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Christians and Flower Essences: Fear of the Unknown | Redemptive Postures Series

Christians and Flower Essences: Fear of the Unknown | Redemptive Postures Series

One thing Christian culture tends to do horribly well is being afraid of the unknown. It seems that anything natural health or quantum physics that doesn't make sense to your average evangelical often gets labeled New Age, without any real understanding of what that term means. While I have not really heard any objections to flower essences, I know that the unfamiliar can raise concerns and I want to help you understand instead of fear. Scripture tells us that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). So while we do want to be diligent in our research and understanding of alternative health topics (making the unknown known), we don't need to be afraid of anything. It is so sad to think how many good things that God made for our benefit we are missing out on because we are afraid of the unknown.

Why I’m not Memorizing Scripture this Year

Why I’m not Memorizing Scripture this Year

Memorizing scripture is a good and helpful spiritual discipline but for many it isn't producing the spiritual fruit they had hoped. So before you call me a heretic, let me explain why I'm not memorizing scripture this year, and what I am doing instead.

What The Shack says about the Healing Journey

What The Shack says about the Healing Journey

With all the controversy surrounding The Shack, both book and now movie, I've had several people ask me to share my thoughts on it. While I certainly have some thoughts I could share, I find thoughts are often best conveyed by those who have personal experience with an issue rather than just academic knowledge of it. Many have shared their academic knowledge. Few have shared how the book/movie has impacted their story.

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting has multiple benefits for body-mind-spirit health. The Lenten season from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is often a time when many people decide to fast leading up to Easter. Whether you plan to fast during Lent or any time during the year, the benefits of fasting can affect every part of your being.

Are crystals only for New Age? | Redemptive Postures Series

Are crystals only for New Age? | Redemptive Postures Series

To evaluate whether crystals are New Age or witchcraft, we first need to define those terms. New Age is characterized by monism and the belief that there is no separation. These beliefs result in thinking that all is one and that because all is one, divine is in all. Witchcraft is a complex topic but can be simply defined as physical manipulations seeking a spiritual result.

Can Splankna Help with…?

Can Splankna Help with…?

One of the questions I am most often asked about the Splankna Therapy protocol is, "Can Splankna help with...?" Some want to know if Splankna can help with a physical problem like back pain or thyroid issues; some want to know if it can help with a mental or emotional issue such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD. But what everyone really wants to know is, "Can it bring me the break through I've tried so hard to find?"

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

It may sound silly to think of yoga as dangerous (except for the difficulty of some poses) but in some Christian circles yoga is just as bad if not worse than dancing and playing cards.

Hands Down, Hands Up Prayer | A New Year’s Meditation

Hands Down, Hands Up Prayer | A New Year’s Meditation

Hands down, hands up prayer is an exercise in letting go and receiving. As we enter the new year these days between Christmas and New Year's can be an excellent time for reflection and setting our intention and resolutions for 2017. When we think of resolutions thoughts of hitting the gym, starting a diet, or instituting some new habit come to mind. But what if this year instead of focusing on your short comings and the things you have failed at, you handed it all over the Jesus and asked Him what He has for you this year?

When the Most Wonderful Time of the Year isn’t so Wonderful

When the Most Wonderful Time of the Year isn’t so Wonderful

It's the most wonderful time of the year we are told. But that cheery greeting hurts to hear for many who are not having a wonderful time right now. The house church member who just lost his mom to cancer The mom who faces the third Christmas without her daughter The resettled refugee who isn't sure their family made it out of Aleppo The son who is estranged from his family The family that isn't sure how they will pay for heat this month, let alone presents The father who watches helplessly as his child is sick, unsure if this will be the last Christmas The reminders of all the loss and pain of Christmas past The darkness can be enveloping this time of year, longing for the Light to shine.

Expectant Light: An Advent Devotional

Expectant Light: An Advent Devotional

"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 This season of Advent is a season of expectant light, waiting for the Light to come. Waiting for the Light to finally conquer the darkness forever. Waiting with our lights held high in this dark world. But our waiting is not hopeless. It is an expectant waiting, a waiting that knows how the story ends.

Meridian Lines and Tapping

Meridian Lines and Tapping

Meridian lines are the system of pathways in the body by which energy flows. Energy meaning: electrical, physical, scientific energy – not “mystical” energy as some in the New Age movement describe it. It is the system that acupuncturists, chiropractors, and energy psychology practitioners use to alleviate physical and emotional symptoms.

How to Hear God’s Voice

How to Hear God’s Voice

The best thing you can do to for your health body-mind-spirit is to be in constant conversation with God. Training your “ears” to hear God's voice begins with learning to discern the voices you listen to on a daily basis.

New Book! Healthy and Whole: 60 Days to Complete Wellness

New Book! Healthy and Whole: 60 Days to Complete Wellness

I'm so excited to announce the release of my new book! Healthy & Whole is a 60 day challenge that will take you on a journey to complete wellness, body-mind-spirit. My heart in writing this book is to help you be as healthy, whole, and close to Jesus as possible.

10 Signs You Might be a Crunchy Christian

10 Signs You Might be a Crunchy Christian

Though you may have never heard the term "Crunchy Christian" you very well may be one. The Christian brand of your woo woos and your granola girls, we might do things a little bit differently, but we are certainly happy being our crunchy selves :)

Top 10 Holistic Health Netflix Picks

Top 10 Holistic Health Netflix Picks

Trying to find some good Netflix and chill? Wanting to watch something that will actually help you live healthy and free? Try one of these from our top 10 holistic health Netflix picks to nourish your body-mind-spirit. (All instant watch of course, who requests DVDs anymore?)

Grownup Gospel Bracelets

Grownup Gospel Bracelets

Who remembers making one of these gospel bracelets as a kid in VBS? While the knotted leather and plastic beads were tres chic in the 90s, they aren't so fashion forward for the modern millennial. The message behind these bracelets is just important now though as it was when we were kids.

In Over My Head: A Listenting Prayer Exercise

In Over My Head: A Listenting Prayer Exercise

One question I have gotten a lot lately is how to listen to God in prayer. We often think that listening prayer means sitting around quiet and bored and waiting for God to say something. While this sometimes may be the case, listening prayer is more of a conversation, His replies come quicker than we may realize and when we have the expectation that He will answer we are more apt to be listening. This guided listening prayer exercise will help you begin to dialogue with the Lord and recognize His answers.

Fantastic Mentors and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Mentors and Where to Find Them

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Taking Discipleship out of the Coffee Shop

Taking Discipleship out of the Coffee Shop

Discipleship can be quite the buzzword sometimes. We all want to be discipled, we know that we should be discipling, we see the value of discipleship in building missional communities and yet actually living out the discipleship model often feels elusive.

How to Have a Quiet Time: A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot

How to Have a Quiet Time: A Tribute to Elisabeth Elliot

One month ago today one of my most beloved mentors passed away. Though I never had the honor of meeting her in person, Elisabeth Elliot was an amazing woman of faith and a mentor to thousands of women through her wonderful books. Her many books and her life's testimony have been pivotal in the shaping of my life. If you are unfamiliar with her and her writings I highly recommend reading one or two (or ten) of her books in addition to this sample of her writing included in this post.

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