There are several studies about how childhood trauma leads to chronic long term sickness as an adult. The stress and the toll that that takes places is enormous:
here is a link to ONE ARTICLE.
Many of you know and many of you may not – that I have been on a personal quest to find out what happened to my dad. To know why such a Godly, changed man who ate a healthy diet died.
About 6 months after my dad passed a co-worker made a comment about the death of Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. You may know him for his ukulele cover of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. She commented that he passed away from obesity related issues. She wondered aloud how much beauty he might have added to the world if he had made a simple diet change. That hit me like a ton of bricks.
You see my dad had changed his diet. At the age of 38 he had chronic adrenal fatigue from carrying the weight of childhood trauma. Doctor’s said he would be in a wheel chair by the time he was 40. As a fisherman, Dad always thought the sea would take him to a watery grave before 40.
A pastor came to him and said, “Jack, you have a call on your life and you need to be strong enough to carry it. You need to change your diet and eat right so you are strong enough to walk in the anointing God has for you.” My dad, being the disciplined man he was, did so immediately. He became a vegetarian. He started fasting and juicing. (*Note this was a positive change from his previous diet. We are not endorsing a vegetarian diet and don’t believe it is a sustainable long term solution for most people.) And he not only cured his Chronic Fatigue but he kept himself out of a wheelchair.
At the age of 46, with his marriage falling apart and burnout imminent he went to revival in Toronto and was miraculously touched by God. There he received the revelation of the Father’s love that he carried to the nations. Christian families and churches around the world changed for the better because of the revelation my parents received and gave away. Dad was strong enough by the age of 46 to travel the world and share the message!
The Lord reminded me of the story of Esther. King Ahasuerus made a decree. He had unwittingly decreed the destruction of the Jews. Dad’s lifestyle of hyper aggressive striving along with childhood trauma and poor eating habits had made a decree. But when King Ahasuerus realized what would happen, he issued a new decree. He said Fight for yourselves! Take up arms. That is what dad did when he changed his diet. He took up arms and fought for himself. Dad bought himself 14 more years on this earth from when he thought he would leave it. As a result, he brought the revelation of the Father’s love to thousands with his transparency and fishing stories.
But what if Dad had not listened to the mandate God gave him? Changing one’s whole diet is HARD! How many of you would not be changed today? How many of you would not be set free today? At Shiloh Place we would like to bring healing to all three aspects of the man’s nature- Spirit, Soul, AND body! We have seen first hand that many people with emotional trauma also deal with physical trauma. We have seen how when someone forgives and releases bitterness and pain they may experience physical healing.
We feel like God is calling us to find a way to combine all three. I also experienced a breakthrough in physical health. Many of you know that I am a health coach trained in The Plan. The reason I sought training was because following The Plan resulted in me being able to come off anti-depressants. It also helped our daughter avoid needing medication for restless leg syndrome. I have now seen many people lose weight and receive healing as a coach. It’s too much to explain here but I will sum up The Plan by saying its individualized, and its chemistry not calories.
The reason I bring that up is that my physical state and my emotional state were tied to one another! I had been through tons of ministry and received a level of healing. It turns out though that I was reactive to food I was putting in my body and it was hurting my emotional state. I didn’t set out to find this outcome. I set out to drop a couple of pounds. I believe God dropped this in my path though. I believe this was a divine discovery! I believe God is adding to our understanding.
Our focus is still helping people encounter a loving Father and understand their identity as sons and daughters of God. We aren’t changing who Shiloh Place is but you may see us add to it from time to time.
If God is calling you to change something, to issue a new decree, we encourage you to find a way to get help and change. Whether it be a financial mandate, health mandate, or more education. Whatever it may be- God will confirm it.
BTW – We are here to help in any way we can!