A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverb 17:22
Medical studies are confirming that a healthy mind contributes to a healthy body. Our brain is connected to our immune system through small vessels. Fearful, negative thoughts release negative stress neurotransmitters. Over time, these negative neurotransmitters can accelerate cellular aging and damage the brain. What you mediate on matters! Our mediation this week is from the Song of Songs 2:14-15:
For you are my dove, hidden in the split-open rock. It was I who took you and hid you high in the secret stairway of the sky. Let me see your radiant face and hear your sweet voice. How beautiful your eyes of worship and lovely your voice of prayer. You must catch the troubling foxes, those sly little foxes that hinder our relationship. For they raid our budding vineyard of love to ruin what I’ve planted within you. Will you catch them and remove them for me? We will do it together.
“Foxes” are thoughts and attitudes of the heart that distract us from fully engaging in our relationship with Jesus through worship and prayer. “Foxes” are areas in our life that we have not fully surrendered to the Victory of Christ. This week, will you catch these “troubling foxes” that are keeping you from going to the secret place to spend time with Jesus? He calls you His beloved and he thinks you are beautiful and your voice is lovely!