Choosing to be Well. Elijah’s Story. Part 2.

Choosing to Be Well. Body & Soul. Good health doesn't start with healthy eating and regular exercise. The balanced life so many people long for--which includes good nutrition and physical fitness--begins with a change of heart and a transformed mind. 

When life gets out of balance, we find ourselves in a tough spot. Fear. Anxiety. Discouragement. Depression. Sometimes these feelings are brought about by poor nutrition and excessive stress. The Old Testament shares a story of how fear of the unknown and physical exhaustion affects emotions.

Elijah was a mighty prophet of God. He stood firm in his convictions to reveal God to the people of Israel. But like all of us, when we are tired from working day and night, feelings get out of balance. When we fail to give our bodies proper sleep and rest, we suffer physically and mentally.

Elijah’s life was threatened, and he was on the run. He escaped to the wilderness and was so tired and discouraged that he prayed to God to die. He laid down under a tree and fell sound asleep.

This great prophet was running on empty. How often has that happened to you? The stress of jobs, families, obligations, and responsibilities can deplete our bodies and souls. Without proper nutrition, we set ourselves up for anxiety, depression, and illness. While your life may not be threatened by an angry, power-mad queen, you can find yourself in similar physical and mental circumstances as Elijah.

God sent an angel to minister to Elijah with plenty of water and fresh baked bread. With good rest, food, and water, he was able to continue traveling.

To enjoy vibrant health, our bodies need—

  • Whole food nutrition
  • Lots of clean water
  • Physical activity and exercise
  • Adequate sleep
  • Rest and relaxation
  • Community and relationships

When we eat foods that don’t supply our bodies with acceptable nutrition, we may suffer with anxiety, depression, and many other health challenges. Without quality sleep, we may find ourselves overweight and cranky! Our bodies need physical activity to thrive and protect us from many diseases that occur with a sedentary lifestyle. Nourishing rest and time spent outside in nature stimulates our creativity and provides a deep sense of gratitude. Being in loving relationships where we contribute to our communities feeds our self-esteem and feelings of worth and value.

When Elijah arrived at Mount Sinai, God asked him, “What are you doing here?”

Maybe you are wondering how you got to where you are today. What behaviors are making your life more challenging? Are you thinking that you need to improve your health with some better habits? Perhaps you recognize that something needs to change to give you more joy and contentment in your daily life.

Join me, beginning March 1, for a nine-week small group gathering, “Choosing to be Well. Body and Soul.” Let’s explore what the Bible says about self-care including nutrition, physical activity, and life-building habits. Is it time to move beyond, “I know I need to change” and explore what wellness looks like in your life?

Learn more about the small group gathering.  Begins Monday, March 1, 7 pm. Hosted on Zoom. Fill out the contact form and I'll be in touch with details. 


For more insight into Elijah, the mighty prophet of God, read 1 Kings 19.

Phyllis Fox is a Master Certified Health Coach and co-owner of Choice Wellness and Counseling. She and her husband, Doug, live in Johnson City, Tennessee. Together, they have a daughter and son-in-law that have blessed them with two adorable grandsons. Phyllis is a Bible study leader and elder at Grandview Christian Church, Johnson City, Tennessee.