Blood Pressure, Reassurance and Kingdom Living


My blood pressure has been high for the past 2-3 months.  It is up at 150/100.  That’s hypertension level 1.  Ever since I came back from Cambodia, I made a huge change in my diet and start exercising again.  I went to a Pharmacy last night to check my blood pressure.  It is the same.  I, for one, am not happy about this.

I cut down as much sodium as I can.  I think I eat less than 1 gram of sodium a day.   I start to exercise 30 min a day.  My diet is back to when I was training for triathlon.  Lots of veges and fruits, no junk food, fast food once a week.  I am taking Omega 3 pills. 
It would be more encouraging if my blood pressure dropped a bit.  It didn’t.  If this keeps up for the next two weeks or more, I need to go to doctor to be put on meds.
Other than diet and exercise, stress can also be an inducing to high blood pressure.  It is quite difficult to not stress over stress.  Or at least stress over a high blood pressure.   Maybe this is a need to continue to let things go and keep things easy over ministries.
I’ve been thinking Matthew 6 for a long time….

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 

   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Lately, I am trying to live as light as I can.  To be mobile.  To not focus on the worldly things.  At the same time, when I read the passage again especially the part about sparrow and lillies, it is an reassurance that our Heavenly Father will provide.  And He definitely will provide.   Not only provide…but provide in abundance.

If the blood pressure doesn’t drop by next week, time to see the doc!  I don’t like taking more medication but my health is more important.

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