The Bible teaches that “…the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).”  Over the years we have heard numerous reports of patients going to group meetings to find hope and encouragement, only to come away more depressed because the focus of those meetings was on the disease and treatments rather than on things of great concern to the patient.

Utilizing a very different approach, where we focus on the value of the individual and their life instead of the disease, we have found that our meetings whether they be large or small are characterized by “joy.”  The joy comes as a result of our focus and it literally becomes a source of strength.  This strength is all-inclusive and covers physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  The basis for this phenomenon is the spiritual strength which works its way out from a person’s inner-most being, providing a new found strength in all the other areas.

Anyone who knows the work of Norman Cousins, former editor of The Saturday Review who went on to teach Medical Humanities at the UCLA School of Medicine knows the importance of humor.  His story as related in the classic, Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient, is clear proof of how joy and laughter can permanently impact a person’s physiology.  It really is a must read.

Bottom line, the Bible teaches us that “…a merry heart does good like medicine (Proverbs 17:22).”  In fact, some people would probably testify that when medical solutions have run out, that a merry heart, created by the “joy of the Lord”, has been better medicine than any they have ever taken.

When people understand the focus of the Life Giver approach and principles, and when they take serious action to choose to change their life, they will discover that great joy can enter their life even when they still are confronted with serious medical issues.  Hard to believe, but true.  Listen to our “Information Calls” (see events tab) and here first hand reports of how this is happening for ordinary people like you and I.