Blessings upon blessings, grace upon grace! There are so many people here at West Side helping others in one way or another. If you have a need for which we can help, give the office a call. They will direct you to the persons who can help. Here are two ministries which might help you or you could join to help others.
Prayer Givers for Caregivers. It was never in their plans or expectations for their lives, but many people become caregivers for a loved one. There are many issues which must be addressed. These people find themselves very busy, often 24 hours a day. Asked how we can help? They say, I just need prayer. So a Prayer Giver for Caregivers commits to pray for that Caregiver every day. Are you a caregiver? Call us for a prayer giver. Or could you commit to pray for one person every day? Then call and let us know.
New Commandment Ministry. This is a men’s ministry to serve single mothers, widows, and widowers by building relationships and helping with household tasks or repairs. If you would like to join in or need help, let us know.
SPRING IS DEFINITELY HERE AND IT IS TIME TO GET OUT AND WALK!
Walking is a great exercise and easier on your body than more vigorous types such as running. It can be tailored to most fitness levels and health needs. You start slowly and increase your stamina and strength. It is free. Your equipment is a decent pair of shoes that fit well and protect your feet. When you walk your body is moving in synchronized motion, using all the joints, muscles, and tendons.
There are so many other benefits in walking:
- Lower blood pressure and reduced risk of stroke
- Decreased risk of heart attack and lower cholesterol
- Increase in bone density
- Increased sense of well-being
- Fewer headaches, greater flexibility, improved coordination
- Stress reduction
- Time to think through different issues in your life
- Appreciation of God’s immeasurably beautiful creation by seeing, hearing, and feeling the vibrant life around us
- Time of giving thanks and time to pray – some people take a Bible verse to meditate on while they walk
- Time to socialize with someone you know or don’t know
- Time to see other people and recognize all the different and wonderful people we have here in Seattle
- Weight loss
You need to dress appropriately for the weather, realizing as you walk you might get warmer or colder if the weather or wind changes. Be sure to be safe, avoiding areas because of the terrain, obstacles, or even crime. It is often good to walk with a friend or group or even walk alone but around other people in case you might need help. Take your cell phone with you. Keep well hydrated.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27) Yes, we are to love ourselves and take care of ourselves because: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
~ Marilyn Fleming, RN, MSN
for the Parish Nurses