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Friday, January 26, 2024

Trauma and NET, TFT, and EMDR: Is Mind-Body Work Helpful?

Friday, January 26, 2024 @ 12:03 PM

Trauma and NET, TFT, and EMDR: Is mind-body work helpful?

Trauma happens to everyone. It’s more than stress because the effects are lingering and tend to show up when you are stressed. You experienced something as being life-threatening, deeply distressing, or disturbing. Sometimes it is brought on by others' stories. Trauma effects could be as serious as PTSD or as mild as over-reacting to people or circumstances.

What is EMDR?

A structured therapy that encourages the patient to briefly focus on the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements), which is associated with a reduction in the vividness and emotion associated with the trauma memories. For more information look up EMDR on the American Psychological Association or Veteran's Administration website.

What is NET?

Neuro Emotional Technique uses the meridian system for healthcare, i.e. muscle testing (used by chiropractors) and acupuncture. For more information look up NET on the NIH National Library of Medicine website.

What is TFT?

The client is tapping with their fingers at meridian points on the upper body and hands. Thought Field Therapy, unlike the one-size-fits-all EFT, is specific to emotions. For more information look up Thought Field Therapy on the NIH National Library of Medicine website.

What kind of mind-body work helps?

When your therapist tells you of a technique to use at home such as tapping, practice it when you’re feeling anxiety triggered by a past trauma. These things help and the evidence is not all anecdotal. Evidence-based research has been done on EMDR. Do your research by looking at peer-reviewed journals or reliable sources.

Do more of what works for you. For some people it is acupuncture, for others it’s yoga. It could be breathing techniques, tapping, or body scans. There are meditation and relaxation exercises available on YouTube or phone apps such as Insight Timer.

Can mind-body work be used by Christians?

Whether you can benefit from this therapy depends on what you and your therapist believe about who God is and what a relationship with God is like.

Some people are using a Christian mind-body protocol called Splankna for trauma therapy. This therapy uses EFT, NET, and TFT tools. There have been more than 3000 people trained in Splankna in the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia, China, Uganda, and Germany in the last 25 years. Practitioners can be found in private practices, churches, or faith-based organizations.

Don’t rush into mind-body work if you’re feeling a check in your spirit. Just talk to God about it and clear it with Him. Doubts mean you may need more information.

Call 720-577-5985 for a free 15-minute consultation.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Elijah House Training

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 @ 4:21 PM

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This Elijah House training has helped hundreds of thousands around the world experience freedom. Whether it be depression, anxiety, broken marriages, or whatever it is that needs healing, we've seen God break through time and time again.

This is a 12 virtual week class with small group participation at the end of each lesson

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How To Silence Your Inner Critic

Tuesday, January 23, 2024 @ 3:14 PM

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Whether we are feeling anxious, depressed, a perfectionist, or not, we all have an inner critic residing within us. For some, our inner critic talks all the time and so loud that other thoughts can’t be heard or considered.

Here’s three strategies on how to silence your inner critic.

A common way our inner critic talks to us is by using the word “should”: “I should be able to handle this.” “I should be a better husband.” “I should have written a better email.” “I should be more outgoing.” “I should call my mother, spend more time with my kids, and know what my spouse needs from me (…without telling me)”

Sounds crazy, right? When we hear it from a different source we recognize it as absurd. It’s easier to be a source of encouragement for others to silence their inner critic. But we struggle to silence our own.

These “shoulds” try to convince us we have not met some arbitrary standard, telling us “You’ve missed the mark!” “You’ve failed!” “You’re not wanted here!” A really powerful inner critic goes beyond criticizing our behaviors to sending us the message: “You are not acceptable.” “You’re not good enough.” “You are a failure.” These messages criticize our being.

Take “should” out and replace it with “want to.”

“I want to be able to handle this.” “I want to be a better husband.” “I want to send professional emails and succeed.” “I want to be more outgoing.” “I want to be there for my family.”

Now stop for 10 seconds and allow yourself to feel the difference.

Did you notice it? It feels relieving, doesn’t it? Even hopeful in a way.

The “should“ statements have a finality to them with a judgment of “FAILED!” “REJECT!” The “want to” statements awake our own desires that is within us to motivate, give us hope, and help us make a plan.

Reminding ourselves of our “want to” allows us to see the good within! The “I should be a better husband” statement wouldn’t be so deadly if we didn’t desire that. It stings because I want to be a better husband.

It’s our inner desires that gives the “should” statements their deadly power.

After rewording a “should” statement to: “I want to write effective emails,” imagine how much easier it is to go to your boss and tell her you’d like to learn and grow. You are now freer to ask for her assistance rather than sit in her office feeling the weight of “I failed, I should have written my email like she would.”

Geez… our inner critic isn’t very creative! It just uses the same word, but now in its opposite form.

When you hear in your head: “You shouldn’t be so sensitive.” “You shouldn’t have said that to your roommate.” “You should not feel angry.’ “You should not still be hurt by what happened so long ago,” our inner critic is condemning ourself as weak and not good-enough, not measuring up.

Take the “should not” out and replace it with “wish”.

Hear the difference with these statements: “I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.” “I wish I didn’t say that to my roommate.” “I wish I didn’t feel angry.” You get the picture.

Stop again and allow yourself to feel the difference of the “wish” vs “should not” statements.

Utilizing “wish” allows us to notice where we are without the judgment that “should not” gives, preventing us from noticing what’s going on within.

The revised “wish” statements provide space to hear (what we may think is) the ugly truth of ourself and move forward to problem solve.

Let’s explore the statement: “I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.”

With this new perspective I’m in a better position to consider other ways of seeing the situation. Perhaps being as sensitive as I am in the moment, isn’t the only way to feel about it. I’m able to acknowledge my feelings (I’m feeling sensitive.) and my uncertainty that it’s the only response to have (I’m not sure I have good reason to be as sensitive as I am.).

I can remind myself of the positives that are true, or check-in with others. I might take into consideration other ways to interpret the situation. I may want to wait to see how I feel about it tomorrow instead of choosing to act now.

In our new “wish” statements we can add the phrase: “yet I am.”

The inner criticism can evolve from: “I shouldn’t be so angry!” to “I wish I wasn’t so angry, yet I am.”

This reinforces the ability to tell ourself: “This is what I’m feeling at this time. It may not be pretty. It’s not ideal, It’s not where I want to stay, but I am here. I might need some time to be able to feel differently later. ”

Now it easier to make amends in our relationships with others. We are acknowledging this isn’t my ideal self, it’s not how I prefer to have handle it, I want others to know that. We could tell our friend, “Right now I’m too mad to listen to you, I wish I could talk to you about it right now, but I’ll need some time.”

One of my first bosses shared with me what he often tells himself: “I will not should on myself today.” This was his reminder to fight against his inner critic that caused him to feel anxious somedays, and it helped him deal with depression other days. It also help him to not beat himself up the days he was frantically trying to prove he could be perfect.

Don’t should on yourself today. Or anytime. I encourage you to implement these new strategies of using “want to,” “wish,” and “yet I am” to silence your inner critic and then enjoy the results! You’ll find it so much easier to move forward in relationships and in making plans to improve your situation.

Friday, January 19, 2024

The Great Commission

Friday, January 19, 2024 @ 7:45 PM

When you hear the term "great commission" in the context of the Bible, what do you think of? The first four books of the New Testament are narratives written about the life of Jesus. Jesus gave his followers specific instructions about continuing his ministry when he left the earth. Christ's Great Commission is described similarly by Matthew 28, Mark 16, and Luke 24. People commonly focus on evangelizing and discipleship to categorize the activities described by the Great Commission. "Go and make disciples of all nations, ... teaching ..." (Matthew 28:19-20).
John's gospel narrative is very different from the other three in many ways, and particularly in describing the Great Commission. John records the same event thus, "Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven” John 20:21-23. His view of evangelism and discipleship takes on an inside out perspective. John describes the Great Commision as continually receiving God’s forgiveness for our frequent sins, and teach others to do the same.

Centering on Forgiveness

In contrast to the other three, John describes the Great Commission as a lifestyle of modeling forgiveness. Understanding and practicing forgiveness is central to the Christian faith, however, too few Christians make it a central part of their lives. In my book Escaping the Pain of Offense: Empowered to Forgive from the Heart, I discuss some of the consequences of this deficiency including relational conflict, mental health problems, and lower quality of life. For many, instead of fulfilling the Great Commission of representing Christ's forgiveness to the world, they fall to what I would call the Great Omission neglecting the role of forgiveness in their faith.
A common omission is failing to allow God to be the Lord and final Judge of people and circumstances in our lives. In becoming a Christian, the conversion experience includes recognizing the need for a Savior (Jesus) and receiving God's forgiveness into a new birth. At that point forgiveness is not finished, but it only begins. The forgiveness received from God by a believer (at conversion) is now to be given to others. The initial surrendering to God grows into an on-going relationship that involves deeper surrender and should involve greater capacity to forgive and be forgiven. That is the subject matter of my book mentioned above, and further amplified in a more recent book called PACE to Peace: Finding Inner Rest in a World of Unrest .

Surrendering to God

One of the simplest definitions of forgiveness I've discovered is surrendering to God the right to judge. Offense is a common and unavoidable part of life. At one point or another, we all offend, and we all become offended. In a particular incident, we may find ourselves on one side of an offense or the other, the guilty one, or the guilty one's subject. When we are on the guilty side of an offense, desiring to be forgiven may come to our thoughts more quickly than when we are offended with our thoughts first turning to trying to find someone else to blame for the hurt we may feel.
Sometimes guilt is difficult to ascribe to one party or another. Pre-judgments, mis-judgments, and critical-judgments make it even harder, but surrender is always an essential element of forgiveness. Surrendering your right to judge doesn't mean you are surrendering your rights for justice to be served. God is a perfect Judge, executing perfect justice and perfect mercy simultaneously (see chapter 3 of Escaping the Pain of Offense for an explanation). That’s why he is the Judge, and we are not.
When you surrender to God the final rights of judgment, it puts your heart in a condition to focus on a hopeful future instead of a hopeless past. For both the offender and the one offended, a journey of redemption is possible.

Ministry of Reconciliation

For a Christian, forgiveness is not an option but a mandate. Another theme I unpack in my books is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation. In many cases, forgiveness sets the stage for reconciliation. The New Testament Apostle Paul describes the Christian life as a "ministry of reconciliation." He says, "And he {Jesus} died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. ...  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors ..." (2 Corinthians 5:15-20).
First, let me comment on the phrase "the old is gone, the new is here." Some interpret this to mean Jesus has accomplished forgiveness of sins, and therefore the practice of forgiveness is no longer necessary. Yes, Jesus has completed the work of forgiveness by dying on the Cross and being resurrected to dwell with the Father. No, it does not mean our part is done. Surrendering our hearts to Jesus in a conversion experience is only the beginning of the journey in forgiveness. Jesus uses the illustration of occupying a house to show how our life with Him progresses. In buying a house we receive the legal title and deed, but we still may have to paint, hang curtains, move furniture, and make it a home. Even after habitation, some rooms may need work and remain "projects" for some time. So too, in our hearts, our understanding and practice of forgiveness must continue on a path of cooperation with God to make our being a more inhabitable dwelling for his presence, and useful tool in His hand for the ministry of reconciliation.
A second thing to note is "he has committed to us the message of reconciliation." Both being reconciled to God through Jesus, and being reconciled to one another as human beings reinforces John's perspective of the Great Commission. If Christ followers aren't modeling forgiveness and reconciliation, who will? The symbol of the cross gives us a picture of the vertical and horizontal connection of relationships. As we receive God's forgiveness to restore our relationship with Him (vertically reconciled), He empowers us to forgive and reconcile with fellow human beings (horizontal reconciliation), and help some find their own relationship with God restored and freed to help others as well. This is the eternal purpose and perspective for our lifespan on earth.


Guilt for sin has traditionally been recognized as the main thing standing in the way of this reconciliation. I have recently come to view shame as an even greater hindrance. Guilt and shame are two different problems. While guilt links a person to their behavior, shame attacks the person for who they are. Guilt focuses on the "doing," while shame focuses on the "being." Guilt says, "I did a bad thing." Shame says, "I am bad." Guilty actions can be amended with restitution, but pronouncing shame condemns irreparably.
Whether true guilt is present or not, shaming oneself may result in self-condemnation, self-bitterness, and self-rejection. Shame creates condemning judgments, magnifies feelings of low self-worth, and separates our heart and mind from God as the master Designer of our being and the loving Father relationship he desires for us.
God never shames his sons and daughters. When you feel shame it is not from God. Shame tells you that you are not worthy of receiving God's forgiveness (as an offender). When you are on the other side of forgiveness as the one offended, shame tells you the offender is not worthy of your forgiveness or God's forgiveness.


This shaming often disguises itself in some form of critical judgment. When you are tempted to think of someone as a jerk, loser, or good-for-nothing (usually as a result of hurt feelings), you must surrender to God the right to judge that person (including self) or situation, and repent for any falsehoods believed and wrongful actions you may have already taken. Our bad reactions toward other people are often rooted in the shame residing in our own inner person. Reconciling our relationship with Father God must include identifying the shame we carry by allowing God to show us where it may be hidden, and surrendering it into His care.
God is looking for followers who will allow the Son Jesus to carry the offenses of this world for them. Our world is a broken place to live. We cannot escape offense, but we can escape the pain of offense. The distinguishing mark of a Christian in this world should be to view offense as an opportunity for God's love to pierce the power of offense, and allow His Son Jesus to redeem the offenses one by one in our lives. Forgiveness is God's idea and plan to accomplish his purpose for his people. Facing offense head on may cause some temporary pain. Allowing yourself to feel the pain, affords you an opportunity to experience God in a more meaningful way. Knowing God more intimately can never be a bad thing. We must practice receiving God's love in greater measure so we can give his gift of love to others as part of the great commission. We must grow in our capacity to receive God's love and become the person he intends for us to be. His love grows in our hearts when our judgments are surrendered to him.

Applying Forgiveness

It's time the Church takes this Great Commission seriously and deals with her offenses. The brokenness offense causes is evident all around us. Why can't we admit offense for what it is? Have we adopted a "religiously correct" speech similar to "political correctness." I like to think, for example, of what would happen if instead of using the term "church split" we would call it a "garbage heap of unresolved offenses." Much of what we call "disunity," may in reality be, a lack of willingness to work through offenses. Much of out relational problems and separations are connected to a root of bitterness and lack of forgiveness (see Hebrews 12:15).
Granted, there are many other real problems contributing to our proneness to offense such as unhealthy perspectives of conflict, lack of communication, and lack of trust and trustworthiness. But the greatest impact to be made on our corporate offenses is for each individual to examine his own heart in honesty and humility before God to expose and correct offense as the Great Commission mandates. This also fulfills the vision of the ancient Psalmist who wrote, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Psalm 119:16; KJV). We all want peace of mind and heart, but it comes with conditions. These are not overbearing, but conditions for which our loving Father stands with open arms ready to receive our participation.
When someone offends you, you must be careful not to confuse their guilty behavior with shaming the person (or persons). Condemning judgment toward God, yourself, or other people must be recognized as a chief enemy of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Taking Action

Think of someone you believe has judged or offended you. Are you willing to release judgment of the person(s) who has done you wrong? Whether intentionally or unintentionally on the other person's part, the grip of the pain is in your power to release. Are you willing to surrender it to God right now for his judgment? I guarantee this will be the most freeing thing you can do. I can make this guarantee because I try to practice this regularly, and I help many other people do the same. In doing so you are fulfilling the Great Commission and helping to prepare others for finding their guilt and shame surrendered to God.
The Great Commission is to forgive. The Great Commission is to receive God’s forgiveness and give it away. The Great Commission is to continually accept Christ’s forgiveness for ours sins, and disciple others in the same.
I leave you with an exhortation to stop what you are doing right now amf read Psalm 32. May your journey be filled with Psalm 32 blessings! Here’s one place to find Psalm 32:

Note: For more on how to understand and practice forgiveness see some of my other articles posted on the blog site. I welcome your feedback and an opportunity to discuss this topic further with your study or prayer group. Please contact me to talk in person or make online connection.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Marriage Enrichment Event - West Georgia

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 @ 10:29 PM

I'll Always Kiss You Goodnight - Marriage Enrichment Experience

A marriage enrichment event for couples in a creative, informative and engaging setting.
This is a one-day event with five sessions. (Breakfast and Lunch included)

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

15 Natural Treatment Options for Postpartum Depression

Saturday, January 13, 2024 @ 3:59 PM

Welcoming a new life into the world is incredible, but it can also bring about significant mental health challenges. Research shows that about 20% of women experience postpartum depression, otherwise known as, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADS) after childbirth.

While conventional treatments such as therapy and medication are widely available and effective, many new moms are turning to natural remedies to complement these other approaches.

Understanding Postpartum Depression:

Postpartum depression is a form of clinical depression that affects women after childbirth.

It's not a sign of weakness or a character flaw; rather, it's a complex interplay of hormonal, emotional, and environmental factors.

Common symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, and fatigue, as well as changes in sleep and appetite.

Recognizing and addressing these symptoms is crucial for the well-being of both mom and baby.

15 Tips: Natural Treatment for Postpartum Depression

1. Nutritional Support:

A well-balanced diet is crucial for mental health, and this holds true for postpartum depression.

Nutrient-rich foods can positively impact mood and energy levels.

Omega-3 fatty acids, have been linked to improved mental health.

Additionally, incorporating whole grains, fruits, and vegetables ensures a diverse range of nutrients necessary for overall well-being.


Incorporate a variety of nutrient-rich foods into your daily meals.

For breakfast, try a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh berries and a handful of walnuts. Include fatty fish like salmon in your lunch or dinner for a dose of omega-3 fatty acids.

Snack on sliced apples and almond butter for a satisfying and nutritious option.

2. Mindful Eating:

Practice mindful eating by savoring each bite and paying attention to hunger and fullness cues.

Eating nutritious meals in a calm environment contributes to overall well-being.


During meals, focus on the flavors and textures of each bite.

Put away your phone, sit in a quiet space, and focus on eating your food slowly.

Pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues, allowing yourself to stop eating when satisfied rather than finishing everything on your plate.

3. Hydration:

Staying hydrated is essential for physical and mental health.

Ensure an adequate intake of water throughout the day to support overall well-being.


Keep a water bottle with you throughout the day.

Flavor water with slices of cucumber or a splash of citrus for a fun twist.

Staying well-hydrated supports overall physical and mental well-being.

4. Mindfulness and Meditation:

Mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep-breathing exercises, can be powerful tools for managing postpartum depression.

These techniques help moms cultivate awareness of their thoughts and emotions, promoting a sense of calm and centeredness.

Apps and online resources make it easier for new mothers to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routine.


Dedicate 10 minutes each morning to a mindfulness or meditation practice.

Use a guided meditation app or online resource to help you get started.

This daily ritual can create a positive and centered mindset for the day ahead.

5. Physical Activity:

Exercise has been consistently linked to improved mood and reduced symptoms of depression.

Engaging in gentle exercises like yoga or walking can be particularly beneficial for postpartum moms.

Physical activity releases endorphins, the body's natural mood enhancers, providing a natural and accessible way to combat depressive symptoms.


Incorporate a gentle exercise routine into your week, such as prenatal yoga or a daily walk in a nearby park.

Enlist a friend or family member to join you for added support and motivation.

The release of endorphins through physical activity can significantly uplift your mood.

6. Alone Time:

Schedule regular alone time to recharge.

Whether it's a few minutes of quiet time or a longer break, having time for oneself is crucial.


Set aside 15 minutes throughout the day for quiet alone time.

This could be spent reading a book, practicing deep breathing, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee in a peaceful environment.

Taking moments for yourself throughout the day is crucial for recharging and maintaining emotional balance.

7. Creative Outlets:

Engage in creative activities like diamond art, crocheting, painting, or music as a form of self-expression.

These outlets can provide a sense of accomplishment and joy.


Engage in creative activities like painting, drawing, or playing a musical instrument.

Joining a local art class or music group can provide a structured and supportive environment for self-expression.

8. Acupuncture:

Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, has gained popularity as a complementary treatment for postpartum depression.

Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, stimulating energy flow and promoting a sense of balance.

Some women report reduced symptoms and improved well-being after incorporating acupuncture into their postpartum care.


Explore acupuncture as part of your postpartum care. Schedule sessions with a qualified acupuncturist who specializes in women's health.

Many women report reduced stress and improved emotional well-being after incorporating acupuncture into their routine.

9. Social Support:

Emotional support from friends, family, or support groups is invaluable in the postpartum period.

Sharing experiences with others who understand the challenges of motherhood can provide a sense of community and reduce feelings of isolation.

Strong social connections are crucial for mental health and can be considered a natural and essential aspect of postpartum care.


Join a postpartum support group where you can connect with other mothers facing similar challenges.

Share your experiences, listen to theirs, and build a network of understanding and supportive relationships.

10. Massage Therapy:

Massage therapy, especially designed for the prenatal and postpartum period, can provide physical and emotional relief.

Massage helps relax muscles, reduce stress hormones, and promote the release of endorphins, contributing to an improved mood and overall well-being.


Treat yourself to a postpartum massage designed to address the specific needs of new mothers.

Many spas and wellness centers offer specialized massage services that focus on relaxation and relieving tension in the muscles.

11. Radical Acceptance:

Embracing radical acceptance involves acknowledging and accepting one's emotions without judgment.

By allowing oneself to experience and validate the range of emotions that come with postpartum depression, mothers can move towards a place of self-compassion and understanding.


When feelings of guilt or self-judgment arise, practice radical acceptance by acknowledging these emotions without judgment.

Remind yourself that these feelings are valid, and allow yourself the grace to experience and learn from them.

12. Cognitive Challenging:

Cognitive-behavioral techniques can be valuable for challenging negative thought patterns associated with postpartum depression.

Working with a therapist, mothers can learn to reframe unhelpful thoughts, fostering a more positive mindset.

Example: Identify a negative thought related to postpartum depression and challenge it.

For instance, if you catch yourself thinking, "I'm not a good enough mother," reframe it to, "I am doing my best, and it's okay to seek support when needed.

13. Prayer and Spiritual Connection:

Prayer and attending church services can offer peace and a sense of connection to God.

Spiritual practices can provide comfort and hope during mental health struggles.


Set aside time for prayer and make an effort to attend church services even though it is hard to get out of the house with little ones.

14. Journaling:

Expressive writing can be a therapeutic outlet for processing emotions.

Keeping a journal allows new moms to reflect on their experiences, track their emotional journey, and identify patterns that may contribute to postpartum depression.


Dedicate a few minutes each evening to journaling your thoughts and emotions.

Reflect on the positive moments, challenges, and any patterns you observe.

This practice can provide clarity and serve as a therapeutic outlet.

15. Creating a Dopamine Menu:

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.

Creating a "dopamine menu" involves listing activities that bring joy and satisfaction.

Engaging in these activities regularly can help boost mood and provide a sense of accomplishment.


Develop a list of activities that bring you joy and satisfaction.

This could include taking a warm bath, listening to your favorite music, or spending quality time with loved ones.

Schedule these activities regularly to boost your mood and create a sense of accomplishment.


Postpartum depression is a multifaceted challenge that requires a comprehensive approach to treatment.

While conventional therapies are essential, integrating natural treatments into the care plan can offer additional support for mothers experiencing postpartum depression.

Holistic approaches that address nutrition, mindfulness, physical activity, and social support, along with specific strategies like prenatal massage therapy, radical acceptance, cognitive challenging, support groups, prayer, journaling, and a dopamine menu, contribute to a more balanced and nurturing postpartum experience.

It's important for women facing postpartum depression to work closely with healthcare professionals to develop a personalized treatment plan that considers both conventional and natural approaches.

By embracing a holistic perspective and incorporating a variety of supportive strategies, we can better support and empower new moms as they navigate the complex journey of postpartum recovery.

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Forget Vision Boards: Embrace the Faith and Wellness Annual Board for Hope, Purpose and Mental Health #LiberationLunes (Through the Valley Therapy's New Blog)

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 @ 3:41 PM

In a world teeming with challenges and opportunities, the pursuit of holistic well-being, encompassing mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions, takes center stage. As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional dedicated to fostering well-rounded wellness, I've developed a powerful tool that weaves together faith and psychological insights to cultivate hope, purpose, and enhanced mental health – the Faith and Wellness Annual Board. This article not only introduces this transformative tool but also delves into my personal journey of its creation.

My Personal Journey:

I vividly recall the days when I, like many, sought to "manifest" my desires and goals through the creation of vision boards. While some aspects of my life did indeed materialize, I soon realized that the absence of a spiritual foundation led to an unhealthy sense of self-importance. It inadvertently nurtured a selfish and narcissistic perspective, exacerbating my struggles with depression and anxiety.....

For the rest of the article, please visit my website.

Building and Maintaining Strong Relationships

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 @ 3:37 PM

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Hurting Hearts Restored - Healing the Roots that Bind

Tuesday, January 9, 2024 @ 2:56 PM

Uproot. Replant. Thrive

Breaking free from the past and into the abundant life of Jesus

Get to the root!

Fear, betrayal, rejection, anger, unforgiveness, addictions, unhealthy relationships, and relationship conflict are just some of the real-life struggles facing God’s children today.

Our churches are filled with believers who love Jesus but are often overwhelmed and weighed down, bound up and defeated by life’s issues. So many are unable to live a truly abundant life in Christ and run the Christian race with endurance. These beloved brethren have this in common—they are painfully unaware that the untended roots from the past are creating issues in the present and are preventing them from thriving in the fullness of God.

God’s children are in desperate need of practical, step-by-step, biblical solutions. Hurting Hearts Restored offers that hand of help. Written according to God’s powerful Word and inspired by the promptings of The Holy Spirit, this book is intended to lead you into God’s unending love and grace—to His perfect plan for you—life more abundantly! Filled with easily understood explanations, examples, journal questions, and real-life stories, Hurting Hearts Restored will walk you through the healing process — a journey with Jesus into the depth of your heart where change happens, page-by-page, with all the resources you need to get to the roots that bind.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”
John 10:10

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Dรฉcouvrir les Cartes de Thรฉrapie : Votre Chemin vers l'Autonomie et la Connaissance de Soi

Sunday, January 7, 2024 @ 12:18 PM

Découvrir les Cartes de Thérapie : Votre Chemin vers l'Autonomie et la Connaissance de Soi

Introduction :
Dans un monde où le stress, l'anxiété, le manque d'estime de soi et la faible estime de soi obscurcissent souvent notre esprit, trouver des outils pour naviguer dans les complexités de la vie est essentiel. Les cartes de thérapie, une ressource belle et inspirante, gagnent en reconnaissance comme un moyen puissant d'améliorer notre bien-être émotionnel. Dans ce blog, nous allons vous dévoiler le monde des cartes de thérapie, explorer comment elles peuvent vous autonomiser dans votre voyage vers la connaissance de soi et la croissance personnelle.

Qu'est-ce que les Cartes de Thérapie ?
Les cartes de thérapie, également connues sous le nom de cartes d'auto-assistance ou de cartes d'affirmations, sont un ensemble de cartes magnifiquement conçues qui offrent des conseils, de l'inspiration et du soutien aux personnes en quête de développement personnel, de guérison émotionnelle et d'autonomisation. Ces cartes couvrent un large éventail de sujets, de la gestion de l'anxiété et de la dépression à l'augmentation de l'estime de soi et à la promotion de l'amour-propre.

Le Pouvoir de la Visualisation :
Chaque carte de thérapie contient généralement un message court, une question ou une affirmation. Le pouvoir de ces cartes réside dans leur capacité à stimuler la pensée positive et à aider les personnes à visualiser un avenir plus radieux. En se concentrant sur une seule carte, vous pouvez rediriger vos pensées, changer votre perspective et cultiver une vision plus optimiste.

Naviguer les Défis de la Vie :
La vie est pleine de défis, et les cartes de thérapie offrent une manière structurée de les aborder. Que vous soyez aux prises avec l'anxiété, que vous fassiez face à un deuil ou que vous cherchiez à éclaircir le but de votre vie, les cartes de thérapie peuvent fournir des idées précieuses et des stratégies d'adaptation. Ces cartes agissent comme un compagnon de soutien dans votre voyage pour surmonter les obstacles et trouver une force intérieure.

Augmenter l'Estime de Soi et la Confiance :
Un des plus grands avantages des cartes de thérapie est leur capacité à augmenter l'estime de soi et la confiance. Elles encouragent les personnes à réfléchir sur leurs qualités positives et leurs forces, les aidant à reconnaître leur valeur et leur potentiel. L'utilisation régulière des cartes de thérapie peut conduire à une image de soi plus positive et un plus grand sentiment de sécurité en soi.

Cultiver l'Amour de Soi et la Compassion :
Beaucoup de cartes de thérapie se concentrent sur l'amour de soi et la compassion envers soi-même, en promouvant l'idée que nous devons nous traiter avec la même gentillesse et le même soin que nous offrons aux autres. Ces cartes guident doucement les individus vers l'acceptation de leurs imperfections, la reconnaissance de leurs réalisations et la promotion d'un profond amour de soi.

Se Connecter avec sa Sagesse Intérieure :
Les cartes de thérapie encouragent souvent les utilisateurs à se connecter avec leur sagesse intérieure ou leur intuition. Elles vous invitent à avoir confiance en vos instincts, à écouter votre voix intérieure et à prendre des décisions en accord avec vos désirs véritables. Ces cartes servent de rappel que vous possédez les réponses et les solutions en vous.

Options Multilingues :
Les cartes de thérapie sont disponibles dans plusieurs langues, les rendant accessibles à un public mondial. Que vous soyez à l'aise avec l'anglais, l'espagnol, le français ou une autre langue, vous pouvez trouver des cartes de thérapie qui vous parlent.

Conclusion :
Dans un monde rempli d'incertitudes, les cartes de thérapie offrent une lueur d'espoir, d'inspiration et d'autonomisation. Elles sont un outil polyvalent qui peut vous aider à affronter les


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Descubriendo las Tarjetas de Terapia: Tu Camino hacia el Empoderamiento y el Autoconocimiento

Sunday, January 7, 2024 @ 12:12 PM

En un mundo donde el estrés, la ansiedad y la falta de autoestima a menudo nublan nuestras mentes, encontrar herramientas para navegar las complejidades de la vida es esencial. Las tarjetas de terapia, un recurso hermoso e inspirador, están ganando reconocimiento como una forma poderosa de mejorar nuestro bienestar emocional. En este blog, vamos a desvelar el mundo de las tarjetas de terapia, explorando cómo pueden empoderarte en tu viaje de autoconocimiento y crecimiento personal.

¿Qué Son las Tarjetas de Terapia Del Dr. Remy Nelson?
Las tarjetas de terapia, también conocidas como tarjetas de autoayuda o tarjetas de afirmaciones, son un conjunto de tarjetas bellamente diseñadas que brindan orientación, inspiración y apoyo a personas que buscan crecimiento personal, sanación emocional y empoderamiento. Estas tarjetas abarcan una amplia gama de temas, desde el manejo de la ansiedad y la depresión hasta el aumento de la autoestima y el fomento del amor propio.

El Poder de la Visualización:
Cada tarjeta de terapia generalmente contiene un breve mensaje, una pregunta o una afirmación. El poder de estas tarjetas radica en su capacidad para estimular el pensamiento positivo y ayudar a las personas a visualizar un futuro más brillante. Al centrarse en una sola tarjeta, puedes redirigir tus pensamientos, cambiar tu perspectiva y cultivar una visión más optimista.

Navegando los Desafíos de la Vida:
La vida está llena de desafíos, y las tarjetas de terapia ofrecen una forma estructurada de abordarlos. Ya sea que estés lidiando con la ansiedad, enfrentando el duelo o buscando claridad en el propósito de tu vida, las tarjetas de terapia pueden proporcionar ideas valiosas y estrategias de afrontamiento. Estas tarjetas actúan como un compañero de apoyo en tu viaje para superar obstáculos y encontrar fuerza interior.

Aumentando la Autoestima y la Confianza:
Uno de los mayores beneficios de las tarjetas de terapia es su capacidad para aumentar la autoestima y la confianza. Fomentan a las personas a reflexionar sobre sus cualidades positivas y fortalezas, ayudándoles a reconocer su valía y potencial. El uso regular de las tarjetas de terapia puede llevar a una imagen de uno mismo más positiva y un mayor sentido de seguridad en sí mismo.

Cultivando el Amor Propio y la Compasión:
Muchas tarjetas de terapia se centran en el amor propio y la autocompasión, promoviendo la idea de que debemos tratarnos con la misma amabilidad y cuidado que ofrecemos a los demás. Estas tarjetas guían suavemente a las personas hacia la aceptación de sus imperfecciones, el reconocimiento de sus logros y el fomento de un profundo amor propio.

Conectar con tu Sabiduría Interior:
Las tarjetas de terapia a menudo animan a los usuarios a conectar con su sabiduría interior o intuición. Te invitan a confiar en tus instintos, escuchar tu voz interior y tomar decisiones alineadas con tus deseos verdaderos. Estas tarjetas sirven como un recordatorio de que posees las respuestas y soluciones dentro de ti.

Opciones Multilingües:
Las tarjetas de terapia vienen en varios idiomas, lo que las hace accesibles para una audiencia global. Ya te sientas cómodo con el inglés, español, francés u otro idioma, puedes encontrar tarjetas de terapia que resuenen contigo.

En un mundo lleno de incertidumbres, las tarjetas de terapia ofrecen una luz de esperanza, inspiración y empoderamiento. Son una herramienta versátil que puede ayudarte a enfrentar los desafíos de la vida con valentía y optimismo, aumentar tu autoestima y conectarte con tu sabiduría interior. Ya sea que estés en un viaje de autoconocimiento, enfrentando la ansiedad o simplemente buscando inspiración diaria, las tarjetas de terapia pueden ser tu guía luminosa.

Considera agregar las tarjetas de terapia a tu rutina diaria y observa cómo transforman gradualmente tu perspectiva y te empoderan para llevar una vida más plena. Ha llegado el momento de descubrir el potencial que hay en ti, una tarjeta a la vez.


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Unveiling Therapy Cards: Your Path to Empowerment and Self-Discovery

Sunday, January 7, 2024 @ 12:03 PM

In a world where stress, anxiety, and self-doubt often cloud our minds, finding tools to navigate the complexities of life is essential. Therapy cards, a beautiful and inspiring resource, are gaining recognition as a powerful way to enhance our emotional well-being. In this blog, we'll unveil the world of therapy cards, exploring how they can empower you on your journey of self-discovery and personal growth.

What Are Dr. Nelson's Therapy Cards?
Dr. Nelson's Therapy Cards, also known as self-help cards or affirmation cards, are a set of beautifully designed cards that provide guidance, inspiration, and support for individuals seeking personal growth, emotional healing, and empowerment. These cards cover a wide range of topics, from managing anxiety and depression to improving self-esteem and fostering self-love.

The Power of Visualization:
Each therapy card typically contains a brief message and an affirmation. The power of these cards lies in their ability to stimulate positive thinking and help individuals visualize a brighter future. By focusing on a single card, you can redirect your thoughts, shift your perspective, and cultivate a more optimistic outlook.

Navigating Life's Challenges:
Life is filled with challenges, and therapy cards offer a structured way to address them. Whether you're struggling with anxiety, coping with grief, or seeking clarity on your life's purpose, therapy cards can provide valuable insights and coping strategies. These cards act as a supportive companion on your journey to overcoming obstacles and finding inner strength.

Boosting Self-Esteem and Confidence:
One of the most significant benefits of therapy cards is their ability to boost self-esteem and confidence. They encourage individuals to reflect on their positive qualities and strengths, helping them recognize their worth and potential. Regular use of therapy cards can lead to a more positive self-image and a greater sense of self-assuredness.

Cultivating Self-Love and Compassion:
Many therapy cards focus on self-love and self-compassion, promoting the idea that we should treat ourselves with the same kindness and care we offer to others. These cards gently guide individuals toward embracing their imperfections, acknowledging their achievements, and nurturing a deeper sense of self-love.

Connecting with Your Inner Wisdom:
Therapy cards often encourage users to connect with their inner wisdom or intuition. They invite you to trust your instincts, listen to your inner voice, and make choices aligned with your true desires. These cards serve as a reminder that you possess the answers and solutions within you.

Multilingual Options:
Therapy cards come in various languages, making them accessible to a global audience. Whether you're comfortable with English, Spanish, French, or another language, you can find therapy cards that resonate with you.

In a world filled with uncertainties, therapy cards offer a ray of hope, inspiration, and self-empowerment. They are a versatile tool that can help you face life's challenges with courage and optimism, boost your self-esteem, and connect with your inner wisdom. Whether you're on a journey of self-discovery, dealing with anxiety, or simply seeking daily inspiration, therapy cards can be your guiding light.

Consider adding therapy cards to your daily routine and watch how they gradually transform your perspective and empower you to lead a more fulfilling life. It's time to unveil the potential within you, one card at a time.

Family Development

Sunday, January 7, 2024 @ 11:29 AM

The Concept of Family Development

The concept of family development has been expanded to include: (a) an elaboration on various components of marriage, (b) an evaluation of the dynamics of sibling relationships, (c) an exploration of parenting including the variables influencing decisions whether or not to have children, (d) an examination of some stressors and strains that may contribute conflict in family life, (e) a definition of elements adolescence versus young adulthood and (f) an analysis of special familial issues including intimacy with God. According to McGoldrick, Preto and Carter (2016) marriage has manifold components including economics, emotional connection, power struggles, the establishment of boundaries, sexuality, childrearing, and role definition. At its corpus, marriage entails negotiating many issues that were previously developed from individual worldviews (McGoldrick et al, 2016). Sibling constellations may contribute positively or negatively to the health of marital relationships ((McGoldrick et al, 2016). “Other than the spouse relationship, perhaps no other relationship in life entails the same level of intimacy as that of siblings” (Garland, 2012, p. 180).
Parenting in today’s postmodern culture may also present moral and ethical dilemmas from a biblical perspective regarding “respect for the sanctity of human life” (Kostenberger & Jones, 2010, p. 131). As such, decisions as to whether the use of specific forms of reproductive technology violate God’s Word, should be the bedrock of Christian’s decisions. Regarding a couple’s desire to have children, adoption may represent a viable option (Kostenberger & Jones, 2010). In addition, intentionally developing stress management skills such as coping and problem solving may provide viable familial options geared to achieve effective anger management (Balswick & Balswick, 2014). Balswick and Balswick (2014) recommend “three basic constructive approaches: fair fighting, conflict resolution, and conflict management” (p. 256). The transition from adolescents to adulthood may represent significant challenges for both parents and children. Empowering and engaging adolescents in positive activities, showing them love, understanding, connectedness and support may provide a healthy transition to adulthood (Balswick & Balswick, 2014; McGoldrick et al, 2016). The readings on Contextual Family Therapy and Experiential Family Therapy as models for family development provided many keen insights. I posit that the humanistic underpinnings of Experiential Family Therapy and synonymous with the Gospel. In addition, the nuance of mutual respect rings home profoundly as it relates the pivotal constructs to family development. In conclusion, Yarhouse and Sells (2017) succinctly capture its essence here, “Mutual respect and regard [sic] is essential for the working of a family and essential in the process of therapy” (p. 181).

Balswick J. O. & Balswick J. K. (2014). The family: A Christian perspective of the contemporary home. (4th ed.). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic
Garland, D. R. (2012). Family ministry: A comprehensive guide. (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press
Kostenberger, A. J. & Jones, D. W. (2010). God, marriage, and family: Rebuilding the biblical foundation. (2nd ed.). Wheaton, IL: Crossway
McGoldrick, M., Preto, N. G. & Carter, B. (2016). The expanded family life cycle: Individual, family, and social perspectives. (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson
Yarhouse, M. A. & Sells, J. N. (2017). Family therapies: A comprehensive Christian appraisal. (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Let's Talk about Sex: Male Sexuality: Myths and Misconceptions

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 @ 6:44 PM

Despite sex often being a topic of public discussion many myths about sex still persist. Let's delve into each of these myths about male sexuality:

Sex should always be spontaneous and effortless:

Myth: There's a common misconception that sex should always happen spontaneously and effortlessly, fueled by passion and desire at any given moment.

Reality: In reality, sexual desire and arousal can be influenced by various factors, including stress, fatigue, and emotional well-being. It's essential to recognize that planning and communication are integral parts of a healthy sexual relationship. Scheduled or planned intimacy can be just as satisfying and can provide a sense of anticipation and connection.

It’s all about penetration:

Myth: Another prevailing myth is that sexual activity centers solely around penetration and that this is the primary source of pleasure for men.

Reality: Sexuality is diverse, and pleasure can be derived from various activities, not limited to penetration. Communication and exploration of each other's desires and preferences are crucial. Focusing on mutual satisfaction and pleasure, rather than adhering to specific acts, can enhance the overall sexual experience. Foreplay is important for men and women.

If an erection isn’t maintained until orgasm, then you have erectile dysfunction:

Myth: There is a misconception that any deviation from the stereotypical progression of sexual activity, such as maintaining an erection until orgasm, indicates erectile dysfunction.

Reality: Erectile dysfunction is a medical condition that involves persistent difficulty in achieving or maintaining an erection. However, occasional fluctuations in sexual response are normal. Stress, fatigue, anxiety, or relationship issues can contribute to these variations. It's important to distinguish between occasional challenges and a medical condition, and seeking professional advice can provide clarity and potential solutions.

Stress of exhaustion can prevent erections by moving blood flow away from extremities. As a result the decrease in blood flow can render an erection temporarily impossible.

Men are always in the mood, and if they aren’t aroused by looking at their partner, then he is no longer attracted:

Myth: A pervasive myth suggests that men are always ready for sexual activity, and any lack of immediate arousal indicates a decline in attraction.

Reality: Sexual desire can fluctuate for various reasons, and it's not solely determined by physical attraction. Emotional connection, stress, health, and overall well-being play significant roles. Communicating openly about desires, addressing any underlying issues, and understanding that occasional changes in libido are normal are vital aspects of a healthy sexual relationship. Foreplay for men can be an important part of increasing arousal in order to sustain an erection for intercourse.

In conclusion, debunking these myths is crucial for fostering a more realistic and open understanding of male sexuality. Recognizing the diversity and complexity of sexual experiences can lead to better communication, increased intimacy, and overall improved sexual well-being for individuals and couples alike.

A live stream on the topic of sex will be available on Feb 10th, 2024 9:30 am EST:

Understanding Grief: A Comprehensive Exploration of the Emotional Landscape

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 @ 5:10 PM

Grief is a universal human experience that arises in response to loss, encompassing a range of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. This paper delves into the multifaceted nature of grief, examining its psychological, social, and cultural dimensions. By exploring the various theories and models of grief and the factors influencing the grieving process, we aim to provide a comprehensive understanding of this complex phenomenon. Additionally, the paper addresses coping mechanisms, interventions, and the potential for growth that can emerge from the grieving experience.
Grief is a natural and intricate response to loss, affecting individuals in profound ways. This paper seeks to elucidate the multifaceted nature of grief by examining its psychological, social, and cultural aspects. Understanding grief is essential for individuals navigating the process and mental health professionals, researchers, and society.
Grief can stem from various types of loss, including death, relationship dissolution, job loss, or health deterioration. The emotional response to these losses is not uniform, and the intensity and duration of grief can vary widely.
This section explores prominent models and theories that attempt to elucidate the grieving process. The Kübler-Ross model, the Dual Process Model, and the Tasks of Mourning model are among those examined. By delving into these frameworks, we gain insight into the stages and tasks that individuals commonly experience during grief.
Grief has profound psychological implications, influencing cognitive processes, emotional experiences, and behavioral patterns. This section investigates the impact of grief on mental health, including common symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and complicated grief.
Social and cultural contexts play a significant role in shaping how individuals express and cope with grief. This section explores the influence of societal norms, rituals, and expectations on the grieving process. Additionally, it considers the role of support networks and community in facilitating or hindering the grieving journey.
Individuals employ various coping mechanisms to navigate grief, ranging from seeking social support to engaging in therapeutic interventions. This section explores adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies and examines evidence-based interventions to facilitate healing.
While grief is often associated with pain and suffering, individuals can also experience personal growth and resilience. This section explores the concept of post-traumatic growth and the potential for positive transformation that can emerge from the grieving process.
In conclusion, grief is a complex and multifaceted experience that extends beyond the emotional pain of loss. By understanding the psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of grief, we can develop more effective support systems and interventions to help individuals navigate this universal aspect of the human experience. Further research is needed to deepen our understanding and improve the quality of care for those experiencing grief.