Healing the Mind
It is undeniable that we are seeing a growing mental health problem in our society: children, youth and adults. As I have wrestled with how to address this issue I have sought various professional opinions. One of the most precious resources I have found is in the book called, The Ministry of Healing by Ellen G. White. In the book Mrs. White presents a simple ‘model’ of how to help keep the mind strong, and how to heal a sick mind. I would like to share these principles, hoping they may provide some encouragement to us all:
- Spend time in nature. “Nature is God’s physician. The pure air, the glad sunshine, the flowers and trees, the orchards and vineyards, and outdoor exercise amid these surroundings, are health-giving, life-giving.” (p 263)
- Exercise. “Ministers, teachers, students, and other brain workers often suffer from illness as the result of severe mental taxation, unrelieved by physical exercise. What these persons need is a more active life. Strictly temperate habits, combined with proper exercise, would ensure both mental and physical vigor, and would give power of endurance to all brain workers. Exercise in the open air should be prescribed as a life-giving necessity. Such exercise would in many cases be better for the health than medicine.” (p 238)
- Trust and depend on God. “For every trial, God has provided help. In every trial, if we seek Him, Christ will give us help. Our eyes will be opened to discern the healing promises recorded in His word. The Holy Spirit will teach us how to appropriate every blessing that will be an antidote to grief. For every bitter draft that is placed to our lips, we shall find a branch of healing. We need never feel that we are alone. Angels are our companions. The Comforter that Christ promised to send in His name abides with us. In the way that leads to the City of God there are no difficulties which those who trust in Him may not overcome. There are no dangers which they may not escape. There is not a sorrow, not a grievance, not a human weakness, for which He has not provided a remedy. (p 248)
- Talk to God. “Cultivate the habit of talking with the Saviour when you are alone, when you are walking, and when you are busy with your daily labor. Let the heart be continually uplifted in silent petition for help, for light, for strength, for knowledge. Let every breath be a prayer. When in trouble, many think they must appeal to some earthly friend, telling him their perplexities, and begging for help. Under trying circumstances unbelief fills their hearts, and the way seems dark. And all the time there stands beside them the mighty Counselor of the ages, inviting them to place their confidence in Him. Jesus, the great Burden Bearer, is saying, “Come unto Me, and I will give you rest.” (p 510)
- Choose to focus on the positive. “God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections. We cannot make ourselves pure, fit for God’s service. But we can choose to serve God, we can give Him our will; then He will work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ.” (Ministry of Healing, p 176) “We are in a world of suffering. Difficulty, trial, and sorrow await us all along the way to the heavenly home. But there are many who make life’s burdens doubly heavy by continually anticipating trouble. It will cost a determined effort to change the current of their thought. But the change can be made. Their happiness, both for this life and for the life to come, depends upon their fixing their minds upon cheerful things. Let them look away from the dark picture, to the benefits which God has strewn in their pathway, and beyond these to the unseen and eternal.” (p 247)
- Stop focusing on self and look to Jesus.“When temptations assail you, when care, perplexity, and darkness seem to surround your soul, look to the place where you last saw the light. Rest in Christ’s love and under His protecting care.” (p 250)
- Practice praise and gratitude. “Nothing tends more to promote health of body and of soul than does a spirit of gratitude and praise. It is a positive duty to resist melancholy, discontented thoughts and feelings—as much a duty as it is to pray.” (p 251)
- Serve others.“Good deeds are twice a blessing, benefiting both the giver and the receiver of the kindness. The consciousness of right-doing is one of the best medicines for diseased bodies and minds.” (p 257)
- Drink water and eat a simple, healthy diet. “God is not honored when the body is neglected or abused and is thus unfitted for His service. To care for the body by providing for it food that is relishable and strengthening is one of the first duties of man. It is far better to have less expensive clothing and furniture than to stint the supply of food. (p 322)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy
CWAA CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 pm. This concert will feature the Gr. K-12 students as they play instruments, sing, and act. All are invited to attend this concert entitled “It All Happened in the Country” which tells the story of Jesus birth in Bethlehem over 2000 years ago.
- No early dismissal on concert day. Students need to make arrangements to go home after school to eat supper and change. If that is not possible, supervision will be available for a charge.
- Concert Band Students are to meet in the Music Room at 6:15 pm to tune and warm-up. All other students are to arrive at 6:30 pm and go to their classrooms.
- Elementary students are to wear country-themed Christmas or Christmas coloured outfits for the concert. Concert Choir and Concert Band are to wear the Formal Music Uniform. Guys wear red school ties. Junior High students are to borrow a tie from someone in High School or from Mrs. Miranda.
- Volunteers are needed for the Concert Decoration Team and to help with the bake sale. Contact email@example.com for more information.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT BAKE SALE: Immediately following the concert there will be a bake sale. All families are requested to bring a donation of home baked goods to contribute to this sale (no nuts, please). Bake sale items are to be left at the office on Thursday, Dec. 7 by 6:30 pm. Thanks so much for your help with this!
HOT CHRISTMAS MEAL: A group of Parent Volunteers (coordinated by Rita Elias and Sonia Harton) have offered to provide students and staff with a FREE Hot Christmas Meal on December 11. (Menu: Korean noodles with veggies, Cottage cheese patties, Mashed potatoes with gravy, Cookies, Cupcakes, Fruit platter, & Juice.) To RSVP for your child’s participation in this meal please fill out the attached form and send it back to school with your child by December 6. (A hard-copy of this form has been sent home with your child.) If you are willing to volunteer for this event please email Mrs. Elias directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK: There will be early dismissal at noon on Friday, December 15. This is also a casual dress day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 2.
MAYOR’S ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE: Chinook Winds is participating in the Mayor’s 29th Annual Christmas Food Drive this year. If you would like to donate non-perishable food items to go along with the November Food Bank Friday food already collected, please place the food items in one of the boxes inside of Pastor Brent’s office no later than Friday, December 8. Click the button below to view the Food Bank wish-list document.FOOD BANK WISHLIST
CHRISTMAS CAROLING: Monday, December 11 – Friday, December 15 from 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. All parents are invited to join us in the gym for 10 minutes of singing & celebration!
PRAYING PARENTS: Praying parents will continue to meet this week on Thursday, December 7. Come join us in the lobby as we pray for our school right after school begins.
IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
Dec 5 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 6 Operation Christmas Child, Samaritans Purse 3:20 – 6:30 pm
Dec 7 Christmas Concert 7 pm and Bake Sale
Dec 9 Concert Choir (Gr. 7-12) Performance at M.E.T.R.O. Filipino SDA Church
(House of Prayer Alliance Church at 4924 Forego Avenue S.E.) 11 am
Dec 13 Manor at Signature Park Trip, Jr and Sr Kindergarten classes
Dec 15 Last Day of Classes Christmas Break Begins (Casual Day & Early School Dismissal at 12:00 pm)
Dec 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Jan 1 HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Jan 2 Classes Resume for Students
Jan 11 Skating Day to Crowfoot Twin Arena, Jr Kindergarten to Grade 6
Jan 11 Spanish Field Trip to Salt & Pepper, Grade 10
Jan 15 School Board Meeting 7 pm
Jan 19 Nursing Home Visit to Manors of Signature Park, Grades 5 & 6
Jan 24-29 Secondary Midterm/Final Exams
Jan 29 End of Term 2 Secondary
Jan 30 Teacher’s Organizational Day, No School K- Grade 12
Jan 31 Semester Break No School Grades 7-12
Can you believe that it is already December? Christmas break will be here almost before we know it. This time of year, people tend to get extremely busy – shopping, decorating, cooking and baking, going to parties, concerts, visiting or hosting relatives and friends. In the chaos of the holidays, do we ever lose sight of what the Christmas holiday is actually meant to celebrate? In the miracle of the incarnation, when Jesus became human and lived among humans, most people didn’t even take the time to recognize who He really was. This Christmas, as we celebrate the incarnation, may we stop and recognize the reason for the season – Jesus became human and lived among us! What a beautiful example of God’s love for each one of us and His desire for us to become His children!
“He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:10-12 NLT)
Chinook Winds Adventist Academy