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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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Working with a Heavenly Perspective

Last week our pastor’s sermon reminded me of a conversation I had with Holy Spirit years ago about working with a heavenly perspective. At the time I was working in a group home for girls that had survived sex trafficking. It was an extremely stressful and dangerous work environment mainly because of how the home …

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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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