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Hands Down, Hands Up Prayer | A New Year’s Meditation

Hands Down, Hands Up Prayer | A New Year’s Meditation

Hands down, hands up prayer is an exercise in letting go and receiving. As we enter the new year these days between Christmas and New Year's can be an excellent time for reflection and setting our intention and resolutions for 2017. When we think of resolutions thoughts of hitting the gym, starting a diet, or instituting some new habit come to mind. But what if this year instead of focusing on your short comings and the things you have failed at, you handed it all over the Jesus and asked Him what He has for you this year?

When the Most Wonderful Time of the Year isn’t so Wonderful

When the Most Wonderful Time of the Year isn’t so Wonderful

It's the most wonderful time of the year we are told. But that cheery greeting hurts to hear for many who are not having a wonderful time right now. The house church member who just lost his mom to cancer The mom who faces the third Christmas without her daughter The resettled refugee who isn't sure their family made it out of Aleppo The son who is estranged from his family The family that isn't sure how they will pay for heat this month, let alone presents The father who watches helplessly as his child is sick, unsure if this will be the last Christmas The reminders of all the loss and pain of Christmas past The darkness can be enveloping this time of year, longing for the Light to shine.

5 Tips for Holiday Self Care

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 Griswald Christmas season.

Splankna Gift Certificates

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Expectant Light: An Advent Devotional

Expectant Light: An Advent Devotional

"The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:5 This season of Advent is a season of expectant light, waiting for the Light to come. Waiting for the Light to finally conquer the darkness forever. Waiting with our lights held high in this dark world. But our waiting is not hopeless. It is an expectant waiting, a waiting that knows how the story ends.

2016 Holistic Health Gift Guide

2016 Holistic Health 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.

Healthy & Whole Black Friday Freebie

Healthy & Whole Black Friday Freebie

Black Friday-Cyber Monday freebie! The kindle version of Healthy & Whole is free today through Monday. Part devotional, part health challenge, Healthy & Whole will take you on a 60 day journey to complete wellness, body-mind-spirit. By building new physical, emotional, and spiritual lifestyles rather than just new habits you will find your unique path to being as healthy, whole, and close to Jesus as possible. Click here for your free copy.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy holiday eating can sound like an oxymoron. Depending on who you listen to, American's gain on average 1-7 pounds from the end of November to beginning of January. What makes that weight gain worse is that we tend to not lose it during the rest of the year. So over time we add a few pounds each holiday season. It can be even harder at the holidays if you are trying to eat real foods (as opposed to highly processed) and you aren't the one doing all the cooking. While I am all for treating yo' self and enjoying the foods that are meaningful to you at the holidays, it is important to keep portion size in mind and make healthy choices when possible. Follow these tips for healthy holiday eating and help yourself keep that belt notch right where it is.

5 Tips for Getting Enough Sleep

5 Tips for Getting Enough Sleep

What if there was one simple thing you could do to increase your overall health that cost you nothing? You'd want to do it right? Well what if I told you that one thing is as simple as getting enough sleep? Getting enough sleep is one of the best things we can do for our health and yet one of the most overlooked wellness practices. Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to go to bed, and you thought sleep was the worst thing in the world? As adults, we seem to have the same aversion to going to bed – all the while wishing we could get enough sleep.

10 Tips for Election Day Self-Care

10 Tips for Election Day Self-Care

The anxiety felt by many this election season is higher than ever before. Regardless of who wins this presidential election, 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 self-care for your body-mind-spirit. Implement a few tips from each of these categories for more peaceful election day.

How to Grocery Shop Like an Adult

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 UberEats and swearing off cooking.

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

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

I've claimed for years that I saved money when I switched to shopping only at Whole Foods and for years people have thought me crazy for saying so. To settle this dispute once and for all, I went to three grocery stores in my area of downtown Atlanta to compare prices of shopping conventional, strictly organic, and a combination of organic and non-GMO to show you what it really costs to eat real food.

Meridian Lines and Tapping

Meridian Lines and Tapping

Meridian lines are the system of pathways in the body by which energy flows. Energy meaning: electrical, physical, scientific energy – not “mystical” energy as some in the New Age movement describe it. It is the system that acupuncturists, chiropractors, and energy psychology practitioners use to alleviate physical and emotional symptoms.

Putting the Pumpkin Back in Pumpkin Spice

Putting the Pumpkin Back in Pumpkin Spice

Our culture is certainly obsessed with pumpkin spice all the things and desperately in need of a pumpkintervention. Whole articles have been written listing the various pumpkin spice options available to us. A whole new genre of pumpkin spice comedy has been born. Grocery carts get filled with pumpkin all the things. White girls in yoga pants count down the days on their calendar to the PSL. If any of this pumpkin obsession sounds like you, here it is, your pumpkintervention.

How to Hear God’s Voice

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. Training your “ears” to hear God's voice begins with learning to discern the voices you listen to on a daily basis.

Autumn Wellness Challenge 2016

Autumn Wellness Challenge 2016

I love the African proverb, "If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together." This Autumn Wellness Challenge is all about going together. Especially as we head into the holiday season, when we all tend to be less active and eat less healthy foods, we need each other to walk in wellness. The challenge uses my new book Healthy & Whole and the online support group to help you spend 9 weeks building healthy lifestyle patterns body-mind-spirit.

New Book! Healthy and Whole: 60 Days to Complete Wellness

New Book! Healthy and Whole: 60 Days to Complete Wellness

I'm so excited to announce the release of my new book! Healthy & Whole is a 60 day challenge that will take you on a journey to complete wellness, body-mind-spirit. My heart in writing this book is to help you be as healthy, whole, and close to Jesus as possible.

Why You Want Food Based Vitamins

Why You Want Food Based Vitamins

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 whole foods. The problem with these synthetic chemical vitamins is that our bodies don't know what to do with the chemicals. We absorb some of the vitamins, but miss out on the full amounts the packaging says we should be getting.

10 Signs You Might be a Crunchy Christian

10 Signs You Might be a Crunchy Christian

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 :)

Top 10 Holistic Health Netflix Picks

Top 10 Holistic Health Netflix Picks

Trying to find some good Netflix and chill? Wanting to watch something that will actually help you live healthy and free? Try one of these from our top 10 holistic health Netflix picks to nourish your body-mind-spirit. (All instant watch of course, who requests DVDs anymore?)

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