your life, you always have a choice in how you respond.
2) I want my readers to realize how their diet plays a huge role in their health. No, it’s not just about covering up your symptoms with drugs that medical doctors prescribe. I hope my ideas from my own real food journey will make you think about what you put in your mouth.
3) I want my readers to realize how their thinking and mindset (and by extension stress!) affects your physical health. Here’s where pride, bitterness, anger, and spiritual reflection come in to play. What you dwell on really does influence your hormone function, your digestion, your bones and every system in your body.
4) I want my readers to become life-long learners, if they are not already. I’m still learning and plan to be for my entire existence on earth.
I hope Restored Roots is prosperous, but not to make me rich or famous. In fact, I’d rather not be famous. I hope my blog is prosperous in changing people’s hearts and minds and health for the better. And if I help one more person, then this writing experiment is worth every keystroke, extra minute, and brain cell that I expend. Let’s explore together what being prosperous in life and health is all about.
Thank you for joining me!