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…

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…

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….

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….

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…