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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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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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