If you are one of the millions of Americans dealing with excruciating back pain every day, you have probably tried over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers, physical therapy, or steroid injections. Maybe you’ve considered risky back surgery in an attempt to get rid of the pain. Here’s some good news. You can safely and effectively deal with your back pain in a different way.
Q. Dear Terry, “I just had my first experience with gout on my big toe. I couldn’t walk for almost a week because the pain was so unbearable. My doctor doesn’t want to start me on a medication because I’ve only had one incident. I want to prevent this from ever happening again. What natural ways are there to prevent gout?” – Joel S., San Angelo, TX
Q. Dear Terry, “I’m going to be traveling abroad for several months. In the past, I’ve experienced terrible “traveler’s diarrhea” and it was very unpleasant. I would like to help prepare my body for traveling and have some natural options with me when I’m abroad. What should I bring?”– Anita U., Independence, MO
In the 1900s, the average consumption of sugar was 10 pounds per person annually. In 1986, the FDA found no reason to put a warning out on sugar as the average consumption per person annually was 40 pounds. 25 years later it has skyrocketed to…
We live in a society that stresses image. It’s easy to go through life trying to impress people, to show them that we’re strong, that we have it all together. It’s good to carry ourselves with confidence, but sometimes we have such a need to keep up our image that we put on a mask and start pretending. We can’t let someone see that we have weaknesses, that we’re struggling in areas, and we don’t have all the answers. But the Scripture says that if we go around wearing masks, God’s power is not going to show up. God won’t bless the ideal you, the pretend you, the future you; He’s looking for the real you.
Remember that there’s power in vulnerability. When you empty yourself out, God can fill you. But if you’re full of yourself—acting, pretending, keeping up your image—there’s no room for God. If you’ll humble yourself and get real, God will help you to grow.
“Father, thank You that I don’t have to hide my weaknesses or mask my shortcomings. Thank You that Your power goes to work in me when I get real and honest. I humbly admit that I don’t have it all together, but I’m glad You’re still working on me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
"...Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me…" (2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT)
"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." —John Wooden: American basketball player and coach