I did a Facebook Live on how to overcome addiction, shame, and guilt based on a teaching by Dr. Caroline Leaf.
So many people, if not all of us, are addicted to something. There is some habit or stronghold that we struggle with. It could be food, social media, gaming or a very damaging addiction such as alcohol, drugs, pornography and things like this. Addiction is defined as being consumed with something. So what is it that consumes you?
Addictions happen when we try to avoid or suppress hurts or trauma. We don't want to deal with the hurts, so we keep doing things that we think will help us feel better. However, the addictions we develop by trying to ignore our hurts can be worse than the trauma we went through. If I could encourage you to do anything, it would be to deal with your issues.
Why is dealing with our hurts, abuse, and addictions so difficult? Because when we avoid, suppress and use substances, the goal...
Every January, we do 21 Days of Prayer of Fasting. This time, I didn't do the Daniel's Fast, I did a water-only fast. Now, to be totally honest, I did have superfood greens, bone broth, and herbal teas. Other than those things, it was water.
Some of you may be saying..." biblically, are you suppose to be telling us?" I am not telling you to brag, I am sharing with you like others have done for me, to let you know this is possible and you can do more than you think you can.
This was Prayer and Fasting. If you just fast there are some benefits, but prayer and fasting are for spiritual reasons.
What surprised me.
In the first week, I had unbelievable energy. I was up early and going strong all day. My Church, C3Church.com, met every morning for prayer during the 21 days.
The second week, my energy dropped a little and I felt more of the detox happening. I know that as your body detoxes, it also detoxes emotionally. So as...
During the 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting, many of you began to detox because you took sugar and meat out of your diet. Detox is defined as a regimen or treatment intended to remove toxins and impurities from the body.
Toxins accumulate in our bodies from all of the pesticides that are used around us and the antibiotics put in animals and chemicals. They are in our beauty products and additives in our foods. And every once in a while we need to help our bodies get rid of these toxins.
One of your body systems that need help detoxing is your lymphatic system.
Unlike your blood that moves when your heart beats, your lymphatic system needs a little help to get the toxins moving and to not get stuck. Your lymphatic system is stimulated by gravity, muscle contraction and activities that stimulate natural drainage.
Your lymph system is like a network of highways in your body. Imagine a traffic jam that occurs on a highway,...
Fasting is defined as - to abstain from all food; to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance.
Fasting can be great for your overall health spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Here are 5 benefits to fasting:
1. It is great for your body physically.
It gives your body a chance to reset and detoxify. Our bodies are bombarded with all sorts of toxins and chemicals in the food that we eat and the things that we drink. Toxins are even in the environment and the air we breathe.
Fasting can be great for the liver, heart, colon, and stomach. It can help to lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol. When your body isn’t being bombarded with salts, colorants, sugars, alcohol and artificial chemicals, it gets a chance to rest – and your body gets a chance to process and get rid of all the harmful chemicals.
2. Fasting can even help in stabilizing your Emotions.
The chemicals that...
I know that giving thanks and being thankful is so good for you.
When Jesus healed 10 lepers, only one came back to gave thanks and the Bible says he was made whole.
Everywhere I turn, I'm reading about being thankful and living with gratitude. So I did some research to see if there were any studies on the power of gratitude. And there is.
Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of California, Davis, and author of Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity set out to discover why is gratitude so powerful.
“For too long, the concept of gratitude had been ignored,” said Emmons, director of the university’s Emmons Lab, which creates and shares scientific data on gratitude, its causes, and its potential effects on human health and well-being. He calls it “the forgotten factor in the science of well-being."
Emmons set out to research the ways that...
According to Human Needs Psychology and Life Coach, Tony Robbins, all humans have the same 6 fundamental needs. These are not wants or preferences, they are needs and as these needs are met, they lead to our success and happiness.
Each day we look to fill these needs or have these needs met. We will either meet these needs in our lives in a healthy way or in an unhealthy way; In a constructive way or in a destructive way. We always have a choice in how our needs are met.
The 6 needs are:
Certainty - the need for safety, stability, security, order, predictability, control and consistency. The ability to experience pleasure and avoid pain.
Uncertainty/Variety - the need for variety, surprise, challenges, excitement, differences, chaos, adventure change, and novelty. If everything is always the same we get bored.
Significance - the need to have meaning; to feel special, needed, wanted; a sense of importance and worthy of...
Halloween is over and we have handed out all of the candy.
One thing that I thought of while answering the door is that kids and people are all dressed as somebody they're not. Some were cute and some were more on the scary side, but it was hard to tell who they were.
Halloween is not the only time people wear a mask. Many people walk around every day wearing emotional masks. Masks that cover up how they are really feeling and how they are really doing.
So many people, myself included, can put on a fake facade because we don't want people to know the real us. We're afraid that if they knew the real us, they wouldn't like us or might even reject us. One thing that everybody longs for is to be known, but because of fear, we will put the mask on.
There is a mask of anger.
Anger is a secondary emotion that covers up how we are really feeling. If you can tell yourself to "get sad, not mad", you will be more likely to figure out...
Have you ever read Psalm 39? I know I have read it before, but for some reason this time when I read it, it hit home.
I'll put the verses here so you can see what I'm talking about:
Psalm 39 (NLT)
I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”
2 But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. 3 The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:
Here it is again in the TPT:
Here’s my life motto, the truth I live by:
I will guard my ways for all my days.
I will speak only what is right, guarding what I speak.
Like a watchman guards against an attack of the enemy,
I’ll guard and muzzle my mouth
when the wicked are around me.
I will remain silent and will not grumble
or speak out of my disappointment.
But the longer I’m silent...
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY??
Since I’ve started my Easy Slimdown Blueprint Coaching Course, there have been so many breakthroughs in the ladies' lives! Not only on the scales but in the ways they are thinking and changing their habits!
One of the habits we work on changing is to … Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full!
It sounds easy ...but…..
How does a person learn to listen to their body when they've been listening to the god of their stomach for so long?
How do you overcome the fear of, " If I stop counting calories, I’ll gain weight?"
"Can I really trust my body to do this when I’m already struggling with my weight?"
The answer is to listen to your hunger and full cycle, but many people don’t know how to do that. How do you know if you are truly hungry?
Hunger and appetite both influence you to eat, but there is a difference between the two.
Hunger is a craving or urgent need...
Everyone has a story and in the book of Revelation we are told that we can overcome by the word of our testimony or story.
Do you know how to tell your story?
We learned in school that every story has a beginning, middle and an end. So how can we tell our story in about 5 min or less? Here are 3 easy steps!
Even the disciples have a story to tell! For example, Peter.
Even though he was a follower of Jesus, he was still getting to know and trust who Jesus was. Peter didn’t understand why Jesus wanted to wash his feet. He fell asleep when his friend Jesus needed him the most. He cut off a soldiers ear trying to protect Jesus. He denied Jesus 3 times after he said he would never do that.
Then after He died, rose again and spent 40 days on the earth, Jesus went to Heaven so God’s Spirit...