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Parish Nurse Article, October 2017

In Body and Spirit…
A message from the Parish Nurses

Mother Theresa once said, “Joy is prayer, Joy is strength, Joy is love, Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.”

Like many of us, we all have had circumstances that weren’t particularly hard or difficult, but some of these things don’t bring us a lot of joy in our lives. If we decide to be determined to focus our attention on all the wonderful things that were happening in our day-to-day lives, joy does creep in! If we let go of our struggles, and learn through joy, we can truly celebrate!

Health and diseases don’t just happen to us. It is an active day-by-day process. We do have an opportunity and responsibility to ourselves, to “go with the flow.” We cannot control what happens to us, but we can control the way we think about all the events. We always have a choice. We CAN choose to face things with a more positive mental attitude.

If we have a more positive outlook, that is a very important first step. A positive outlook may mean we can live longer and be stronger. Positive thinking doesn’t mean ignoring unpleasant or unwelcome situations; it means taking a more positive and productive approach.

Many experts do acknowledge that there is evidence that negative emotions can impact health; for instance anger and depression are correlated with having heart problems. Positive emotions can impact well-being and optimism.

One thing would be to be more positive, learn all you can about your diagnosis, disease, or health condition. Knowledge is power, and the more you learn, the better you will be able to understand what you need to do to get treatment.

Seek out friends or family who can constructively help you deal with an unwelcome diagnosis. If you find a support team who will listen and be encouraging and helpful, that is very important!

Perhaps keeping a journal so you can remember words or phrases or ideas that would benefit you, would be helpful. Practice saying affirmations or visualizing helpful thoughts or ideas would be helpful.

Reducing worry, negative thoughts, stress, tension, and recognizing these and put them aside. Practice relaxation and do something that indeed makes you happy!

Maintain a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough sleep.

Visit with your pastor or a spiritual person who understands your situation. Begin and end each day with prayer, and ask the Lord’s guidance for each day. In Philippians 4:6-7, we read, “Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If you would like to contact a Parish Nurse, please call the church office, or email parish.nurse@graceofav.org. Peace and good health to you all!

Lois Askvig and Amy Fleser
Grace Lutheran Parish Nurses


  1. A most helpful article. The parish nurses are the best and seeking their advice is very helpful in finding the best solutions!!

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