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….

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…

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…

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….

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. …

Values

What’s most Important to you? (Values) a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life. The real value of anything depends on viewpoint. Your viewpoint is based in your perspective, which is magnification of perception. We receive what we focus on. In the final analysis, most of what I…

Power of Why

The greater the faith, the greater the result. Fools Crow, LAKOTA Why, Why? The starting point of all achievement is desire. Desire blended with faith constitute the building blocks of material reality. Backed by this force is the conscious decision of Why? A powerful enough reason(s) for any action will propel the idea forward with…