Dr. Joyce Dungan, a nurse theorist, has proposed the “Model of Dynamic Integration” regarding people. She views humans in a triad configuration: body, mind, and spirit. While treating a patient, the individual should be assessed in the three domains identified and treat the patient as an entire entity to achieve optimal health and recovery from their adverse condition. The theoretical view’s strength is that the patient will be thoroughly assessed and treat any known deficits with the best possible outcome anticipated.
We know that to have a healthy body, we should consume a proper diet consisting of protein, fruits, and vegetables with limitations regarding starches and carbohydrates. Additionally, to have a healthy mind, we should keep our brain active with cognitively challenging activities that will stimulate growth. Sleeping well, consuming a proper diet, reading, engaging in mentally challenging activities, puzzles, games, and other stimulating activities will help strengthen our minds.
Regarding our spirit, growing in this regard may be a bit of a challenge. The spiritual aspect of humanity is not consistently agreed upon, and some people do not believe we have a spiritual characteristic of our being. From a Christian perspective, the Bible teaches that as one accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Savior, they will have the Holy Spirit (a manifestation of God) within them. In this regard, Christians have a spirit within them. As such, what should a follower of Jesus Christ do to achieve spiritual strength?
We are taught to read the Bible routinely, which will help us gain knowledge and spiritual strength. We are taught to pray without ceasing because that connects us with God, which will also provide us with much spiritual growth. Time with fellow Christians during Bible studies and worship routines will also strengthen our spiritual stance. An active daily spiritually focused routine will help us to achieve spiritual growth and strength.
Self-exploration considerations: Ask yourself from a spiritual perspective: Am I strong or weak? What do I need to engage in on a routine basis to gain greater spiritual strength? Do I need to do the following more often: read the Bible; spend time in prayer; attend Bible studies, and engage in congregational worship practices? Practice makes perfect? Maybe not; but, we should strive for excellence in our spiritual walk. Many blessings to you!
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“God never leaves you nor forsakes you.” I’ve heard that before. “Jesus will leave the 99 to come after you.” I’ve heard that one too. Meanwhile, fear creeps up when life hurls a season of loneliness our way, and poof! Churchy sayings hold as much weight as thin air. Believe it or not, God is cheering us on and inviting us to thrive amidst the loneliness. Yes, it’s weird and scary, but this emptiness is a safe space where you get to hear the God of everything speak the loudest. You’re safe because God is so good at owning goodness amidst our dank, confused, lonely seasons, and because of Him, you aren’t so by yourself.”
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