Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

On the radio today, Steve Arterburn mentioned EMDR and how it can help those who have suffered extreme trauma. EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an amazing psychotherapy approach and in the segment below Dr. Sheri Keffer and Dr. Curt Rouanzoin get together to explain what it is and how it works. Click on the image to watch now!

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Counting Your Blessings

Counting Your Blessings

Blessings crown the head of the righteous . . . Proverbs 10:6 NIV

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Because we have been so richly blessed, we should make thanksgiving a habit, a regular part of our daily routines. But sometimes, amid the stresses and obligations of everyday life, we may allow interruptions and distractions to interfere with the time we spend with God.

Have you counted your blessings today? And have you thanked God for them? Hopefully so. After all, God’s gifts include your family, your friends, your talents, your opportunities, your possessions, and the priceless gift of eternal life. How glorious are these gifts . . . and God is responsible for every one of them.

So today, as you go about the duties of everyday life, pause and give thanks to the Creator. He deserves your praise, and you deserve the experience of praising Him.

God’s kindness is not like the sunset—brilliant in its intensity, but dying every second. God’s generosity keeps coming and coming and coming.   ~Bill Hybels

When you and I are related to Jesus Christ, our strength and wisdom and peace and joy and love and hope may run out, but His life rushes in to keep us filled to the brim. We are showered with blessings, not because of anything we have or have not done, but simply because of Him. ~Anne Graham Lotz

Do we not continually pass by blessings innumerable without notice, and instead fix our eyes on what we feel to be our trials and our losses, and think and talk about these until our whole horizon is filled with them, and we almost begin to think we have no blessings at all? ~Hannah Whitall Smith

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, I have more blessings than I can count, and I praise You for Your gifts. Let me use my talents and my possessions for  Your glory . . . and for Your Son. Amen

New Life Live: July 1, 2014

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Topics: AffairsChristian WalkMarriagePornographyPTSDSexual IntimacyParentingAdult Children 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. John Townsend

Caller Questions:

  1. What action should I take if my married boss is having an affair at work? 
  2. Why does my husband blame me for his pornography addiction? 
  3. Comment: tv.newlife.com showed me that I have a porn addiction. 
  4. What help can I give my brother to find hope with his PTSD? 
  5. My husband says his prostate is the cause of the lack of sex in our marriage. 
  6. How do I help my 20yo son with his desire for emotional intimacy? 

Suggested Resources:
Leadership Beyond Reason  (not available from New Life)
Boundaries in Marriage 
Healing Is a Choice
How We Love

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New Life Live: June 30, 2014

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Topics: AbortionParentingForgivenessChristian Walk
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Henry Cloud and Special Guest Lauren Beccue, author of UN-Expecting about facing pregnancy as a single woman in college

Caller Questions:

  1. How do I pass spiritual wisdom to my child if I wasn’t brought up that way? 
  2. Comment: I resent your guest today saying that abortion is not a choice. 
  3. Comment: I have had two abortions and volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center to help women make good choices. 
  4. How can I relieve the deep guilt of almost aborting my daughter? 

Suggested Resources:
UN-Expecting (available from amazon.com)
Forgiving the Unforgivable
God of Second Chances

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Doing The Right Thing

Doing the Right Thing

For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. - 1 Peter 3:12 KJV

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Oswald Chambers, the author of the Christian classic devotional text My Utmost For His Highest, advised, “Never support an experience which does not have God as its source, and faith in God as its result.” These words serve as a powerful reminder that, as Christians, we are called to walk with God and obey His commandments. But, we live in a world that presents us with countless temptations to stray far from God’s path.

Each new day presents countless opportunities to put God in first place . . . or not. When we honor Him by living according to His commandments, we earn for ourselves the abundance and peace that He promises. But, when we concern ourselves more with pleasing others than with pleasing our Creator, we bring needless suffering upon ourselves and our families. Would you like a time-tested formula for successful living? Here is a formula that is proven and true: Seek God’s approval in every aspect of your life. Does this sound too simple? Perhaps it is simple, but it is also the only way to reap the marvelous riches that God has in store for you.

So today, take every step of your journey with God as your traveling companion. Read His Word and follow His commandments. Support only those activities that further God’s kingdom and your spiritual growth. Be an example of righteous living to your friends, to your neighbors, and to your children. Then, reap the blessings that God has promised to all those who live according to His will and His Word.

If we have the true love of God in our hearts, we will show it in our lives. We will not have to go up and down the earth proclaiming it. We will show it in everything we say or do. – D. L. Moody 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, please help me honor you in everything I say and do today. Help me to live my life as if it were the only Bible someone will ever see. Amen

New Life Live: June 27, 2014

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Topics: PornographyDatingHomosexualityDifficult ConversationsIn-laws
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Sheri KefferMilan Yerkovich

Caller Questions:

  1. Thank you for a great Israel trip! Sign me up for Club New Life! 
  2. What measures do I need to take to get my husband to Every Man’s Battle? 
  3. Why am I attracted to the wrong girls instead of the girls at church? 
  4. My girlfriend is divorcing and needs to tell her kids she is now a lesbian; any advice? 
  5. I don’t like my mother-in-law showing up without calling, so my husband thinks I hate her.

Suggested Resources:
Living with Your Husband’s Secret Wars
Healing Is a Choice
7 Minute Marriage Solution

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New Life Live: June 26, 2014

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Topics: DatingBoundariesAffairsSeparationGetting UnstuckDrug AbuseAdult Children 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Sheri KefferMilan Yerkovich

Caller Questions:

  1. I am in love with a pathological liar; do I need to set boundaries? 
  2. If women submitted to their husbands more, would men cheat less? 
  3. I am separated and have abandonment issues; how do I get through this and move forward? 
  4. My 25yo son is in rehab for heroin; how do I tell him he can’t move home since I have a new husband? 

Suggested Resources:
Is This The One
How We Love
Life Recovery Bible

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Helping Others Manage Turbulent Times

Helping Others Manage Turbulent Times

From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. – Proverbs 16:23 NLT

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If you want to help your family and friends overcome stress, then you must measure your words carefully. And that’s exactly what God wants you to do. God’s Word reminds us that “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18 NIV).

Today, make this promise to yourself: vow to be an honest, effective, encouraging communicator at work, at home, and everyplace in between. Speak wisely, not impulsively. Use words of kindness and praise, not words of anger or derision. Learn how to be truthful without being cruel.

Remember that you have the power to heal others or to injure them, to lift others up or to hold them back. And when you learn how to lift them up, you’ll soon discover that you’ve lifted yourself up, too.

Attitude and the spirit in which we communicate are as important as the words we say.   ~Charles Stanley

Part of good communication is listening with the eyes as well as with the ears.   ~Josh McDowell

We should ask ourselves three things before we speak: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it glorify God? ~Billy Graham

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, You have warned me that I will be judged  by the words I speak. Keep me mindful, Lord,  that I have influence on many people; make me an influence  for good. And, may the words that I speak today be worthy of the One who has saved me forever. Amen

New Life Live: June 23, 2014

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Topics: MarriageEmotional AffairsGuiltForgivenessCodependency
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Henry Cloud

Caller Questions:

  1. How do I let go of an emotional relationship with a girlfriend I dated before I got married? 
  2. I struggle with guilt because I did not get to explain things to my mom before she died. 
  3. What help can I get as a codependent with a wife that seems to be looking for another on Facebook? 

Suggested Resources:
7 Minute Marriage Solution
Never Go Back

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Sloth Destroys Character

Sloth Destroys Character

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 3:13-14 NIV

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If you’d like a surefire formula for tearing down your character, here it is: do everything you can to avoid doing an honest day’s work. But if you’d like a proven formula for building character, do your work with vigor, dedication, and enthusiasm.

You’ve probably heard the advice since you were a child: ‘Give the boss an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.’ But sometimes, you’ll be tempted to do otherwise. Why? For starters, no job is perfect’and that means that your job isn’t perfect, either. So, from time to time, you’ll probably become upset with your job, and it is during these times, when you’re frustrated or upset, that you’ll be tempted to gripe, to waste time, and to do little else. Avoid these temptations they’re self-destructive.

Even if you’re planning on quitting your job tomorrow, give your boss a full day’s work today. Otherwise, you’ll be developing a very bad habit: the habit of giving less than 100%. It’s a character- destroying trait, an easy habit to acquire and a difficult habit to break.

If you’re looking for folks to waste time with, you can probably find them just about anywhere’including your workplace. But if you’re looking for a meaningful life (not to mention a career that you love), make up your mind to be the kind of person whose work speaks (in glowing terms) for itself. When you do, you’ll discover that when you give your best, you enjoy work the most.

The worst thing that laziness does is rob a man of spiritual purpose. Billy Graham

The only cure for laziness is to be filled with the life of God. Oswald Chambers

Work is such a beautiful and helpful thing, and independence so delightful that I wonder why there are any lazy people in the world. Louisa May Alcott