Watch Your Medicine

Sunday, April 23, 2017
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"You must take the blue pill in the morning. The pink pill is for bedtime. But remember that the red pill is the one that you take at noon."

This is the type of conversation that I hear on a regular basis as I visit shut-ins in their homes. They all seem to have been given prescriptions by well-meaning doctors, and their family members feel that this is so important. We all need pills occasionally for an ailment. But don't we all too often overlook the all-important need of medicine for our souls?

Proverbs 17:22a – A cheerful heart is good medicine. (NIV)

Proverbs 3:7b-8 – Fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. (NIV)

Isaiah 38:15b-16 – I will walk humbly all my years because of this anguish of my soul. Lord, by such things men live; and my spirit finds life in them too. You restored me to health and let me live. (NIV)

I discovered some valuable things that I would encourage you to try with me.

1. Every morning when I get up, I thank God for giving me another day and seek the quiet corner that I have reserved.

2. Next, I have my daily Scripture reading, with selections from books and devotionals explaining the Word.

3. Then, I have my time of quiet prayer, for friends, enemies, the sick, and our country. It seems that more and more seniors need our prayers on a regular basis.

3 John 1:2 – 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. (NIV)

4. Finally, it is meditation time. This is when I listen for God speaking to me. It's better to do this in the quiet corner before the television or radio start their messages. This, I find, is a valuable ten minutes. So often, God cannot reach us as we get too busy.

Don't throw your pills away, but will you try this with me for one month?

Prayer: Lord, we give You thanks today for doctors, nurses, and hospital staff as they go about their duties on our behalf. Thank You for Your healing power that is ours through attention to Your Word. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the challenge William.

    Thanks for visiting the shut-ins. An extra prayer is always needed.

    Very good advice. Thank you for your devotional.

    I totally agree
    As a senior I know time with God is the best medicine there is.

    Thank you, William, for your suggestions on how to learn about our faith and praise Our Lord,

    May many follow your sharing suggestion. I’ve been like you for years.. but do need to be reminded to ‘listen’ as well.

    Dear William,
    Thank you so much for your devotional. I’ve been doing pretty much the same thing as you are doing for a few years now. I am not comfortable if I don’t spend my mornings with the Lord. This time with Him brings me joy and such peace.
    God bless you in your walk with the Lord.

    Hello William – thank you for your message today. I follow almost the same routine each morning as you outlined. Early morning it the best time for me to do these things as it is the most peaceful time of day and if I don’t take the time to do this when I get up —- then I miss doing this altogether. I agree with you that reading scripture and praying helps one to cope better with their day. Blessings.

    Thank you Bill for this reminder! You spoke to me loudly and clearly. Now with God’s help I need to follow God’s prescription!
    Thank you for your prayer too. I am a retired RN who had the privilege to work in Long Term Care Facilities for a number of years as part of my Nursing Career. Now my husband and I do visitation and at times conduct services at our local Nursing Home. It is a joy to share the Good News with the residents, staff and family members.
    May God continue to bless and keep you and make you a blessing to others.

    Thanks kindly for your contribution to the morning devotionals today. Your “prescription” for the start of each day is excellent. I have found over the years starting the day with thankful prayer, scripture reading and quiet meditation to be a positive beginning of the day. Our church offers a time for people to come and express their prayer concerns and thanksgivings, then we go in to a time of silent prayer about the items expressed. Time after time I hear those who have attended say how meaningful and peaceful feeling it is to them to come together and especially have the silent time of meditation.
    Blessings to you,

    Thanks for your sharing your routine! I too try this but your reminder is needed as I must become more consistent!!

    Hi William,
    Enjoyed your outlook on our faith life.Good suggestions, I (We) do that every morning as well, not always in that order though.
    Thank you for writing.

    Dear William Hamblen,
    Thank you for the devotional.
    Right now I pray for doctors and nurses for I have seen a few in the last couple of weeks.
    I pray that God will raise up more dynamic Christian writers because many of us are aging–well really, all persons are aging, even new-born babies!– But differently.
    May we walk with our Lord no matter where we are on the road of life. May we have a godly attitude to all we encounter. Amen.

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