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February is celebrated as ‘Heart Month’ globally. According to the Department of Statistics, more than 24 percent of all deaths in The Bahamas are directly related to heart disease. To keep the heart strong and healthy it is important to take care of it physically and spiritually.
On a daily basis, we are reminded to guard our hearts by eating healthily; engaging in regular physical exercise; managing stress levels; getting enough rest; scheduling our annual checkups on our birthday; having blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked; cutting down on salt; drinking more water; and maintaining a healthy weight.
Spiritual heart care is more important than physical. In Proverbs 4:23 we are told to “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
‘Guarding your heart’ means to find forgiveness in your heart for those who have wronged you. Let go of bitterness and resentment. An article in an issue of Harvard Women’s Health Watch stated, “Not only is being able to forgive divine, it can be a blessing to your mental and physical health”. An unforgiving attitude produces the same body reactions as a major stressful event. It leads to tense muscles, higher blood pressure, and increased perspiration. Forgiveness, on the other hand, reduces stress and improves the heart rate and blood pressure.” ‘Guarding the heart’ also means being mindful of what you think about and what you allow to enter your mind through the avenue of the eyes and ears. Whatever we see and listen to are stored in the mind. Our heart and mind are closely connected.
What we think about affects our heart. The Bible tells us to think about things that are pure and clean. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8). A healthy environment is created for the entire body when we follow this counsel. When we think good thoughts, the hormones that are released in our bodies are good for heart health.
God loves us and wants us to have a loving and pure heart. He sent His only Son to die in our stead. He loves us and wants what is best for us. God desires to have a deep and grounded relationship with us. We can learn to receive His love by getting to know Him better through the study of His word and prayer. The closer we come to God, the better we get to know Him and the more we fall in love with Him. Just as we spend time with those we love to form stronger ties, God loves it when we spend quality time with Him. This can be attained in a meaningful way by making Him our priority in the early hours of the morning.
Let us endeavor to guard our hearts spiritually by, communicating with God through the study of His word and prayer, loving and forgiving others, and by being careful with what we put in your minds.
Nathelyn LaCroix, Health Ministries Director
Kwadwo Owusu Boateng, a volunteer Adventist chaplain at The Bahamas Correctional Center, and a former ordained pastor (2002 to 2006), and former teacher of the Bahamas Academy of Seventh-day Adventists and the Ministry of Education, died unexpectedly at his home of Friday morning, February 16, 2018, Nassau, The Bahamas. He was 58. Kwadwo Owusu Boateng was known for his friendly smiles and gentle spirit. He is survived by two sons, Komali and Shadven; one daughter-in-law, Rynesha Boateng; one grandchild, Zuri; brothers and sisters, his former wife, Marva Boateng, resident of Exuma and numerous other relatives and friends in Ghana, Africa; Europe; the United States of America, and The Bahamas.
The funeral will be on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 1 p.m., at the Hillview Seventh-day Adventist Church, 135 Tonique Williams Darling Highway, Nassau, The Bahamas. The homily will be given by Pastor Danhugh Gordon.
The South Bahamas Conference Family Ministries Department hosts its "Love Me For Me Boat Cruise" in the Nassau harbour on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on the NeuG vessel. There is a nominal cost of $5 per person. Register by March 3, 2018 at the conference office or www.winningyourmarriage.com. All married couples, and engaged couples are invited. Come for a night full of fun and food.
Pastor Peter Joseph, Family Ministries Director
She is 100! Yes she is. Laura Anderson was honored on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, by the school named in her honor—Laura Anders Public Primary School, by celebrating her one hundredth birthday in a special service. She was born on February 13, 1918.
The principle of the school, Vernita Thompson, organized this special service that was well attended by friends and community members, in Bluff Eleuthera Methodist Church. Providing a message of thankfulness and encouragement was her pastor of the Bluff Seventh-day Adventist Church, Manasseh Simms. In the picture taken on the day of the celebration you can see her youthfulness. She is sitting with her daughter, Joan Gibson. Laura Anderson has a sharp mind and is very energetic. She loves to play dominoes and is still an active elder of the church.
Laura Anderson will also be honored on Sabbath, February 24th at Hillview Church during the Annual Adventist Law Enforcement and Civil Servants Service. She is the oldest serving local elder in the Adventist Church.
ABOVE PHOTO: Photo taken on February 13, 2018. Laura Anderson siting with her daughter, Joan Gibson.
ABOVE PHOTO: The service at the Methodist Church in Bluff Eleuthera
Join us for HOPE ON FIRE Evangelistic Series with Pastor Peter Joseph beginning Saturday, March 3, 2018, under the tent on Blue Hill Road.
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