Cultivating healthy habits

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2 The Apostle John prays this deeply personal prayer for his friend Gaius. John suggests that “it is well” with Gaius’ soul, that he is spiritually alive […]

Get good sleep

‘In peace I will lie down and sleep,  for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ Psalm 4:8 ‘I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. At this I awoke and looked around.  My sleep had been pleasant to me.’ Jeremiah 31:25-26 Sleep is God’s gift to renew us each day. How was your […]

Learn something new

We all know that regular exercise is good for our bodies, but our brains also benefit from a workout. Learning a new skill or building on existing skills helps keep our brains healthy and builds new neural pathways. As to what – well, it can be just about anything. So, why not choose something that interests […]

Take a break from your digital devices

According to research, the average Australian spends roughly 5.5 hours per day on their mobile phone or tablet devices. That’s almost one quarter of the day.  Almost two hours of this time is spent scrolling through and responding to social media.  It’s not that long since we did life without these devices and managed pretty […]

Work on your friendships

The last couple of years of living with Covid and isolating from others has impacted my friendships.  The normal habits I had of reaching out and connecting with friends have become flabby with disuse and I have realised I need to be a bit more intentional if I am to rebuild them. Habits to help […]

Eat healthy food

‘What you eat and drink today, walks and talks tomorrow.’ Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals can make a big difference to our wellbeing. Building habits around what you eat can profoundly impact energy levels, your sleep, your ability to think clearly, and ability to juggle the demands of life.  What we need is to limit processed […]

Sing songs of joy

‘Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness? Come into his presence with singing’ Psalm 100:1 Being thankful and responding to our great God with joy and gladness is good for us. It is a wonderful habit to build into your day. Psalm 100 is short and its […]

Read a book

‘No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.’ – Elizabeth Barrett Browning ‘We read to know we are not alone.’ – CS Lewis ‘Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.’ – Vera Nazarian ‘Books are knowledge. Books […]

Laughter

‘There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens:…a time to weep and a time to laugh.’Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 ‘Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy.’ Psalm 126:2 When was the last time you laughed? Really laughed? The last couple of years have given most of us […]

Connect with friends

God has made us relational beings and social isolation is harmful for our health. What habits could you build into your life that foster or help you form healthy relationships and friendships with others? Some tips: Think of someone you could reach out to this week to connect with – send them a text and […]