Grace For Healing
God wants you well

Taking every thought captive seems impossible given the thousands of thoughts plaguing us each day.

For those that have traits of ADD, or those so dysregulated that living with scattered thoughts are the norm, how can we possibly take all our thoughts captive?

In today’s post, I explain why taking every thought captive is essential to healing, and will talk you through 5 simple steps I personally take when overcoming hindering thoughts.

There are numerous posts out there on taking thoughts captive, so I hope you hear something today that is fresh and a little different.
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the 12 spies

The story of the 12 spies in the Bible teaches us how negative thinking patterns can keep us from God’s promises. I imagine the 12 spies were kind, loving and deserving of good things.

But they missed out because they had no control over their thinking distortions. It would be such a shame for you and I to miss out on healing because we failed to discipline our minds.

As a Christian, the renewed mind brings our thoughts in line with God’s. The 12 spies in the Bible (well, 10 of them anyway) allowed their thinking to go unchecked.

Today I consider the different types of thinking distortions the 12 spies had (because we have those same distortions), how they hinder our healing and how we can renew our minds to the truth of the Bible.

I hope you gain something fresh and useful to support you in your healing journey.

We often allow our minds to run riot with no boundaries. Can you imagine parenting a child with no guidelines or boundaries?
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the lord looks at the heart

The Bible tells us that the Lord looks at the heart and I’ve heard many interpretations.

Some say He looks at our sin, some say our motives and intentions. Others say He searches for how hard our hearts are.

Through this post, I wanted to share perhaps a different perspective on this verse, at least what I feel God has been saying to me through this scripture and in relation to healing.

Mind-body doctor Gabor Mate stresses how lack of authenticity causes chronic disease later on in life. When the Lord looks at the heart, He sees whether we are living authentically. 

Today I look at some areas where we may be unconsciously living a lie, followed by 7 ways to live in our own truth. The place where I believe God wants us to be. 

 

THE LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART

 

Recently I wrote a post on Walking in truth as in 3 John 1:2, but that referred to walking in The Truth (as in the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ). 

This is different but with overlaps.

Today’s post is about our internal truth which is unique; I’m talking about true authenticity.

When God knit us in our mother’s womb, He created a child to His specifications. Someone with uniqueness, gifts and talents, personality traits, preferences, and strengths…..
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is sadness a sin?

The Bible tells us to ‘Rejoice always’ which implies that God expects us to be joyful even when we’re suffering and in pain. Does this mean that sadness is a sin?

If you suffered a lot of trauma or stress in childhood, then the neuropathways in your brain to allow for joy, just don’t exist.

This suggests that sadness is not a sin but it does contradict the instruction to rejoice.

So today, I wanted to look at what the Bible means when it asks us to rejoice. I’ll consider whether sadness is a sin. and then I’ll make some suggestions to help in this area.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thess 5:16 – 18

I’m sure if you’re chronically ill, rejoicing may be the last thing you feel like doing.

As Christians we can feel condemned if we don’t feel joy.

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Today’s blog is about one of the most famous verses regarding the link between healing and how our soul needs to prosper,  found in 3 John 1 v 2

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

3 John 1:2

 

3 John 1:2 tells us that it’s God’s will to heal, and in order for our healing to be manifest, our soul has to prosper. Today we consider why and how. 
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the man with the withered hand

Today’s blog post is about the man with the withered hand. If you know the story, Jesus instructs him to ‘stretch forth his hand’ and his healing followed.

We’ll consider 5 ways we can become ‘withered’ on our healing journeys and in life. Then we’ll look at how we can gradually ‘stretch’ ourselves in a tolerable way that invites healing. 

Let’s dive in
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what is the autonomic nervous system?

So today we’re going to learn about our autonomic nervous system; more specifically the 6 nervous system states. 

Then I’ll offer some suggestions to some regulating resources that will support you in each state.

If you’re believing God for a healing breakthrough, then I believe it’s essential to understand the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and the onset of sickness. (I will discuss this in a future post).

But first, we need to know what the autonomic nervous system is.

God gave us a beautiful autonomic nervous system to help us navigate our way through daily life. 
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is anger a sin?

Today we’re talking about anger, more specifically, how I consider the question ‘is anger a sin?’

Not because I have ‘anger issues’ or an ‘anger management’ problem, but because research shows there is a relationship between repressed anger and chronic symptoms.

This kind of suggests that anger is a sin, certainly church life seems to reinforce this.

So today, I’ll give my understanding of how we are to view and deal with anger as Christians, why and how it causes illness and offer 5 steps to help release any anger so it won’t contribute to symptoms. 
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I think you’ll agree that being patient in affliction is challenging, especially if illness has continued for many years.

With God, how we wait matters and how we occupy this waiting time is significant.

You may be at my wits end, even suicidal; perhaps the months are now years and still there is no breakthrough. I’m sure some of you can relate.

So today, I’m going to show you 5 ways to introduce some kind of contentment back into my life so we can be patient in the affliction.

You don’t want to prolong this painful season more than is necessary so I invite you through this post to invest in good waiting habits that glorify God, ease frustration and invite transformation.

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job's three friends

Today we consider Job’s infamous three friends; (let’s face it, we’ve all got them.)

You know, those ‘helpful’ Christians who tell you what you’ve done wrong in your life to cause suffering.

I will offer a deeper perspective as to why they behave in that way, and suggest 5 steps you can implement to guard your heart from their hurtful comments.

Do you have people in your life who screen you for the reasons you’re not healed? 
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