A young girl living on a farm in Kansas, starved for attention and knowing there’s more “somewhere out there.”

Her sidekick Toto stirs up trouble with a witchy neighbor and forces her to do something drastic and run away from home.

She doesn’t get very far and is told her aunt is looking for her as the looming tornado is about to touchdown. She’s too late for underground shelter and inside her home, hits her head and falls unconscious where her dream becomes the story line we watch unfold.

The colorful adventure of The Wizard of Oz showcases the battle of good and evil bringing to life Dorothy’s path to a Wizard who has all the answers and will get her home. Along the way she meets a brain, a heart and courage by means of a Scarecrow, a Tin Man and a Lion.

I believe these represent mind, body and spirit.

Aren’t we all on this journey too, to a place we call “home?”

Emotional health, physical health and spiritual health make us a whole being and when all three are working in balance, we are truly at “home.”

God set this in motion in the Garden of Eden. Everything was in perfect balance when Adam and Eve, walking alongside God, were truly at peace.  God is the God of peace, which means shalom. ­­

But sin came, a temptation from the enemy along with lies and deceit, and something God created as good became the symbol of man’s fall.

We see the beginnings of disorder where peace is absent and balance is no longer. Our lives become a reflection thru dis-ease or chaos.

Because of sin, we will never fully experience complete balance as long as we are here, on this planet, in these bodies.

We do need to, however, be in touch with what is out of balance and continue to strive to do the work as God’s chosen are called to do.

Always sick and tired, overworked and overwhelmed, stressed and depressed, is not where God has His people.

“He came so that we might have life, to the full, abundant and overflowing.” John 10:10

Many of you are strong hard working women in leadership roles, and doing a lot of good for the kingdom. Thank you!

In the same breath, if you struggling to find peace, your health is suffering or you are having a hard time being grateful, I encourage you to seek the area which needs nourishment.

Could it be a change in eating patterns, or adding a daily regimen of walking? Might it be honoring God with a true Sabbath and putting away everything and everyone else but Him. Give yourself permission to say no or do something you enjoy! Ask God to help you forgive someone else or yourself so you can be free.

Did you know Discovery Church provides many Care Ministries to help you on this journey of healing for the mind, body and spirit? From personal counseling to support groups for eating disorders, we are here to help you.

Visit www.discoverychurch.org/care  for more information on the many services we provide.

Women’s Wellness Care is a new ministry created to support DC Women leaders in holistic self-care (mind, body and soul). Currently open to women in leadership as this ministry is starting up and currently at capacity for caring for our leadership teams. Be on the lookout as a Facebook page will be available for all of Discovery Women to help you in the area of wellness.

Nicole Santapola

About Nicole Santapola

Nicole Santapola began her relationship with Christ after 30 years of religion being a mainstay in her upbringing. Experiencing a divorce, Nicole found herself a single woman leaning on God's promises and learning both His faithfulness and love. She calls Discovery Church home. She began attending in 2002 and through bible studies, women's events, and restoration counseling, she was baptized at East Campus in 2006. Nicole has a passion to share God's love and encouragement to others particularly in the area of health and wellness. She has followed holistic health and nutrition and through education and cooking classes, she teaches and shares this with others. She loves to cook and bake mostly plant-based dishes in her home and visit local vegetarian establishments. Her walk began with Romans 12:2, "Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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