Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pass the Peace With the Serenity Prayer


Our social media feeds can be places of encouragement or places of protest, divisiveness, and stress. Several of my friends have "signed off" of their social media accounts as a result of comment wars and fiery posts - yes, mostly over politics!

Then at Bible Study Thursday night, "The Serenity Prayer" was mentioned...and I thought it was a good reminder for all of us right now...please share and fill your social media with a beautiful and positive note...


If you would like a print, you can head over to my shop - here is a direct link

Let the simple petition of the “Serenity Prayer” be a gentle encouragement in your home – a reminder to focus on the attributes of serenity, courage, and wisdom no matter what is happening in your life or in the world!

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Monday, January 30, 2017

My Top 5 Healthy Living Blogs

Hello Everyone!

My January is always a quiet month as I use the time to get focused on what the rest of my year will look like...and that is what I have been doing!  

This is the year that you will get an inside look at what I do in bringing inner healing to my clients.

One of the drawbacks of online work is the inability to actually have you come to me in person, but with technology’s innovations, we can work "face to face" in a manner of speaking at least!  Another benefit of technology is the ability to work at one’s own pace, or even work during the middle of the night instead of the normal 9 to 5 office hours!

So, if you were going to come see me on a professional basis, there is a little paper work you need to fill out first.  One of the most important questions in my intake form is this:

“When was the last time you saw a doctor?”


More than the answer, this question serves as a “trigger” to get a client thinking about the possible organic roots of the problems they are having.  I am serious about getting a medical evaluation though, and will work with a client to get them a check up if one is due.  Many problems have organic roots, and relationships between the mind and the body aren't always understood.  Sometimes medical doctors don't understand these relationships either, so I also seek to provide valid information to educate my clients.  What am I talking about?  Habits of our daily lives may be contributing to organic issues, which in turn affect our minds and emotions.

You see, we live in an industrialized nation.  We know that air pollution and water pollution are issues that we need to be concerned about.  But we may not be as well educated about the toxins or chemicals that we come in contact with or absorb due to our laundry soap, our cleaning products, our cosmetics, our soaps, our fabrics, our furniture, our convenience foods, our processed foods, or even food that is marketed as healthy.  Chemicals added to our water supply to make it safer for consumption can cause their own problems in our bodies.

I was glad when the Lord began to open my eyes to the need to eat clean and be aware of physical toxins that are common in the environment (not just toxic people and relationships!), yet it is overwhelming for me to keep up with it all!  What I have found are several bloggers and business people whose passion is to educate others about how to live and eat “clean”.  Today I am sharing my favorites, the ones that I subscribe to so I can have access to good research, handy tips, and great recipes for living "clean", whole foods and natural remedies!


I am NOT getting any revenue from sharing these businesses - these are simply the ones I love and choose to follow.

First:



They cover healthy living in all of its facets, including home making, cooking (healthy whole food of course), natural remedies and natural products, essential oils, child rearing, and on and on…If you only had time to read one blog, this is the one I would recommend.



Second:


“25 Day Grace Filled Journey to Real Food”.  

Her recipes are fantastic and her approach is truly grace-laden.  She shares her recent struggles after being exposed to mold in the home they were renting, and how that struggle has refined her health journey.  You will love reading her encouraging words.




Third:






Fourth:

Catherine does an excellent job of teaching which “health” fads you should avoid, which foods and toxins to stay away from and why you should.  

She doesn’t hold back information to try to get you to join her site, but she does have a coaching program.  Do a search about why you shouldn’t do a sugar detox, why you shouldn’t get a mammogram, why our ancestors didn’t suffer from food allergies, and anything to do with hormones.   



Fifth:





There you have it, my top 5 healthy living blogs.  I hope these recommendations help you on your journey towards health and peace!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Prayer for the President


Peter Marshall's, Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, 1947 prayer for the President - still resonating!


We pray, Lord Jesus, for our President.


We are deeply concerned that he may know the will of God, and that he may have the spiritual courage and grace to follow it.

Deliver him, we pray, from all selfish considerations.

Lift him above the claims of politics.

Fill him with the Spirit of God that shall make him fearless to seek, to know, to do the right.

Save him from the friends who, in the name of politics or even friendship, would persuade him from that holy path.

Strengthen and empower his advisers.

Bring them, too, to their knees in prayer.

May their example and their influence spread, that we, in these United States,
may yet have a government of men who know Thee, the Almighty God, as their Friend,
and who place Thy will first in their lives as well as in their prayers.


Hear and answer, we pray Thee,
forgiving us all our unworthiness;
cleansing us from every ignoble thought and unworthy ambition
that we may be renewed in spirit and mind and heart, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

from: The Prayers of Peter Marshall, by Catherine Marshall

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What the Wise Men's Star Can Teach Us About Light and Darkness


In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  
The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
John 1:4-5 


We usually associate the star that appeared in the night sky, guiding the wise men to the new born King, as a "before Christmas" event, but in reality, this part of the Christmas story really occurs some time after the birth of Jesus.  Knowing that helps us remember that the message of "God With Us" is for all of our days, not just a few special holy days.  And the fact that wise men from the East were the ones who recognized the sign in the sky and came to worship the new King teaches us that God reaches to all of mankind, even those who we would call unbelievers or pagan...

...all are invited into the light....

The Christmas Star teaches us about contrasts:
 - moments of sparkling joy excavated from under blankets of black suffering
 - smiles in the midst of tears
 - the riches of kings laid at the feet of an infant
 - death and life, life and death
 - journeys and arrivals
 - mysteries and revelations
 - prophecies and promises fulfilled
 - hardships and abundance
 - light penetrating darkness
 - heaven invading earth 
 - the Creator becoming one with creation

A little later, still in the book of John, we read this:

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
John 8:12 

And though we have the light of life, and therefore we are never in total darkness, there are times when:

For now we see through a glass, darkly
but then face to face: 
now I know in part; but then shall I know 
even as also I am known.  
1 Corinthians 13:12 

The Christmas Star teaches us that Light will always overwhelm the darkness,
                                                    that Light will illuminate and lead to the path of life,
                                                    that Light will reveal that which is presently not understood,
                                                    that the Light will always shine, even when a heart may remain closed to it,
                                                                 patiently, gently warming it with Its eternal fire...           
                                                     that Light came to be present with us, in all of life's darkness...


John Piper shared great wisdom in regards to suffering and hope in his poem "The Innkeeper" that helps us remember that the hearts of those who suffer need our tender care...and tending to the suffering is the reason that Jesus came in the first place.

We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize . . . 
but one who in every respect has been tested as we are.
(Hebrews 4:15)

Just as the Wise Men from the East had to journey a great distance over much time, following the beaconing star, and finally finding the object of their worship, so also those who face pain and brokenness this past holiday season and through the new year will have a long journey over time - and as they follow the Light that shines into their darkness, they will come to their own personal place of worshipping the One whose Light will ultimately engulf all this darkness...

Let us lift up our prayers and keep watch with all those who are hurting...


(This is a revised post from 2012 - click here if you want to read the original)

Friday, November 11, 2016

Finding Holiness in the Holidays

Starting November 13th @ 7 p.m.
Are you seeking to foster rest, relationship, and renewal 
in yourself and in your family's holidays?

To capture the sense of unique, special, set aside moments 
when you all are reflecting on timeless events  
instead of racing through the urgent?



It’s November, and I bet you have started your holiday planning!
Or, you haven’t and you might feel a little panicked on the inside!

But, this season can be your best holiday season yet!  Come on in, sit  a while with me at my kitchen island.
I’ll get the coffee {or tea}, you grab a stool.

Sugar?
Creamer?
How about splash of home made vanilla?

The house is quiet {yes, this is a “MNO” – mom’s night out, child free event!}  Because I really want to know what is in your heart, and sometimes with littles bouncing in and out, it is just hard to allow ourselves the luxury of a little vulnerability.  I take a sip of Lively Colombian, and ask you,

What is your ideal holiday moment?”


Maybe that special evening spent decorating a REAL Christmas tree, with lights and colored paper chains, the fragrance of the forest delicately scenting your home?

Could it be a beautiful home cooked meal, served on china passed through generations, with good coffee brewing and rich desserts lining the kitchen counter, inviting every. last. person. to give up the diet and indulge and languish around the family table?

Is it you, your husband, teens, and littles together with the soft glow of candlelight on their faces, singing “Silent Night” at your church’s Christmas Eve service?

Maybe your dream is more somber, a desperate hope that you can make it through the season because it is the “first” holiday after your life was changed forever?

Perhaps your dream – this year – is that your family will be brave enough to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, and not be pulled into an overwhelming schedule of holiday events?

In unison, we both draw a breath in, then exhale long…
 You and I both know that any one of those “perfect moments” come only as we spend an incredible amount of time and energy planning and preparing plus “perspiration”…

Your family enjoys the fruit of the labor, but we both just got overwhelmed thinking about it!

Well, let’s turn and face this holiday season together!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this year, instead of becoming overwhelmed during the holidays, you finally get the opportunity to develop a new set of rhythms and routines which allow you and your family to be refreshed and reflective?!  Imagine knowing the principles of sacred rest that will carry you into next year!

In “Finding Holiness in the Holidays” you will “tune into” and learn:

♦ about “Rhythms of Rest”,
♦ about God’s illogical methods of multiplying whatever we give Him – YES!  This includes “time”!
♦ about creating an atmosphere of awe and expectation and spaciousness for ourselves and our families.
♦ about intentionally putting “holiness” {set apart time} in the holidays.
♦ planning for your “nos” as well as  our “yeses” to activities and events.

What you get:
♦ guidance from a seasoned counselor and fellow learner {me}
♦ weekly conference calls in which I lead you through the assigned chapters and reflection questions from“Rhythms of Rest”{the calls will be approximately 1 hour long}
♦ call recordings (with lifetime access) that you can refer to anytime – day or night!
♦ training and immediate application of how to hear God’s voice
♦support from like minded people throughout the entire holiday season who will pray you through this    process and beyond
♦ a private facebook group to share questions, ideas, struggles, and hope.
   (This group will remain open as long as you need it with unlimited access to its content}
♦ a safe place to try out, practice and perhaps even fail and to be loved anyway
♦ no distance or schedule limits to your ability to access the group – available whenever it is convenient for you
♦ the opportunity to create an intentional holiday season that will bless your family and save your sanity!
♦ permanent habits of revitalizing rest that you will take into 2017 (yes, this is the best part!)
♦ BONUS 7th week conference call after Christmas weekend to check in and recap your journey in finding holiness through the holidays
♦ and much more!

What you need for the group:
♦ a copy of “Rhythms of Rest – Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World” by Shelley Miller {click hereto go toAmazon}
♦ a Bible
♦ a journal
♦ a quiet place
♦ a heart determined to find what it means to “Sabbath”
♦ an eager expectation of meeting with God!


This class is for anyone who:
  1. ♦ is overwhelmed at the thought of the holidays coming
  2. ♦ who thinks they don’t have time for an online group!
  3. ♦ desires to create beautiful memories by being intentional
  4. ♦ struggles with carving out time for herself
  5. ♦ is ready to change how they move through their holiday season
  6. ♦ wants to find a group of people who will embrace the stumbles
    and failures of the process of “change”
  7. ♦ thinks that self-care is selfish
  8. ♦ knows that realistic change happens in the context of relationships
  9. ♦ wants to build a habit of refreshing herself {as well as others}



If you are ready to let go of perfectionism and are open to finding friendships that will last into eternity, it is time to make the leap and enroll in the “Finding Holiness in the Holidays” group!
All this for less than the price of one group therapy session!  
Sign up now and get ready for a transformational holiday season!
1 EZ payment of  $48
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