Week 1 - Janaury 2:

Inside Out

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Books

Switch on Your Brain by Caroline Leaf

According to researchers, the vast majority (a whopping 75-98 percent) of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about truly affects us both physically and emotionally. In fact, fear alone triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses in our bodies, activating more than thirty different hormones! Supported by current scientific and medical research, Dr. Caroline Leaf gives readers a prescription for better health and wholeness through correct thinking patterns, declaring that we are not victims of our biology.


Podcast

Emotionally Healthy Leader Podcast Episode - Get Free from Criticisms, Triggers, and Reactivity

This podcast episode by Pete Scazzero, author of Emotionally Healthy Discipleship, explores some common triggers such as defensiveness, blame, and anger. He then unpacks ways to experience God’s healing and transformation in these areas of our lives.


Website

Focus on the Family - Search keywords such as anger, emotions, triggers.


Spiritual Practices

Journaling is a key practice to growing in your awareness of emotions. The Mad/Sad/Glad/Afraid method is just one style of journaling. In this approach you write from a first person perspective without editing or critiquing your words and thoughts. This allows you to access the emotions that you are feeling but may be unaware and even uncomfortable with. As you do this on a daily basis or even several times a week you will grow in your ability to become aware of your emotions and to take the next step in bringing them to God in prayer and asking Him for a deeper understanding of them.

Week 2 - January 9:

The Painful Truth

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Books

The Gift of Being Yourself by David Benner

 "Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee." Augustine Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning God's purposes for you. Paradoxically, the more you become like Christ, the more you become authentically yourself… David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ.


The Thing Beneath the Thing by Steve Carter

Journey with a seasoned fellow traveler who has learned how to ask key questions that help unlock the places where we’ve buried things. Then dig deep, invite healing, and learn new ways to operate so that we may begin to experience the life of freedom Jesus has promised us. The process lies in discovering our triggers: the setup that sets us off hideouts: where we go to escape the pain of our story insecurities: the false stories we create about ourselves narratives: the false stories we create about others grace: the place where we discover how to become whole, holy, and spiritually healthy


Podcast

Living Centered Podcast Episode - Living Centered While Acknowledging Our Painful Past

Many of us have been told, "Don't dwell in the past." But the truth about trauma is that if we don't acknowledge, name, and honor our past pain, it will negatively impact our emotional, mental, and even physical health. Dr. Dan Allender and Cathy Loerzel, MA, co-founders of the Allender Center in Seattle, discuss their new book Redeeming Heartache and the power of engaging and examining the painful parts of our stories to find healing and redemption


Spiritual Practices

The Welcome Prayer - Prayer this prayer aloud each day for the next few weeks. Pay attention to the places God is growing your awareness and the places you struggle to release to Him. Ask Him to increase your awareness as you surrender to Him.


Welcome, welcome, welcome.

I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment because I know it is for my healing.

I welcome all thoughts, feelings, emotions, persons, situations and conditions.

I let go of my desire for security. I let go of my desire for approval. I let go of my desire for control.

I let go of my desire to change any situation, condition, person, or myself.

I open to the love and presence of God

and the healing action and grace within.

–Mary Mrozowski 1925-1993

Week 3 - January 16:

Shameful

Books

Soul of Shame by Dr. Curt Thompson

Whether we realize it or not, shame affects every aspect of our personal lives and vocational endeavors. It seeks to destroy our identity in Christ, replacing it with a damaged version of ourselves that results in unhealed pain and brokenness. But God is telling a different story for your life. Thompson's expertise and compassion will help you identify your own pains and struggles and find freedom from the lifelong negative messages that bind you. Rewrite the story of your life and embrace healing and wholeness as you discover and defeat shame's insidious agenda.


Podcast

TED Talk - Listening to Shame by Brené Brown - Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.


Spiritual Practices

The speaker mentioned that shame needs 3 things to grow: secrecy, silence and judgment. Take time this week to be with God and consider these three questions:

What secret needs to be brought out into the light?

What shameful memory or activity needs to be spoken?

What shame do you carry that needs to experience God’s forgiveness and mercy?

Now go share your answer with someone you can trust.

Week 4 - January 23:

Spiraling Up

Books

Identity Matters by Terry Wardle

True Christian identity rests upon the rock solid promise that we are the children of God. Discovering who we are in Christ unlocks an inheritance that is eternal, secure, and overflowing with transforming grace that changes our lives at the deepest level, unleashing amazing possibilities for life and ministry. God's promise brings the unshakable certainty that at the core of our lives, we are forever hidden in Christ.


Podcast

Daybreak Roundtable Discussion


Website

Theodyssey Short-term Studies

Every spiritual journey has essential landmarks along the way. An authentic friendship with God emerges as you address distorted views, establish healthy patterns, and find hope and freedom through the truth of God’s love.


Spiritual Practices

Healing Care Ministries offers various free resources to assist you in your spiritual growth. Check out the teaching on these select spiritual practices - tools to create space in your journey of transformation.


Daybreak Groups


Starting this February: 

Emotional Healthy Relationships


Starting this September:

Emotional Healthy Spirituality - semester group - Contact Deb Williams

Theodyssey - 9-month group - Contact Linnea Hollander