Are 2015 Grads Spiritually Prepared to Pass Life’s Tests?

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When a graduation speech in rural Alabama produced a spontaneous prayer to a healing God I wanted to stand up and clap, too. Senior Christian Crawford struck YouTube fame and received national media attention for his public appeal to God during a medical emergency in the audience. His prayer went viral after he delivered it to the crowd during Clay Chalkville High School’s graduation ceremony this past May. Speaking to more than 1,000 people, the graduate said the words just came to his Continue Reading

A Teacher’s Prayer for Peace in the Classroom (#NationalDayofPrayer)

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Today's blog is a tribute to National Day of Prayer. You can share this blog using the hashtag #NationalDayofPrayer or #NDP2015. You  can also read it on Huffington Post's Education page here. If only I lost those extra pounds, If only so-and-so wasn’t in my life, If only I got a raise, If only I was younger, If only I hadn’t said that . . . Those mental refrains can seem as solid as a concrete wall in daily life. They have a way of putting off happiness and health in the present, making Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

Find Your Way Out of a Hopeless Place

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I recently watched a video circulating on my Facebook feed that featured a veteran Gulf War paratrooper’s inspiring transformation. He’d jumped from a plane too many times and his repeated landings had taken a toll on his back and knees. After several operations, he walked on crutches and gained a lot of weight. He couldn’t exercise anymore. For 15 years his doctors told him he would never walk unassisted again. He accepted this as fact. Yet, despite his dire diagnosis and the prospect of Continue Reading

Film “Unbroken” Delivers Powerful Message of Perseverance and Forgiveness

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After enduring a near-fatal plane crash, 47 days adrift at sea on a life raft, shark attacks, starvation, enemy fire, and finally being rescued by the Japanese Navy only to be taken as a prisoner of war, you might think nothing worse could happen. But the punches kept coming. Literally. So goes the true story of WWII veteran Louis Zamperini, played out in the recent blockbuster film adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's New York Times bestseller "Unbroken." But make no mistake. Behind this Continue Reading

Empathy’s Vital Connection to Your Health

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Scrolling through my Facebook feed I see a mix of posts ranging from the celebratory (weddings, milestones with children, anniversaries, etc.) to the more melancholic posts reaching out for empathy and compassion from the friend group. Here's a sampling: a friend receives an outpouring of heartfelt messages after her husband's passing; another friend is applauded on her personal transformation and encouraged to keep up her new healthy lifestyle; another receives encouragement in her job Continue Reading