Encourage Yourself!

By Rev Dr. Huntley Brown

1 Samuel 30:6 NIV
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

What happens when the people you are leading turn on you?

What happens when your friends and family members turn on you?

You must encourage yourself.

God created us for community. You are not supposed to take the journey of life by yourself; that’s why Jesus sent the disciples out two by two. The question remains: what happens when you find yourself by yourself with no one to encourage or support you?

That’s the time you must encourage yourself.

David experienced this a few times.

His brother said he was conceited and had a wicked heart. (1 Samuel 17 v 28)

David’s wife despised him in her heart and accused him of acting like a vulgar person.
(2 Samuel 6: 16 & 20)

The people David was leading wanted to stone him because they blamed him for the trouble they were experiencing.

1 Samuel 30:6 NIV
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

What do you do when those who are supposed to support you, turn on you?
You encourage yourself.

With the people talking about stoning him, David encouraged himself by finding strength in the Lord.

When was the last time you encouraged yourself by finding strength in the Lord?

How do you encourage yourself in the Lord?

Here are a few keys to help.

  1. Spend time worshipping and praising God for who He is and for what He has done.

Isaiah 61 v 3 says to put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness. The garment of praise will not only encourage you but will transform your countenance.

  1. Spend quality time in prayer, reminding God about what He did for you in the past. Remembering the blessings of the past always results in a heart of gratitude for what God has done.
  2. Give God a sacrifice of praise. A sacrifice of praise is praise you offer to God when you are discouraged and don’t feel like praising Him.
  3. Read specific scriptures and passages of encouragement. Here are a few.

Exodus 14:14 NIV
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

David encouraged himself by knowing how God felt about him. Listen to what God said about David.

Acts 13:22 NIV
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”

Be encouraged today. God is with you, and He promises to never leave you or forsake you.

Health Notes: Look Up Child!

By Marion Boomer-Hauser, MS, RD, HBF Board Member

We were recently listening to one of our favorite artists Lauren Daigle’s “Look Up Child” – and we thought to ourselves, “this should be our theme song for what we are trying to convey to those around us – including our patients, friends, family, and the world at large!”

For more reasons than one, this song is appropriate now! “Where are You now, when darkness seems to win, where are You now, when the world is crumbling?” She goes on to say, “Oh, I hear You say, look up child…” Further on in the song, “You’re not threatened by the war, you’re not shaken by the storm, I know You’re in control, even in our suffering, even when it can’t be seen, I know You’re in control.”

For two reasons, we just want to encourage our readers to look up. It is certainly easy to start feeling down regarding the happenings in the world today. But God is in control. We are still blessed. During these uncertain times, people feel more isolated, lonely, anxious, and depressed, causing even more stress, which in turn can weaken the immune system, causing people to feel unwell – and the cycle builds and repeats.

Love and relationships can break this cycle.

Our good friend Marylou reminded us the other day, “You will always be filled by whatever you are hungry for…and eventually you will be consumed by whatever has filled you.” So we ask, “What are you hungry for?” “What has filled you?” Good things?

Let’s focus on the good.
We can show love, kindness, and compassion to each other.
Let’s be intentional.
Let’s be the lights in the darkness.
Share a smile, talk to someone you encounter at the grocery store or out and about.
Look up, child!

The second way we encourage our readers to look up is by actually – LOOKING UP!

This is a syndrome that is affecting EVERYONE, but especially those whose profession and/or habits put them in a “face-down” posture for long periods of time.

At our clinic, we are making astounding discoveries using dynamic (motion) testing methods such as digital motion x-ray, cone beam CT scan, and high velocity ultrasound to assess blood flow to the brain, heart rate variability, and more. Patients with seemingly bizarre, transient, and often horribly disabling symptoms finally find answers.

One of the most disturbing and widespread symptoms we find is related to what we call “Brain Toilet Obstruction.” In short, it often goes like this – sudden anxiety develops; depression, lethargy, and emotional numbing creep in; cognitive decline follows, resulting in loss of focus and inability to work.

Why? The short answer is that the stretching of the posterior cervical ligaments that hold the facet joints, the spinous process of each vertebrae, leads to instability in the cervical spine and neck pain, which leads to loss of the natural curvature of the neck which pushes the head forward.

Compression of the arteries and veins in the cervical spine is what causes the brain obstruction. These structures are too loose and move where they are not supposed to move.

If symptoms are severe, regenerative medicine treatments can help by tightening the loose ligaments using proliferative injection treatments, but the process is more complex.

People must change their habits to change their lives.

If we continue to look down (specifically at the cell phone or computer) for many hours per day – this problem will never stop and will only further accelerate.

So when we say, “look up, child!” we mean it. Constant scrolling for hours each day, coupled by many hours of TV or computer watching is killing our brains.

Work to reduce or eliminate social media scrolling, put your phone away.

Develop proper ergonomics for your computer and/or music set up – feet flat on the floor, abdominals contracted, shoulders back, chin slightly up. Look up, child! Your brain with thank you!

Blessings!

HBF News:

Behind the scenes at HBF: We are excited to announce that we awarded our first HBF Student Scholarship to Judson University student Shamaine Williams for the purpose of academic advancement and musical achievement. See photo below of Shamaine with 5 Huntley Brown Foundation board members who were pleased to be in attendance: Revita DeChalus, Annette Brown, Huntley Brown, Roscoe DeChalus, and Warren Anderson.

We partnered with a Christian orphanage and school in Pakistan to provide their first keyboard for lessons for their students. We are excited to see how God uses this gift!

We are working with some interested parties to supply instruments, scholarships, and music lessons to those in need.

We have received some donated instruments that we hope to soon distribute. Please contact us if you, your church, your school, or student is in need of a musical instrument.

We are in the process of developing our first music workshop and plans for virtual music lessons.

Your prayers are much appreciated, and we are truly grateful to those who have given to the ministry so that we can help others.

Click here to donate.

Blessings,

Huntley
Huntley Brown Foundation

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