According to MW online dictionary, "shame" is "a painful emotion caused by consciousness of guilt, shortcoming, or impropriety; a condition of humiliating disgrace or disrepute; something that brings censure or reproach; something to be regretted."
Whoosh! For many of us, "shame" is an old familiar friend, but by God's good graces and mercy, God Himself invaded our heart and mind with His love--and by His strength, we bid "adiós" to Señor Shame.
I'd like you to meet Adam. He struggled with shame for years and his captivating story will ....
Apparently, we're gaining weight during Covid, a phenomenon fondly called "The Quarantine 15." And it's no wonder, right?! The sad news is that America already had a weight problem that has only grown over these last 9 months.
According to Statista, 26% of US adults are inactive and 31% are obese (the highest rate in the WORLD!). The cause? Nearly half of all Americans conclude that main contributors for obesity are inactivity and a poor diet.
Our daily routines have changed drastically and our stress levels have skyrocketed in 2020. The gyms are closed, and we stock up on prepackaged foods or takeout. How do we cope with all the fear and the unknowns? To what do we turn in our time of need?
For some folks, it's Food.
Though we may be more inactive than ever and though we may not be choosing the most healthy foods during this long and troublesome season, there is another culprit at play as well, and we tend to shy away from addressing this all-too-familiar foe when it comes to food.
Loss or death of a loved one is a life experience that most of us have encountered. Today on the Choose 2 Think Podcast you will meet Bryan C. Taylor who has captured in remarkable ways those otherwise universal feelings and emotions that result from love, loss, and life in the aftermath.
Bryan's first book Even if You Don't is a #1 Amazon bestseller in the love and loss category. So many of the Amazon reviewers wrote that once you start reading Bryan's books, you will finish about 4 hours later. They are just that captivating, engaging, and meaningful. Click on the book links below to take a peek inside and purchase for you or someone you know who would be encouraged by their messages of life and hope.
Click Read More to see a video trailer for Even if You Don't: A Love Story.
I discovered that the opposite of "anxiety" is "carefree."
When I think of carefree, I think of walking along the beach, dipping my toes in the water, feeling small, grateful, and alive.
Or maybe I dream of strolling through the forest, taking in all the sights and sounds like the crunching from my boots on the path, the chirping birds, and the rustling leaves and stunning views.
Maybe carefree means I am literally free from cares, worries, and anxiety. That feels a bit impossible, especially given today's climate, my work load, my goals, my family, and duties.
Could it mean that I am free in the sense of being liberated. Ah. Now we're on to something.
It's not that I don't have worries and concerns and distractions--we all do--it may mean that I learn to cast them back to God when they come cascading down on my heart and mind.
I make it a practice to take thoughts captive. Anxiety is a very real emotion and state of being. Yet we do not have to stay stuck there. When we become rooted in anxiety, it becomes quite caustic and a real source of danger to our emotional well being.
Need a bit of guidance with where to start? Click the link below to download a turbo-charged cheat sheet to help you take thoughts captive right now!
Read more to get 6 practical tips on overcoming anxiety!
Recently, I got a teeny taste of what my life may be like once my youngest graduates and moves out on his own. Let's just say as a single mom, I've had my share of alone time, BUT the thought of being alone day-after-day doesn't sound appealing.
Not only was I alone, I also felt lonely. And this made me want to figure out what was rattling around in my brain and how to handle (in healthy ways) this reality that I'd likely face in the future.
I discovered 2 things:
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