God’s Gatekeepers: Protecting Divine Health

by Connie Pshigoda

In our modern world of advanced technology, energy-efficiency, fast food, and labor-

saving gadgets galore, it seems that women should enjoy the freedoms of extra time, less stress

and increased energy. In spite of these contemporary conveniences, I sometimes feel like I’m

scarcely surviving, much less thriving. Have you experienced similar frustrations?

Working many years in the natural health profession, promoting health and wellness from

a farm-fresh-food-in-season perspective, I have observed my stress zone moving from the garden

to the grocer. The aggravations I deal with are no longer the slugs and bugs that attack my garden

produce, but the excessive amounts of imitation, chemically-laden, potentially addictive foods

being manufactured by giant food companies making their way to the grocery aisles and onto my

plate.

A couple of concerns that may be promoting a decline in the overall health and vitality of

our family’s health deserve our attention:

1. Sugary snacks and beverages in the daily diet

2. Marketing trends of the big food companies

As women concerned about our family’s wholesome health, we must not be deceived by

the gimmicky jingles of commercials and labels that promote “tasty, nutritious, fun food” at the

expense of our health. Numerous scientific and medical studies report the connection between

the frequent intake of sugary snacks and beverages and rising obesity and diabetes rates

(diabesity) in children as well as the adult population. Fact sheets providing evidence that sugar

in food and drinks increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and gout have been

published by top medical research universities.

I don’t believe mothers, grandmothers, and others who are attentive to wellness would

argue whether the major power players of the food factories put profit above principle. I do

believe we feel outnumbered and often overpowered in this effort to protect our palates from

their foreign food invasion. Does the responsibility fall on the manufacturers, the advertisers, or

government agencies? Regardless of who you feel is at fault, we as believers, must acknowledge

that we are fighting an adversary who intends to “...steal and kill and destroy...” (John 10:10

NIV). If Eve could be deceived in the Garden, with fruit from a tree, how is the enemy

deceiving us today?

Scripture instructs us to guard our eye- and ear-gates from present-time perversions that

invade our sanity and serenity. What about our mouth-gate? Who guards what goes into that?

Where is the “No Junk Food Allowed” sign? First Corinthians 6:19-20 reminds us, “Do you not

know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received

from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your

bodies” (NIV).

I find comfort throughout the verses of Proverbs 31. These verses do not describe a

stressed-out woman in survival mode. She selects food “from afar,” meaning perhaps she

searches for fresh, garden-grown produce at a farmer’s market. She purchases a vineyard––or

maybe a garden or field––and profits from its harvest; and she watches over the activities of her

household. This woman seems intentional in her efforts to keep her house in order––and in

health.

In an effort to restore and maintain optimal health and well-being, we women, as care-

givers and nurturers, must strive to follow God’s plan for divine health. I love how Scripture uses

the word flourish with a reference to plant growth. God wants us to thrive in all ages, stages, and

seasons of our lives. Psalm 103:15 reminds us that, “The life of mortals is like grass, they

flourish like a flower of the field” (NIV). God’s natural foods bring life to our bodies without the

health hazards of the man-made food-like edible products lining the grocer’s shelves.

Approaching my sixth decade of life, I feel empowered and encouraged from lessons

learned along the way––my own and others’. It is a blessing and opportunity to use those

experiences to strategize my next season. When I read Psalm 92:14, I am inspired to continue

protecting and preserving my God-given blessing of health and to teach my daughters and

granddaughters wellness wisdom. This scripture tells us that, “They shall still bear fruit in old

age; they shall be fresh and flourishing” (NKJV). Let’s come together as mighty women of

God––leading by example––representing a holistic, vibrant, confident woman that others will

desire to follow. 

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