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Christians and Flower Essences: Fear of the Unknown | Redemptive Postures Series

Christians and Flower Essences: Fear of the Unknown | Redemptive Postures Series

One thing Christian culture tends to do horribly well is being afraid of the unknown. It seems that anything natural health or quantum physics that doesn't make sense to your average evangelical often gets labeled New Age, without any real understanding of what that term means.While I have not really heard any objections to flower essences, I know that the unfamiliar can raise concerns and I want to help you understand instead of fear. Scripture tells us that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).So while we do want to be diligent in our research and understanding of alternative health topics (making the unknown known), we don't need to be afraid of anything. It is so sad to think how many good things that God made for our benefit we are missing out on because we are afraid of the unknown.

Why I’m not Memorizing Scripture this Year

Why I’m not Memorizing Scripture this Year

Memorizing scripture is a good and helpful spiritual discipline but for many it isn't producing the spiritual fruit they had hoped. So before you call me a heretic, let me explain why I'm not memorizing scripture this year, and what I am doing instead.

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

The dirty dozen might sound like a band of outlaws in a western movie, but they are actually a list of fruits and vegetables found to have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of the the 48 most common fruits and vegetables and ranks them based on levels of pesticide residues. The twelve with the highest presence of pesticide residues are the dirty dozen, and those with the lowest levels are the clean fifteen.

What The Shack says about the Healing Journey

What The Shack says about the Healing Journey

With all the controversy surrounding The Shack, both book and now movie, I've had several people ask me to share my thoughts on it. While I certainly have some thoughts I could share, I find thoughts are often best conveyed by those who have personal experience with an issue rather than just academic knowledge of it. Many have shared their academic knowledge. Few have shared how the book/movie has impacted their story.

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting has multiple benefits for body-mind-spirit health. The Lenten season from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is often a time when many people decide to fast leading up to Easter. Whether you plan to fast during Lent or any time during the year, the benefits of fasting can affect every part of your being.

Are crystals only for New Age? | Redemptive Postures Series

Are crystals only for New Age? | Redemptive Postures Series

To evaluate whether crystals are New Age or witchcraft, we first need to define those terms. New Age is characterized by monism and the belief that there is no separation. These beliefs result in thinking that all is one and that because all is one, divine is in all. Witchcraft is a complex topic but can be simply defined as physical manipulations seeking a spiritual result.

Loving Yourself into Healing

Loving Yourself into Healing

Guest post from Ellie: I was asked recently how I healed so quickly from my divorce. I left my now ex-husband less than a year ago. "That’s not that long ago,” my friend said to me, “And you really do seem healed."

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

As a holistic wellness crunchy, I'm really careful about what I put on my skin. Chemicals that are put on your skin can be absorbed into your blood stream within the first 26 seconds of application. Thus making products like natural face wash, toner, and moisturizer important for limiting our chemical exposure.

My Choice for Non-MLM Essential Oils

My Choice for Non-MLM Essential Oils

5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

During these cold winter months it can be hard to get moving and exercise. Those of us who are cold wimps (me!!!) abandon our outdoor exercise routines and can struggle to find a cold weather exercise routine that we can stick with. While you are waiting for spring, here are 5 tips for cold weather exercise to get you moving again.

Can Splankna Help with…?

Can Splankna Help with…?

One of the questions I am most often asked about the Splankna Therapy protocol is, "Can Splankna help with...?" Some want to know if Splankna can help with a physical problem like back pain or thyroid issues; some want to know if it can help with a mental or emotional issue such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD. But what everyone really wants to know is, "Can it bring me the break through I've tried so hard to find?"

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

It may sound silly to think of yoga as dangerous (except for the difficulty of some poses) but in some Christian circles yoga is just as bad if not worse than dancing and playing cards.

My Secret for Planning Success | My NeuYear Calendar

My Secret for Planning Success | My NeuYear Calendar

One of the best ways to keep your New Year's resolutions is planning success. There are many planning guides, journal methods, and calendars out there; but today I want to share with you my secret for planning success in the New Year and throughout the year.

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.

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.

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.

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