Spiritual Discipline

“If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected.If you are generous, you will gain everything.If you are honest, people will rely on you.If you are persistent you will get results.If you are kind, you can employ people.” Confucius Ortberg says that the primary goal of our life as Christians is to become transformed spiritually….

Why New Testament Sabbath?

Sabbath comes from the Hebrew word Shabbat which means “a day of rest.” According to Hope Bolinger (2022, God commanded a day of rest because He wants us to trust Him, and taking a Sabbath helps keep us from idolizing work. Also, we fall apart if we do not rest (physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually)….

Self-Renewal

The self-renewal process is a pillar for personal (psychical, spiritual, emotional, physical) strength development, needed to cope, maintain, and cultivate through the ever continuous changes of life, career, family, and health. The process requires an openness, honesty, and willingness for behavioral modification (change). Self-renewal is a participative (attentive) process for well-being demanding action. Definiteness of…

Resiliency in Trauma

Resiliency is the capacity to move forward despite negative change. The personal, biological, environmental or systemic sources of resilience and their interaction are considered in positive adaptation, as is the ability to maintain or regain mental health, despite experiencing adversity (Herrman et al., 2011). Trauma is a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe…

Surrender

As a Christian, when we know we are loved, this is the best preparation for letting go, acceptance, and detachment—surrender. There is not as much need to judge, rather to understand. This is useful practice when engaging in mindfulness, “awareness.” In Whelan (2011), he describes detachment comes to us as a gift. It is a…

Self-Concept

Christ identity is revealed and experienced in God consciousness. When considering the fundamental self-concept, a unique knowledge, social representation of relationship(s) becomes a part of us, describing the complexity facing culture (individuals) in choice. A self-concept includes thoughts about who we are right now, thoughts about our past self—our experiences, accomplishments, and failures—and about our future self—our hopes, plans, goals, and…

Identity

Identity is defined as the distinguishing character or personality of an individual (Webster Merriam, 2022). Personality and individuality have a unique discrepancy. Personality is the “outward” appearance (mask) of what we display to others. Individuality is the essence or nature of the individual. This distinction explains to a degree why human nature does not see…

Image

VIDEO REVIEW-Imago Dei: What Does It Mean To Be The Image of God The video points out the origin of humanity and the concept of imago dei for understanding creation and likeness. This designation of “bara” (create) is a divine function (assigned roles) not a created material function. Creation (“asah”) means through a natural process….

Wisdom

In James 3:13-17, wisdom is defined as pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy, and good fruits. How does developing wisdom support one developing in spiritual disciplines? Wisdom includes judgment, discrimination, intuition, and all the departments of mind that come under the head of knowing. The throne (house) is at the nerve center called the…

Emotional Wellness

Emotions are powerhouse signals of information (knowledge) that effect overall (mental) health and bodily functions. Our feelings are the womb of the mind  (emotion, energy) at the center of our being. It is the creative source for intuition (knowing) and the body wisdom. Our emotional nature (feeling) knows infinitely more than the intellect (thinking). For…

Strength

Human strength is not force or power of will. That is the capacity for exertion or endurance of force or power. True strength is spiritual. Spiritual strength is stillness of mind-heart. Calmness. A presence. If I can endure for this minuteWhatever is happening to me,No matter how heavy my heart isOr how dark the moment…

Decision

Decision If a man knows not to which port he sails, no wind is favorable. Seneca Are we really making sound decisions or are they being made for us? Each decision we make is an important decision. Some may seem small at the time, but the reality is that they add upon one another to…

Listen

Listen What can affectionate listening in (300) Three Hundred Seconds do? The human mind processes information faster than we can talk. This is useful for the instinctual intellectual mind for survival. If we want to tap into empathic listening, patience and discipline of the mind is required. Movement from linear thinking to spatial level fields…

Anger

Anger defined, is a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility. Living in today’s interconnected information world, there are countless opportunities to feed from the buffet of delightful entities, persons and media to generate this emotion. How important is your mental wellness? When we view the word anger, it is part of the human scene….

Integrate

Trust that your path will unfold as you step into it. Norman Vincent Peale The unifying principle is consistency of integrating thought-feeling.  This integration is evident in the congruence of integral character of those who are being restored in their right mind. Obviously, right or wrong is subjective and rules of behavior vary, but one…

Contemplate

Contemplate  con·tem·plate | ˈkän(t)əmˌplāt | verb [with object] look thoughtfully for a long time at: he sat on the carpet contemplating his image in the mirrors. • think about: the results of a trade war are too horrifying to contemplate. • [no object] think profoundly and at length; meditate: he sat morosely contemplating. • have…

Freedom

I won’t be impatient for the Lord to act! I will keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season He will honor me with every blessing. Psalm 37:34 TLB Open Road When I thought that the road has cleared and could not generate new natural laws for the universe, I sensed the Way….

Perception

The mind is a world processing center. Robert Ornstein Believe It and then you will see It. So that we are clear, here are the dictionary definitions of perception: the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses: the normal limits to human perception. the state of being or process of…

Humility

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong. Carl Gustav Jung Humility is self worth based in wholeness and fulfillment. Humility is the acceptance of myself and my shortcomings.  I used to live two different lives, which forced my insides to be in conflict with my outsides.  Until…

Character

Thought and Character Silence is the cornerstone of Character.  From the silence springs the thoughts that manifest.  The aphorism, “ As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out into every circumstance of his or her life. …

Order

Divine Order is the first law of the universe. Jack Boland Order is our true essence “You must get in touch with the inner most essence of your being. This true essence is beyond ego. It is fearless; it is free; it is immune to criticism; it does not fear any challenge. It is beneath…

Mental Discipline

How To Develop A Positive Mental Attitude 20 Ways to Develop a Positive Mental Attitude 1. Stay away from the small incidents of controversy when possible. Learn to adjust yourself to other people’s state of mind and difficulties to get along peacefully. 2. Condition your mind at the start of the day to stay positive….