Feeling kinda Monday?
We've got the playlist that will power you through your workout and the rest of the week!
In one word, yes!
So there is a ton of science and research to support this claim, but I'm not going to bore you with statistics. Simply put, exercise tells your brain to release endorphins. Endorphins stimulate your reward system causing the release of dopamine. Dopamine is the chemical in your brain that makes you feel happy or experience euphoria.
Guess what alcohol and drugs do... that's right!
The same thing!
In essence, you could trade a heroin high for a runner's high and skip all the risky behaviors that lead to jail, institutions, and death.
If it's that simple why isn't everyone doing it?
Because of course things can never be as simple as they sound.
Mandisa - Good Morning
(I do not own the rights to this music.)
Happy Monday Friends!
It's impossible to listen to that song and not feel energized!
We've compiled Twenty-Five Christian songs that are sure to get you pumped!
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Watching your loved one struggle with an addiction is a heart-breaking experience. Your relationship to the person brings its own unique struggles. Today we will explore what addiction looks like within a marriage, tips for conquering this battle and resources should you find yourself feeling lost or alone.
But first, let's bring our concerns before the Lord in prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the creator of marriage. You designed it to be such a beautiful expression of love and selflessness. Our marriages are meant to reflect the love that you have for the church. Husbands are called to love their wives as they love themselves, putting her well- being before his own and loving with a sacrificial love. Wives are called to submit to their husbands, as to the Lord and to be his helper.
You created this beautiful partnership. Help us to excel in our roles and to honor you by honoring the spouse you have blessed us with.
Motivational toast! Get it?!
Omg, I'm laughing way too hard at this thing. I will forever be the biggest fan of dad jokes!
Today we are talking about all things routine and structure.
Ahh, structure, that word is music to my ears!
When I hear structure, I think success!
Did you know that having a schedule can alleviate all of your anxiety? When I said schedule I meant to say, God. God can alleviate ALL of your anxiety, but a schedule definitely helps!
Our minds are God's miraculous creation but sometimes they do crazy things! Like think too long or too hard about certain topics that really don't deserve that much of our attention.
Today we will discuss how implementing more consistency can eliminate concern, how more routine leaves less room for ruminating, and how more structure shuts up our anxious thoughts!
I am SO excited about today's post! There are many things I'm passionate about, but some things I'm overly passionate about! One is Jesus, two - helping people in recovery, and three -GIFT GIVING!
I think we can all agree that it feels good to know that someone is thinking of us, supporting us, praying for us. Today I have a list of gifts that are sure to convey to your loved one that they are loved!
What is proper gift-giving etiquette for someone in recovery?
Do you give a gift the moment they decide they want to get sober?
Perhaps you wait until your loved one has reached a milestone in their recovery, like their first month of sobriety or one year sober.
Really, when is the appropriate time to celebrate?
I can't think of a better way to start the day than with a grateful heart! In a world filled with mopey Monday memes - God has called you to be the light! Be someone's sunshine as they manage their Monday blues.
Let's begin this day with prayer.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this beautiful day and forgive us for our oftentimes ungrateful hearts. Remind us to be thankful for each and every blessing you have poured upon us.
When we struggle to sing your praise, change our tune.
Help us to take responsibility for our attitude. It is ours alone to control. We may not be able to change every circumstance in our life, but we are able to choose how we respond.
Use us to reach others for your kingdom. Help us to have a reason for anyone who asks about our joy. Let us lead others to you through the way we live, the words we speak, our actions, and how we love. When they see us, we pray that they truly see you!
If anything is preventing us from loving the way that you love - Lord, we ask that you remove it. Break down our barriers. Stretch us outside of our comfort zone. Mold us to be more and more like you.
Less of me. More of you.
In Jesus name,
Riddle me this:
Let's be honest. Talking to someone you love about their addiction can be down right uncomfortable.
The thought of even brining up the topic is enough to give you anxiety.
You may be unsure of how they will respond or better yet, you know exactly how they're going to react and unfortunately, it isn't going to be at all what you are hoping for.
If you have ever felt nervous about starting a conversation with your loved one about their addiction then keep reading! We've got some tips that will ease your nerves and help you get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
7 TIPS FOR TALKING TO YOUR LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR ADDICTION
Let's start this week off right!!
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we begin a new week, help us to focus on you and the plans you have set before us.
Today is a fresh start. A clean slate. Another opportunity!
If there are mistakes that we've made in the past week, help us to correct them moving forward. If there are choices that we are not proud of, help us to make wiser choices this week.
Let us find peace and comfort in knowing that your mercies are new every morning.
Let us express our gratitude for your grace by seeking to do what is pleasing to you.
Walk with us every moment of every day.
Surely, challenges will come.
Please guide and direct us as navigate those struggles.
Let us rejoice in our blessings and give all glory to you, Lord!
Use us to love, support, and encourage others. Gently remind us that we are your hands and feet. Open our hearts to follow your will.
It's in your mighty name we pray!
Substance Abuse Counselor