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
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’?
I just wanted to let you know about a new development on my ministry website 🙂 I am really excited about what YAH has put in my heart to do this year, for example I have just finished developing a free 9-week online programme that focuses on helping Believers to understand and reduce their stress, anxiety and fear levels. The full details of this programme are available here.
Blessings of Shalom to you xxx
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
What does it mean to be ‘un’destroyed?
Well, when I thought about how to describe or define this term the following scripture popped up in my head which I think aptly explains what I mean.
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9 ESV)
These verses illustrate pain and courage, the apostles suffered affliction everywhere they turned and I can see this most clearly in the Book of Acts. They were thrown into jail, stoned, beaten, ridiculed and more but this never stopped them from pressing on in their work. The reality of what they were facing could have distressed them and made them feel like they were being hemmed in but they didn’t allow the suffering they experienced to stifle their zeal. They couldn’t fully comprehend why they were facing so much tribulation, their experiences left them feeling perplexed but even in the midst of mounting uncertainty they still had hope that there was a way out. At times it seems that people went out of their way to hound them, shut them up and destroy them but even in the midst of this God never left them to the whims of their enemies, He never gave them up to destruction. Continue reading Struck down, but not destroyed (part 1)
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
Dearest Brother/Sister in Messiah,
I’m excited today to tell you that the new On the Road to Healing ebook is now available, it’s taken me a lot longer than I planned but it just goes to show that God is truly the Master planner not I, but… it is now finally completed and ready for download.
What is it all about?
Well, I know from personal experience that when you are dealing with chronic health problems or spiritual/psychological well-being concerns you can feel like you have no life and many times it’s so easy to give in to the fear that seems to be lurking in the shadows. There is only one thing that conquers fear and that is faith. But how do we acquire the faith to hold on, hope and believe in the midst of trials and troubles? And is faith really the key for us to unlock the blessings of life that God has promised for us?
This 110 page ebook is an amalgamation of the first and second editions of On the Road to Healing . The first edition is full of encouragement for those who have questions on the journey whilst the second focuses on the question of faith on our healing journey. Join everyday Believers just like you, who have contributed to this booklet by sharing their footsteps, their highs and lows, their triumphs, revelations and testimonies. You are bound to come out more encouraged, invigorated and equipped in your own walk by meeting with us on our road to healing.
Download the ebook by clicking on the image of the front cover below.