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Laurette Willis: Seven Secrets to Living Long and STRONG!

Written by Staff on January 24, 2016 – 9:27 am -

Laurette Willis

Laurette Willis

By Laurette Willis, CHC, Director of PraiseMoves, LLC

“With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.” (Psalm 91:16)

In Japan, life expectancy is over 82 years of age, and in most of the western world the average life expectancy is 78 to 80 years of age.

When the first United States census was taken in 1790, only two percent of the U.S. population was over 65. By 1900, the average American lifespan was only 47. People who make it to 100 and beyond are no longer considered freaks of nature. There are approximately 55,000 centenarians in the U.S., and perhaps as many as 450,000 worldwide.

Is it unreasonable to expect to live to be 120, as the Bible states? “And the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’” (Genesis 6:3)

What about the scripture that mentions 70 to 80 years of age? That was considered part of the curse of being in the wilderness, not a blessing.

“The days of our lives are seventy years; And if by reason of strength they are eighty years, Yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10)

A footnote to Psalms 90 in The Amplified Bible explains: “This psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Numbers 14:26-35).

“Moses says most of them are dying at 70 years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Genesis 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua to 110 years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isaiah 65:20).”

“If I’d Known I Would Live this Long, I Would’ve Taken Better Care of Myself!”

We want to live long in order to complete all the Lord has called us to do. We also want to live stronger and healthier. It’s the second part that is giving many people trouble. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Read on for Laurette’s seven secrets. ..

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