My name is Sarah, and I believe my life’s journey has not brought me here on accident. I have vested interest in each of the main topics presented in this blog (soul, body, spirit), and perhaps some parts of my story sound similar to parts of yours.
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I grew up in the Midwest with a family that encouraged my interests. By the time I made it to college, I knew what I liked but couldn’t yet imagine what the future meant. Like most students with too many desired pursuits to count, I took a stab at what I felt I could do best: write. Four years later – with a Writing degree in hand – I realized I couldn’t get a job that would sustain a living. So naturally, graduate school came next. I remember telling a high school friend of mine once that I’m decent at a lot of things but not really awesome at anything. She responded with, “Yes you are. You’re good at people.” Realizing that I have always cared about people and what they do, say, and think, a master’s in Counseling seemed like the obvious choice.
However, I wasn’t interested in just any counseling. My Christian faith and the truth and joy I have found in Jesus has been such a large part of my life that I chose Denver Seminary as my educational home for the next three years. I learned so much about the human heart and mind while studying there and had the chance to discuss the spiritual aspects of a person as well.
While my time in Colorado was rich, it was also difficult. During my first year, I experienced chronic physical health issues. Symptoms that started in college worsened, and soon I felt completely out of control of my body. Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong, and nobody seemed to be taking me seriously. No part of my life was unaffected by the symptoms I had, and I was desperate for answers. Naturalistic medicine was the only avenue that provided any hope, and I began a journey toward natural health. Through trial, error, and a couple of knowledgeable healthcare providers and supportive family and friends, I’ve stumbled my way toward wellness.
Humans are complex people! Research shows that physical health affects mental health and mental health affects physical health. Spiritual health can be difficult to study scientifically, but evidence suggests that spiritual elements such as forgiveness, gratitude, and close community positively affect both physical and mental health. One of the beautiful things about people is that God knit us together in such a way that we can’t pull one part away from the other. Through Spiritually Whole, I hope that you are encouraged to act faithfully, interact joyfully, and live healthfully through the whole person that you are.
All the best,