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Ever since my kids were in my womb, we prayed and declared our kids would only see the doctor once a year for their well-visit checkups. Thankfully, that is pretty much what has happened. Every now and then, there might be a minor ache or pain that requires an additional visit, but for the most part, our children are healthy.

Well, starting this new year, our daughter has been complaining of hip pain. She would attend her club soccer practice fine but return in some kind of discomfort. We tried hot pads, icing the area, and ointments to numb the pain, but the nagging ache persisted. It became unbearable after a soccer tournament a few weeks ago where she stopped playing in the game. Since our daughter typically plays the entire game, we knew something wasn't right when she motioned to her coach to take her out several times during each game. I reached out to her pediatrician the following morning and requested a same-day visit.

The doctor checked my daughter's spine and had her lay down to check her posture and her hips. She discovered one side was lower than the other. The doctor continued to pull and push her legs to the point she was in tears, but the hips looked more proportional. She suggested some x-rays for confirmation. After a few hours, we received the verification that all was fine.

Even though the x-rays showed no issues, our daughter was still experiencing more than discomfort but throbbing aches. Her legs were swollen, and she was having difficulty walking and sitting. It was apparent greater attention was required.

We provided an update to our daughter's soccer coach, and he recommended his chiropractor, who he has gone to for several years. He relayed that he has the magic touch and may be able to help. Actually, a few players have also seen this person and highly commended his services. My daughter went to see the chiropractor, and after several more x-rays in different positions and a consult, we learned our daughter has several problems with her nervous system. The hip pain is just a side issue that stems from a spinal misalignment. He mentioned that the source could have derived from years of contact sports. It's hard to pinpoint the origin because she is so active and young; her body can ignore the pain for a good amount of time. Thankfully, the hip pain caught enough attention to slow our daughter down, and we can now correct the genesis of the problems.

I share all of this to remind you and me to check ourselves out often. Don't ignore those nagging issues because it could be a more significant problem or lead to one. If you visited your doctor and still feel discomfort, go see a different one. Be your own advocate and take care of your body. With my 50th birthday in a couple of weeks, I knew I owed myself a few doctor visits. Thankfully, the ones I had so far came back with healthy reports. I have a couple of more next month but believe in the same outcome.

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies." ~Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)

I extend this same reminder for our spiritual health also. Ask the Holy Spirit for "x-rays" of your heart to find what is misaligned. Just as the nervous system controls and coordinates all organs and structures of the human body, the heart is what directs and manages our spiritual body. If there is a nagging issue, try to find out the root. You may discover you have been holding on to something like bitterness or unforgiveness from your childhood that is manifesting into your adult life. How about fear? That one likes to creep into my life often. Evaluate the x-rays frequently. What may not have been a tribulation one day may actually trigger a different stumbling block another day.

"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." ~I Peter 5:8 (ESV)

Find someone who has inner healing knowledge and expertise that can lead you to wholeness. Don't use temporary relief (as we did for our daughter with the heating pads, ice, and ointment); go after your complete healing the right way. In addition, don't wait either. Tackle the problems now, and you may realize that all you required was to revise your belief system. Let's go after our best life in 2022-physically and spiritually!

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is upon me, for the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed." ~Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)

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