Physical Health

Healthy Bones


Unhealthy bones:

Job 20:11 The sins of my youth “fill up my bones” and plague me till I die.

Job 30:17 Days of affliction lead to “bones pierced at night”

Psalms 6:2-6 My depression leads me to cry all night and my bones are “vexed” ie agitated, anxious, dismayed

Psalms 31:10 Because of my grief and sighing and exhaustion of my iniquity—my bones are “consumed” ie shrink, weaken, become moth-eaten.

Psalms 38:3 My sin keeps my bones from “resting” ie completeness, soundness, health, quiet

Psalms 102:3-5 My bones are burned as a hearth, (hearths are cracked, weakened and crumbled by the fires on them) I forget to eat till my bones stick through my skin.

Proverbs 12:4 A wife who brings shame causes her husbands bones to be “rotten” ie decay, worm eaten. (And, I assume, vice-versa)

Proverbs 14:30 Envy,( this is not jealousy, which is fighting for the health of a relationship against anything that try to interfere. This is a virtue and God is jealous for us./ envy is coveting what others have.) causes my bones to “rot” ie decay, worm eaten.

Proverbs 17:22 A broken spirit causes my bones to “dry” ie wither away.

Jeremiah 20:9 If my spirit is not calloused, then trying not to witness for God will cause my bones “to burn like fire” and I will be driven to obey ie supernatural fire, altar fire

Proverbs 17:22 A broken spirit causes my bones to “dry” ie wither away.

Jeremiah 20:9 If my spirit is not calloused, then trying not to witness for God will cause my bones “to burn like fire” and I will be driven to obey ie supernatural fire, altar fire

Jeremiah 23:9 When I see God’s holiness and the sin of my people then my bone “shake” (ie flutter, grow soft) and I must preach and warn.

Lamentations 1:13 When I sin, a loving angered God sends fire into my bones and prevails against them (ie scrapes them out), in an effort to wake me up to my peril.

Habakkuk 3:16 My terror causes rottenness to enter my bones

Heathy bones:

Ezekiel 37:1-7 Can These Bones Live?/ Bones, hear the word of the Lord./ God will enter into you and you shall live and be part of a great army. (It is God’s job to revive, not mine. I need to admit that I have brought bone damage upon myself and cry out for health restoration.)

Psalms 35:10 I need to praise the Lord, saying, “Who is like you?” My bones will join in the praising. (Sing to the Lord a new song and let your bones be healed.)

Proverbs 3:8 Trust in the Lord with all my heart and quit trusting my own understanding, in all I do seek to know him more and let him direct my paths. Quit thinking that I’m all that smart, fear the Lord, depart from evil—result? Healthy bones.

Proverbs 15:3 Seek out good news, see positives  “What can I do by God’s strength? ( Do it with all my might) What has he given me? (savor it) Who is in my life? (Love on them, live joyfully with them give to them from my strengths and receive from them in my areas of weakness) Who am I? (Rejoice in seeing the details of how I am fearfully and wonderfully made) This will be fatness to my bones.

Proverbs16:24 Find power from the Holy Spirit to control your tongue. May the words of your mouth be gentle, kind, peaceful, loving, joyful, patient and encouraging. This will bring health to your bones and won’t hurt the other persons bones either.

Isaiah 58:11 Let God minister to the needy through you and he will reward your obedience with fat bones. (Trust the word, fat bones, with rich marrow are good to have)

Isaiah 66:14 Let the God of all comfort, the only true comforter, comfort you in all your trials so that you might point others to the same source of comfort that you have found. When you focus on the good that God is doing all around you: they your bones will flourish like green grass that feeds others and stays green and keeps growing.

My prayer for us, is that we might live in such a way that God can give us healthy flourishing fat bones and not have to fill them with decay and fire in order to motivate. The choice is yours.


Brethren, don’t think that it is strange to go through trials. Besides, trials are not stress but opportunities to grow, be refined, bring God glory, minister to others etc. Even the fight or flight response is good if we need to fight or flight is good. So where is the problem:. It is continuing to hang on to and circle on the details of the issue that causes the problems. It is not casting my cares on him because I doubt that he cares for me or is capable of handling it.

 Whether it’s work related, family related, environmental, physical or emotional; stress causes our bodies to fall out of balance and can actually cause the leaching of calcium from our bones!

When we are stressed, our bodies release a “stress hormone” called cortisol, which, if continued for hours, causes havoc on our system. Cortisol causes our blood to be more acidic. To help bring our bodies ph back in balance, our system releases calcium from our bones and teeth – similar to how antacids neutralize stomach acid. The calcium helps neutralize the ph balance of the cortisol, helping restore our bodies to neutral. Each time we do this we deplete calcium stores from our bones. The simple answer would seem to be to eat more dairy and we should be fine, but it’s not that straightforward.

When stress becomes chronic, our diets cannot replace the calcium depletion fast enough, so our bones are constantly being leached of calcium, leading to potentially more porous bones, brittle bones and osteoporosis.

Chronically stressing ourselves,  may also cause us to eat more, smoke more, drink more alcohol, eat the wrong types of foods, skip a work out, or interrupt sleep patterns – all of which impact our system, including our ability to maintain bone strength. If our food is low in calcium or our bones are not being compressed with exercise, or we don’t sleep well, our bones become weak.

Chronic focus on negatives triggers the release of cortisol which triggers the release of NF-kB a transcription factor which acts directly on the bone cells to increase osteoclast activity, (breaks down bones) and signals osteoblasts to kill themselves,(apoptosis) decreasing bone rebuilding.

Our ongoing stress focus also decreases neurotransmitters, increases the formation of reactive oxygen species ROS which help stimulate more osteoclasts and induce osteoblast’s killing themselves, decreases insulin-like growth factors IGF,s which keep the osteoclasts from differentiating, thus decreasing bone rebuilding, and affects the estrogen balance. Lower serotonin in the brain means lower effect on the sympathetic nervous system which is important to maintaining or increasing bone mass. All these weaken the bones while accentuating our sense of being stressed, forming a viscous cycle.

OK, so a failure to, “cast all my cares on God because I don’t really think that he cares for me” is bad for my bones.

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