What if Nothing About You Needed Fixing?

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“Fixer Upper” has taken HGTV by storm. It’s the popular home design show featuring Chip and Joanna Gaines, a dynamic and totally endearing couple from Waco, Texas who are known for taking the worst house on the best street and turning it into the house everyone wants. I recently posted a video on my Facebook page featuring Joanna's story of her inspiring trust in God’s direction for her life purpose. Judging from the number of repeat shares, I suspect my husband and I weren’t the only ones Continue Reading

Prayer Brings the Wow Factor to Health and Healing

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Today’s guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith. A report on the relation between prayer and good health published by Richard Schiffman has been given fresh prominence by a book on prayer from preacher, author, and public speaker, Timothy Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (Dutton, 2014). I doubt any conscious attempt to link report and book, but Continue Reading

Career Burnout? How to Relight Your Candle

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Career burnout: it’s a problem anyone can face, but perhaps especially those in jobs requiring intense concentration and long hours. That well describes America’s health care providers. So, not surprisingly, the problem of burnout was a topic that came up often at an annual conference in Boston on medicine and religion. During opportunities for small group discussions, physicians shared their personal stories. One young Yale graduate and mother of two complained of her work-life imbalance, Continue Reading

Your Right to Pain-Free, Balanced Days

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“I’m so busy!” has become such a ubiquitous phrase that it has its own Twitter following. One person tweeted, “I’m so busy I need an appointment to be with myself.” All of this running around is associated with the dreaded S word: Stress. The American Psychological Association’s Stress in America Findings found that Americans report being too busy as a primary barrier to managing stress. It’s a vicious cycle. “Busy is the new sick” writes Dr. Suzanne Koven in her Boston.com post. She Continue Reading

Two Women Who Left Their Mark on Health Care

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Where would we be today without the examples of women whose stories have been weaved into the fabric of our nation’s history? It’s a question The National Women’s History Project is asking us to consider in celebration of Women’s History Month. Two women stand out, both for their contributions to the field of healthcare and their extraordinary accomplishments in the time they lived. Neither let her corset constrict her calling to help people in great need. Both entered battlefields of Continue Reading

Mental Health and the Healing Power of Community

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Today’s guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose commentary and book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith: The National Institute of Mental Health tells us that 18.6 percent of American adults have a diagnosable mental illness. That’s almost one fifth of the population. So, although many people may feel alone in their mental confusion, they’re not. This report was at the heart of an article by author and public Continue Reading

Permanent Happiness Over the Winter Blues

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  This blog was originally published on Huffington Post's GPS for the Soul. Read it here. Weekly snowfall has become the norm in my Boston suburb. Even the hearty Canadian transplants are starting to weary of our endless winter. The historic snowfall has spawned jokes (free snow!), prompted neighborliness, and made school closings the norm rather than the exception. Some cabin-fever Bostonians looking for an escape have even taken to posting videos as they fling themselves from Continue Reading

How Do You Know What’s True About Your Health?

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  A simple perusal of the day’s headlines points to a great stir in the health industry. With conflicting reports and opinions, the truth isn’t so black and white when it comes to many global issues, perhaps most importantly our health. For instance, now even the experts are questioning the routine removal of wisdom teeth and, after 40 years of government warnings, we’re celebrating the comeback of the egg as no longer a devil in white clothing. Or will these conclusions change in Continue Reading

The War on Sleep: A Holy Way to Get the “Sweetest” Rest

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Today's guest blog is by Boston-based writer, Kim Shippey, whose book reviews offer a helpful perspective on the intersection of health with spirituality, culture, and faith. It’s a disturbing thought that one of the fiercest—though not unexpected—causes of poor health in the United States is lack of health-restoring sleep. This was highlighted a few months ago in a well-researched report by Benjamin Dueholm titled, “The war against rest” (The Christian Century, November 17, 2014). The Continue Reading

Can Prayer Dig You Out After a Blizzard?

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Nearly three feet of snow fell in the suburbs of Boston where we live during the epic Blizzard of 2015. It’s on record here as the biggest January storm in a century. Despite early predictions, there were not widespread power outages and the snow remained light and fluffy for easier removal. Whether it’s a personal, health, financial problem, or an actual storm, we all face times when we can feel so buried by our circumstances that solutions seem elusive. That was the case for me two years Continue Reading