Who remembers making one of these gospel bracelets as a kid in VBS? While the knotted leather and plastic beads were tres chic in the 90s, they aren’t so fashion forward for the modern millennial. The message behind these bracelets is just important now though as it was when we were kids.
Plants play a huge role in holistic health. The veggies we eat, essential oils distilled from plants, filtering our air, and creating a tranquil environment in our homes all involve plants. Because of this, a rule of interior design I recommend is to have a plant in every room of the house. This may sound difficult, but the benefits are worth the effort, and even the most brown of thumbs can keep some low maintenance house plants alive.
Yes, you read that right. 30 second habits. Not minutes, seconds. Building habits can be hard. We’ve all tried at one point or another to build a new habit, like eating more vegetables, exercising more, or having a daily prayer time. While our intentions were good and we may have had some strong motivation to build these new habits, we’ve all failed at making real changes.
Tracking our fitness levels and calorie consumption can have a huge impact on reaching our health goals. Lots of people enjoy using a Fitbit activity tracker to help them track their steps and the Fitbit app to track calorie intake, but did you know you can use the Fitbit app without a Fitbit tracker? If you have an iPhone 5s or newer you can use your phone as your tracker and get many of the same benefits of using a Fitbit tracking device.
Trying to eat healthy and clean can be so hard these days with all the different labels to look for and ingredients to steer clear of. Don’t you wish sometimes that someone would just give you the rules to follow?
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.
This week I was so excited to get my copy of Think and Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf. A neuroscientist who happens to be a Christian, Dr. Leaf has written several books that explain the power our minds have over our brains and how we really can take every thought captive like scripture describes. In her new book, Dr. Leaf explains the power our thoughts have over what we ultimately end up eating.
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I am passionate about hydration. Back in college I learned in the same week two statistics that put together are very startling: 1) Americans have the greatest access to clean drinking water 2) 75 % of Americans are chronically dehydrated
I’ve written before about how to take discipleship out of the coffee shop and into our everyday lives. While this is helpful and encouraging when you are the one doing the discipling, what do you do when you are the one desperately searching for a mentor and you keep getting told that they don’t have the …
Discipleship can be quite the buzzword sometimes. We all want to be discipled, we know that we should be discipling, we see the value of discipleship in building missional communities and yet actually living out the discipleship model often feels elusive.
When we know a family that is grieving we often want to help but feel paralyzed not knowing what to do. While trained therapists can provide insight into how to help grieving families, the experts on how to help are the grieving families themselves. Today’s post is from one such family, and what they have found to be things that people can do that actually helps.
One month ago today one of my most beloved mentors passed away. Though I never had the honor of meeting her in person, Elisabeth Elliot was an amazing woman of faith and a mentor to thousands of women through her wonderful books. Her many books and her life’s testimony have been pivotal in the shaping of my life. If you are unfamiliar with her and her writings I highly recommend reading one or two (or ten) of her books in addition to this sample of her writing included in this post.
You’re done, you finally have that degree in hand…and now what? Maybe like most millennials you are now finding that the degree you worked so hard for has given you very few job opportunities, or that the job you did find makes you feel empty and longing to do what you really want to do.
Forgiveness can be a touchy subject. We hate being told to forgive, we struggle to forgive those who have wronged us, we ache when others withhold forgiveness from us; ultimately many of us are walking around with many misconceptions about forgiveness and what it means to forgive someone. In counseling and inner healing ministry I have seen over and over how forgiveness is often the key to break through in healing. Today’s post explores what it means to forgive and how we can begin to walk in freedom.
This is a story I fear is far too familiar to far too many people. A story of exile, of community lost, of feeling like you have a scarlet letter banning you from society. Very often when I meet with clients it becomes obvious that one of the greatest needs in their lives is community. However, just as often it is community that has hurt them. One of the most painful ways I see this over and over is how the church beats up its own and kicks them out. This is my story of exile, of being kicked out of community and ultimately finding my way back into healthy and healing community. My prayer is that by sharing my story that you would feel hope for you own.
It is spring! There is a certain excitement that comes over me when I see crocuses blooming bravely and announcing the coming of warmer weather. And then the trees start budding and leafing out, and I can’t help but give little screams of joy as I drive around town.
Gardening season is here!
Eating disorders are complicated. Misery engulfs you completely, making the prospect of surviving it seem altogether impossible. As I consider some of the most trying moments of my recovery, I recall the very first step: admitting I was anorexic. It forced me to look past the stereotypes of the disorder and confess my own personal struggles of shame, self-loathe, and debilitating fear.
January is officially over. Which means for many of us we have officially failed to keep our New Year’s resolutions. But there is good news! Just because you weren’t as successful in January as you hoped to be, does not mean you have to give up! Now is a great time to restart that resolution and reflect back over the past month on what did and didn’t work.