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Start Your Journey to Wholeness Today!

jour•ney—noun, verb: passage from one place to another; to travel over or through. Your Journey Starts Today! I confess, I find it difficult to sort out selfishness from self-care in this busy world where so many things cry out for my attention. One thing I do know. On this journey we call life, we have to take care of ourselves, but learn not to indulge ourselves. If we fail to take care of ourselves, we won’t have the energy or…

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Resources and Ideas for Your Spiritual Journey

re-source • noun: a source of supply or support On your journey to spiritual wholeness, you might find the following resources helpful. Everyone learns differently, so I have tried to include a wide variety of methods and resources. If something doesn’t work for you—give up on the method, not the commitment! I love the idea of Bible art journaling, but after trying it a few times, I decided that it stressed me out. I prefer to just journal in my…

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Finding Balance on Your Journey

bal-ance • noun: stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side of the vertical axis; mental and emotional steadiness A Cautionary Tale about Balance We know a couple who grew up in the church. They attended services faithfully, got baptized, took the purity pledge, enrolled in a Christian college, and seemed to have their spiritual act together before they graduated from high school. When they went away to college, they experimented with everything the church had told them…

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Wresting Rest from an Overbooked Life

rest • verb, noun: to refrain from labor or exertion; to be free from anxiety or disturbance; peace of mind or spirit Every journey requires rest—whether we seek mental, academic/artistic, or physical wholeness—we all need to pause and rest. Our journey towards spiritual wholeness also involves a component of rest. In fact, I maintain that God created us to rest and gave us a specific day in which to seek rest. It started with creation. God created for six days,…

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How to Overcome Roadblocks in Your Journey

o-ver-come • verb: to get the better of: surmount What do You Need to Overcome to Find Wholeness? On our journey to learn how to properly nurture ourselves, we often hit a wall or roadblock that seems impossible to overcome. I believe that while weary travelers often start a journey to wholeness by working on mental, academic/artistic, or physical challenges, each of those journeys will eventually lead us to our need for spiritual growth. Why? Because at some point, we…

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How a Sprititual Journey Will Help You Find the Cure

cure • noun: a complete or permanent solution or remedy Spirituality and Mental Wholeness A friend on Facebook recently started a lively discussion about how the church responds to mental health issues. Unfortunately, the majority of people who responded didn’t have anything positive to say about the church’s response. The typical response of Christians who don’t suffer from depression to those who do suffer? “Pray harder.” Depression and other mental health issues have existed since Bible times, though. It just…

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Spiritual Wholeness in a Discordant World

spir-i-tu-al • adjective: of, relating to, consisting of, or affecting the spirit. Music Lessons When our daughters took music lessons, I remember the teacher sitting next to them on the bench playing the harmony to the simple tunes in their music books. Each time the girls hit a wrong note, it would sound discordant simply because the master musician played the harmony. The teacher never had to point out their errors—they could hear them and self-correct. Likewise, spiritual wholeness provides…

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Ten Ways to Sneak Healthy(er) Habits into Your Day

The Problem with Denial “Lie still,” the radiation tech told me, “and whatever you do, try not to swallow!” Dread built in me as the motor on the CT scanner whirred and I slowly slid into the tube. The tech’s warning to not swallow immediately made me swallow convulsively. Again, and again. My mouth went dry and I struggled to produce saliva for a surreptitious swallow. I hoped that the tiny swallows wouldn’t completely mess up the CT scan, because…

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Gadgets and Gizmos to Get You Going

gad-gets • noun:  small, useful devices More Sophisticated Options Once I started my journey to physical wholeness, I realized that just walking 10,000 steps a day wouldn’t cut it if I wanted to improve my health. As I read and studied the latest research on fitness and weight loss, I realized that I had lazy exercise habits. In order to actually condition my body, I had to get my heart rate up on a regular basis. That discovery sparked an…

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Basic Accountability Tools for Improving Physical Wholeness

ac-count-abil-i-ty • noun: the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions Once you’ve discovered your workout style and thought about what kind of copilot you want, you may want to consider accountability tools to help keep you on track to physical wholeness. For many years, Clancy, and then Bella served as my fitness copilots. Their soulful brown eyes kept me on track—even when I didn’t feel like exercising. In fact, these two amazing German Shepherds knew how to train me.…

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