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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…