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Planning Your Year Holistically

One of the great gifts of 2020 is that is required us all to simplify and adjust our rhythms. The drawback being that all those changes were made in a season of stress and out of necessity, rather than thoughtfully chosen based on what would serve us best. The New Year is a perfect opportunity …

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2020 Crunchy Christian Gift Guide

I must confess, I’m usually a bit of a bah-humbug. I don’t like decorating or celebrating Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. (Shopping is another story – I gift shop year round) But this year we all need as much joy and celebration as we can get! So crank up the Christmas carols and break …

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The Body-Mind-Spirit Connection

Trends towards holistic health have made body, mind, and spirit buzz words. Doctors are more likely to acknowledge mental impacts on physical health, counselors are more likely to recommend yoga or other physical exercises, and churches are more likely to offer counseling or physical health programs. The problem with the holistic trend is that it …

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Indestructible: Fight Your Spiritual Battles from the Winning Side – Book Review

Ever notice how the language of spiritual warfare typically assume the underdog position? In one breath the same person may tell you the battle is already won, while also lamenting how defeated they feel spiritually and how afraid they are of the enemy. What if we could shift that entire paradigm of thinking and start …

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Unpunishable Book Review

The ultra short version of this review would be,  “Unpunishable is a life changing book, drop everything and read it right now!” There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 We …

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Father’s Day Prayers of Blessing

Father’s Day and its counterpart, Mother’s Day, are hard to ignore in our culture. Depending on your experience, this day may bring joy, pain, or a mixture of both.  Good fathers are protectors, providers, and bestowers of identity. They make us feel safe, secure, and significant. Unfortunately good fathers are not as common as they …

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Epigenetics, Inherited Trauma, and You: The Ghost of Generational Memory

Today’s epigenetics guest post comes from Alice Mills of Poema Chronicles. It was originally shared here on her blog. The study of epigenetics and generational memory, at least as far as its relationship to trauma, is fairly new. Without going into a poor scientific explanation of what epigenetics is, I will merely quote Dr. Jackie …

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10 Ways to be a Good Friend when She says “Me Too” | Walking with a Friend through Sexual Abuse

#metoo has been raising awareness of the epidemic of sexual abuse. But awareness alone doesn’t heal. Learn how you can be a good friend when she (or he) says “me too”. When a Friend Tells you She’s been Sexually Abused When we were nineteen my friend started having memories, flash backs, of her childhood. These …

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Finding Meaning in Lent | Bible Study and Devotional

Is Lent part of your spiritual practice? Chances are it’s something you’ve heard about, but not engaged with personally, as much of United States Christian tradition has neglected these ancient church practices. However, the spiritual rhythms of Ash Wednesday and Lent leading up to Easter aren’t just Catholic practices as many assume. These traditions have …

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Top 10 Holistic Health Netflix Picks

Trying to find some binge-worthy Netflix? Wanting to watch something that will actually help you live healthy and free? Try one of these from my top 10 holistic health Netflix picks to nourish your body-mind-spirit. (All instant watch of course at time of posting this article, who requests DVDs anymore?) List updated February 2019.  Top …

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The Lies We Believe at Christmas

Identifying lies we believe and the truth that undoes them is important throughout the year. But there seem to be a special brand of lies that come creeping at Christmas time. Maybe it’s a lie that’s unique to the holiday season, or maybe it’s just a more festive version of a lie you struggle with …

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2018 Crunchy Christian Gift Guide

It’s that time of year! Whether you turned on the Christmas music November 1st and have your list and shopping all done before Black Friday or you prefer to wait for the exhilarating rush of getting it all done on Christmas Eve, you’ve likely got a list of loved ones you’re looking for gifts to …

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Christian Meditation with Soultime

The Psalms speak often of Christian meditation: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (ESV). “My mouth will speak wisdom, And the meditation of my heart will be understanding.” Psalm 49:3 (NASB) “Let my meditation be pleasing to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in …

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Healing in the Hebrew Months

Different Seasons Ever notice how there are different seasons of life within the earths four seasons? We notice the slight chill in the morning air near the end of summer and know that autumn is on its way. We also notice the shift in store displays and how they signal the holidays to come. Rhythms …

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Heaven’s Cure for Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the United States. 1 in 6 adults take an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication. Both inside and outside the church, anxiety is a rampant issue, and people are desperate for relief. Heaven’s Cure for Anxiety It may sound cliché to say that the answer to anxiety …

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When You’ve Already Forgiven Them

A big part of inner healing work is forgiveness. Frequently I’ll have a client say, “Oh, I’ve already forgiven them,” when forgiving a certain person comes up in session. Sometimes this is a resistance to really forgiving — trying to avoid dealing with their feelings towards that person. But often it comes from a genuine …

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Mother’s Day Prayers

Holidays like Mother’s Day often come with cultural expectations of joy and celebration, as if everyone’s experience of mothering has been a positive one. Often the day is so painful and the church so insensitive, that many women choose to stay home on Mother’s Day Sunday rather than have salt rubbed in their wounds. But …

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Stages of Trauma Recovery

One of the most puzzling things new clients will tell me is, “Oh I haven’t experienced any trauma.” After they’ve listed all the things they are looking for help with — the relational issues, anxiety, crises of faith, and sleep disturbances, to a name a few, they somehow don’t understand that these symptoms came from …

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Four Lessons we can learn from seeds to take care of our heart gardens

4 Lessons We Learn from Seeds

Today’s guest blog post was written by Meridee Watts. I’ve had the pleasure of calling Meridee friend for over a decade. We attended the Elijah House School of Prayer Ministry together and I have great respect for her wisdom in nurturing gardens of the heart and yard. 4 Lessons We Learn from Seeds about Taking …

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New Book! Body Coaching: Losing Weight Through Positive Self-Talk

What if you could lose weight just by talking to yourself? That’s the question we sought to answer as my co-author and I went on the journey of writing our new book, Body Coaching: Losing Weight Through Positive Self-Talk. We weren’t interested in just another diet or weight loss plan, we wanted to know what it would …

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Building a Better Breakfast

Today’s guest post is from Rachel Whitley, certified personal trainer. Rachel married one of my favorite high school guy friends and so I’ve had the pleasure of claiming her as my friend too. I love how she makes eating balanced meals so approachable and simple. Building a Better Breakfast I know I don’t have to …

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Untangling Soul Ties

The theory of quantum entanglement describes how two particles can become entangled in such a way that even when they are separated by a vast distance they are linked, with the actions of one affecting the other and an apparent awareness of one another. This quantum reality may be a scientific glimpse into a spiritual reality …

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Understanding church culture through a redemptive posture

Fighting for a Healthy Church Culture

Many Christians have been burned by churches and some have chosen to abandon church altogether. But scripture is clear that Jesus loves The Church, and desires to see believers gathering together in local churches. There are no lone wolf Christians in the New Testament. Even if you never darken the door of another church building, …

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What to Expect When you Get those Spiritual Gifts you Asked for

Today’s guest post is from Lauren, one of our IHS students. The past several years Lauren has been on a journey of discovering her spiritual gifts and learning to walk in a supernatural lifestyle. Things like hearing prophetic words, seeing angels and demons, and having God-given sensitivity to other’s thoughts and feelings. She’s going to …

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My favorite Christmas gift: prophetic words of encouragement from my father

My Favorite Christmas Gift

On Christmas day there is always one present that I rush to open before anything else. It’s not under the tree or in my stocking, but on the fireplace mantle there’s a little framed card that has become my favorite Christmas gift. This gift isn’t expensive, flashy, or bought in a store, but it’s the …

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Keys to Inner Healing mini course

Keys to Inner Healing Mini Course

This free 7 day inner healing mini course will teach you the basics of inner healing and start you on your journey of praying through your own hurts. Each day also includes a free devotional download to take what you’ve learned deeper into personal application.  Inner healing is a powerful tool for bringing relief to …

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Fertility health

Why Fertility Health Matters Even When You’re Not Trying To Get Pregnant

Today’s guest post on fertility health is by Kara Rowley of Vibrant Health & Healing. Kara is a midwife and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner that specializes in helping women be healthy in all seasons of their lives. If you’re looking for a holistic approach to fertility health and overall wellness she is the gal to …

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The God of Miracles

Have you ever needed a miracle? Or wondered why some people get healed when you pray for them and other people don’t? We are so blessed to serve the God of Miracles, but we often struggle to believe a miracle is possible for us personally. It’s so easy to get offended when healing doesn’t come, …

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Dry Brushing for Skin, Circulatory, and Lymphatic Health

Dry brushing is my favorite simple healthy lifestyle practice to recommend. It doesn’t require you to spend a lot of money, adjust your eating habits, or hit the gym, but it provides numerous benefits including: increased circulation, better lymphatic function, improved skin condition, and greater mental alertness. There’s no excuse why you can’t add dry …

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Breaking a spirit of barrenness

Breaking a Spirit of Barrenness

A spirit of barrenness can affect you even if you’ve never struggled with infertility. If you’ve ever felt shame at the thought of being pregnant it’s likely this spirit may be affecting you. One mother’s day I was processing with God about my own mother wounds and He dropped this revelation into my mind. It’s …

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Is Christian Energy Healing God’s Healing? | Redemptive Postures Series

Christian energy healing is a redemptive postures topic that I get to talk about a lot. So many different healing methods fall under the umbrella of energy healing and energy psychology that it can be confusing where the spiritual boundary lines fall. A simple definition for energy healing is any modality that works with the …

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What to do with Woundedness

Each of us carry the wounds that we have experienced in life. The hurts, the disappointments, the rejections. The pain is real and you have every right to feel hurt and to hold onto your pain, but it won’t do you any good to hold on to your woundedness.  We all carry wounds, but how …

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How to Brew Kombucha at Home

Kombucha has become super popular lately with crunchy granola types and non-crunchies alike for its wealth of health benefits and fizzy alternative to soda. The only problem with kombucha is at $3+ a bottle this delicious elixir can get expensive quickly. Brewing kombucha at home is a great way to save money and have total …

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Christians and Acupuncture: The Points You Want to Know | Redemptive Postures Series

Acupuncture is one of the more recent Eastern Medicines to find acceptance in the Western medical world. Much like chiropractic, this healing method is based on the meridian system of the body and seeks to strengthen the healing potential your body already has. A lot of people get freaked out by the thought of needles …

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How to Find Your Chaco Size

Chacos are well known for their adjustable straps and bright colors and for being a bit hard to find your Chaco size. The sandals only come in whole sizes, leading to some confusion for those that typically wear a half size. Typically the advice is, if you wear a half size to go down to …

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What Christians need to know about going to the Chiropractor | Redemptive Postures Series

Chiropractic care is one of the most mainstream alternative health treatments in our culture. Though it is widely embraced, if you have never been to a chiropractor yourself, you probably have some questions about what a typical visit is like and if there are any spiritual concerns you should be aware of. What is Chiropractic …

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Easter Inner Healing

Easter is a time to reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection, but it’s also a time to reflect on our beliefs about God and our relationships with him. Through experiences with our parents and people in general we often end up believing lies about who God is and his heart towards us. While relationships and …

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

Christians and Flower Essences: Fear of the Unknown 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 …

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Clean eating with the dirty dozen. Learn how to eat clean even when you can't afford organic

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

Clean eating is so important with all the pesticides, GMOs, and other additives so common in our food system (read more on that here). While buying organic, local produce or growing your own are best for nutrient density and low pesticide levels, it is not always affordable or possible to buy organic. What do you …

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Loving Yourself into Healing

Today’s guest post is from my dear friend Ellie. When I think of loving yourself well she is one of the first people who comes to mind. Over the past several months she has gone through what from the outside looks like the beginning of a healing process. Even just this time last year she …

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5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

During these cold winter months it can be hard to get moving and exercise. Those of us who are cold wimps (me!!!) abandon our outdoor exercise routines and can struggle to find a cold weather exercise routine that we can stick with. While you are waiting for spring, here are 5 tips for cold weather …

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Learn how splankna can help with emotional issues

Can Splankna Therapy 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, …

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5 tips for a stress free holiday season

5 Tips for Holiday Self Care

The Holidays may be the “most wonderful time of the year“, but for many of us they are also the most stressful time of the year! The thought of holiday self care may feel out of reach, but implement a few of these tips and you will be closer to a silent night than a Griswold …

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2016 Crunchy Christian holistic health gift guide

2016 Crunchy Christian Gift Guide

You know the health nuts and crunchy Christians on your list want more than kale for Christmas! This holistic health gift guide will have you at the top of the thank you card list and maybe even attracting some crunchy converts too. 1. Fitbit Zip: Keep track of your step count and compete with friends …

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10 Tips for Election Day Self-Care

The anxiety felt by many this election season is higher than ever before. Regardless of who wins these elections, about half our population is going to wake up tomorrow feeling like the world is coming to an end. With stress this high it’s extremely important to practice good holistic self-care for your body-mind-spirit. Implement a …

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How to Grocery Shop Like an Adult

Adulting is hard. Grocery shopping is hard. Grocery shopping like an adult can feel impossible. Especially when a few minutes on Pinterest has you spinning, trying to figure out how to balance budgeting with meal planning, eating organic and local, and making your meal look instagram worthy and ultimately results in you reaching for the …

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Is Whole Foods Really Whole Paycheck? | The Cheapest Place to Buy Organic

One of the most common objections I hear to eating organic and non-GMO is that it costs too much. We’ve all heard Whole Foods called “Whole Paycheck”, but is that really true? Does it really cost more to buy organic than conventional? I’ve claimed for years that I saved money when I switched to shopping …

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Meridian Lines and Tapping

If you have read any of the other posts on my site you may have heard me mention meridian lines or tapping before and wondered what they are. This post gives you an overview of meridian lines & tapping and the science behind them. Meridian Lines Meridian lines are the system of pathways in the …

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How to hear God's voice and discern the four voices you may hear at any time

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, but many Christians still struggle with how to hear God’s voice. Training your “ears” to hear God’s voice begins with learning to discern the voices you listen to on a daily basis. There are four voices …

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Why You Want Food Based Vitamins

The Vitamin Dilemma Taking a daily vitamin is common health sense, but not all vitamins provide the health benefits we expect. Much like our modern American diet (MAD) is full of food like substances instead of actual food, our vitamins are filled with chemical versions of the vitamins and minerals we could be getting from …

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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. It’s amazing how …

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Learn how 30 second habits are the key to lifestyle change

30 Second Habits

Yes, you read that right. 30 second habits. Not minutes, seconds. Building habits can be hard. We’ve all tried at one point or another to build a new habit, like eating more vegetables, exercising more, or having a daily prayer time. While our intentions were good and we may have had some strong motivation to …

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Life on life discipleship happens outside the coffee shop. Learn how to move from a coffee shop to a life on life model of discipleship

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. When you think about discipling someone, what environment comes to mind? A coffee shop maybe? Sitting down …

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Learn what forgiveness does and does not mean and how it can set you free.

How Forgiveness Sets us Free

Forgiveness can be a touchy subject. We hate being told to forgive, we struggle to forgive those who have wronged us, we ache when others withhold forgiveness from us; ultimately many of us are walking around with many misconceptions about forgiveness and what it means to forgive someone. In counseling and inner healing ministry I …

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What is Splankna Therapy?

What is Splankna? Splankna Therapy is a holistic therapy put together by Sarah Thiessen. It is a combination of several protocols including EFT, TFT, NET, and EMDR and is the first therapy protocol to use energy psychology from a Christian perspective. Which brings up another question of…what is energy psychology? What is Energy Psychology? Energy …

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