We all suffer from unhelpful, negative beliefs but, some of us suffer more than is necessary. Have you ever been in a situation where you had to make a life-changing decision and was faced with two choices: a bad choice which seemed like the attractive easy option and the best choice that looked tough to swallow. It might not be a life-altering situation in the sense of the heavens opening or life and death stuff – but you’d be amazed at how even the smallest choices that we make can have a knock on effect on the overall path we take.
In psychology, namely Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT) there is an argument that your thoughts will dictate your footsteps. This ties in with Biblical truth, as Yeshua taught us the importance of our beliefs in co-creating our reality and then there is the favourite quote of Christian who favour CBT:
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)
I have seen this truth in my own everyday experiences, the lies that we tell ourselves can easily become reality if and when we let them take root in our actions. So I’m really excited to start my Advanced practice Diploma in CBT shortly! (Continue reading)
This is another update on my health journey, especially for those diagnosed with Cramp Fasciculation Syndrome/Peripheral Nerve Hyperexcitability. I hope it can add something worthwhile to your own healing journey.
Last week was my second appointment with the neurologist and her insights coupled with everything I have learnt so far in the natural/alternative health field has made me think more deeply about the nature of this disease. Continue reading Thoughts on the Causes of Peripheral Nerve Hyperexcitability
Two posts in a week – I know, but this has been on my mind and something I found out yesterday has encouraged me to pre-share some thoughts with you. (Please note this post contains affiliate links).
There’s a scripture that says “money answereth all things” (Ecclesiastes 10:19) in essence what this means is that money talks. But there’s a version of this saying that I much prefer, which says “money has an answer to all things” (CJB). Whilst money can and does talk, it is not the sole answer to all our problems.
What has this got to do with healing diets? A change in diet has helped me enormously. Last year I was suffering from what I thought was really bad anaemia, but it was actually adrenal exhaustion. I would wake up by 9am and be exhausted by 12 and need to sleep for at least an hour by 4pm. If I didn’t I would feel breathless, dizzy and faint. I tried iron supplements to no avail, before I realised that I had to drastically change my diet.
Since then there has been a 180 degree shift, I no longer feel exhausted and I don’t have to take a nap in the afternoon and I’m well on my way to having my adrenals restored to normal functioning. Continue reading Diet is an answer… why Eating Right encourages Healing.
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I have and so have many people if they are honest with themselves.
The last few weeks have been trying for me, I lost my uncle and my dad had his appendix removed and during this time I was challenged by the behaviour of someone very close to me who knew what I had been going through but still acted very badly towards me. Continue reading Why am I struggling to Forgive?
I would like to share a few posts that have touched me recently, there is a brief summary of each one and a link to it too in case you want to read it.
- Does God get sad? Do you think there is anything at all that saddens God? This post looks at something that we all do which might cause this to be so.
- When the supernatural collides with the natural how does it make you feel? I’m being challenged by the supernatural right now in my dreaming life and in my waking life, not bad stuff really but when the supernatural coincides with the natural it can sometimes cause your head to spin. You can feel fear, anxiety, excitement, stress, joy, peace, humility, purpose, trust, faith and so much more .Have you had any recent close encounters with the supernatural which has caused you to reassess spiritual realities?
- Widening the gap between illness and health. Health and well-being enhancement is never far from my mind, partially as I’m in some pain from an osteopath appointment last night but partly because I Know how important health is especially after you’ve lost it. I’ve been really encouraged to find people who are not allowing their illness/pain prevent them from otherwise being healthy which shows that no matter what state of health you are in you can still enhance it.
- Last but not least, how has Yahushua (Yeshua/Jesus) changed your life? Here is a great example of how love and grace are instruments of true transformation you might recognise this story :).
Shalom in Messiah
On the Road to Healing
This is the second part of my as yet unpublished book on experiencing Biblical Wholeness, you can read the first part here
- A journey of healing that leads to freedom
As a Psychology teacher, teaching the psychology of stress was an important part of the curriculum. I taught my students about the stress response, the causes of stress and how to manage it; I even joked that teachers have one of the shortest post-retirement death rates but I never stopped to examine my own experiences of stress until YAH gave me a wakeup call.
I can’t remember when it first started but gradually I began to notice that my general health was declining. I seemed to be constantly falling ill;from colds and flu that made me take days off from work to being tired, agitated, angry and forgetting things, I began to notice that I was not ‘myself’ at all. I cannot forget one incident where I even had to be carried away by ambulance men in the middle of the teaching day because I had somehow managed to sprain my back. I was in the middle of class and I turned to write a note on the board and as I stretched upwards I froze in excruciating pain.
I could hardly move.
I turned myself just enough to look at my students quietly getting on with their work and said in a very calm voice:
“I’ve just hurt my back can someone go and get a first-aider!”
And guess what their reply was?
“Miss is this a psychology test?”
At that point my calm slipped a little, I guess it was the fear that I wouldn’t be taken seriously, so through slightly gritted teeth I said:
“no, this is not a test I really am in pain, can someone go and get a first aider PLEEEEASE!” and off they went.
That was me through and through, I was queen of calm back then and I thought it was a good thing but now I realise that it was faulty coping strategy which actually cost me my health! This was yet another example of continuously pushing my body and striving for perfection which negatively impacted on my well-being! After a while, I began to experience muscle fasciculations and pain across my body, I didn’t realise it then but my body was talking to me telling me to stop and rest; unfortunately I didn’t listen. Continue reading Soaring like the Eagle
NB: This is the second post in this series, you should read part one to fully understand what I am sharing here today.
Life is a gift from YAH, He specifically made a choice to breathe His Divine breath into us therefore all human life is sacred, it is not be stolen or destroyed. But more than this, it is Yah’s will for us to possess something much more greater than this transient gift of life. It is His will that we possess something more greater, fuller and eternal than anything we could ever imagine.
Believers ‘have life’ because Yahushua gave us His life, yet most of us don’t know the life that we now possess and so live as if we do not have it at all. In the previous post I mentioned how our life orientation can be used as a gauge to assess whether we ‘have life’ or not and how much of it we have. Continue reading What does it mean to ‘have life’?
There are certain things which act as a catalyst to turning away from God and towards something else and one BIG catalyst is chronic illness! I recall an incident during a pain management workshop. At the first meeting everyone introduced themselves saying why they were there and what they wanted to gain from the sessions, after introducing herself one lady said that she would do anything to get better even voodoo! Nobody thought anything of it, some even laughed but I realised that the fact that she had said it out in the open meant that she considered it as a viable option. The truth is that this lady is not alone, many people who suffer with a chronic illness are literally willing to do almost anything to ease their pain and discomfort. I know this because I have been here. Continue reading When chronic illness causes you to turn from God
According to Hebrew tradition on the Day of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) the righteous are written in the Book of Life, I think that it is very easy to see all references to life in the Bible as eternal spiritual life but I believe that we can and should also view life as our temporal life here on earth.
When God entered into covenant with those who had been led out of Egypt (mixed multitude of Israelites and non-Israelites) He laid two things before them: life and death, blessing and a curse. Yes, this life was linked to an eternal state but it was also linked to the quality of life that they would experience whilst on earth. The blessings included a number of things but in summary we would say that the blessings were of provision (fruitfulness) and security in all areas of their life.
There was only one thing that God requested of the Israelites in order to receive these manifold blessings, that one thing was obedience:
“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Deuteronomy 30: 15-20
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Over the last couple of months, God has been speaking to me about the power of words. This blog post marks the first in a series of thoughts and revelations on this topic which I hope will be a blessing to whomever needs it.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18: 21
The Bible teaches us that our words are extremely powerful and as such we should monitor our speech. Just like the Word of God is creative and is seed, as the only part of creation who are made in His Divine image our words do the same. Our words are both seed and fruit.
The parable of the Sower clearly testifies to God’s Word as seed, when planted in the right conditions and correctly maintained the seed grows into a tree that bears godly fruit. Genesis tells us that all fruit contains the seed within itself; this means that godly fruit also contains seed within itself. The seed enables the tree to produce its own offspring and for the cycle of sowing and reaping godly fruit to continue.
Finish reading the original blog post @ On the Road to Healing