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 card that has become my favorite Christmas gift. This gift isn't expensive, flashy, or bought in a store, but it's the most personal, encouraging, and valuable gift I open each year.
Taking a redemptive posture doesn't always mean reclaiming whatever needs redeeming. It can also mean redirecting to a Kingdom truth. With chakras I am not proposing that we study them and embrace them as good. What I am proposing is that we take a redemptive posture as Paul did at Mars Hill.
Wondering what to get for the health conscious Christian lady on your list? This crunchy Christian gift guide will give you lots of great ideas of what to give, and maybe even some ideas of what you want to put on your own wishlist.
Today marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day; the day on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany and forever changed the course of history. In Luther's day the church had drifted into a false doctrine of indulgences and a works based gospel. It was no coincidence that Luther chose October 31st to post his theses.
It doesn't take much convincing to believe that music affects mood. We all have those favorite songs that relax us, those energetic songs that get us going, and certain songs or music genres we just don't resonate with at all. Music therapy is a growing field that is seeing improved patient outcomes in hospital settings and is becoming more and more standard in the medical field. In scripture we see how King Saul was soothed by the music played on David's harp (1 Samuel 16:14-23).
Current statistics say that 1 in 4 women in the US have experienced sexual abuse. And that doesn't even begin to include the number of women who have experienced sexual harassment and other more "minor" aggressions that our society tends to brush off as "normal". The likelihood that sexual abuse is part of the story for you or for a woman you call friend is sadly very high.
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.
I love October. Here in Idaho the temperatures are dropping, the first leaves of the season are starting to go from green to red and yellow, and it won’t be long before flocks of geese, like arrows in the sky, start heading south. While everyone else is rejoicing in all things pumpkin spice and fall, gardeners are already looking to winter and the fall gardening preparations they must make now for the season to come.
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.
I've heard all the excuses why fertility isn't important..."I’m not trying to get pregnant right now." "We are on the five year plan." "I’m on birth control pills." "We are not having any more kids." "I’m only 18" or "I’m already 50." Surely I don’t need to be concerned about my fertility health. Right?! Well, actually wrong! Your hormones and reproductive organs do more than just allow you to get pregnant. They are central to you being happy, healthy, and living a long fulfilled life. Your fertility health matters even when you are not trying to get pregnant.
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, and begin to believe those kinds of things don't happen anymore. Not because scripture tells us to expect the miracles to end, but because we've come to believe our experiences...or lack of experiences more than we believe the Bible. Maybe we just need a reminder of the miracle working God we serve to build our faith.
We really miss out on a lot when we ignore the lunar calendar. Most of the planet now follows the solar based Gregorian calendar but centuries ago the lunar calendar was actually the standard most civilizations used. One well known lunar calendar is the Hebrew calendar that is still used in Jewish culture today.
Your body clock is a powerful time piece. The meridian clock combined with your circadian rhythm can tell a lot about your physical and emotional health. Throughout the day body systems are active or resting at different times. Knowing what systems are active when can give you insight into what problems you are facing or may face soon. The circadian rhythm is that inner clock that knows to get up when the sun rises and to get sleepy when it sets. Our modern culture with black out curtains and bright electronics late at night can confuse our circadian rhythms and leave our bodies a little confused about when we are supposed to do what.
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 brushing to your daily routine with such huge benefits for such little effort.
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.
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 meridian energy system of the body to bring healing. And when I say energy I mean the literal electric currents and charges to our bodies, not some kind of weird New Age "energy". Some healing methods that fall under this category are: reiki, NET, EFT, TFT, tapping, Splankna, acupuncture, and qigong. I'll discuss three of these methods in this article.
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 we choose to respond to them makes a huge difference in levels of freedom, joy, and healing we are able to experience. Our lives do not have to be defined by our woundedness.
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 control over the ingredients. This post will give you the 10 easy steps to brew kombucha at home so you can start enjoying your own home fermentation. You won't be an expert just from this post, but you will be drinking your own home-brewed kombucha.
Acupuncture is one of the more recent Eastern Medicines to find acceptance in the Western medical world. Much like chiropractic,...