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Category Archives: Health & Fitness

08.Oct.2014

Heart

The heart or inner person is like the roots of a plant. Disease in the roots remains hidden until the plant produces growth above the ground. The nature of that growth reflects the diseased roots. What has occurred on the interior has affected the exterior. Problems in a person show in external behavior. The physical body reacts according to the problems in the inner person. A person may harbor certain responses to situations, and initially these responses are not seen. Over time though, as pressure mounts, these harbored responses are displayed through words and behavior.

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One of the best things in life is a great chat. We connect with people we love, share our days, our hopes and our dreams and enjoy life together. This gift of connection is from God and is cultivated from childhood. Parents who talk with their kids set them up for success. It can be easy in these times to reduce a chat to a quick text message or phone call, but as parents, we can go a step further! We can develop a healthy habit of communication in our family by simply talking. We can talk to our children about God, about life, school, friends, whatever we want. These simple and easy chats can build a strong foundation of not only communication skills but also of love and trust so that, when life gets tricky, our kids will feel comfortable coming to talk to us.

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16.Jul.2014

Defining the Addict

Addiction series part 2

Addiction is a scary word and is something we should take seriously, but it is also something we need to understand. Non-believers try to write addiction off as a disease; however, we believe that there are deeper needs which are being overshadowed by the power of the addict’s addiction. In order to help the addict find freedom, we need to take the steps to understand how the addiction started.

Sexual addiction in many ways seems to be a deeper wound than others. It is more difficult to admit because of its sexual nature. Even though addictions are the same at their core, sexual addiction has a few defining traits that make it stand out. The sexual addict is often a victim of some form of sexual abuse and is now repeating “the victimization, only now being the perpetrator.” Addicts may have been exposed to sexual behavior such as pornography or assault at a young age. The root could even be something less severe, such as watching a parent engage in an affair. Whatever the trigger, the addict is handicapped with a deep pain before even reaching an age of sexual understanding. If that pain is not addressed, the addict will usually act upon his or her need to escape the pain.

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03.Jul.2014

Wanting Fame

Today when asking children what they want to be when they grow up, answers still consist of things like firemen or doctors but it seems like the overwhelming response has changed to “famous.” Fame has to some degree become synonymous with success. We have begun to believe that if we are not well known then we are not successful and, in turn, unhappy. Famous people are seen every day in the news and the media, and we think that they are happy; however, fame does not mean happiness. In fact, fame often times becomes the thing that destroys happiness.

Fame is usually a short-lived thing that fails to bring true happiness. At our core, we desire to be loved, accepted, and happy. Many people believe that recognition will satisfy all of those desires, but, unfortunately, fame generally brings more destruction than anything. This does not mean we should disregard or downgrade moments of success; those should be celebrated! What we need to do is understand and remember that God is everything. His love and His grace is what will satisfy our desires, and we will find that satisfaction by leaning on His strength and making Him our main desire.

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19.Mar.2014

Falling on a Sword

We all hear a voice in our heads. We may not admit to it, but we do. This voice is our own insecurities trying to keep us from living our best lives. Saul, the first king of Israel, showed us what can happen to someone who listens to this negative voice. He was a handsome man and a skilled warrior, but, in the end, he killed himself. Why? He let his insecurities rule his life. Those insecurities—that voice that sounds so much like our own—drove him to obsessively hunt down David to kill him before the boy could become king.

We can do crazy things when we listen to the voice in our minds. It is always talking, but it is the loudest in stressful situations, major events in life, and opportunities to grow and change. Jesus knows what we are going through. That is one of the reasons why He gave us the Bible. Inside are all kinds of Truths that can silence the voice. Whenever a negative thought rises in our minds, we can “capture it” and make it “obey Jesus” by applying His Word to the moment (2 Corinthians 10:5).

What is the voice trying to tell you? Is it trying to tell you who you are and what you should be? Does this voice parallel what God says in His Word? If it doesn’t, shut it up with the Word of God!

 

 

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