Spirit of Health Story by Vaughn Lawrence
In retrospect, it is quite clear that Spirit of Health was completely guided by the hand of God. If you knew where I came from, it would be impossible to imagine where I am now. Stories like these are only possible if God is involved. Yet it is only recently that I came to know God…
We all have a story to tell. This will be a very shortened version. I was living in Las Vegas, working corporate and living the “American dream.” Can you believe I was a freight broker (arranging truck, rail, ocean and air shipments) for eight years? I made lots of money, had lots of friends and was very busy. Yet I was sick to my stomach every day going in to work and I had a nagging feeling that my life was very incomplete.
I quit my 10 hour a day, corporate job with no plan and found myself sitting around on the couch all day watching sports, playing tennis with friends and basically trying to find ways to amuse myself. Late one night I saw an infomercial at 3am advertising “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About” by Kevin Trudeau. I thought the guy was crazy. But so was I. So I bought the book. Soon afterward I went to work at a health food store and I began to find a passion in my heart for this “health” stuff.
My diet still consisted of cheese pizza, Doritos, candy and soda as it always had for the previous 20 years. I was struggling with quite a few health issues at this time as well. The passion grew. I looked for information wherever I could find it. It became obvious very quickly that any truth related to health was not found in the mainstream media circles. I went to herbal classes, nutrition classes, met with chiropractors, bought books, watched documentaries and became a sponge to whatever information I could grab. I was incredibly blessed to train with three different, and very brilliant, Master Herbalists. I must recognize and thank them (James Sloane, Angela Harris and Caarl Robinson). My mind exploded with information about herbs, plants, trees and the medicines found therein. I went to Clayton College of Natural Health and received my Doctorate in Naturopathy with a Concentration in Herbology.
Health, the human body and nature began to show me that God was actually real. I couldn’t deny the perfect design of the body, cells, plants, spider webs, etc. This intrigue that a divine order existed with purpose softened my heart to see things in a new perspective. On a trip home for Christmas, my friends in Kansas City boldly explained to me the gospel of Jesus Christ and with radical abandonment I said YES! That sounds like GOOD NEWS. God took over, I got shot out of a cannon, and I’m still flying.
So how did God take a corporate, fast food/junk food addicted, overweight (I was about 230lbs) man without much of a purpose and make such a radical transformation? The only way I can explain it is conviction. With a new understanding of God and a heart that was beginning to change drastically, I just couldn’t live my life the same way. I no longer wanted to swear, listen to heavy metal music (yes I was a metal-head, believe it?!?!), party, drink alcohol, and continue a life leading towards destruction. I was convicted. It was like a wake-up call, knowing that right and wrong actually was written on my heart from the beginning, I was just blind to it. As the gospel proclaims, I literally died to my old life and my old self, and was raised again to a new life and to a second chance. The Bible became my new best friend. It was clear that many other influences in the world were only leading me astray. The process of transformation had begun and God’s grace and mercy overflowed into all areas of my life, including the food and lifestyle choices I knew I had to make.
Not long after my salvation, I moved back to Kansas City. One day God woke me up in the middle of the night and I said out loud “Spirit of Health.” My father Randy helped me to open the business and still works with me today. (Best employee on the planet by the way, and the best dad too!) My mom and dad have been an integral part of birthing Spirit of Health. Within the time I have been back to Kansas City, my father rededicated his life to Jesus and my mother invited Him to be Lord of her life just 3 years ago. It has been a wonderful journey of restoration for all of us. Hearts come alive with the beautiful name of Jesus. It is about Him and Him alone! I met an amazing, powerful, praying Godly woman, flowing with the redemptive gift of mercy that was desperately needed in my life. God is quite a matchmaker. We have a beautiful daughter named Naomi Faith (meaning pleasant one).
In the time that we have been open in Kansas City I have become certified as a colon hydrotherapist, a member of the Weston A Price Foundation, certified as a GAPS Diet Practitioner and continue to grow in knowledge from hours of study. Yes, Spirit of Health is about health. But with guidance from the Holy Spirit, it has massively evolved in only three short years. Above all else, we proudly proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. It is ALL about God; His design, His purpose, His natural created order, His perfect love, His universe and everything contained therein, His truth, His light, His desire for our hearts, our body and our mind, His desire for health, His broken heart over sickness and disease…
So here we are. And I can’t wait to see what is still coming! (-:
Spirit of Health Vision
God has a purpose and a plan. I am part of that plan. You are part of that plan. Spirit of Health is part of that plan. Everyone has a purpose, and at Spirit of Health, we believe that in order to fulfill that purpose, we need to be seeking vibrant health in caring for our bodies as well.
If we are Godly people, we strongly desire to get closer to Him every day, discover our purpose and fulfill that for His benefit. After all, that is the ONLY reason we are on this earth. Love God and love others. Love is such a great word.
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-28)
If we are tired all the time, sore with aches and pains, always complaining, having acid reflux or heartburn, non-stop headaches and migraines, foggy-brained with poor memory, concentration and focus, sick all the time, in and out of the hospital, etc. this can drain our energy and vitality in pursuit of the 1st and 2nd commandments. God desires for us to be well in body, mind and spirit. Sickness is always a time to embrace God and search for answers. He is the God of infinite resources. We can find God in both sickness and in health. In seeking and trusting in Him, we can find the answers to all that we need for a vibrant life of love.
The vision of Spirit of Health is to help people achieve ultimate, vibrant health so that we can find and fulfill God’s purposes. We have seen people find their passion and desire to live during sickness and through the process of getting well. We have also seen people do great things and grow exponentially in faith during their sickness, and have not yet found the answers. This is ok. In fact, this can be a glorious refinement process. God can and will use you in any way, any situation, and circumstance if your heart if postured towards Him. Even in sickness we can trust God and continually align ourselves with design.
“The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” Proverbs 18:14
Your temple only deserves the best, and God has created the best and abundantly provided it to us. Unfortunately we have turned from God in the name of convenience, fast food, preservatives, food coloring, additives, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, pollution, herbicides, pesticides, processed white flour and sugars, pharmaceutical drugs, chemotherapy poisoning, radiation, etc. We have definitely gone astray, but we have a patient God, and He is there, just waiting for us to turn back to Him.
Future of Spirit of Health
You will see Spirit of Health grow and expand, as God leads and guides us.
As of 2014, the focus has shifted slightly. I absolutely love consulting and working with people one on one. It has been rewarding and impactful, and I have met some amazing people. I feel the Lord is leading me towards a focused on creating and developing Biblically focus teachings for the future. My heart is to be a teacher and a voice, so we’ll see where it leads! I thank everyone tremendously for their support…
Many of you know that we have prayed for a healing retreat center somewhere in the vicinity of Kansas City. We have no new revelation there, but we remain hopeful.
The retreat would be in the country, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Cities can be toxic and taking some time in the serenity of the country is just what the doctor ordered, so to speak. The goal is to have communal meals, where we all laugh and enjoy each other, educational programs where we learn about health and how to care for ourselves, exercise time, gardens, herb walks, medicine making, designated worship and prayer time and much more! This is how we should be living every day, with an appreciation for God, each other and the world we live in.