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.
Posts about growing in 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.
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.
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?”
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?
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.