Anxiety is such a common struggle in our culture, but just as common is it's cousin confusion. We often talk of confusion as a cloud or fog. If we could just clear the air the confusion would be gone and we'd be free.But what if just clearing away the clouds isn't the answer to confusion? The problem with clouds is they tend to come back the next time the weather shifts.
Ever notice how there are different seasons of life within our four seasons? We notice the slight chill in the morning air near the end of summer and know that autumn is on it's way. We also notice the shift in store displays and how they signal the holidays to come. Rhythms of vacation, spring cleaning, and back to school all signal something about the season we are entering into.
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 people are desperate for relief from.
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 place of having already done a lot of forgiveness work around that person and feeling like we are beating a dead horse to forgive them again.
Inner healing is a powerful tool for bringing relief to our deepest hurts. Emotional pain, traumatic memories, tormenting thoughts, and relationship issues are all things that inner healing can help. There are many models of inner healing out there, so sometimes it can be confusing what exactly inner healing is and what it is not. This post will clear up much of that confusion and help you get a sense of which approach may be right for you.
Healing how we see God: We all have lenses we view ourselves, other people, and God through. Sozo prayer and the Father Ladder can help us heal.
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.
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 :)
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.