The Christian Habits Podcast https://barbraveling.com Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We’ll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life. Thu, 04 Jul 2019 13:24:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Do you ever feel like you can’t change no matter how hard you try? On the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. This is a practical, hands-on podcast that will help you break free from the things that control you: things like bad habits, idolatry, overeating, and negative emotions such as worry, insecurity, anger, and stress. We'll also talk about how to develop a close relationship with God as we develop the habit of going to Him for help with life. Barb Raveling clean Barb Raveling barb.raveling@gmail.com barb.raveling@gmail.com (Barb Raveling) copyright 2014 Barb Raveling Starting good habits. Stopping bad habits. Biblical transformation through the renewing of the mind. The Christian Habits Podcast https://barbraveling.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/TheChristianHabitsPodcastBlue1400.jpg https://barbraveling.com Productivity and Parenting with Tricia Goyer (Fixed) https://barbraveling.com/productivity-and-parenting-with-tricia-goyer-fixed/ Tue, 04 Jun 2019 21:07:07 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=14573 https://barbraveling.com/productivity-and-parenting-with-tricia-goyer-fixed/#respond https://barbraveling.com/productivity-and-parenting-with-tricia-goyer-fixed/feed/ 0 <p>On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Tricia Goyer with us. This will be the last podcast for the next few months as I’ll be taking a break from both the Christian Habits Podcast and Taste for Truth Weight Loss Podcast over the summer. Tricia Goyer is a woman I<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/productivity-and-parenting-with-tricia-goyer-fixed/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/productivity-and-parenting-with-tricia-goyer-fixed/">Productivity and Parenting with Tricia Goyer (Fixed)</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Tricia Goyer with us. This will be the last podcast for the next few months as I’ll be taking a break from both the Christian Habits Podcast and Taste for Truth Weight Loss Podcast over the summer.

Productivity and Parenting with Tricia Goyer

Tricia Goyer is a woman I could sit down and visit for hours with because I feel like she has so much wise advice. We talked about both productivity and parenting in this podcast and I’ve been thinking over one of her tips on productivity (the 80/20 rule) ever since I recorded the interview a week ago.

We talk about productivity first on the podcast and then parenting. Here are a few of the things we’ll be talking about:

  • How the 80-20 principle can help you get more done.
  • How to be productive in a house full of kids (Tricia has ten kids and has published 70+ books. I can’t even begin to imagine that!)
  • How to calm angry kids.
  • Why angry kids want to see you get mad as well.
  • How the 80-20 rule can help you in parenting as well.
  • What it’s like to live in a house full of kids.
  • Why God wants us to get out of our comfort zone.
  • Some of the things we struggle with when we get out of our comfort zone.
  • How God can help us grow when we get out of our comfort zone.

Resources we Talked About on This Podcast:

Do you have a hard time finding time to work on big goals? Do you struggle with how to respond to angry kids? Join Tricia Goyer and I as we share solutions!

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast:

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On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Tricia Goyer with us. This will be the last podcast for the next few months as I’ll be taking a break from both the Christian Habits Podcast and Taste for Truth Weight Loss Podcast... Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Tricia Goyer with us. This will be the last podcast for the next few months as I’ll be taking a break from both the Christian Habits Podcast and Taste for Truth Weight Loss Podcast over the summer.

Tricia Goyer is a woman I could sit down and visit for hours with because I feel like she has so much wise advice. We talked about both productivity and parenting in this podcast and I’ve been thinking over one of her tips on productivity (the 80/20 rule) ever since I recorded the interview a week ago.
We talk about productivity first on the podcast and then parenting. Here are a few of the things we’ll be talking about:

* How the 80-20 principle can help you get more done.
* How to be productive in a house full of kids (Tricia has ten kids and has published 70+ books. I can’t even begin to imagine that!)
* How to calm angry kids.
* Why angry kids want to see you get mad as well.
* How the 80-20 rule can help you in parenting as well.
* What it’s like to live in a house full of kids.
* Why God wants us to get out of our comfort zone.
* Some of the things we struggle with when we get out of our comfort zone.
* How God can help us grow when we get out of our comfort zone.

Resources we Talked About on This Podcast:

* Tricia Goyer’s book Calming Angry Kids
* Tricia’s website
* Tricia’s Podcast: Walk It Out Podcast
* Tricia’s Facebook Page


How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast:

* To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

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How To Do a Renewing of the Mind Project https://barbraveling.com/how-to-do-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/ Tue, 07 May 2019 13:00:17 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=14294 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-do-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-do-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever feel like you’d like a little help with some area of your life? If so, consider starting a “renewing of the mind project.” We’ll talk about what that looks like and how to get started on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast. This podcast will be a little different than my<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-do-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-do-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/">How To Do a Renewing of the Mind Project</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever feel like you’d like a little help with some area of your life? If so, consider starting a “renewing of the mind project.” We’ll talk about what that looks like and how to get started on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast. This podcast will be a little different than my normal as I’ll be the interviewee rather than the interviewer. I’ll be sharing a recent interview I did with Jodi Aiken on her podcast, Pennies from Heaven.

Renewing of the Mind Project - interview with Jodi Aiken

Jodi Aiken is a writer, podcaster, and speaker. Raised in a small South Carolina town, Jodi grew up in a non-Christian religion, the youngest of five children. She understands and desires for others to know that trusting God with the past, present, and future is essential to living free in Christ. She is a “mom” to two adult sons. Thirty years of marriage to her husband Chris have provided countless adventures, including life as a military spouse, a police officer’s wife, and now the wife of a pastor.

Resources Mentioned on the Podcast

How To Do a Renewing of the Mind Project - interview with Jodi Aiken

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

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]]> Do you ever feel like you’d like a little help with some area of your life? If so, consider starting a “renewing of the mind project.” We’ll talk about what that looks like and how to get started on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast. Christian Habits Podcast. This podcast will be a little different than my normal as I’ll be the interviewee rather than the interviewer. I’ll be sharing a recent interview I did with Jodi Aiken on her podcast, Pennies from Heaven.

Jodi Aiken is a writer, podcaster, and speaker. Raised in a small South Carolina town, Jodi grew up in a non-Christian religion, the youngest of five children. She understands and desires for others to know that trusting God with the past, present, and future is essential to living free in Christ. She is a “mom” to two adult sons. Thirty years of marriage to her husband Chris have provided countless adventures, including life as a military spouse, a police officer’s wife, and now the wife of a pastor.
Resources Mentioned on the Podcast

* Jodi’s podcast: Pennies from Heaven
* Jodi’s website
* Jodi’s Instagram
* The Renewing of the Mind Project


How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

* To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

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Barb Raveling clean 26:14 Connecting with God in Hard Times with Sarah Forgrave https://barbraveling.com/connecting-with-god-during-hard-times-with-sarah-forgrave/ Tue, 09 Apr 2019 13:00:44 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13862 https://barbraveling.com/connecting-with-god-during-hard-times-with-sarah-forgrave/#respond https://barbraveling.com/connecting-with-god-during-hard-times-with-sarah-forgrave/feed/ 0 <p>Are you going through a difficult time right now either in your own life or the life of someone you love? On this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Sarah Forgrave with us to talk about connecting with God during those difficult times in our lives. During hard times we have<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/connecting-with-god-during-hard-times-with-sarah-forgrave/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/connecting-with-god-during-hard-times-with-sarah-forgrave/">Connecting with God in Hard Times with Sarah Forgrave</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Connecting with God in Hard Times with Sarah ForgraveAre you going through a difficult time right now either in your own life or the life of someone you love? On this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Sarah Forgrave with us to talk about connecting with God during those difficult times in our lives.

During hard times we have one of two choices: 1) We can go to God for help and grow closer to Him and more like Him, or 2) we can be a bit angry with God and distance ourselves from Him. Sarah Forgrave talks about connecting with God during hard times so that we’ll grow closer to Him and mature.

Sarah Forgrave is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, prayer devotionals that connect readers to God during hard times. Familiar with the broken messes of life, Sarah loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or spend time with her entrepreneurial husband and two preteen children.

Resources We Talked About on the Podcast

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

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Are you going through a difficult time right now either in your own life or the life of someone you love? On this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Sarah Forgrave with us to talk about connecting with God during those difficu... Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Sarah Forgrave with us to talk about connecting with God during those difficult times in our lives.
During hard times we have one of two choices: 1) We can go to God for help and grow closer to Him and more like Him, or 2) we can be a bit angry with God and distance ourselves from Him. Sarah Forgrave talks about connecting with God during hard times so that we’ll grow closer to Him and mature.
Sarah Forgrave is the author of Prayers of Hope for Caregivers and Prayers for Hope and Healing, prayer devotionals that connect readers to God during hard times. Familiar with the broken messes of life, Sarah loves encouraging others toward a deeper walk of faith. When she’s not writing or speaking, she loves to shop the aisles at Trader Joe’s or spend time with her entrepreneurial husband and two preteen children.
Resources We Talked About on the Podcast

* Prayers of Hope for Caregivers
* Prayers for Hope and Healing
* Sarah Forgrave’s website

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

* To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

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3 Mindset Shifts That Can Help You Accomplish Your Important Goals https://barbraveling.com/3-mindset-shifts-that-can-help-you-accomplish-your-important-goals/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 12:00:48 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13649 https://barbraveling.com/3-mindset-shifts-that-can-help-you-accomplish-your-important-goals/#comments https://barbraveling.com/3-mindset-shifts-that-can-help-you-accomplish-your-important-goals/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever find yourself working on a goal but secretly thinking, I’ll never be able to do this? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson shares three mindset shifts that can help us accomplish goals. Here are the three mindset shifts we’ll be discussing on today’s podcast: You don’t have<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/3-mindset-shifts-that-can-help-you-accomplish-your-important-goals/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/3-mindset-shifts-that-can-help-you-accomplish-your-important-goals/">3 Mindset Shifts That Can Help You Accomplish Your Important Goals</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever find yourself working on a goal but secretly thinking, I’ll never be able to do this? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson shares three mindset shifts that can help us accomplish goals.

3 Mindest Shifts That Will Help You Accomplish Your Goals

Here are the three mindset shifts we’ll be discussing on today’s podcast:

  1. You don’t have to feel like working on it.
  2. Let go of all or nothing thinking.
  3. Believe that you can do it with God’s help if He has called you to do it.

Melanie also discusses what to do if you’re not sure whether or not God has called you to do something.

Resources we Talked About on This Podcast

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

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]]> Do you ever find yourself working on a goal but secretly thinking, I’ll never be able to do this? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson shares three mindset shifts that can help us accomplish goals. Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson shares three mindset shifts that can help us accomplish goals.

Here are the three mindset shifts we’ll be discussing on today’s podcast:

* You don’t have to feel like working on it.
* Let go of all or nothing thinking.
* Believe that you can do it with God’s help if He has called you to do it.

Melanie also discusses what to do if you’re not sure whether or not God has called you to do something.
Resources we Talked About on This Podcast

* A Year of Living Productively by Melanie Wilson Ph. D
* The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
* Time Warrior, by Steve Chandler
* Melanie’s podcast, The Homeschool Sanity Show
* Melanie’s blog
* How to Get Organized – podcast episode with Melanie
* 3 Habits that will Help You Boost Your Productivity – podcast episode with Melanie

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

* To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

clean 29:04 What to Do When Your Spouse is Unfaithful https://barbraveling.com/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-is-unfaithful/ Tue, 12 Feb 2019 13:00:18 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13646 https://barbraveling.com/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-is-unfaithful/#comments https://barbraveling.com/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-is-unfaithful/feed/ 2 <p>On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll answer a listener’s question about what to do when your spouse is unfaithful. We’ll talk about it from both a practical standpoint and also a spiritual standpoint: what to do with all of those emotions that well up. In the first half of the podcast we’ll<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-is-unfaithful/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/what-to-do-when-your-spouse-is-unfaithful/">What to Do When Your Spouse is Unfaithful</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> What to Do When Your Spouse is UnfaithfulOn today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll answer a listener’s question about what to do when your spouse is unfaithful. We’ll talk about it from both a practical standpoint and also a spiritual standpoint: what to do with all of those emotions that well up.

In the first half of the podcast we’ll discuss some of the lies we might believe if we decide to stay with our husbands and in the second half of the podcast (starting at about the 17:00 mark), we’ll discuss what to do on a practical level: do you stay or do you leave?

What to Do When Your Spouse Is Unfaithful

Resources We Talked About on This Podcast

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

 

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In the first half of the podcast we’ll discuss some of the lies we might believe if we decide to stay with our husbands and in the second half of the podcast (starting at about the 17:00 mark), we’ll discuss what to do on a practical level: do you stay or do you leave?

Resources We Talked About on This Podcast

* Truth Journaling
* I Deserve a Donut (and Other Lies That Make You Eat)
* Option Charts
* Renewing of the Mind Project

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

* To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

 
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Barb Raveling clean 24:39 Consistent Quiet Times: 10 Lies That Get In the Way https://barbraveling.com/consistent-quiet-times/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:57 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13596 https://barbraveling.com/consistent-quiet-times/#comments https://barbraveling.com/consistent-quiet-times/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever want to have a quiet time, but you can’t make yourself do it? That happened to me for ten or twenty years. Each year, I’d put “Have consistent quiet times” on my New Year’s goals list, and each year I would fail to meet my goal. I wanted to meet with God,<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/consistent-quiet-times/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/consistent-quiet-times/">Consistent Quiet Times: 10 Lies That Get In the Way</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever want to have a quiet time, but you can’t make yourself do it? That happened to me for ten or twenty years. Each year, I’d put “Have consistent quiet times” on my New Year’s goals list, and each year I would fail to meet my goal.

Do you struggle to have consistent quiet times? In this podcast, we'll talk about 10 lies that keep us from meeting with God and reading our Bibles each day, and 10 truths that will help us develop consistent quiet times. #quiettimes #biblestudy #timewithGod #devotions #christianpodcast

I wanted to meet with God, but I couldn’t make it happen. In time, I was afraid to put the goal on my list because I knew I wouldn’t be able to follow through with it.

If you struggle to have consistent quiet times, I hope today’s podcast will help. We’ll talk about 10 lies that make us not want to do our quiet times.

Example

Here’s an example: Let’s say it’s 8:00 in the morning and I remember my quiet time commitment, but I have a long to-do list. The first thought that pops into my head is, “It’s not that important. I’ll just skip it today.”

At that point I have three options: 1) Skip the quiet time, 2) try to make myself do it with brute strength (which doesn’t usually work for me), or 3) truth journal so that I actually want to have a quiet time.

When I truth journal, I ask, “Is this belief true? What would God say?” And then I’ll write the truth down next to the belief. The truth will make me actually want to have my quiet time–and when we want to do something, we usually do it.

On today’s podcast, we’ll look at more lies we believe that keep us from having consistent quiet times. For each lie, we’ll look at the truth that will help us to actually want to have those quiet times.

If you’d like to renew your mind while listening to the podcast, just turn the podcast off after I introduce each lie and think about what you would say for the truth before I go ahead and say it.

Here are the lies we’ll be discussing:

10 Lies That Keep Us From Having Consistent Quiet Times

  1. It’s not that important.
  2. I’ve read it all before.
  3. It’s too much effort.
  4. It’s too boring.
  5. I don’t have time.
  6. I can’t concentrate.
  7. I’ll do it later.
  8. I don’t have the discipline.
  9. I need to have an hour to do this.
  10. God doesn’t want to meet with me after what I did yesterday.

Resources We Talked About on This Podcast

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

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Do you ever want to have a quiet time, but you can’t make yourself do it? That happened to me for ten or twenty years. Each year, I’d put “Have consistent quiet times” on my New Year’s goals list, and each year I would fail to meet my goal.
I wanted to meet with God, but I couldn’t make it happen. In time, I was afraid to put the goal on my list because I knew I wouldn’t be able to follow through with it.
If you struggle to have consistent quiet times, I hope today’s podcast will help. We’ll talk about 10 lies that make us not want to do our quiet times.
Example
Here’s an example: Let’s say it’s 8:00 in the morning and I remember my quiet time commitment, but I have a long to-do list. The first thought that pops into my head is, “It’s not that important. I’ll just skip it today.”
At that point I have three options: 1) Skip the quiet time, 2) try to make myself do it with brute strength (which doesn’t usually work for me), or 3) truth journal so that I actually want to have a quiet time.
When I truth journal, I ask, “Is this belief true? What would God say?” And then I’ll write the truth down next to the belief. The truth will make me actually want to have my quiet time–and when we want to do something, we usually do it.
On today’s podcast, we’ll look at more lies we believe that keep us from having consistent quiet times. For each lie, we’ll look at the truth that will help us to actually want to have those quiet times.
If you’d like to renew your mind while listening to the podcast, just turn the podcast off after I introduce each lie and think about what you would say for the truth before I go ahead and say it.
Here are the lies we’ll be discussing:
10 Lies That Keep Us From Having Consistent Quiet Times

* It’s not that important.
* I’ve read it all before.
* It’s too much effort.
* It’s too boring.
* I don’t have time.
* I can’t concentrate.
* I’ll do it later.
* I don’t have the discipline.
* I need to have an hour to do this.
* God doesn’t want to meet with me after what I did yesterday.

Resources We Talked About on This Podcast

* How to Truth Journal
* Renewing of the Mind Tools
* Anne Graham Lotz printable Ephesians study
* The Magnificent Obsession Bible Study by Anne Graham Lotz
* Renewing of the Mind Project
* Coaching with Barb

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

To listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher:  clean 18:48
The Ups and Downs of Weight Loss with Sandy https://barbraveling.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-weight-loss-with-sandy/ Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:38 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13464 https://barbraveling.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-weight-loss-with-sandy/#comments https://barbraveling.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-weight-loss-with-sandy/feed/ 4 <p>Do you ever feel like weight loss is a battle? Not just a one and done but a back and forth lose/gain experience?  On today’s podcast, I visit with Sandy about the ups and downs of weight loss. Here’s a sampling of the topics we’ll be discussing. Topics we’ll be discussing: cheat days: are they<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-weight-loss-with-sandy/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/the-ups-and-downs-of-weight-loss-with-sandy/">The Ups and Downs of Weight Loss with Sandy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> The Ups and Downs of Weight LossDo you ever feel like weight loss is a battle? Not just a one and done but a back and forth lose/gain experience?  On today’s podcast, I visit with Sandy about the ups and downs of weight loss. Here’s a sampling of the topics we’ll be discussing.

Topics we’ll be discussing:

  • cheat days: are they worth it?
  • fatigue and how that affect dieting
  • sweets addiction
  • vacation eating and how to stay the course while on vacation
  • careless living after losing weight
  • how God feels about us in the midst of a binge
  • the importance of renewing

We also discuss the following lies:

  • This is a special treat so I should eat it.
  • We never get to do this so I should enjoy it.
  • It won’t hurt. It’s only a little bit.
  • I’ve already blown it. I might as well keep eating.
  • I’m on vacation. I’ll get back on track when I get home.
  • God doesn’t love me when I’m bingeing.

12/28/18 Update from Sandy:

I asked Sandy for an update to put on the blog and here’s the email she sent me: Though I have been struggling the last few months, I am not quitting.  God is still working on me and I am making progress internally and I know the external will follow.  When I start with the external/food plan, it isn’t sustainable for long because the root causes are not fixed.  Through a number of things God brings my way, I am slowly working through the spiritual and emotional part of eating, which will yield more permanent results.

Thanks for the update, Sandy!

How to Listen to the Podcast:

Resources we Talked About on This Podcast:

 

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]]> Do you ever feel like weight loss is a battle? Not just a one and done but a back and forth lose/gain experience?  On today’s podcast, I visit with Sandy about the ups and downs of weight loss. Here’s a sampling of the topics we’ll be discussing. Do you ever feel like weight loss is a battle? Not just a one and done but a back and forth lose/gain experience?  On today’s podcast, I visit with Sandy about the ups and downs of weight loss. Here’s a sampling of the topics we’ll be discussing.
Topics we’ll be discussing:

* cheat days: are they worth it?
* fatigue and how that affect dieting
* sweets addiction
* vacation eating and how to stay the course while on vacation
* careless living after losing weight
* how God feels about us in the midst of a binge
* the importance of renewing

We also discuss the following lies:

* This is a special treat so I should eat it.
* We never get to do this so I should enjoy it.
* It won’t hurt. It’s only a little bit.
* I’ve already blown it. I might as well keep eating.
* I’m on vacation. I’ll get back on track when I get home.
* God doesn’t love me when I’m bingeing.

12/28/18 Update from Sandy:
I asked Sandy for an update to put on the blog and here’s the email she sent me: Though I have been struggling the last few months, I am not quitting.  God is still working on me and I am making progress internally and I know the external will follow.  When I start with the external/food plan, it isn’t sustainable for long because the root causes are not fixed.  Through a number of things God brings my way, I am slowly working through the spiritual and emotional part of eating, which will yield more permanent results.
Thanks for the update, Sandy!
How to Listen to the Podcast:

* Apple Podcasts: click here
* Stitcher: click here
* Google Play: click here

Resources we Talked About on This Podcast:

* I Deserve a Donut weight loss app
* Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study
* Freedom from Emotional Eating: An 8 Week (40 Day) Bible Study
* Renewing of the Mind Project
* Diet Bets

 
Barb Raveling clean 32:20 Option Charts: Tool for a Happy Christian Marriage https://barbraveling.com/option-charts-tool-for-a-happy-christian-marriage/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:57 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=13365 https://barbraveling.com/option-charts-tool-for-a-happy-christian-marriage/#comments https://barbraveling.com/option-charts-tool-for-a-happy-christian-marriage/feed/ 4 <p>Do you ever find yourself annoyed with your husband because of something he did–or didn’t–do? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll explain how to use option charts to improve your chances of having a happy Christian marriage. I first started using option charts 17 years ago when I was in a difficult<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/option-charts-tool-for-a-happy-christian-marriage/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/option-charts-tool-for-a-happy-christian-marriage/">Option Charts: Tool for a Happy Christian Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever find yourself annoyed with your husband because of something he did–or didn’t–do? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll explain how to use option charts to improve your chances of having a happy Christian marriage.

Option Charts: Tool for a Happy Christian Marriage

I first started using option charts 17 years ago when I was in a difficult stage of my marriage. God used them to help me see life and marriage from a biblical perspective and enjoy my husband.

Here’s a sample of an option chart I did a couple of weeks ago after we finished putting Christmas lights on the outside of the house (listen to podcast for full explanation and disclaimer on second to last option!):

Happy Christian Marriage

Note: My hubby gave me permission to share this example. Listen to the podcast for a full explanation of this chart and a disclaimer on the second to last option.

After doing the option chart, I was perfectly happy again and we had a wonderful night together–but if I hadn’t taken the time to go to God to see life from His perspective, the night wouldn’t have been as wonderful.

Option charts can help us have a happy Christian marriage because they help us see marriage and life from a biblical perspective.

And life always looks better from a biblical perspective!

Resources We Talked About on the Podcast:

Link to sign up for podcast interviews or questions for the podcast: Podcast Interviews

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I first started using option charts 17 years ago when I was in a difficult stage of my marriage. God used them to help me see life and marriage from a biblical perspective and enjoy my husband.
Here’s a sample of an option chart I did a couple of weeks ago after we finished putting Christmas lights on the outside of the house (listen to podcast for full explanation and disclaimer on second to last option!):





After doing the option chart, I was perfectly happy again and we had a wonderful night together–but if I hadn’t taken the time to go to God to see life from His perspective, the night wouldn’t have been as wonderful.
Option charts can help us have a happy Christian marriage because they help us see marriage and life from a biblical perspective.
And life always looks better from a biblical perspective!
Resources We Talked About on the Podcast:

* Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
* Freedom from Emotional Eating
* Blank Option Charts
* Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend


Link to sign up for podcast interviews or questions for the podcast: Podcast Interviews




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Barb Raveling clean 19:39 PROSPER Bible Study Method with Arabah Joy https://barbraveling.com/prosper-bible-study-method-with-arabah-joy/ Wed, 26 Sep 2018 11:05:38 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=12622 https://barbraveling.com/prosper-bible-study-method-with-arabah-joy/#respond https://barbraveling.com/prosper-bible-study-method-with-arabah-joy/feed/ 0 <p>In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with blogger and author, Arabah Joy, about her PROSPER Bible Study method. Arabah is one of those wise women of God who always has great things to share. In our podcast interview, she goes through the PROSPER acronym to share how she studies the Word. PROSPER<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/prosper-bible-study-method-with-arabah-joy/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/prosper-bible-study-method-with-arabah-joy/">PROSPER Bible Study Method with Arabah Joy</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with blogger and author, Arabah Joy, about her PROSPER Bible Study method. Arabah is one of those wise women of God who always has great things to share. In our podcast interview, she goes through the PROSPER acronym to share how she studies the Word.

Ever feel like you'd like to get more out of your Bible Study? The PROSPER Bible Study method is a wonderful way to interact with Scripture and let it become a part of you.

PROSPER Bible Study Method – Printable and Bookmark

Arabah has a bookmark and worksheet you can print out at her blog to help you with this method. Here’s the link to that: PROSPER Bible Study Method Printable and Bookmark. She also has a video series on the method that you can access at that link.

PROSPER Bible Study Method

Let’s take a look at what PROSPER stands for:

P – Pray – The first thing Arabah does is to choose a passage to study for the whole week. I actually love this idea because you can choose a passage of Scripture based on an area of life you think God might want you to work on. Before she begins each day, she prays and asks God to help her understand the Scripture.

R – Read – The next thing she does is to read the Scripture every day, preferably in a different translation each day. This is a great way to get the Word into us and help us become really familiar with one passage.

O – Observe – The next thing Arabah does is to observe the passage. Here’s a list of 10 questions she often asks in this step of the PROSPER Bible study method: Bible Observation Questions. She’ll spend one day of the week on this step.

S – Study – After observing the passage, she’ll spend the next day studying the passage. One of the things she likes to do is a word study. (She shares more on this and all of these steps in the podcast.)

P – Ponder – In this step Arabah spends time meditating on the passage, thinking about it while she works around the house. This is a helpful step for moms of small children who don’t have as much time to sit down and study, but you could also do it in the car on the way to work or out on a walk.

E – Engage – With this step, Arabah starts thinking about application. How does this Bible study apply to our lives?

R – Repetitive Action – And with this final step Arabah talks about setting up different actions she can repeat on a daily level based on what she learned from the Bible passage.

I’m very intrigued by this Bible study method and hope you’ll give it a try!

 

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In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with blogger and author, Arabah Joy, about her PROSPER Bible Study method. Arabah is one of those wise women of God who always has great things to share. In our podcast interview, Christian Habits Podcast, I visit with blogger and author, Arabah Joy, about her PROSPER Bible Study method. Arabah is one of those wise women of God who always has great things to share. In our podcast interview, she goes through the PROSPER acronym to share how she studies the Word.

PROSPER Bible Study Method – Printable and Bookmark
Arabah has a bookmark and worksheet you can print out at her blog to help you with this method. Here’s the link to that: PROSPER Bible Study Method Printable and Bookmark. She also has a video series on the method that you can access at that link.
PROSPER Bible Study Method
Let’s take a look at what PROSPER stands for:
P – Pray – The first thing Arabah does is to choose a passage to study for the whole week. I actually love this idea because you can choose a passage of Scripture based on an area of life you think God might want you to work on. Before she begins each day, she prays and asks God to help her understand the Scripture.
R – Read – The next thing she does is to read the Scripture every day, preferably in a different translation each day. This is a great way to get the Word into us and help us become really familiar with one passage.
O – Observe – The next thing Arabah does is to observe the passage. Here’s a list of 10 questions she often asks in this step of the PROSPER Bible study method: Bible Observation Questions. She’ll spend one day of the week on this step.
S – Study – After observing the passage, she’ll spend the next day studying the passage. One of the things she likes to do is a word study. (She shares more on this and all of these steps in the podcast.)
P – Ponder – In this step Arabah spends time meditating on the passage, thinking about it while she works around the house. This is a helpful step for moms of small children who don’t have as much time to sit down and study, but you could also do it in the car on the way to work or out on a walk.
E – Engage – With this step, Arabah starts thinking about application. How does this Bible study apply to our lives?
R – Repetitive Action – And with this final step Arabah talks about setting up different actions she can repeat on a daily level based on what she learned from the Bible passage.
I’m very intrigued by this Bible study method and hope you’ll give it a try!
 
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How to Stop Worrying with God’s Help: 6 Ideas from the Bible https://barbraveling.com/how-to-stop-worrying-god-bible/ Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:15:09 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=12489 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-stop-worrying-god-bible/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-stop-worrying-god-bible/feed/ 2 <p>Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night worrying about something? Does worry hound your days, keeping you from feeling God’s presence and stealing your peace? If so, this post (and podcast) will help. We’ll talk about how to stop worrying with God’s help. How to Stop Worrying This post grew out<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-stop-worrying-god-bible/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-stop-worrying-god-bible/">How to Stop Worrying with God’s Help: 6 Ideas from the Bible</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night worrying about something? Does worry hound your days, keeping you from feeling God’s presence and stealing your peace? If so, this post (and podcast) will help. We’ll talk about how to stop worrying with God’s help.

How to Stop Worrying with God's Help: 6 Ideas from the Bible

How to Stop Worrying

This post grew out of one of my morning quiet times with God. Sometimes on the days I have a hard time concentrating, I’ll do a topical word study for my quiet time. I’ll go to my Blue Letter Bible app, click on the button to take me to their website, and plug in a word I want to search. This morning, my words were anxious and anxiety. Here’s what I learned about how to stop worrying from the Bible:

  1. Lean on God for support. When we’re in turmoil, it feels good to have someone put their arms around us and comfort us–especially when we trust the person. God is that person X 100. He’s always there to console us, and He’s more than able to handle the situation we’re worried about. Psalm 94:19 says, When my anxious thoughts multipy within me, your consolations delight my soul. We just need to take the time to lean on God and be consoled!
  2. Get an eternal perspective. So often we worry because we’re looking at life from a cultural perspective. When we look at it from an eternal perspective, life doesn’t look so bleak. Psalm 139:23-24 says, Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. The word search means to examine intimately. God can show us when we’re looking at life culturally rather than biblically. Switching our perspective will help us stop worrying.
  3. Pray and ask for help with thanksgiving. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. When we’re worried, it helps to do this: ask God for help and then start thanking Him for everything we can think of to thank Him for, including His provision in this situation. Thankfulness stops worry. We can’t guarantee that God will give us what we want, but we can guarantee that He’ll be enough even if we don’t get what we want.
  4. Do you ever find yourself waking up in the middle of the night worried? In this post (and podcast) we'll talk about how to stop worrying with God's help.Develop a close walk with God. Jeremiah 17:8 says,  For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.  The tree doesn’t need to fear because it has long roots that hold it up even in a drought. If we have a deep foundation with God before trouble comes, our past relationship will be enough to hold us up and keep us steadfast. It’s harder to focus on God when we’re in deep turmoil so it’s important to have that solid foundation.
  5. Give your worries to God. When my kids were little, I had a hard time leaving them for the few trips I took without them. As the plane flew away from our little town with me in it, I could feel the apron strings breaking about an hour into the trip. I would finally let go of that burden to be their caretaker and begin to enjoy the time away. It’s like that with God. We want to hold onto the burden. We have a hard time letting go. But when we finally do, we begin to relax and still enjoy life. 1 Peter 5:7 says, Casting all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. When we cast our anxiety on God, we can finally relax.
  6.  Let go of your idols. Often our worries reveal our idols. In the Psalms verse I listed for #2, “hurtful way” often refers to idols. Things or people that we place above God. When I say that “x” has to happen or I can’t be happy, I’m making x more important than God wants me to make it. It seems hard-hearted, especially when x is someone we love, but part of loving God is to let Him be enough even when something bad happens to x. It would be nice if we could make sure nothing bad happens to x, but God hasn’t given us that power. Surprisingly, when we let go of making x an idol, we can actually love x more because we’re not so worried about x.

Worry isn’t easy to overcome. But if we continue to go back to God and work through our worries whenever we’re upset, He’ll slowly but surely begin to change us in that area. If you’d like to work on letting go of worry, consider making it a renewing of the mind project. Click here to see how to do that: How to Start a Renewing of the Mind Project.

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How to Stop Worrying
This post grew out of one of my morning quiet times with God. Sometimes on the days I have a hard time concentrating, I’ll do a topical word study for my quiet time. I’ll go to my Blue Letter Bible app, click on the button to take me to their website, and plug in a word I want to search. This morning, my words were anxious and anxiety. Here’s what I learned about how to stop worrying from the Bible:

* Lean on God for support. When we’re in turmoil, it feels good to have someone put their arms around us and comfort us–especially when we trust the person. God is that person X 100. He’s always there to console us, and He’s more than able to handle the situation we’re worried about. Psalm 94:19 says, When my anxious thoughts multipy within me, your consolations delight my soul. We just need to take the time to lean on God and be consoled!
* Get an eternal perspective. So often we worry because we’re looking at life from a cultural perspective. When we look at it from an eternal perspective, life doesn’t look so bleak. Psalm 139:23-24 says, Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. The word search means to examine intimately. God can show us when we’re looking at life culturally rather than biblically. Switching our perspective will help us stop worrying.
* Pray and ask for help with thanksgiving. Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6 to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. When we’re worried, it helps to do this: ask God for help and then start thanking Him for everything we can think of to thank Him for, including His provision in this situation. Thankfulness stops worry. We can’t guarantee that God will give us what we want, but we can guarantee that He’ll be enough even if we don’t get what we want.
* Develop a close walk with God. Jeremiah 17:8 says,  For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaves will be green, and it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.  The tree doesn’t need to fear because it has long roots that hold it up even in a drought. If we have a deep foundation with God before trouble comes, our past relationship will be enough to hold us up and keep us steadfast. It’s harder to focus on God when we’re in deep turmoil so it’s important to have that solid foundation.
* Give your worries to God. When my kids were little, I had a hard time leaving them for the few trips I took without them. As the plane flew away from our little town with me in it, I could feel the apron strings breaking about an hour into the trip.]]>
Barb Raveling clean 13:08 Breaking Free from People Pleasing with Olu Sobanjo https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-people-pleasing-olu-sobanjo/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:00:53 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=12400 https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-people-pleasing-olu-sobanjo/#comments https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-people-pleasing-olu-sobanjo/feed/ 4 <p>Many of us are exhausted because we’re not just trying to love people well–we’re trying to please them. On today’s podcast, Olu Sobanjo and I talk about how to break free from people pleasing. Olu Sobanjo is a recovering people pleaser and host of the Like Jesus Podcast.   In the Like Jesus Podcast, Olu shares tips<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-people-pleasing-olu-sobanjo/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-people-pleasing-olu-sobanjo/">Breaking Free from People Pleasing with Olu Sobanjo</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Many of us are exhausted because we’re not just trying to love people well–we’re trying to please them. On today’s podcast, Olu Sobanjo and I talk about how to break free from people pleasing.

Breaking Free from People Pleasing

Olu Sobanjo is a recovering people pleaser and host of the Like Jesus Podcast.  

Olu SobanjoIn the Like Jesus Podcast, Olu shares tips and stories to show others how to be set free from people pleasing to live and love like Jesus lived and loved.

In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Olu and I discuss how people pleasing affects our work, relationships, and emotions. We also share tips on how to break free from it. If you struggle with people pleasing, I hope you’ll join us for the discussion!

Resources by Olu Sobanjo

 

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

P.S. You may also notice that there is a new podcast picture this week. I decided to replace the old one since that picture was taken back in 2013!

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Many of us are exhausted because we’re not just trying to love people well–we’re trying to please them. On today’s podcast, Olu Sobanjo and I talk about how to break free from people pleasing. Olu Sobanjo is a recovering people pleaser and host of the ...
Olu Sobanjo is a recovering people pleaser and host of the Like Jesus Podcast.  
In the Like Jesus Podcast, Olu shares tips and stories to show others how to be set free from people pleasing to live and love like Jesus lived and loved.
In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Olu and I discuss how people pleasing affects our work, relationships, and emotions. We also share tips on how to break free from it. If you struggle with people pleasing, I hope you’ll join us for the discussion!
Resources by Olu Sobanjo

* Olu’s podcast: Like Jesus Podcast with Olu Sobanjo
* Olu Sobanjo’s website: olusobanjo.com
* Olu’s quiet time guide

 
How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
* To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

P.S. You may also notice that there is a new podcast picture this week. I decided to replace the old one since that picture was taken back in 2013!
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7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit https://barbraveling.com/breaking-a-habit/ Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:30:51 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9566 https://barbraveling.com/breaking-a-habit/#comments https://barbraveling.com/breaking-a-habit/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever find yourself setting boundaries for breaking a habit, then ignoring those boundaries and going your merry way, breaking your habit right and left? I know I do. This is especially common with non-sin habits. Because with those habits, we tend to think, Is it really that big of a deal if I practice my habit? The<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-a-habit/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-a-habit/">7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever find yourself setting boundaries for breaking a habit, then ignoring those boundaries and going your merry way, breaking your habit right and left? I know I do.

7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit

This is especially common with non-sin habits. Because with those habits, we tend to think, Is it really that big of a deal if I practice my habit? The answer to that question is, “Yes.” After all, if it wasn’t a big deal, we wouldn’t be trying to break our habit!

If you struggle with breaking a habit, this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast will help. First, we’ll talk about the lies that keep us from breaking a habit. Then we’ll use the carelessness questions and Bible verses from the Renewing of the Mind Project to renew our minds on the spot. Following are the lies we’ll be discussing:

7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit

  1. I haven’t been able to do this in the past so I won’t be able to do it now. It’s hard to make ourselves work on breaking a habit because we think, Why bother when I’ve already failed so much in the past? I won’t be able to do this anyway. Here’s the truth though: At some point, we’ll be able to break it with God’s help. What if the figure skater had given up on her triple lutz after 100 times of not being able to do it? She would have missed out on the 101st time which was her success! The truth is, it takes a long time to break habits–sometimes even years. But if we give up, we miss out on the freedom at the end of the tunnel.
  2. It’s not a big deal if I do my habit just this one time. This is what we tell ourselves when the going gets hard. But here’s the truth: If we’re truly trying to break a habit, we need to be super consistent about never breaking our boundaries. It’s easy to see this with drugs, alcohol, and smoking. But it’s just as important with other habits such as Facebook, overeating, and spending. The only difference is that instead of totally doing away with our habit, we’re just setting firm boundaries. So for example, we still need to spend money at times, but we never break our budget. We still eat, but we never break our eating boundaries.
  3. My habit isn’t hurting anyone. This is another thing we tell ourselves, but here’s the truth: even with non-sin habits, it still hurts someone. It hurts God because we turn to our habits rather than him for help with life. It hurts others because we shut them out in favor of our habit. It hurts us because we give up personal growth, health, and personal well-being to do our habits. Those habits may be fun in the moment, but long-term they lead to depression, stress, discouragement, and hopelessness–even if the activity is good in and of itself. It’s the addiction to it that hurts us.
  4. I should be able to walk in the freedom that belongs to me in Christ. Why isn’t God helping me to do that? Often we think there’s something wrong with us if our habit controls us. We define freedom as being free from doing our bad habits and sins. But here’s the truth: We already walk in freedom because God doesn’t require us to be perfect. We’re saved by grace through faith–not by being perfect through not breaking our habits. Jesus has already helped us live in freedom through dying on the cross. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in freedom on a sanctification level. And that’s a daily walk that won’t finish until we go to heaven.
  5. I’ll just try to be better (and that will help me break my habit). Here’s the truth: we aren’t capable of breaking our habits in our own strength. We can’t just “choose to do good” or “claim the power of God.” Instead, the Bible says we’re transformed by the renewing of the mind. This is an ongoing daily activity.
  6. I’m already renewing my mind and it’s not working. There are all kinds of ways to renew our mind. When we have our morning quiet time, we’re renewing our minds. But to break a habit, we need to work on taking off the specific lies that are driving that habit. When Satan tempted Jesus in the desert, Jesus didn’t just quote a random Bible verse. He gave a verse specific to the lie. We’re not always as good at spotting lies as Jesus was, so it can help to have a lie spotter. Both the Renewing of the Mind Project and the I Deserve a Donut book and free app can help in spotting lies.
  7. I can do this on my own. Here’s the truth: It’s hard to make yourself renew your mind on your own. If you’re trying to break a habit, find a friend or a Bible study group that can help you with it. It’s nice to share the camaraderie, and I would say it’s almost necessary to have the accountability. Here’s a blog post that will help with accountability: Getting Started with Accountability.

7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit

We’ll also spend some time renewing our minds on the podcast with the following questions and Bible verses:

5 Question That Will Help with Breaking a Habit

  1. Why do you feel like it’s not a big deal if you break your boundaries?
  2. If you break your boundaries right now, will you be more inclined to break them later? Why or why not?
  3. How does the practice of your habit affect the following?
    1. Your relationship with God
    2. Your relationship with others
    3. Your job and/or ministry
    4. Your health
    5. Your personal well being
  4. If you want to break this habit, will you eventually have to make the sacrifice to follow your boundaries all the time, even when it’s hard to follow them?
  5. When do you most need boundaries?

Bible Verses That Will Help with Breaking a Habit

Following are the Bible verses we’ll use on the podcast to help us renew our minds:

Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

1 Corinthians 6:12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.

1 Timothy 4:7b Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

1 Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

If you’d like more help with breaking a habit, check out the following blog posts:

Other Posts That Will Help with Breaking a Habit

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And 5 Questions That Will Help You Break Your Habit
This is especially common with non-sin habits. Because with those habits, we tend to think, Is it really that big of a deal if I practice my habit? The answer to that question is, “Yes.” After all, if it wasn’t a big deal, we wouldn’t be trying to break our habit!
If you struggle with breaking a habit, this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast will help. First, we’ll talk about the lies that keep us from breaking a habit. Then we’ll use the carelessness questions and Bible verses from the Renewing of the Mind Project to renew our minds on the spot. Following are the lies we’ll be discussing:
7 Lies That Keep You From Breaking a Habit

* I haven’t been able to do this in the past so I won’t be able to do it now. It’s hard to make ourselves work on breaking a habit because we think, Why bother when I’ve already failed so much in the past? I won’t be able to do this anyway. Here’s the truth though: At some point, we’ll be able to break it with God’s help. What if the figure skater had given up on her triple lutz after 100 times of not being able to do it? She would have missed out on the 101st time which was her success! The truth is, it takes a long time to break habits–sometimes even years. But if we give up, we miss out on the freedom at the end of the tunnel.
* It’s not a big deal if I do my habit just this one time. This is what we tell ourselves when the going gets hard. But here’s the truth: If we’re truly trying to break a habit, we need to be super consistent about never breaking our boundaries. It’s easy to see this with drugs, alcohol, and smoking. But it’s just as important with other habits such as Facebook, overeating, and spending. The only difference is that instead of totally doing away with our habit, we’re just setting firm boundaries. So for example, we still need to spend money at times, but we never break our budget. We still eat, but we never break our eating boundaries.
* My habit isn’t hurting anyone. This is another thing we tell ourselves, but here’s the truth: even with non-sin habits, it still hurts someone. It hurts God because we turn to our habits rather than him for help with life. It hurts others because we shut them out in favor of our habit. It hurts us because we give up personal growth, health, and personal well-being to do our habits. Those habits may be fun in the moment, but long-term they lead to depression, stress, discouragement, and hopelessness–even if the activity is good in and of itself. It’s the addiction to it that hurts us.
* I should be able to walk in the freedom that belongs to me in Christ. Why isn’t God helping me to do that? Often we think there’s something wrong with us if our habit controls us. We define freedom as being free from doing our bad habits and sins. But here’s the truth: We already walk in freedom because God doesn’t require us to be perfect. We’re saved by grace through faith–not by being perfect through not breaking our habits. Jesus has already helped us live in freedom through dying on the cross. The Holy Spirit helps us walk in freedom on a sanctification level.]]>
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How to Pray for Loved Ones – 7 Steps https://barbraveling.com/how-to-pray-for-loved-ones/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 16:30:31 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=12031 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-pray-for-loved-ones/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-pray-for-loved-ones/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever find yourself worrying about your loved ones rather than praying for them? I know I do. A woman in one of my Bible studies once said that worry is the enemy’s manipulation of prayer. In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about how to pray for loved ones. Here are the seven steps<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-pray-for-loved-ones/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-pray-for-loved-ones/">How to Pray for Loved Ones – 7 Steps</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever find yourself worrying about your loved ones rather than praying for them? I know I do. A woman in one of my Bible studies once said that worry is the enemy’s manipulation of prayer. In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about how to pray for loved ones.

How to Pray for Loved Ones - 7 Steps

Here are the seven steps we’ll be discussing, all based on Philippians 1:3-19:

How to Pray for Loved Ones

  1. Thank God for what He has already done in them. (vs 3-5) So often we dwell on the worrisome in our loved ones and ignore all the things to be thankful for. God has already worked in their lives and for that we can be thankful. This first step is all about thankfulness and dwelling on the good. That’s important when there is so much we can dwell on that isn’t good. After all, isn’t that one of the reasons we’re praying? Because we’re worried?
  2. Recognize that He who began a good work will complete it! (vs. 6) So often we forget that and think that we’re the ones beginning the good work and we need to complete it! And so not only do we worry and fret, we also do whatever we can to control this situation–forgetting that God is the one who is really in control! This step is all about trusting God and thanking Him for who is He is in this situation.
  3. Mentally give up control to God. This step isn’t in Philippians 1:1-21 but it’s a natural outgrowth of the first two steps. As we recognize who God is and who we aren’t, it becomes apparent that we need to give up control. But we’re not really giving up control–we’re giving up the illusion of control. Because let’s face it–we can’t control everything we want to control in life! Because of that, it’s helpful to take a moment to realize that and release the reigns (that we never had) to God.
  4. Remember that we are fellow partakers of grace. (vs. 7) So often when we pray for others, we subconsciously think of ourselves as the wise, mature ones and those others as the ones who really need God in their lives. Here’s the truth: even if we’re more mature (and that’s not always the case), we’re still on a level playing field. We both need Gods grace. We are fellow partakers of His grace. This helps because it makes their situation seem less desperate. It’s not us up here and them down there. It’s both of us needing grace from God.
  5. Pray for them. (vs. 9-11) All right. Finally–at step five–we’re getting to the point where we are actually praying for what we think they need. But here’s the thing. What we think they need is often different than what God thinks they need! If you look at Philippians 1:9-11, Paul wasn’t praying that the Philippians would have great lives on earth. He wasn’t praying for fun and easy, which is what we often pray for. He prayed that their love would abound more and more in real knowledge and discernment and that they would know the hope of His calling. We’ll talk more about that on the podcast.
  6. Remember that what is happening to our loved ones can serve to advance the gospel–both in the world and in their own lives. (vs. 12-14) In these verses, Paul talks about how his own trial–his imprisonment–is serving to advance the gospel. His mom may have been worrying about him, but Paul was saying, “No, this is okay. It will advance the gospel.” Trials can bring our Christian loved ones closer to God and mature them and it can bring our non-Christian loved ones to God. Remembering that will help us feel better about what they’re going through.
  7. Remember that our prayers matter and that the Holy Spirit is also working in the lives of our loved ones! (vs. 19) We may not be able to do everything we want to do to help our loved ones–for example, we can’t snap our fingers and have all their problems disappear–but we can pray for them and know that it makes a difference. I love what Paul says in verse 19: “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Christ, this will turn out for my deliverance.”

Intercessory prayer is a privilege. God uses those prayers for the good of the ones we love. We may not know exactly how that works but we don’t need to. All we need to know is that God asks us to pray and somehow our prayer affects things. Not just in the lives of the ones we’re praying for but also in our own lives.

On the podcast we’ll talk about each of these steps a little more thoroughly and give you time to pray after each step so that we can put these things into practice while we study them. If you don’t listen to the podcast, I would encourage you to try praying through these steps on your own to see if it helps in praying for our loved ones.

How to Pray for Loved Ones Who Aren’t Saved

Many of Paul’s instructions will work for your loved ones who are either saved or unsaved–but some of his remarks are Christian-specific. If you’d like some help with how to pray for your loved ones who aren’t believers, check out this article: How to Pray for Your Loved Ones Who Aren’t Saved.

If you’d like some encouragement about praying for your unsaved loved ones, check out this book: Confessions of St. Augustine.

Why don’t we close by praying for our loved ones together? As you finish reading this post, pray for your own loved ones and for the loved ones of everyone else reading this post!

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Do you ever find yourself worrying about your loved ones rather than praying for them? I know I do. A woman in one of my Bible studies once said that worry is the enemy’s manipulation of prayer. In today’s podcast, worrying about your loved ones rather than praying for them? I know I do. A woman in one of my Bible studies once said that worry is the enemy’s manipulation of prayer. In today’s podcast, we’ll be talking about how to pray for loved ones.

Here are the seven steps we’ll be discussing, all based on Philippians 1:3-19:
How to Pray for Loved Ones

* Thank God for what He has already done in them. (vs 3-5) So often we dwell on the worrisome in our loved ones and ignore all the things to be thankful for. God has already worked in their lives and for that we can be thankful. This first step is all about thankfulness and dwelling on the good. That’s important when there is so much we can dwell on that isn’t good. After all, isn’t that one of the reasons we’re praying? Because we’re worried?
* Recognize that He who began a good work will complete it! (vs. 6) So often we forget that and think that we’re the ones beginning the good work and we need to complete it! And so not only do we worry and fret, we also do whatever we can to control this situation–forgetting that God is the one who is really in control! This step is all about trusting God and thanking Him for who is He is in this situation.
* Mentally give up control to God. This step isn’t in Philippians 1:1-21 but it’s a natural outgrowth of the first two steps. As we recognize who God is and who we aren’t, it becomes apparent that we need to give up control. But we’re not really giving up control–we’re giving up the illusion of control. Because let’s face it–we can’t control everything we want to control in life! Because of that, it’s helpful to take a moment to realize that and release the reigns (that we never had) to God.
* Remember that we are fellow partakers of grace. (vs. 7) So often when we pray for others, we subconsciously think of ourselves as the wise, mature ones and those others as the ones who really need God in their lives. Here’s the truth: even if we’re more mature (and that’s not always the case), we’re still on a level playing field. We both need Gods grace. We are fellow partakers of His grace. This helps because it makes their situation seem less desperate. It’s not us up here and them down there. It’s both of us needing grace from God.
* Pray for them. (vs. 9-11) All right. Finally–at step five–we’re getting to the point where we are actually praying for what we think they need. But here’s the thing. What we think they need is often different than what God thinks they need! If you look at Philippians 1:9-11, Paul wasn’t praying that the Philippians would have great lives on earth. He wasn’t praying for fun and easy, which is what we often pray for. He prayed that their love would abound more and more in real knowledge and discernment and that they would know the hope of His calling. We’ll talk more about that on the podcast.
* Remember that what is happening to our loved ones can serve to advance the gospel–both in the world and in their own lives. (vs. 12-14) In these verses, Paul talks about how his own trial–his imprisonment–is serving to advance the gospel. His mom may have been worrying about him, but Paul was saying, “No, this is okay. It will advance the gospel.” Trials can bring our Christian loved ones closer to God and mature them and it can bring our non-Christian loved ones to God. Remembering that will help us feel better about what they’re going through.
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How Your Learning Style Affects Your Quiet Time https://barbraveling.com/how-your-learning-style-affects-your-quiet-time/ Tue, 08 May 2018 16:00:13 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=12023 https://barbraveling.com/how-your-learning-style-affects-your-quiet-time/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-your-learning-style-affects-your-quiet-time/feed/ 12 <p>Do you ever sit down to have your quiet time with God and then – poof – your mind is somewhere else? Maybe you’re planning a list. Or thinking about what happened last night. Or worrying about the day ahead. You want to focus on God but you can’t make yourself do it. This has<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-your-learning-style-affects-your-quiet-time/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-your-learning-style-affects-your-quiet-time/">How Your Learning Style Affects Your Quiet Time</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever sit down to have your quiet time with God and then – poof – your mind is somewhere else? Maybe you’re planning a list. Or thinking about what happened last night. Or worrying about the day ahead. You want to focus on God but you can’t make yourself do it.

How Your Learning Style Affects Your Quiet Time

This has happened to me many times over the course of my walk with God. In recent years, I’ve discovered that my learning style affects my quiet times. In today’s podcast, we’ll look at how to use your learning style to help you enjoy and look forward to your times with God.

We’ll talk about the following learning styles: 1) kinesthetic, 2) auditory and 3) visual.

Visual learners learn best by seeing things. They like images, diagrams, maps, and charts. Auditory learners learn best by listening. While I often tune out listening to a lecture or someone giving directions, an auditory learner will listen and learn.

Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. For example, they might study for a test while walking on the treadmill. Or if they’re learning how to computer program, they’ll learn best by getting involved right away in the programming without a long explanation.

How Your Learning Style Affects Your Quiet Time

So how does that affect a quiet time? We’ll talk about that on the podcast, but here’s an example.

I’m both a visual and a kinesthetic learner plus I’m a bit ADD so I do best with my quiet time if I’m actively involved in the process. One of the things I’ll do if my mind isn’t focusing well is to diagram the Scripture. Here’s a picture of my journal from my quiet time this morning:

When You're Bored with your Quiet Time

As you can see, I don’t worry about being neat or organized. I just diagram. This helps me focus, and it also gives me a summary of the Scripture so I can look back over it afterward and pray through it.

I wrote down a couple of my prayers on the right side of the page on the bottom, but I usually just pray those without writing them down because once my mind is stirred up from being actively involved in writing and diagramming the Bible verses, it’s easy for me to focus on prayer.

Do you ever find yourself bored with your quiet time? In this blog post and Christian Habits Podcast episode, we'll discuss some things you can do to enjoy and look forward to your quiet times!

Some Ideas for Your Quiet Time

So if you’re finding yourself either bored with your quiet time or just too easily distracted, try doing some different things in your quiet time. Here are a few things to try:

  1. Try diagramming a Bible passage like I just did.
  2. Try listening to the Bible on tape. You could try an audio Bible app on Android or iOS. As you listen, turn it off and take breaks every once in awhile to meditate on it and talk to God about it.
  3. Try putting on some quiet instrumental music while you’re reading your Bible to see if that help you concentrate any better.
  4. Try praying while walking. You would think a kinesthetic learner might be helped by this but for some reason, I’ve had a hard time learning this practice. I’m just now getting to the point where I enjoy it and can focus on God and pray while walking.
  5. Try taking a retreat with God every once in awhile in addition to your daily times with Him. It could be a whole day or just a couple of hours. Last year I went to Missoula once a month for a prayer/Bible retreat with God. I felt like I needed that to keep my relationship with Him strong because I was still struggling with idolatry in the writing/people pleasing arena. Something about going to Missoula and leaving my writing problems behind helped me to focus on God, and I always had wonderful undistracted times with Him.
  6. Try an around-the-living-room prayer time. Set your timer for 3 minutes and then change places to sit every time the timer rings. Choose a new subject to discuss with God every time you change your chair.
  7. Do 15 jumping jacks before you start your quiet time and then every 10 or 15 minutes if you’re having a hard time sitting still.
  8. Try doing Bible studies others have written. I have quite a few of these on my blog if you’d like to try them at this link: Topical Bible Studies.

That’s about it. I’m guessing we’ll discuss this more on the podcast. I’m trying a new method of writing down what I’ll talk about first and then recording the podcast. We’ll see how it works!

I hope you all have a great day, and I hope these ideas help with your quiet time! Let me know how it goes in the comments below and also share any other ideas you have that will help others!

Resources We Discussed On the Podcast

P.S. Here is another great article I just read on this subject: Bible Reading Tips for the Easily Distracted

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Do you ever sit down to have your quiet time with God and then – poof – your mind is somewhere else? Maybe you’re planning a list. Or thinking about what happened last night. Or worrying about the day ahead.
This has happened to me many times over the course of my walk with God. In recent years, I’ve discovered that my learning style affects my quiet times. In today’s podcast, we’ll look at how to use your learning style to help you enjoy and look forward to your times with God.
We’ll talk about the following learning styles: 1) kinesthetic, 2) auditory and 3) visual.
Visual learners learn best by seeing things. They like images, diagrams, maps, and charts. Auditory learners learn best by listening. While I often tune out listening to a lecture or someone giving directions, an auditory learner will listen and learn.
Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. For example, they might study for a test while walking on the treadmill. Or if they’re learning how to computer program, they’ll learn best by getting involved right away in the programming without a long explanation.
How Your Learning Style Affects Your Quiet Time
So how does that affect a quiet time? We’ll talk about that on the podcast, but here’s an example.
I’m both a visual and a kinesthetic learner plus I’m a bit ADD so I do best with my quiet time if I’m actively involved in the process. One of the things I’ll do if my mind isn’t focusing well is to diagram the Scripture. Here’s a picture of my journal from my quiet time this morning:

As you can see, I don’t worry about being neat or organized. I just diagram. This helps me focus, and it also gives me a summary of the Scripture so I can look back over it afterward and pray through it.
I wrote down a couple of my prayers on the right side of the page on the bottom, but I usually just pray those without writing them down because once my mind is stirred up from being actively involved in writing and diagramming the Bible verses, it’s easy for me to focus on prayer.

Some Ideas for Your Quiet Time
So if you’re finding yourself either bored with your quiet time or just too easily distracted, try doing some different things in your quiet time. Here are a few things to try:

* Try diagramming a Bible passage like I just did.
* Try listening to the Bible on tape. You could try an audio Bible app on Android or iOS. As you listen, turn it off and take breaks every once in awhile to meditate on it and talk to God about it.
* Try putting on some quiet instrumental music while you’re reading your Bible to see if that help you concentrate any better.
* Try praying while walking. You would think a kinesthetic learner might be helped by this but for some reason, I’ve had a hard time learning this practice. I’m just now getting to the point where I enjoy it and can focus on God and pray while walking.
* Try taking a retreat with God every once in awhile in addition to your daily times with Him. It could be a whole day or just a couple of hours. Last year I went to Missoula once a month for a prayer/Bible retreat with God. I felt like I needed that to keep my relationship with Him strong because I was still struggling with idolatry in the writing/people pleasing arena.]]>
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How to Develop a Thankfulness Habit https://barbraveling.com/how-to-develop-thankfulness-habit/ Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:51 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11821 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-develop-thankfulness-habit/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-develop-thankfulness-habit/feed/ 2 <p>Do you ever wish you were more positive? Or could more easily focus on the good rather than the bad in people and life? If so, today’s podcast will help. We’ll talk about how to develop a thankfulness habit. Part of developing a thankfulness habit is learning to focus on the good. Listen to what<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-develop-thankfulness-habit/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-develop-thankfulness-habit/">How to Develop a Thankfulness Habit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever wish you were more positive? Or could more easily focus on the good rather than the bad in people and life? If so, today’s podcast will help. We’ll talk about how to develop a thankfulness habit.

How to Develop a Thankfulness Habit

Part of developing a thankfulness habit is learning to focus on the good. Listen to what Paul says about that in Philippians 4:8:

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

When we focus on the good, not only are we happier–the people around us are also happier! In this podcast, we’ll look at some steps we can take to focus on the good and be thankful.

Do you ever wish you could be a more positive person? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we'll talk about an actionable plan you can follow to develop a thankfulness habit.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Android: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

Note: If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to podcasts on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed. If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, new episodes may take several hours to show up on iTunes.

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Do you ever wish you were more positive? Or could more easily focus on the good rather than the bad in people and life? If so, today’s podcast will help. We’ll talk about how to develop a thankfulness habit.
Part of developing a thankfulness habit is learning to focus on the good. Listen to what Paul says about that in Philippians 4:8:
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
When we focus on the good, not only are we happier–the people around us are also happier! In this podcast, we’ll look at some steps we can take to focus on the good and be thankful.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here
Note: If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to podcasts on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed. If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, new episodes may take several hours to show up on iTunes.
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Journaling for the Soul: Methods and Tips with Deborah Haddix https://barbraveling.com/journaling-for-the-soul-methods-tips/ Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:30:41 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11741 https://barbraveling.com/journaling-for-the-soul-methods-tips/#comments https://barbraveling.com/journaling-for-the-soul-methods-tips/feed/ 4 <p>Have you ever thought about journaling as a way to grow closer to God? Or have you wanted to start a journaling habit, but you can’t make yourself do it? Or maybe you don’t know where to begin? If so, this podcast episode on journaling for the soul will help. I’ll be interviewing Deborah Haddix,<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/journaling-for-the-soul-methods-tips/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/journaling-for-the-soul-methods-tips/">Journaling for the Soul: Methods and Tips with Deborah Haddix</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Have you ever thought about journaling as a way to grow closer to God? Or have you wanted to start a journaling habit, but you can’t make yourself do it? Or maybe you don’t know where to begin? If so, this podcast episode on journaling for the soul will help.

Journaling for the Soul

I’ll be interviewing Deborah Haddix, who recently published a book called Journaling for the Soul. The book describes 50 different ways to journal, along with tips on how to develop a journaling habit. These are journaling techniques that will draw us closer to God as we use them to pray, study Scripture, and do a little soul-searching.

On the podcast, Deborah will be explaining some of those journaling methods. She’ll also give us tips that will help you develop a journaling habit if you’re struggling with that.

Resources We Talked About On the Podcast

We’d love to hear from you!

We’d love to hear about your own experiences with journaling: how it’s affected your relationship with God, how it’s helped you grow, your struggles and successes with it, or anything else you’d like to share! Also, if you give any of these journaling methods a try–or if you have any journaling methods you’d like to share–we’d love to hear about it.  Let us know in the comment section below!

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Android: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

 

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Have you ever thought about journaling as a way to grow closer to God? Or have you wanted to start a journaling habit, but you can’t make yourself do it? Or maybe you don’t know where to begin? If so, this podcast episode on journaling for the soul wil...
I’ll be interviewing Deborah Haddix, who recently published a book called Journaling for the Soul. The book describes 50 different ways to journal, along with tips on how to develop a journaling habit. These are journaling techniques that will draw us closer to God as we use them to pray, study Scripture, and do a little soul-searching.
On the podcast, Deborah will be explaining some of those journaling methods. She’ll also give us tips that will help you develop a journaling habit if you’re struggling with that.
Resources We Talked About On the Podcast

* Deb’s book: Journaling for the Soul: A Handbook of Journaling Methods
* Deb’s website, deborahhaddix.com
* Deb’s resources for praying for your children and grandchildren

We’d love to hear from you!
We’d love to hear about your own experiences with journaling: how it’s affected your relationship with God, how it’s helped you grow, your struggles and successes with it, or anything else you’d like to share! Also, if you give any of these journaling methods a try–or if you have any journaling methods you’d like to share–we’d love to hear about it.  Let us know in the comment section below!
How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here
 
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35: 7 Ways to Get Closer to God https://barbraveling.com/7-ways-to-get-closer-to-god/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 09:00:19 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11603 https://barbraveling.com/7-ways-to-get-closer-to-god/#comments https://barbraveling.com/7-ways-to-get-closer-to-god/feed/ 13 <p>Do you ever feel like you’d like to be closer to God but it doesn’t seem to be happening? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about 7 different ways to get closer to God. I’ll share my own story of the ups and downs in my relationship with God, including some of<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/7-ways-to-get-closer-to-god/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/7-ways-to-get-closer-to-god/">35: 7 Ways to Get Closer to God</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever feel like you’d like to be closer to God but it doesn’t seem to be happening? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about 7 different ways to get closer to God.

Do you ever feel like you'd like to get closer to God, but you're not sure how to make that happen? On this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we'll be talking about 7 ways to get close to God.

I’ll share my own story of the ups and downs in my relationship with God, including some of the things I did that hurt our relationship and some of the things that helped.

Here are the 7 ways to get closer to God that we’ll be talking about in the podcast:

Do you ever feel like you'd like to be closer to God, but you can't seem to make that happen? In this blog post and episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we'll be talking about 7 ways to get closer to God.

7 Ways to Get Closer to God

We’ll go more into depth in the podcast, I wanted to include some of the resources below that we talked about on the podcast.

  1. Find something you enjoy doing with Him. Some of the ideas we talk about on the podcast are truth journaling, Scripture meditation, the Examen app, topical Bible studies, and any of these renewing of the mind activities.
  2. Meet with God each day during the time of day that you’re most alert. If you struggle with discipline in quiet times like I did for twenty years, try journaling through these questions and Bible verses.
  3. Do a “closeness check” at the beginning of your time together. We’ll talk more about the reasons for not feeling close (sin, idolatry, and not accepting what you need to accept) in the podcast and what you can do about it.
  4. Believe that He loves you. These Bible verses will help: Insecurity Bible verses1 John 1:9.
  5. Work on letting go of your idols and sin. Here are a couple of posts/blog series that will help: How to Break Free from Idolatry and How to Break a Habit.
  6. Carve out a weekly (Sabbath) and/or monthly “date time” with Him.
  7. Be thankful. This post has some verses to help with that!

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]]> Do you ever feel like you’d like to be closer to God but it doesn’t seem to be happening? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about 7 different ways to get closer to God. I’ll share my own story of the ups and downs in my relati... Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about 7 different ways to get closer to God.

I’ll share my own story of the ups and downs in my relationship with God, including some of the things I did that hurt our relationship and some of the things that helped.
Here are the 7 ways to get closer to God that we’ll be talking about in the podcast:

7 Ways to Get Closer to God
We’ll go more into depth in the podcast, I wanted to include some of the resources below that we talked about on the podcast.

Find something you enjoy doing with Him. Some of the ideas we talk about on the podcast are truth journaling, Scripture meditation, the Examen app, topical Bible studies, and any of these renewing of the mind activities.
Meet with God each day during the time of day that you’re most alert. If you struggle with discipline in quiet times like I did for twenty years, try journaling through these questions and Bible verses.
Do a “closeness check” at the beginning of your time together. We’ll talk more about the reasons for not feeling close (sin, idolatry, and not accepting what you need to accept) in the podcast and what you can do about it.
Believe that He loves you. These Bible verses will help: Insecurity Bible verses1 John 1:9.
Work on letting go of your idols and sin. Here are a couple of posts/blog series that will help: How to Break Free from Idolatry and How to Break a Habit.
Carve out a weekly (Sabbath) and/or monthly “date time” with Him.
Be thankful. This post has some verses to help with that!


clean 16:38 34: 10 Tips for When Your Spouse Won’t Change https://barbraveling.com/10-tips-for-when-your-spouse-wont-change/ Wed, 03 May 2017 15:46:06 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=1976 https://barbraveling.com/10-tips-for-when-your-spouse-wont-change/#comments https://barbraveling.com/10-tips-for-when-your-spouse-wont-change/feed/ 12 <p>Do you ever think, If only my spouse would change, then I’d be happy? If you’ve been married for any length of time, you’ve probably thought that at least once. Unfortunately, God hasn’t given us a magic wand to change our spouses! That’s okay though. Here are 10 tips to help you when your spouse<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/10-tips-for-when-your-spouse-wont-change/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/10-tips-for-when-your-spouse-wont-change/">34: 10 Tips for When Your Spouse Won’t Change</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever think, If only my spouse would change, then I’d be happy? If you’ve been married for any length of time, you’ve probably thought that at least once. Unfortunately, God hasn’t given us a magic wand to change our spouses! That’s okay though. Here are 10 tips to help you when your spouse won’t change.

10 Tips for When Your Spouse Won't Change

10 Tips For When Your Spouse Won’t Change

1. Recognize that you can’t change everyone you want to change.

Now you might be thinking, Isn’t this a no-brainer? Doesn’t everyone know that? Well, no. I didn’t. It took me almost 20 years to learn that little fact. I always thought that if I could just think of that one thing to say–that one sparkling, shiny thought–that then my husband would see the light and say, “Where have you been all my life? Of course I want to change!”

I kept trying to find that sparkly thought, but I never found it. Then I started truth journaling. And after two months of truth journaling the same thoughts over and over, God finally got through my thick head and said, “Barb! Wake up! I haven’t given you the power to change everyone.”

That was back in the days when I thought I was the good guy and my husband was the bad guy. God used the annoying faults of my husband to point out my own annoying faults (one of them being a critical and condemning spirit). God taught me how to love and enjoy people in their as-is condition, which brings me to the next point.

2. Recognize that your spouse isn’t as bad as you think he or she is.

I was operating under the impression that some faults are terrible and other faults aren’t that bad. Interestingly, all of my faults fit into the “not that bad” category. My husband’s faults fit into the “terrible” category.

I was delusional.

My husband was a great person, just a very different person than I. With different strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and priorities. Who was I to say that I was the good one and he was the bad one? We both had sinful tendencies.

God in His kindness put us together because He wanted us to rub off on each other. That’s happened. I like silence much more than I used to, and my husband likes conversation much more than he used to. I’m more accepting of others than I used to be and he’s more willing to change than he used to be.  This brings me to the next point.

3. Ask your spouse if he’s willing to change.

I know. I said we couldn’t change our spouses. But we can ask them to change. The question is, “How do you do that?” When I used to ask my husband to change, it was usually late at night, when I was extremely hurt or annoyed. Do I need to say that those conversations didn’t go well? He felt threatened and attacked, and I felt like he didn’t love me enough to work out our problems.

If you’re going to bring up something, do it in a loving way. Pray through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 or Colossians 3:12-15 so you’re in a loving mood when you start. You may also want to truth journal or go through these annoyance questions first so you have the truth at the front of your mind.

Then bring up your subject in a respectful, way. But as you bring it up, recognize that he may not be willing to change or may not feel like he’s able to change. This isn’t surprising. Just think of how hard it is for us to change.

If the behavior is a stronghold, he won’t be able to change in his own strength. He’ll have to go to God again and again for help. Not everyone is willing to take the time to do that, which brings up my next point.

4. Accept the fact that he or she may not be willing to change.

Yes, this is very sad, and it will bring many tears. But those tears can bring us closer to God as we rely on Him for help with life. God will help us see our spouses through eyes of grace and truth and become more accepting and less judgmental in the process.

When I think back to my early years of truth journaling about marriage, I’m so thankful God didn’t interfere with my husband’s free will and change him on the spot. Instead, he used my husband’s faults to change me in a million ways that I needed to change.

Do you ever get frustrated because your spouse won't change? Here are 10 tips that will help. 5. Set boundaries if possible.

Just because we accept our spouses, that doesn’t mean we have to accept everything they do. Depending on what they’re doing or not doing, we may be able to set some boundaries. For example, if your spouse is constantly a half hour late to gatherings, you can kindly tell them that you’ll be driving separately as you don’t like to be late.

Or if your spouse yells at you, you can kindly tell them that every time they yell you’ll leave the room. Assure them that you still love them, but that you’re unwilling to be yelled at.

If you’re in a potentially abusive relationship, talk to a counselor before you do anything. But if you’re in a normal relationship, you should be able to experiment. Just make sure you’re kind and loving while you implement your boundaries and also that you’re consistent with enforcing them.

Unfortunately, you can’t always set up boundaries. For example, what if I wanted my husband to initiate deep conversation with me 3 times a week? Those are boundaries I can’t enforce because I can’t make him do that.

There’s also not a logical consequence if he doesn’t do it. I could withhold something he wanted, such as sex, but that would be unloving, unbiblical, and would probably make him less inclined to learn how to initiate conversation.

Remember Romans 2:4? It was God’s kindness that leads us to repentance, and that will be true for our spouses as well. Our kindness is their best hope for change.

Update: A few days after this post went out, my friend Ngina wrote an excellent post on boundaries. Here’s the link to her helpful article: Boundaries in Marriage: 5 Guidelines for Setting Boundaries with a Difficult Spouse.

6. Go to a counselor.

That said, while we’re being kind, it might be helpful to see a counselor. The counselor could hear the particulars of our own struggle and give us ideas for change. Another thing that will help is to work on this next step.

7. Make the best possible life within the context of what you can’t change or God doesn’t want you to change.

Let’s say you’re in that relationship where your spouse isn’t meeting your emotional needs with good communication. That’s hard, but it’s not the end of the world. You can still talk through everything with God and learn to rely on Him to get your emotional needs met.

You can also make close friends who will talk through things with you. Just make sure those friends are people you wouldn’t ever be attracted to in a million years. My own rule is that I never spend time alone with men or talk about marriage problems with them because it would be too easy for me to be attracted to them if I did that.

Find creative ways to meet the needs your spouse doesn’t meet. In some ways, my writing/podcasting ministry is a result of my husband not wanting to do youth or young adult ministry with me. I would love to have all those people over to my house and have fun Bible studies, but he kind of likes to come home from work and enjoy the peace and quiet!

Years ago, I accept this and got involved in teaching speech and interpersonal communication to homeschoolers, teaching Bible studies at church and other youth gatherings, and eventually starting my own ministry writing and podcasting. And I’m perfectly happy doing those other things.

8. Dwell on the good in your spouse. 

My husband is a wonderful guy. Your spouse is also wonderful. It just depends on what parts of his or her personality you’re focusing on. When you were dating, you probably focused on their strengths. But it’s easy to get caught up in looking at their weaknesses after you’ve been married awhile. Life will be better if you focus on their strengths. This will be easier to do if you follow the next tip.

9. Rely on God to get your needs met.

This is by far the best tip. It’s what helped me get to the point where I thoroughly enjoy my husband. Here’s what it looked like on a practical level: every time I was annoyed with my husband I would truth journal. After two months of doing that I had a completely different attitude toward him.

If you’d like to give this a try, look at the renewing of the mind tools tab at the top of this blog. There are resources on truth journaling and other ways to renew your mind. This practice not only improved my attitude in marriage, it also revitalized my relationship with God and drew me closer to Him.

Once God started meeting my emotional needs, I no longer needed my husband to do that. This freed me up to love and enjoy him. We’re celebrating 35 years of marriage this year and I’m so thankful I didn’t ever consider divorce.

Relationships go through stages. You may not be too excited about your spouse right now, but if you persevere in marriage and go to God for help, you can get excited again.

It happened to us and it’s happened to so many others I know. It’s worth the struggle, not just for the marriage but also for the potential growth in character and relationship with God.

10. Be Thankful.

This last tip is helpful no matter what we’re working on. I think it’s essential for contentment, in general, but also for contentment in marriage. When we focus on all we have to be thankful for, rather than all we have to complain about, we’ll be much happier. And also much more excited about our marriages!

Note: These tips are based on marriage between two non-abusive spouses. If your spouse is abusive, please get professional help as soon as possible!

Questions About Relationships

If you have any questions, let me know by email or in the comments as I plan to do another podcast episode with reader’s questions!

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

This blog post is also available in a modified form as a podcast episode:

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10 Tips For When Your Spouse Won’t Change
1. Recognize that you can’t change everyone you want to change.
Now you might be thinking, Isn’t this a no-brainer? Doesn’t everyone know that? Well, no. I didn’t. It took me almost 20 years to learn that little fact. I always thought that if I could just think of that one thing to say–that one sparkling, shiny thought–that then my husband would see the light and say, “Where have you been all my life? Of course I want to change!”
I kept trying to find that sparkly thought, but I never found it. Then I started truth journaling. And after two months of truth journaling the same thoughts over and over, God finally got through my thick head and said, “Barb! Wake up! I haven’t given you the power to change everyone.”
That was back in the days when I thought I was the good guy and my husband was the bad guy. God used the annoying faults of my husband to point out my own annoying faults (one of them being a critical and condemning spirit). God taught me how to love and enjoy people in their as-is condition, which brings me to the next point.
2. Recognize that your spouse isn’t as bad as you think he or she is.
I was operating under the impression that some faults are terrible and other faults aren’t that bad. Interestingly, all of my faults fit into the “not that bad” category. My husband’s faults fit into the “terrible” category.
I was delusional.
My husband was a great person, just a very different person than I. With different strengths, weaknesses, preferences, and priorities. Who was I to say that I was the good one and he was the bad one? We both had sinful tendencies.
God in His kindness put us together because He wanted us to rub off on each other. That’s happened. I like silence much more than I used to, and my husband likes conversation much more than he used to. I’m more accepting of others than I used to be and he’s more willing to change than he used to be.  This brings me to the next point.
3. Ask your spouse if he’s willing to change.
I know. I said we couldn’t change our spouses. But we can ask them to change. The question is, “How do you do that?” When I used to ask my husband to change, it was usually late at night, when I was extremely hurt or annoyed. Do I need to say that those conversations didn’t go well? He felt threatened and attacked, and I felt like he didn’t love me enough to work out our problems.
If you’re going to bring up something, do it in a loving way. Pray through 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 or Colossians 3:12-15 so you’re in a loving mood when you start. You may also want to truth journal or go through these annoyance questions first so you have the truth at the front of your mind.
Then bring up your subject in a respectful, way.]]>
Barb Raveling clean 12:53 33: Christian Writers: Finding Your Identity in Christ with Matt Rial https://barbraveling.com/christian-writer-identity-in-christ/ Tue, 07 Mar 2017 10:30:52 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11458 https://barbraveling.com/christian-writer-identity-in-christ/#comments https://barbraveling.com/christian-writer-identity-in-christ/feed/ 2 <p>Are you a Christian writer who struggles with finding your identity in Christ? Are you going through a trial that’s shaking your identity? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Matt Rial shares how his recent injury affected both his writing and his identity. As we visit together about the experience and life in<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/christian-writer-identity-in-christ/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/christian-writer-identity-in-christ/">33: Christian Writers: Finding Your Identity in Christ with Matt Rial</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Are you a Christian writer who struggles with finding your identity in Christ? Are you going through a trial that’s shaking your identity?

Are you a Christian writer who struggles with finding your identity in Christ? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we'll visit about how to find our identity in Christ, rather than in our writing.

In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Matt Rial shares how his recent injury affected both his writing and his identity.

As we visit together about the experience and life in general as a writer, I hope you’ll be able to find some ideas to help with your own struggles with identity and trials that shake your identity.

Here are some of the resources we talked about on the show:

Taste for Truth Podcast

I also wanted to remind everyone that the Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast is up and running. This podcast will have interviews similar to what you’ve seen on the Christian Habits Podcast.

We’ll also have tips, author interviews, and opportunities to renew your mind while you listen to the podcast. If you’d like to find out more about that, click here.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Android: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here

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Are you a Christian writer who struggles with finding your identity in Christ? Are you going through a trial that’s shaking your identity? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Matt Rial shares how his recent injury affected both his writing...
In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Matt Rial shares how his recent injury affected both his writing and his identity.
As we visit together about the experience and life in general as a writer, I hope you’ll be able to find some ideas to help with your own struggles with identity and trials that shake your identity.
Here are some of the resources we talked about on the show:

* Matt’s blog: Wasteland Kings
* Bible studies on some of the subjects we talked about on the blog
* Wasteland Kings Facebook page.

Taste for Truth Podcast
I also wanted to remind everyone that the Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast is up and running. This podcast will have interviews similar to what you’ve seen on the Christian Habits Podcast.
We’ll also have tips, author interviews, and opportunities to renew your mind while you listen to the podcast. If you’d like to find out more about that, click here.
How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
To listen and subscribe on Android: click here
To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
To listen and subscribe on Google Play: click here
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32: Overcoming Food Fixation: Interview with Asheritah Ciuciu https://barbraveling.com/overcoming-food-fixation-interview-asheritah-ciuciu/ Tue, 03 Jan 2017 10:30:14 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11209 https://barbraveling.com/overcoming-food-fixation-interview-asheritah-ciuciu/#comments https://barbraveling.com/overcoming-food-fixation-interview-asheritah-ciuciu/feed/ 8 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Do you ever feel like you can’t stop thinking about food? Or do you struggle with obsessing about losing weight, exercise, or eating healthy? If so, this interview with Asheritah Ciuciu on the Christian Habits Podcast will help!<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/overcoming-food-fixation-interview-asheritah-ciuciu/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/overcoming-food-fixation-interview-asheritah-ciuciu/">32: Overcoming Food Fixation: Interview with Asheritah Ciuciu</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Do you ever feel like you can’t stop thinking about food? Or do you struggle with obsessing about losing weight, exercise, or eating healthy? If so, this interview with Asheritah Ciuciu on the Christian Habits Podcast will help!

Ever feel like you can't stop thinking about food? Join us on the Christian Habits Podcast as I visit with Asheritah Ciuciu about how to end the obsession!

We’ll be visiting about how to overcome food fixation, which she discusses in her new book which goes on sale today,  Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction. I’ve previewed her book and it looks like a great resource.

Here’s a description of Asheritah’s book on Amazon:

Ever feel like you can't stop thinking about food? Join us on the Christian Habits Podcast as I visit with Asheritah Ciuciu about how to end food fixation.“Have you ever felt stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting, and obsessive thoughts about food?

Whether you feel defeated by your lack of self-control or overwhelmed by thoughts and longings for food, the answer to our food fixation does not lie in the $500 billion global diet industry.

This is not a diet book and it’s not a healthy eating plan. Because at the core, our problem is not really what we eat. It’s why we seek fullness in something that will never satisfy.

Join Asheritah Ciuciu as she shares honestly about her own battles with food and reveals the path to freedom.

You’ll discover the joy of living free from food fixation so you can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ, gain a renewed sense of purpose, and yes, even enjoy good food (without regret).

A healthier relationship with food through a stronger relationship with Christ—that’s the goal of Full.”

Do you ever feel like you can't stop thinking about food? Or do you struggle with obsessing about losing weight or eating healthy? We'll be talking about all three problems on this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast.

Join us on the podcast as we discuss this book by Asheritah Ciuciu and the things in the book! Click here to see the book on Amazon.

Free Christian Mom Summit (Also Great if You’re Not a Mom!)

This is a great series of interviews with Dr. Eve Rosno that I’ve found very helpful! It will run from 1/2/17 to 1/14/17 and I’ll be speaking on mindful eating on the 11th. Click here for details!

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Do you ever feel like you can’t stop thinking about food? Or do you struggle with obsessing about losing weight, exercise, Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Do you ever feel like you can’t stop thinking about food? Or do you struggle with obsessing about losing weight, exercise, or eating healthy? If so, this interview with Asheritah Ciuciu on the Christian Habits Podcast will help!

We’ll be visiting about how to overcome food fixation, which she discusses in her new book which goes on sale today,  Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction. I’ve previewed her book and it looks like a great resource.
Here’s a description of Asheritah’s book on Amazon:
“Have you ever felt stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of overeating, yo-yo dieting, and obsessive thoughts about food?
Whether you feel defeated by your lack of self-control or overwhelmed by thoughts and longings for food, the answer to our food fixation does not lie in the $500 billion global diet industry.
This is not a diet book and it’s not a healthy eating plan. Because at the core, our problem is not really what we eat. It’s why we seek fullness in something that will never satisfy.
Join Asheritah Ciuciu as she shares honestly about her own battles with food and reveals the path to freedom.
You’ll discover the joy of living free from food fixation so you can experience deeper satisfaction in Christ, gain a renewed sense of purpose, and yes, even enjoy good food (without regret).
A healthier relationship with food through a stronger relationship with Christ—that’s the goal of Full.”

Join us on the podcast as we discuss this book by Asheritah Ciuciu and the things in the book! Click here to see the book on Amazon.
Free Christian Mom Summit (Also Great if You’re Not a Mom!)
This is a great series of interviews with Dr. Eve Rosno that I’ve found very helpful! It will run from 1/2/17 to 1/14/17 and I’ll be speaking on mindful eating on the 11th. Click here for details!
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31: Building Relationships: Treat Everyone Like a “10” https://barbraveling.com/treat-everyone-like-10/ Sat, 19 Nov 2016 09:58:24 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=11159 https://barbraveling.com/treat-everyone-like-10/#comments https://barbraveling.com/treat-everyone-like-10/feed/ 6 <p>Have you ever met someone who reached out to you and seemed to like you right away? Have you ever wanted to be that person for someone else? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll be visiting with Micah Brooks about how to treat everyone like a 10–whether you’ve known them for a long<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/treat-everyone-like-10/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/treat-everyone-like-10/">31: Building Relationships: Treat Everyone Like a “10”</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Have you ever met someone who reached out to you and seemed to like you right away? Have you ever wanted to be that person for someone else? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll be visiting with Micah Brooks about how to treat everyone like a 10–whether you’ve known them for a long time or you’re just meeting them for the first time.

It's easy in relationships to start dwelling on the negative in people. In this podcast we'll talk about how to treat everyone like a 10, a practical application of Philippians 4:8.Micah wrote about this subject in a recent online devotion. Here’s an excerpt of his post:

“I believe that in life we tend to give everyone around us a score. We score people when we first meet them (first impressions) and when we’ve known them a while (built upon a list of their strengths and shortcomings). It’s probably pretty hard to get a “10 out of 10” on any one of our current people-scales.

However, a new way of thinking is to begin to score everyone a “10”. No one gets less. No one gets immediately criticized (in your mind) when you first meet them. Those you’ve known for a while get a free pass and become a “10” to you now.”

Micah’s post reminds me of Philippians 4:8, where Paul tells us to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. That can be hard to do when you’ve been in a relationship with a person for a long time.

With those long-term relationships, we often begin to dwell on people’s faults because we know them so well. Not only does that make us discontent in the relationship, it also gets in the way of loving that person well.

In this podcast Micah will give us some insights on how to treat people that we’re in long-term relationships with as a 10 and also the people we meet each day. We’ll also be discussing how to treat others like a 10 when we feel like a zero.

It's easy in relationships to start dwelling on the negative in people. In this podcast we'll talk about how to treat everyone like a 10, a practical application of Philippians 4:8.

Here are some of the Bible verses we mentioned on the podcast:

We also mentioned some guitar books that Micah has published:

  • Worship Guitar In Six Week (Micah’s book on Amazon)
  • 42 Guitar Chords Everyone Should Know (Micah’s book on Amazon)
  • Special offer: You can also find Micah’s books and all kinds of other great resources at micahbrooks.com, including guitar lessons via Skype! If you sign up for 6 weeks worth of lessons, Micah will give you the book “Worship Guitar in Six Weeks” for free with the lessons. Just mention that you heard about it on this blog post or the podcast.

Micah is also the editor in chief at worshippublishing.com where he oversees daily devotions, the WorshipHeart book publishing brand and more.

Micah Brooks
www.micahbrooks.com

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]]> Have you ever met someone who reached out to you and seemed to like you right away? Have you ever wanted to be that person for someone else? In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll be visiting with Micah Brooks about how to treat everyone... Christian Habits Podcast, I’ll be visiting with Micah Brooks about how to treat everyone like a 10–whether you’ve known them for a long time or you’re just meeting them for the first time.
Micah wrote about this subject in a recent online devotion. Here’s an excerpt of his post:
“I believe that in life we tend to give everyone around us a score. We score people when we first meet them (first impressions) and when we’ve known them a while (built upon a list of their strengths and shortcomings). It’s probably pretty hard to get a “10 out of 10” on any one of our current people-scales.
However, a new way of thinking is to begin to score everyone a “10”. No one gets less. No one gets immediately criticized (in your mind) when you first meet them. Those you’ve known for a while get a free pass and become a “10” to you now.”
Micah’s post reminds me of Philippians 4:8, where Paul tells us to dwell on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. That can be hard to do when you’ve been in a relationship with a person for a long time.
With those long-term relationships, we often begin to dwell on people’s faults because we know them so well. Not only does that make us discontent in the relationship, it also gets in the way of loving that person well.
In this podcast Micah will give us some insights on how to treat people that we’re in long-term relationships with as a 10 and also the people we meet each day. We’ll also be discussing how to treat others like a 10 when we feel like a zero.

Here are some of the Bible verses we mentioned on the podcast:

* Insecurity Bible verses
* John 15:12
* 1 Corinthians 13
* Philippians 4:8
* Matthew 22:36-40

We also mentioned some guitar books that Micah has published:

* Worship Guitar In Six Week (Micah’s book on Amazon)
* 42 Guitar Chords Everyone Should Know (Micah’s book on Amazon)
* Special offer: You can also find Micah’s books and all kinds of other great resources at micahbrooks.com, including guitar lessons via Skype! If you sign up for 6 weeks worth of lessons, Micah will give you the book “Worship Guitar in Six Weeks” for free with the lessons. Just mention that you heard about it on this blog post or the podcast.

Micah is also the editor in chief at clean 21:14 30: How to Stop Boredom Eating and Boredom Habiting https://barbraveling.com/stop-boredom-eating-boredom-habiting/ Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:30:27 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=10891 https://barbraveling.com/stop-boredom-eating-boredom-habiting/#comments https://barbraveling.com/stop-boredom-eating-boredom-habiting/feed/ 11 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Do you ever eat or do your habit out of boredom? Most of us do. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about how to stop boredom eating and boredom habiting. It’s<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/stop-boredom-eating-boredom-habiting/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/stop-boredom-eating-boredom-habiting/">30: How to Stop Boredom Eating and Boredom Habiting</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Do you ever eat or do your habit out of boredom? Most of us do. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about how to stop boredom eating and boredom habiting.

Do you ever eat or do your habit just because you're bored? In this blog post, we'll talk about how to stop boredom eating and habiting with God's help.

It’s particularly tempting to give in to boredom eating and habiting when we’re in a long boring stretch of life or when we’ve just finished something exciting and are having a hard time adjusting back to real life.

That’s how I’m feeling today. I just got back from a super fun vacation–a biblical counseling conference, a couple of days with two of our adult children, and a 3 day backpacking trip in the gorgeous Beartooth Mountains–and this morning I’m having a hard time getting back to real life.

Knowing my tendencies after a vacation, I thought I better get started right away this morning renewing my mind. Fortunately I was in Galatians 5 for my daily quiet time, which was the perfect section of Scripture to renew my mind with.

We’ll renew our minds with that passage on the podcast and also with the boredom questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat), but before we do that, let’s take a look at some practical things we can do to help with boredom eating and boredom habiting.

Do you ever eat or do your habit just because you're bored? In this blog post, we'll talk about how to stop boredom eating and habiting with God's help.

How to Stop Boredom Eating and Boredom Habiting

If you want to stop boredom eating or boredom habiting, try this plan:

  1. Divide your day up into segments. It’s a lot easier to indulge in boredom eating and boredom habiting if you feel like the whole day is stretching out forever.
  2. Plan each segment of the day. What are you going to do during that time period? How much time do you have to fill before the next scheduled event? That scheduled event may be a meeting with a friend, a job, or an appointment, or it may just be a natural break of the day such as lunch or supper.
  3. Try to get out of the house if possible. As you plan your day, try to plan at least one thing that will take you out of the house at some point if you don’t have a job or other things that naturally take you out. This will break up the day a bit and help you since you won’t have a whole day at home to manage.
  4. Renew your mind throughout the day. It’s essential to do this so we change our thinking and look at life from God’s perspective. Take my day today, for example. I’m starting out from a “life should be fun!” perspective. After all, I’ve just been on vacation for six days. But that’s not what God says life is about. He says life is about loving Him and others–I have all kinds of opportunities to do that today. My backpack trip was a wonderful time of fellowship with God and fun with my husband, but I didn’t really get a lot of opportunities to love others on my trip. Today I will. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing!
Stop Boredom Eating

Having my quiet time on the last morning of our trip.

If you’d like help renewing your mind, join me on the podcast. We’ll be talking about the following questions and Bible verses:

Boredom Questions

  1. What do you feel like eating (or doing)?
  2. Will you break a boundary if you eat (or do) that?
    1. Yes: If so, which boundary will you break? Is that a good boundary? Explain.
    2. No: If not, will you be more likely to break your boundaries later if you eat this? Why or why not?
  3. How much time do you need to fill until your next meal or snack (or scheduled event)?
  4. Would eating (or your habit) be a good way to fill this time?
  5. What are some other things you could do with this block of time? List a few ideas.
  6. What would be the best use of your time right now?
  7. What would you gain by using your time this way?
  8. Is there anything you need to accept?

Note: Click here for another set of questions you can journal through when you’re bored.

Stop boredom eating

My favorite hiking partner. :) From a hiking trip we did in Canada near Jasper, Alberta.

Boredom Bible Verses

Note: We’ll also be going over Galatians 5:13-25 on the podcast.

Psalm 18:29 For by You I can run upon a troop; and by my God I can leap over a wall.

2 Corinthians 12:9a And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

stop boredom eating

On mile 23 of the Beaten Path near Cooke City, Montana and 3 miles away from one of the best cheeseburgers I’ve ever had in my life!

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

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To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen to past episodes: click here to view on iTunes or see a list of episodes here.

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]]> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Do you ever eat or do your habit out of boredom? Most of us do. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Do you ever eat or do your habit out of boredom? Most of us do. On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about how to stop boredom eating and boredom habiting.

It’s particularly tempting to give in to boredom eating and habiting when we’re in a long boring stretch of life or when we’ve just finished something exciting and are having a hard time adjusting back to real life.
That’s how I’m feeling today. I just got back from a super fun vacation–a biblical counseling conference, a couple of days with two of our adult children, and a 3 day backpacking trip in the gorgeous Beartooth Mountains–and this morning I’m having a hard time getting back to real life.
Knowing my tendencies after a vacation, I thought I better get started right away this morning renewing my mind. Fortunately I was in Galatians 5 for my daily quiet time, which was the perfect section of Scripture to renew my mind with.
We’ll renew our minds with that passage on the podcast and also with the boredom questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat), but before we do that, let’s take a look at some practical things we can do to help with boredom eating and boredom habiting.

How to Stop Boredom Eating and Boredom Habiting
If you want to stop boredom eating or boredom habiting, try this plan:

* Divide your day up into segments. It’s a lot easier to indulge in boredom eating and boredom habiting if you feel like the whole day is stretching out forever.
* Plan each segment of the day. What are you going to do during that time period? How much time do you have to fill before the next scheduled event? That scheduled event may be a meeting with a friend, a job, or an appointment, or it may just be a natural break of the day such as lunch or supper.
* Try to get out of the house if possible. As you plan your day, try to plan at least one thing that will take you out of the house at some point if you don’t have a job or other things that naturally take you out. This will break up the day a bit and help you since you won’t have a whole day at home to manage.
* Renew your mind throughout the day. It’s essential to do this so we change our thinking and look at life from God’s perspective. Take my day today, for example. I’m starting out from a “life should be fun!” perspective. After all, I’ve just been on vacation for six days. But that’s not what God says life is about. He says life is about loving Him and others–I have all kinds of opportunities to do that today. My backpack trip was a wonderful time of fellowship with God and fun with my husband, but I didn’t really get a lot of opportunities to love others on my trip. Today I will. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing!

If you’d like help renewing your mind, join me on the podcast.]]>
Barb Raveling clean 15:16 29: 6 Steps to Breaking Free From Self-Condemnation https://barbraveling.com/6-steps-to-breaking-free-from-self-condemnation/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:30:15 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=10924 https://barbraveling.com/6-steps-to-breaking-free-from-self-condemnation/#comments https://barbraveling.com/6-steps-to-breaking-free-from-self-condemnation/feed/ 8 <p>One of the things I’ve struggled with as a writer is self-condemnation. I’m not a Type A person who is capable of getting a lot done each day, but for some reason I expect myself to be. When I fail to live up to my unrealistic expectations for work, I often slip into self-condemnation mode.<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/6-steps-to-breaking-free-from-self-condemnation/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/6-steps-to-breaking-free-from-self-condemnation/">29: 6 Steps to Breaking Free From Self-Condemnation</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> One of the things I’ve struggled with as a writer is self-condemnation. I’m not a Type A person who is capable of getting a lot done each day, but for some reason I expect myself to be. When I fail to live up to my unrealistic expectations for work, I often slip into self-condemnation mode.

Do you ever beat yourself up for something you did or didn't do? On today's podcast we'll talk about how to break free from self-condemnation.

This gets in the way of growing and becoming a more productive person because I’m too busy beating myself up! If  you struggle with self-condemnation like I do, today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast will help.

Click here to find out how to listen to the podcast.

We’ll be talking about 6 steps to breaking free from self-condemnation and then we’ll use the self-condemnation questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) and the Renewing of the Mind Project to renew our minds together. Here are the steps we’ll be discussing:

Do you suffer from self-condemnation? Here's steps to breaking free from self-condemnation.

6 Steps to Breaking Free from Self-Condemnation

  1. Learn to recognize when you’re condemning yourself. Look for it on days of failure.
  2. Recognize that growth is a process. It takes time, and you’ll never be perfect.
  3. Hold your goal with open hands. Don’t make it an idol.
  4. Remember that God is in charge of growth. We have a responsibility to renew our minds and look for practical things we can do to change, but we can’t control how quickly growth happens. That’s up to God. When we realize that we’ll be less likely to condemn ourself and trust in God to change us in His time.
  5. Walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. We’ll talk about what that looks like on the podcast.
  6. Be faithful to renew your mind whenever you catch yourself condemning yourself. We’ll do that together on the podcasts. Here are the questions and Bible verses we’ll be using from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat):

Self-Condemnation Journaling Questions

  1. Why do you think you’re a failure (terrible person, bad Christian, etc.)?
  2. Does that really make you a failure (terrible person/bad Christian, etc.)? Why or why not? *
  3. Whose standards are you using to determine whether or not you’re acceptable?
  4. What does God think of those standards?
  5. How does God feel about you? (See insecurity verses for ideas.)
  6. God is not a condemning perfectionist parent. He’s a loving Father who says, “Come to me, my beloved, and let me help.” In what areas do you need help?
  7. Take some time to ask Him to help you with those areas.
  8. Is there anything you need to accept?
  9. Is there anything God wants you to do?
  10. What can you thank God for in this situation?

* If you’re having a hard time answering this question, look through the insecurity verses and think about grace. If you’re going the bad Christian route, think about the life of David and Romans 3:23.

Do you beat yourself up? Do you struggle with self-condemnation? Here's 12 Bible Verses to study when you're beating yourself up.

Self-Condemnation Bible Verses

Psalm 37:23-24 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the One who holds his hand.

Psalm 145:8, 14 The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down.

Psalm 147:2-3 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.

Isaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

Jeremiah 31:20 “Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him,” declares the Lord.

Romans 7:21, 24-25 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.

Romans 8:1-2 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

Romans 8:35, 38-39 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philippians 1:6 For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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One of the things I’ve struggled with as a writer is self-condemnation. I’m not a Type A person who is capable of getting a lot done each day, but for some reason I expect myself to be. When I fail to live up to my unrealistic expectations for work,
This gets in the way of growing and becoming a more productive person because I’m too busy beating myself up! If  you struggle with self-condemnation like I do, today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast will help.
Click here to find out how to listen to the podcast.
We’ll be talking about 6 steps to breaking free from self-condemnation and then we’ll use the self-condemnation questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat) and the Renewing of the Mind Project to renew our minds together. Here are the steps we’ll be discussing:

6 Steps to Breaking Free from Self-Condemnation

* Learn to recognize when you’re condemning yourself. Look for it on days of failure.
* Recognize that growth is a process. It takes time, and you’ll never be perfect.
* Hold your goal with open hands. Don’t make it an idol.
* Remember that God is in charge of growth. We have a responsibility to renew our minds and look for practical things we can do to change, but we can’t control how quickly growth happens. That’s up to God. When we realize that we’ll be less likely to condemn ourself and trust in God to change us in His time.
* Walk in the Spirit, not the flesh. We’ll talk about what that looks like on the podcast.
* Be faithful to renew your mind whenever you catch yourself condemning yourself. We’ll do that together on the podcasts. Here are the questions and Bible verses we’ll be using from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat):

Self-Condemnation Journaling Questions

Why do you think you’re a failure (terrible person, bad Christian, etc.)?
Does that really make you a failure (terrible person/bad Christian, etc.)? Why or why not? *
Whose standards are you using to determine whether or not you’re acceptable?
What does God think of those standards?
How does God feel about you? (See insecurity verses for ideas.)
God is not a condemning perfectionist parent. He’s a loving Father who says, “Come to me, my beloved, and let me help.” In what areas do you need help?
Take some time to ask Him to help you with those areas.
Is there anything you need to accept?
Is there anything God wants you to do?
What can you thank God for in this situation?

* If you’re having a hard time answering this question, look through the insecurity verses and think about grace. If you’re going the bad Christian route, think about the life of David and Romans 3:23.

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28: Help for Emotional Eating: Bible Verses & Questions https://barbraveling.com/emotional-eating/ Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:54:26 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=10905 https://barbraveling.com/emotional-eating/#comments https://barbraveling.com/emotional-eating/feed/ 10 <p>Do you ever feel like everywhere you look the news is bad? It’s also bad in our valley right now. Yesterday we had a major fire blow up in in the mountains and it looks like several structures have been burned. Many have had to evacuate their homes and a couple of our local churches have<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/emotional-eating/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/emotional-eating/">28: Help for Emotional Eating: Bible Verses & Questions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever feel like everywhere you look the news is bad? It’s also bad in our valley right now. Yesterday we had a major fire blow up in in the mountains and it looks like several structures have been burned. Many have had to evacuate their homes and a couple of our local churches have become homes for those who are displaced.

Help with Emotional Eating

This was the view from just down our street yesterday.

When life is hard like this, it’s easy to get discouraged. And when we get discouraged, we often give into emotional eating. If you’re struggling with something difficult today, I invite you to renew your minds with me on the Christian Habits Podcast.

Do you struggle with emotional eating? On this episode of the Christian Habits we'll be renewing our mind with the emotional eating questions, Bible verses, and tips from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat).

We’ll be going over the emotional eating questions, Bible verses, and tips from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). I’ve included the questions and Bible verses below but we’ll be fleshing them out on the podcast.

Emotional Eating Questions

  1. What’s going on in your life right now that’s making you want to eat?
  2. What emotion are you experiencing?
  3. Will eating make you feel better? If so, for how long?
  4. Will eating solve your problems?
  5. Will eating create any new problems? Explain.
  6. What do your boundaries protect you from?
  7. Do you need protection today?
  8. What do you think God wants to teach you through this trial?
  9. Is there anything you need to accept?
  10. What can you thank God for in this situation?

Emotional Eating Bible Verses

Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.

Psalm 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?

Romans 5:3-4 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.

Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

Emotional Eating Tips 

The telltale sign of emotional eating is that you feel driven to eat. You don’t just see a brownie on the counter and want it; you go looking for the brownie because you need it.

Emotional eating is usually triggered by something else going on in your life, usually something bad. Sometimes the need to eat is all-consuming, and sometimes it’s just a nagging little thought at the back of your mind.

The best way to break free from emotional eating is to get rid of the emotions that are driving you to eat. Ask yourself, “What emotion am I experiencing?” Then go through the questions and Bible verses for that emotion in I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat).

 What usually happens when you take the time to work through the emotion is that your desire to eat will disappear. If you don’t take the time, that emotion has to go somewhere. Usually, it goes to the kitchen looking for something to eat.

See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast. Each episode will be delivered as soon as it comes out. If you aren’t subscribed, it may take a few hours to show up on iTunes. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to them on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed.

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen to past episodes: click here to view on iTunes or see a list of episodes here.

P.S. I mentioned in my last email that I was going to post a podcast on boredom eating today but in light of our local struggles, I decided to post a podcast I recorded a couple of weeks ago on emotional eating instead.

 

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Do you ever feel like everywhere you look the news is bad? It’s also bad in our valley right now. Yesterday we had a major fire blow up in in the mountains and it looks like several structures have been burned. When life is hard like this, it’s easy to get discouraged. And when we get discouraged, we often give into emotional eating. If you’re struggling with something difficult today, I invite you to renew your minds with me on the Christian Habits Podcast.

We’ll be going over the emotional eating questions, Bible verses, and tips from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). I’ve included the questions and Bible verses below but we’ll be fleshing them out on the podcast.
Emotional Eating Questions

What’s going on in your life right now that’s making you want to eat?
What emotion are you experiencing?
Will eating make you feel better? If so, for how long?
Will eating solve your problems?
Will eating create any new problems? Explain.
What do your boundaries protect you from?
Do you need protection today?
What do you think God wants to teach you through this trial?
Is there anything you need to accept?
What can you thank God for in this situation?

Emotional Eating Bible Verses
Psalm 3:3 But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the One who lifts my head.
Psalm 61:1-2 Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?
Romans 5:3-4 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
Emotional Eating Tips 
The telltale sign of emotional eating is that you feel driven to eat. You don’t just see a brownie on the counter and want it; you go looking for the brownie because you need it.
Emotional eating is usually triggered by something else going on in your life, usually something bad. Sometimes the need to eat is all-consuming, and sometimes it’s just a nagging little thought at the back of your mind.
The best way to break free from emotional eating is to get rid of the emotions t...]]>
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27: When You Dread Your To Do List https://barbraveling.com/dread-your-to-do-list/ Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:20:30 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=10807 https://barbraveling.com/dread-your-to-do-list/#comments https://barbraveling.com/dread-your-to-do-list/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever know you need to do something, but you just can’t make yourself do it? I have that problem quite a bit. So on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I decided to go through the dread questions from the Renewing of the Mind Project to help me get back to work<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/dread-your-to-do-list/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/dread-your-to-do-list/">27: When You Dread Your To Do List</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever know you need to do something, but you just can’t make yourself do it? I have that problem quite a bit. So on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I decided to go through the dread questions from the Renewing of the Mind Project to help me get back to work after the long holiday weekend. If you’re having a day where you dread your to do list, these questions will help.Do you ever have a hard time making yourself work on your to do list? Here are 10 questions that will help you get to work when you dread your to do list.

If you struggle with procrastination, listen to the podcast and renew your mind along with me. We’ll be talking about 7 different reasons we dread our to do lists and 10 questions we can use to stop. Here’s the list of reasons and questions we’ll be going through:

7 Reasons You Dread Your To Do List

  1. It’s too hard.
  2. It’s not fun.
  3. We feel like we can’t do it.
  4. We’re afraid of failure
  5. We’re afraid it won’t be perfect.
  6. We’re afraid of what people will think.
  7. It’s too expensive.

Do you ever have a hard time making yourself do the items on your to do list? If so, ask yourself these 10 questions.

10 Questions to ask When You Dread Your To Do List

  1. What would you like to accomplish today? Be specific.
  2. Why do you want to accomplish that?
  3. Why don’t you feel like working right now?
  4. What do you feel like doing instead?
  5. If you ignore your project and do that instead, how will you feel afterwards?
  6. What will you have to sacrifice to work on your project?
  7. How will you feel when you complete this project and why will you feel that way?
  8. When you think of how you’ll feel, is it worth the sacrifice to work on it?
  9. What’s the first thing you need to do if you want to work on this project? (Example: Get out your notebook, open the computer file, look up the telephone number, etc.)
  10. Why don’t you do that right now and see how it goes from there?

Bible Verses for When You Dread Your To Do List

Psalm 61:1-4 Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.

Psalm 68:35 O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!

Jonah 2:9a But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving.

2 Corinthians 12:9a And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”

Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast. Each episode will be delivered as soon as it comes out. If you aren’t subscribed, it may take a few hours to show up on iTunes. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to them on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed.

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here and then click on the button under the picture that says “view in iTunes.”

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen to past episodes: click here to view on iTunes or see a list of episodes here.

If you can’t figure out iTunes or Stitcher, you can also listen by clicking on the little arrow below.

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Do you ever know you need to do something, but you just can’t make yourself do it? I have that problem quite a bit. So on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I decided to go through the dread questions from the Renewing of the Mind Project... Christian Habits Podcast, I decided to go through the dread questions from the Renewing of the Mind Project to help me get back to work after the long holiday weekend. If you’re having a day where you dread your to do list, these questions will help.
If you struggle with procrastination, listen to the podcast and renew your mind along with me. We’ll be talking about 7 different reasons we dread our to do lists and 10 questions we can use to stop. Here’s the list of reasons and questions we’ll be going through:
7 Reasons You Dread Your To Do List

* It’s too hard.
* It’s not fun.
* We feel like we can’t do it.
* We’re afraid of failure
* We’re afraid it won’t be perfect.
* We’re afraid of what people will think.
* It’s too expensive.


10 Questions to ask When You Dread Your To Do List

What would you like to accomplish today? Be specific.
Why do you want to accomplish that?
Why don’t you feel like working right now?
What do you feel like doing instead?
If you ignore your project and do that instead, how will you feel afterwards?
What will you have to sacrifice to work on your project?
How will you feel when you complete this project and why will you feel that way?
When you think of how you’ll feel, is it worth the sacrifice to work on it?
What’s the first thing you need to do if you want to work on this project? (Example: Get out your notebook, open the computer file, look up the telephone number, etc.)
Why don’t you do that right now and see how it goes from there?

Bible Verses for When You Dread Your To Do List
Psalm 61:1-4 Hear my cry, O God; give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings.
Psalm 68:35 O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!
Jonah 2:9a But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving.
2 Corinthians 12:9a And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Hebrews 12:11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast. Each episode will be delivered as soon as it comes out. If you aren’t subscribed, it may take a few hours to show up on iTunes. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to them on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed.
To listen and subscribe on iTunes:  clean 19:17
26: Maintaining Weight Loss with God’s Help https://barbraveling.com/maintaining-weight-loss-with-gods-help/ Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:30:43 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=10634 https://barbraveling.com/maintaining-weight-loss-with-gods-help/#comments https://barbraveling.com/maintaining-weight-loss-with-gods-help/feed/ 4 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Terry Tignor with us once again! This is a two part interview (in one episode), so when it sounds like it’s the end of the<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/maintaining-weight-loss-with-gods-help/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/maintaining-weight-loss-with-gods-help/">26: Maintaining Weight Loss with God’s Help</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Terry Tignor with us once again! This is a two part interview (in one episode), so when it sounds like it’s the end of the interview, keep listening because we’ll continue  on in a conversation that took place almost a month after the first conversation you’ll be hearing.

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I first interviewed Terry in episode 3 of the podcast about how God helped her lose 140 pounds. It’s been over two years since that first interview so I thought I’d check up with Terry and see how she’s doing with maintaining weight loss.

I collected questions from those of you in the Taste for Truth Facebook Support Group and asked them to Terry. If you struggle with weight loss, this will be an encouraging interview. If you haven’t listened to Terry’s first interview, you may want to check that out before listening to this one.

Do you ever wonder if you'll ever be able to lose weight AND keep it off? In this interview on the Christian Habits Podcast, we'll talk to one woman who did that!

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast. Each episode will be delivered as soon as it comes out. If you aren’t subscribed, it may take a few hours to show up on iTunes. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to them on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed.

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here

To listen to past episodes: click here to view on iTunes or see a list of episodes here.

If you can’t figure out iTunes or Stitcher, you can also listen by clicking on the little arrow below. Also, the day this comes out, I’ll be driving my daughter to her house six hours away, so if it doesn’t work, it may be a couple of days before I’ll be able to fix it!

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]]> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Terry Tignor with us once again! This is a two part interview (in one episode),... Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to have Terry Tignor with us once again! This is a two part interview (in one episode), so when it sounds like it’s the end of the interview, keep listening because we’ll continue  on in a conversation that took place almost a month after the first conversation you’ll be hearing.

I first interviewed Terry in episode 3 of the podcast about how God helped her lose 140 pounds. It’s been over two years since that first interview so I thought I’d check up with Terry and see how she’s doing with maintaining weight loss.
I collected questions from those of you in the Taste for Truth Facebook Support Group and asked them to Terry. If you struggle with weight loss, this will be an encouraging interview. If you haven’t listened to Terry’s first interview, you may want to check that out before listening to this one.

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast. Each episode will be delivered as soon as it comes out. If you aren’t subscribed, it may take a few hours to show up on iTunes. If you have a smart phone, you can download an app to listen to them on your android or iPhone. New phones usually have the app already installed.
To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
To listen and subscribe on Stitcher: click here
To listen to past episodes: click here to view on iTunes or see a list of episodes here.
If you can’t figure out iTunes or Stitcher, you can also listen by clicking on the little arrow below. Also, the day this comes out, I’ll be driving my daughter to her house six hours away, so if it doesn’t work, it may be a couple of days before I’ll be able to fix it!
clean 50:53 25: Navigating Life’s Hardships – Joy’s Story https://barbraveling.com/navigating-lifes-hardships-joys-story/ Thu, 05 May 2016 09:30:01 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9739 https://barbraveling.com/navigating-lifes-hardships-joys-story/#comments https://barbraveling.com/navigating-lifes-hardships-joys-story/feed/ 8 <p>Are you ever tempted to give into self-pity, bitterness, or blaming God? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast we’ll learn how to navigate life’s hardships with God’s help. I’ll be interviewing Joy Schroeder, a delightful and wise woman of God who was tempted by these things when she was paralyzed from the chest down<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/navigating-lifes-hardships-joys-story/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/navigating-lifes-hardships-joys-story/">25: Navigating Life’s Hardships – Joy’s Story</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Are you ever tempted to give into self-pity, bitterness, or blaming God? In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast we’ll learn how to navigate life’s hardships with God’s help.

How to Navigate Life's Hardships

I’ll be interviewing Joy Schroeder, a delightful and wise woman of God who was tempted by these things when she was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident 29 years ago.

joy&dick400Joy was a young wife and mother of two small children at the time of her accident, and she talks about how God helped her in the midst of the struggle.

Through God’s grace, she continued active involvement in Chi Alpha campus ministry, home schooled her kids, and developed Tools for Mentoring, a wonderful book that is useful in discipling and personal Bible study.

Joy devotes her life to empowering people to run life’s race unencumbered by needless baggage. She is a voracious learner, loves truth, and loves to laugh. She believes that following Jesus is best done together in authentic community.

Are you ever tempted to give into self-pity, bitterness, or blaming God? In today's podcast we'll learn how to navigate life's hardships with God's help.After the interview I got to experience firsthand what a wonderful coach Joy is as she helped me out with a problem I was having.

She does do some coaching during the school year, so if you’re interested in that, contact Joy through her website to see if she has any time available.

I know you’ll be encouraged by Joy’s story no matter what you’re going through right now.

I ordered Joy’s book, Tools for Mentoring, and it looks like it has all kinds of helpful resources in it.

The book is over 700 pages long and contains 19 modules you can use for mentoring or personal growth. You can also order the modules individually.

Click on the following links for a sampling of Joy’s material:

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast

The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher. If you’re reading this post early in the morning and haven’t subscribed, it may not be available until later today. You can also listen to it on the website by clicking on the little arrow at the end of this post.

To listen and/or subscribe on iTunes: click here.

To listen and/or subscribe on Stitcher: click here.

To see past episodes of the Christian Habits Podcast: click here or check it out on iTunes or Stitcher.

Weight Loss Bible Study Starting May 9th

Also wanted to let you know there will be another Taste for Truth online weight loss Bible study starting May 9th. Click here for more info.

 

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I’ll be interviewing Joy Schroeder, a delightful and wise woman of God who was tempted by these things when she was paralyzed from the chest down in a car accident 29 years ago.
Joy was a young wife and mother of two small children at the time of her accident, and she talks about how God helped her in the midst of the struggle.
Through God’s grace, she continued active involvement in Chi Alpha campus ministry, home schooled her kids, and developed Tools for Mentoring, a wonderful book that is useful in discipling and personal Bible study.
Joy devotes her life to empowering people to run life’s race unencumbered by needless baggage. She is a voracious learner, loves truth, and loves to laugh. She believes that following Jesus is best done together in authentic community.
After the interview I got to experience firsthand what a wonderful coach Joy is as she helped me out with a problem I was having.
She does do some coaching during the school year, so if you’re interested in that, contact Joy through her website to see if she has any time available.
I know you’ll be encouraged by Joy’s story no matter what you’re going through right now.
I ordered Joy’s book, Tools for Mentoring, and it looks like it has all kinds of helpful resources in it.
The book is over 700 pages long and contains 19 modules you can use for mentoring or personal growth. You can also order the modules individually.
Click on the following links for a sampling of Joy’s material:

* Time Management
* Suffering
* The Yielded Life
* Sex and Dating
* Prayer
* Overcoming Sin
* Tools for Mentoring (the complete book)

How to Listen to the Christian Habits Podcast
The easiest way to listen is to subscribe to the podcast on...]]>
Barb Raveling clean 40:09 24: Going to God for Help with Weight Loss https://barbraveling.com/help-with-weight-loss/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:30:19 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9425 https://barbraveling.com/help-with-weight-loss/#comments https://barbraveling.com/help-with-weight-loss/feed/ 7 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Today on the Christian Habits Podcast I’m excited to share an interview I did with Keri Greenaway. Keri lost 45 pounds by going to God for help with weight loss. If you could use a little<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/help-with-weight-loss/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/help-with-weight-loss/">24: Going to God for Help with Weight Loss</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Today on the Christian Habits Podcast I’m excited to share an interview I did with Keri Greenaway. Keri lost 45 pounds by going to God for help with weight loss. If you could use a little help with weight loss, this interview will be encouraging!

Going to God for Help With Weight Loss

Here are just a few of the things we talk about on the podcast:

  • Keri’s boundaries (hunger/satisfaction)
  • How often she renewed her mind
  • Why the first two weeks were so difficult
  • Why Keri decided to get rid of the scale for a season
  • What she did throughout the day to help her stay on track
  • How her project affected her relationship with God
  • The advice she would give to a person just starting out

Here are the resources Keri talked about using for her project:

I also thought it would be fun to include some before and after pictures!

Keri before

Before

Keri After

After

It was really fun to visit with Keri and hear about her journey. If any of you would like to share how God has helped you in some area of your life, please email me through the contact info at the top of my blog. I’d love to hear your story.

To listen to Keri’s story on iTunes click here

To see a list of other podcast episodes click here.

In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I interview Keri Greenaway who lost 45 pounds by going to God for help with weight loss.

Coming Soon: Taste for Truth online weight loss Bible study begins March 7, 2016! Click here for more info.

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Today on the Christian Habits Podcast I’m excited to share an interview I did with Keri Greenaway. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Today on the Christian Habits Podcast I’m excited to share an interview I did with Keri Greenaway. Keri lost 45 pounds by going to God for help with weight loss. If you could use a little help with weight loss, this interview will be encouraging!

Here are just a few of the things we talk about on the podcast:

* Keri’s boundaries (hunger/satisfaction)
* How often she renewed her mind
* Why the first two weeks were so difficult
* Why Keri decided to get rid of the scale for a season
* What she did throughout the day to help her stay on track
* How her project affected her relationship with God
* The advice she would give to a person just starting out

Here are the resources Keri talked about using for her project:

* I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat)
* Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study
* Online Taste for Truth Bible Study

I also thought it would be fun to include some before and after pictures!
It was really fun to visit with Keri and hear about her journey. If any of you would like to share how God has helped you in some area of your life, please email me through the contact info at the top of my blog. I’d love to hear your story.
To listen to Keri’s story on iTunes click here
To see a list of other podcast episodes click here.

Coming Soon: Taste for Truth online weight loss Bible study begins March 7, 2016! Click here for more info.
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23: How to Get Organized https://barbraveling.com/how-to-get-organized/ Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:00:33 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9335 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-get-organized/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-get-organized/feed/ 2 <p>Do you ever feel overwhelmed because your time, house, desk, and/or life in general is unorganized? Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson will help us get organized. I asked Melanie if she was a naturally organized person and she said, “No, definitely not!” Instead, she’s had to learn how to get organized<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-get-organized/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-get-organized/">23: How to Get Organized</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Do you ever feel overwhelmed because your time, house, desk, and/or life in general is unorganized? Today on the Christian Habits Podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson will help us get organized.

how to get organizedI asked Melanie if she was a naturally organized person and she said, “No, definitely not!” Instead, she’s had to learn how to get organized and we can learn right along with her. She’s even written a book to help us: The Organized Homeschool Life.

Although the book is directed towards homeschoolers, I bought a copy myself because I noticed that most of the challenges will be helpful whether you’re a homeschooler or not.

How to Get OrganizedThe book is 52 chapters long and each week focuses on a different area of our lives that we might need to get organized.

Melanie gives 4 specific steps to take to get that area under control, just the right amount of steps to focus on the what we need to do without being overwhelmed.

You can either do the book in order or pick and choose your chapters according to the areas you need to work on. That’s what I’ll be doing.

How to Get OrganizedHere are a few of the weekly challenges in her book:

  • Daily Devotion Challenge
  • Daily Routine Challenge
  • Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge
  • Decluttering Challenge
  • Homeschool Planning Challenge
  • Friendship Challenge
  • Outdoor Activity Challenge
  • Core Curriculum Prep Challenge
  • To Do List Challenge
  • Hospitality Challenge
  • Organize Your Finances Challenge

On the podcast, Melanie gives us a few tips to get us started. Here are links to some of the things she mentioned in the podcast:

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

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I asked Melanie if she was a naturally organized person and she said, “No, definitely not!” Instead, she’s had to learn how to get organized and we can learn right along with her. She’s even written a book to help us: The Organized Homeschool Life.
Although the book is directed towards homeschoolers, I bought a copy myself because I noticed that most of the challenges will be helpful whether you’re a homeschooler or not.
The book is 52 chapters long and each week focuses on a different area of our lives that we might need to get organized.
Melanie gives 4 specific steps to take to get that area under control, just the right amount of steps to focus on the what we need to do without being overwhelmed.
You can either do the book in order or pick and choose your chapters according to the areas you need to work on. That’s what I’ll be doing.
Here are a few of the weekly challenges in her book:

* Daily Devotion Challenge
* Daily Routine Challenge
* Marriage of Your Dreams Challenge
* Decluttering Challenge
* Homeschool Planning Challenge
* Friendship Challenge
* Outdoor Activity Challenge
* Core Curriculum Prep Challenge
* To Do List Challenge
* Hospitality Challenge
* Organize Your Finances Challenge

On the podcast, Melanie gives us a few tips to get us started. Here are links to some of the things she mentioned in the podcast:

* Melanie’s book: The Organized Homeschool life.
* Melanie’s podcast: The Homeschool Sanity Podcast
* Melanie’s blog
* FlyLady.net
* The Renewing of the Mind Project

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
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clean 33:11 22: Breaking Free from Pornography with God’s Help https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-pornography-with-gods-help/ Tue, 15 Dec 2015 00:00:21 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9098 https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-pornography-with-gods-help/#comments https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-pornography-with-gods-help/feed/ 4 <p>An interview with Matt Rial A recent survey of Christian men showed that 77% of Christian men age 18-30 view porn once a month and 36% view it on a daily basis. It’s a little more difficult to find out how many women struggle with porn, but in 2007, Nielsen/NetRatings found that approximately 13 million American women click<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-pornography-with-gods-help/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-free-from-pornography-with-gods-help/">22: Breaking Free from Pornography with God’s Help</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> An interview with Matt Rial

A recent survey of Christian men showed that 77% of Christian men age 18-30 view porn once a month and 36% view it on a daily basis. It’s a little more difficult to find out how many women struggle with porn, but in 2007, Nielsen/NetRatings found that approximately 13 million American women click on pornographic sites each month.

Breaking Free from PornographyThis is one of those habits that people hate to admit to because it’s kind of embarrassing. But if you look at the statistics above, you can feel safe in knowing you’re not the only one if this is something you struggle with!

My guest on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast has struggled with a porn habit and broken free. Here are some of the topics we’ll be discussing on the podcast:

  • How to break free from porn.
  • A helpful Internet accountability and filtering tool (Covenant Eyes).
  • Masturbation: is it a sin?
  • How pornography and masturbation in single life affect marriage.
  • Why there is hope if you struggle with an addiction to porn.
  • How God can use the struggle for good in your life.

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here

Breaking Free from a Porn Habit with God's HelpHere are some links to the resources we discussed in the podcast:

Here are some resources I found that we didn’t mention:

Here are some links to blog posts we mentioned on the podcast:

Here are a few of the Bible verses we discussed on the podcast:

I also want to thank Matt for doing the interview. If you’d like to get in touch with him, click here.

 

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]]> An interview with Matt Rial A recent survey of Christian men showed that 77% of Christian men age 18-30 view porn once a month and 36% view it on a daily basis. It’s a little more difficult to find out how many women struggle with porn, but in 2007, A recent survey of Christian men showed that 77% of Christian men age 18-30 view porn once a month and 36% view it on a daily basis. It’s a little more difficult to find out how many women struggle with porn, but in 2007, Nielsen/NetRatings found that approximately 13 million American women click on pornographic sites each month.
This is one of those habits that people hate to admit to because it’s kind of embarrassing. But if you look at the statistics above, you can feel safe in knowing you’re not the only one if this is something you struggle with!
My guest on today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast has struggled with a porn habit and broken free. Here are some of the topics we’ll be discussing on the podcast:

* How to break free from porn.
* A helpful Internet accountability and filtering tool (Covenant Eyes).
* Masturbation: is it a sin?
* How pornography and masturbation in single life affect marriage.
* Why there is hope if you struggle with an addiction to porn.
* How God can use the struggle for good in your life.

To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
Here are some links to the resources we discussed in the podcast:

* Matt’s Blog: wastelandkings.net
* Re:Generation Recovery (the program at Matt’s church)
* Celebrate Recovery
* Covenant Eyes
* Barb’s Blog: How to Break a Habit
* The Renewing of the Mind Project

Here are some resources I found that we didn’t mention:

* Resources for Women Who Struggle with Porn (We didn’t discuss this one, but I found it when I was searching for statistics and it looked helpful.)
* A 12 Week Workbook Study for help with porn, lust, masturbation, or sex addiction from a biblical perspective

Here are some links to blog posts we mentioned on the podcast:

* http://wastelandkings.net/freedom-from-porn-part-1/
* http://wastelandkings.net/freedom-from-porn-2/
* http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/pornography-the-new-narcotic
* http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/19/women.bikinis.objects/
* https://barbraveling.com/2012/03/27/truth-journaling-the-list-method/
Barb Raveling clean 49:32 21: Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: 11 Questions That Will Help https://barbraveling.com/avoid-holiday-weight-gain/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:05:08 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=9054 https://barbraveling.com/avoid-holiday-weight-gain/#comments https://barbraveling.com/avoid-holiday-weight-gain/feed/ 20 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. It’s that time of year again–the time when we throw caution to the wind, ignore all of our boundaries, and eat, eat, eat! It comes right before the New Year’s resolutions season–when we vow to lose<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/avoid-holiday-weight-gain/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/avoid-holiday-weight-gain/">21: Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: 11 Questions That Will Help</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

It’s that time of year again–the time when we throw caution to the wind, ignore all of our boundaries, and eat, eat, eat! It comes right before the New Year’s resolutions season–when we vow to lose weight, get back on the wagon, and then suffer, suffer, suffer, trying to get those pounds off again.

avoid holiday weight gain

Here’s my question: is it really worth all that eating when you think of the consequences? Or would it be better to avoid holiday weight gain and stick to our boundaries?

That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast!

In today’s episode, we’ll be renewing our minds with the Holiday/Vacation Eating questions and a couple of the Bible verses from the I Deserve a Donut app. I’ve included the questions and an example of how I might answer them below as well.

11 Questions That Will Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain: 11 Questions That Will Help1. Do you want to gain, lose, or maintain your weight on this vacation/holiday?

I don’t know about you, but I’m usually thinking about what I’d like to eat over the holidays, not what I’d like to weigh! This is an important question to ask, though, because it reminds us: Oh, that’s right. If I eat what I want, I won’t end up weighing what I want. Maybe I better be a little careful.

2. What will you need to do to accomplish your goal?

This will be different for each of us, depending on our boundaries. One of my current boundaries (thinking of making it a lifelong boundary) is no sweets unless it’s a social occasion or a holiday.

I was thinking of adding sweets for the holidays since I love Christmas cookies. Then I did this podcast, answered the questions and thought, Wait a minute. If I start adding in cookies, I’ll get out of the “no sweets” mindset and it will be really hard to get back into it. 

So I’ve decided to stick to my regular boundaries. Taking the time to renew my mind (while working on the podcast) made me see the logic of following my boundaries, and now I actually want to follow them.

3. Will eating as much as you want make the holiday more fun? Explain, taking all factors into consideration.

No. It may be fun in the moment, but it’s not fun to a) gain weight, b) dread losing it, c) not fit into clothes, d) feel crummy from all that food, e) be tired all the time, and f) feel discouraged about ever being able to lose weight and keep it off.

4. What usually happens when you eat as much as you want on holidays and vacations?

All of the above, right? When we adopt an “it’s the holidays–let’s eat!!!” mindset, we don’t usually stop at moderate. Instead we eat far more than is good for us and end up discouraged and five or ten pounds heavier than when we began.

5. Do you want that to happen?

No. I don’t think we do. Do you?

6. Will you need to modify your boundaries during this vacation/holiday to make them easier to follow?

This will also be different for each of us. I’m not planning on modifying mine much, although I may have more friends over so I can eat more Christmas cookies. :) (If you’re my friend and I invite you over, don’t worry, I’m not just inviting you over so I can eat cookies.)

7. What do you think would be the most effective boundaries to use?

Again, think about this. You know your personality. You know if you do better sticking to a schedule without changes, or if you would be better modifying your boundaries a bit. Try to decide ahead of time, and not when that leftover pumpkin pie is staring you in the face!

8. Are boundaries easy to follow, or do you usually have to give up something to follow them?

We almost always have to give up something to follow our boundaries. That’s why we have them–because we know we tend to be out of control in that area of our life. Because of that, we should expect that at times it will be difficult to follow them. It’s inevitable.

9. What will have to give up to follow your boundaries this time?

I will have to give up my normal two or three cookie a day Christmas habit and my eggnog and whip cream for lunch most days habit. But it will be worth it! Can you think of any things you might need to give up?

10. What will you gain if you follow your boundaries?

Lots! We won’t gain weight. We’ll feel more energetic. We’ll be one step closer to lifelong maintenance with food. And we’ll feel hopeful. Come January 1st, we’ll be happy we stuck to those boundaries!

11. When you think of what you’ll gain, is it worth the sacrifice?

Yes.

If you struggle with holiday eating, it might be helpful to go through these questions every few days over the holidays. I give a little more info on the podcast but wanted to include the basics here in case you don’t have time to listen to podcasts.

If you’d like more help, click here to read a post I wrote for my friend Melanie’s blog that includes a lie/truth chart with lies, truths, and Bible verses that will help you avoid holiday weight gain.

Discussion: Do you have any other tips for avoiding holiday weight gain?

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Help with weight loss for the holidays Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
It’s that time of year again–the time when we throw caution to the wind, ignore all of our boundaries, and eat, eat, eat! It comes right before the New Year’s resolutions season–when we vow to lose weight, get back on the wagon, and then suffer, suffer, suffer, trying to get those pounds off again.

Here’s my question: is it really worth all that eating when you think of the consequences? Or would it be better to avoid holiday weight gain and stick to our boundaries?
That’s what we’ll be talking about in this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast!

* To listen and subscribe on iTunes: click here
To listen on Stitcher: click here

In today’s episode, we’ll be renewing our minds with the Holiday/Vacation Eating questions and a couple of the Bible verses from the I Deserve a Donut app. I’ve included the questions and an example of how I might answer them below as well.
11 Questions That Will Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
1. Do you want to gain, lose, or maintain your weight on this vacation/holiday?
I don’t know about you, but I’m usually thinking about what I’d like to eat over the holidays, not what I’d like to weigh! This is an important question to ask, though, because it reminds us: Oh, that’s right. If I eat what I want, I won’t end up weighing what I want. Maybe I better be a little careful.
2. What will you need to do to accomplish your goal?
This will be different for each of us, depending on our boundaries. One of my current boundaries (thinking of making it a lifelong boundary) is no sweets unless it’s a social occasion or a holiday.
I was thinking of adding sweets for the holidays since I love Christmas cookies. Then I did this podcast, answered the questions and thought, Wait a minute. If I start adding in cookies, I’ll get out of the “no sweets” mindset and it will be really hard to get back into it. 
So I’ve decided to stick to my regular boundaries. Taking the time to renew my mind (while working on the podcast) made me see the logic of following my boundaries, and now I actually want to follow them.
3. Will eating as much as you want make the holiday more fun? Explain, taking all factors into consideration.
No. It may be fun in the moment, but it’s not fun to a) gain weight, b) dread losing it, c) not fit into clothes, d) feel crummy from all that food, e) be tired all the time, and f) feel discouraged about ever being able to lose weight and keep it off.
4. What usually happens when you eat as much as you want on holidays and vacations?
All of the above, right? When we adopt an “it’s the holidays–let’s eat!!!” mindset, we don’t usually stop at moderate. Instead we eat far more than is good for us and end up discouraged and five or ten pounds heavier than when we began.
5. Do you want that to happen?
No. I don’t think we do. Do you?
6. Will you need to modify your boundaries during this vacation/holiday to ...]]>
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20: Productivity: 9 Lies That Make You Feel Overwhelmed https://barbraveling.com/productivity-9-lies-that-make-you-feel-overwhelmed/ Fri, 06 Nov 2015 15:47:07 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=8824 https://barbraveling.com/productivity-9-lies-that-make-you-feel-overwhelmed/#comments https://barbraveling.com/productivity-9-lies-that-make-you-feel-overwhelmed/feed/ 6 <p>Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t even know where to begin with the work that’s on your plate? Sometimes those overwhelmed feelings come from the work itself, but often they come from the other things: our attitudes, our fears, our desire to please others, and our doubts about being able to do the<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/productivity-9-lies-that-make-you-feel-overwhelmed/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/productivity-9-lies-that-make-you-feel-overwhelmed/">20: Productivity: 9 Lies That Make You Feel Overwhelmed</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> 9 Lies That Make You Feel OverwhelmedDo you ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t even know where to begin with the work that’s on your plate?

Sometimes those overwhelmed feelings come from the work itself, but often they come from the other things: our attitudes, our fears, our desire to please others, and our doubts about being able to do the things on our to do lists.

Add that to the other things going on in our lives, and it’s pretty easy to start feeling overwhelmed.

In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast we’ll be talking about the lies that make us feel overwhelmed and some tips and truths that will help us get over that stressed out feeling. Here are the lies we’ll be talking about:

9 Lies That Make You Feel Overwhelmed

  1. It will be easier tomorrow.
  2. This has to be perfect.
  3. I have to get every single thing done on my list right now this very minute.
  4. If I don’t get this done “x” will happen and that will be TERRIBLE!!!
  5. She expects me to do it so I need to do it.
  6. I started it, so I need to finish it.
  7. I’m an incredible, inept loser!
  8. I’ll never change.
  9. This needs to be done.

If you believe any of these lies, I hope you’ll listen to the podcast for some help to let them go!

To listen on iTunes: click here (If you subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast, you should be able to see it right away. If you’re not subscribed, it sometimes takes a little bit of time to update.)

To listen on Stitcher: click here

I also want to thank the people in my procrastination class for giving me the accountability necessary to get back to podcasting after this long, LONG, break!

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Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t even know where to begin with the work that’s on your plate? Sometimes those overwhelmed feelings come from the work itself, but often they come from the other things: our attitudes, our fears, Do you ever feel so overwhelmed you don’t even know where to begin with the work that’s on your plate?
Sometimes those overwhelmed feelings come from the work itself, but often they come from the other things: our attitudes, our fears, our desire to please others, and our doubts about being able to do the things on our to do lists.
Add that to the other things going on in our lives, and it’s pretty easy to start feeling overwhelmed.
In today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast we’ll be talking about the lies that make us feel overwhelmed and some tips and truths that will help us get over that stressed out feeling. Here are the lies we’ll be talking about:
9 Lies That Make You Feel Overwhelmed

* It will be easier tomorrow.
* This has to be perfect.
* I have to get every single thing done on my list right now this very minute.
* If I don’t get this done “x” will happen and that will be TERRIBLE!!!
* She expects me to do it so I need to do it.
* I started it, so I need to finish it.
* I’m an incredible, inept loser!
* I’ll never change.
* This needs to be done.

If you believe any of these lies, I hope you’ll listen to the podcast for some help to let them go!
To listen on iTunes: click here (If you subscribe to the Christian Habits Podcast, you should be able to see it right away. If you’re not subscribed, it sometimes takes a little bit of time to update.)
To listen on Stitcher: click here
I also want to thank the people in my procrastination class for giving me the accountability necessary to get back to podcasting after this long, LONG, break!
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19: Weight Loss and Insecurity: A Renewing of the Mind Project https://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-and-insecurity-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/ Thu, 07 May 2015 12:42:42 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=8315 https://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-and-insecurity-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/#comments https://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-and-insecurity-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/feed/ 8 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. An interview with Becca On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to share an interview with Becca, who is working on a renewing of the mind project for both weight loss and insecurity.<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-and-insecurity-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/weight-loss-and-insecurity-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/">19: Weight Loss and Insecurity: A Renewing of the Mind Project</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Going to God for Help with Weight Loss and Insecurity

See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

An interview with Becca

On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to share an interview with Becca, who is working on a renewing of the mind project for both weight loss and insecurity.

Becca is a stay-at-home mom with four kids who has a really fun online clothing store featuring eco chic altered clothes with a happy boho flair using repurposed materials.

You should definitely check out her great website! Here’s the link: http://wearlovenow.com. With everything you purchase, Becca donates a portion to Samaritan’s Purse, so that is an added bonus of shopping there!

BeccaIn this interview/coaching session we’ll talk about Becca’s renewing of the mind project to work on insecurity as well as weight loss.

I’ve really been enjoying meeting many of you in these “coaching” sessions. If you’re interested in a free coaching session to discuss your renewing of the mind project, please contact me through the contact tab at the top of this blog.

If you’re open to it, we’ll tape the session and then I’ll choose a few of these sessions to put on the Christian Habits Podcast as I think it’s so helpful to hear how others handle their projects. I’m especially looking for non-weight loss projects as it would be nice to have a variety of projects on the podcast.

Hope you enjoy the podcast!

P.S. I’m still planning to make this blog look better at some point, but as you can see, I haven’t found the time to do that yet – one of these days!

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. An interview with Becca On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to share an interview with Becca,
See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
An interview with Becca
On today’s episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, I’m excited to share an interview with Becca, who is working on a renewing of the mind project for both weight loss and insecurity.
Becca is a stay-at-home mom with four kids who has a really fun online clothing store featuring eco chic altered clothes with a happy boho flair using repurposed materials.
You should definitely check out her great website! Here’s the link: http://wearlovenow.com. With everything you purchase, Becca donates a portion to Samaritan’s Purse, so that is an added bonus of shopping there!
In this interview/coaching session we’ll talk about Becca’s renewing of the mind project to work on insecurity as well as weight loss.
I’ve really been enjoying meeting many of you in these “coaching” sessions. If you’re interested in a free coaching session to discuss your renewing of the mind project, please contact me through the contact tab at the top of this blog.
If you’re open to it, we’ll tape the session and then I’ll choose a few of these sessions to put on the Christian Habits Podcast as I think it’s so helpful to hear how others handle their projects. I’m especially looking for non-weight loss projects as it would be nice to have a variety of projects on the podcast.
Hope you enjoy the podcast!
P.S. I’m still planning to make this blog look better at some point, but as you can see, I haven’t found the time to do that yet – one of these days!
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18: Weight Loss: A Renewing of the Mind Project https://barbraveling.com/18-weight-loss-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/ Thu, 16 Apr 2015 17:48:24 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=8247 https://barbraveling.com/18-weight-loss-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/#comments https://barbraveling.com/18-weight-loss-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/feed/ 9 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. An interview with Karina, who is doing a renewing of the mind project on weight loss. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of coaching, so at the end of our online class for The<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/18-weight-loss-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/18-weight-loss-a-renewing-of-the-mind-project/">18: Weight Loss: A Renewing of the Mind Project</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> How to Renew Your Mind for Weight Loss

See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

An interview with Karina, who is doing a renewing of the mind project on weight loss.

I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of coaching, so at the end of our online class for The Renewing of the Mind Project last month, I asked if anyone would be interested in a free coaching call and also be willing to tape the call for a possible podcast.

I’m so happy that Karina volunteered as I had a wonderful time visiting with her and I think our conversation will be helpful to anyone struggling with either weight loss or establishing a renewing of the mind habit.

I hope to play some other coaching sessions on podcasts down the road at some point. If anyone would be interested in a free coaching session, please let me know. It could be for any project–emotions, habits, goals, or weight loss.

Here are a few of the things we’ll be talking about on today’s podcast:

  • How to develop a consistent renewing-of-the-mind habit.
  • Lies we believe that keep us from renewing of our minds.
  • How to use the starting a habit questions and Bible verses in The Renewing of the Mind Project to help establish a renewing of the mind habit.
  • The thoughts that precede a binge.
  • What to do if you can’t renew your mind right away after you break your boundaries.
  • How to renew your mind if you’re using calories or Weight Watcher’s boundaries.
  • How to renew your mind if you have young kids at home.
  • Wanting a fun, problem-free life and how that interferes with weight loss.

Links to the renewing of the mind tools and resources we discussed on the podcast:

Also wanted to let everyone know I’m having a few problems with my blog lately – hope to get that cleared up soon, and also working on a new blog design!

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. An interview with Karina, who is doing a renewing of the mind project on weight loss. I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of coaching,
See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
An interview with Karina, who is doing a renewing of the mind project on weight loss.
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of coaching, so at the end of our online class for The Renewing of the Mind Project last month, I asked if anyone would be interested in a free coaching call and also be willing to tape the call for a possible podcast.
I’m so happy that Karina volunteered as I had a wonderful time visiting with her and I think our conversation will be helpful to anyone struggling with either weight loss or establishing a renewing of the mind habit.
I hope to play some other coaching sessions on podcasts down the road at some point. If anyone would be interested in a free coaching session, please let me know. It could be for any project–emotions, habits, goals, or weight loss.
Here are a few of the things we’ll be talking about on today’s podcast:

* How to develop a consistent renewing-of-the-mind habit.
* Lies we believe that keep us from renewing of our minds.
* How to use the starting a habit questions and Bible verses in The Renewing of the Mind Project to help establish a renewing of the mind habit.
* The thoughts that precede a binge.
* What to do if you can’t renew your mind right away after you break your boundaries.
* How to renew your mind if you’re using calories or Weight Watcher’s boundaries.
* How to renew your mind if you have young kids at home.
* Wanting a fun, problem-free life and how that interferes with weight loss.

Links to the renewing of the mind tools and resources we discussed on the podcast:

Truth journaling – blog post
How to Truth Journal – a video
The Renewing of the Mind Project
Podcast with my friend who lost 150 pounds.
Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study 
Freedom from Emotional Eating Bible Study
Gospel Treason, by Brad Bigney
Lie-Truth Charts

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17: How to Thrive in Your Less-Than-Perfect Marriage https://barbraveling.com/17-how-to-thrive-in-your-less-than-perfect-marriage/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:01 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=8114 https://barbraveling.com/17-how-to-thrive-in-your-less-than-perfect-marriage/#comments https://barbraveling.com/17-how-to-thrive-in-your-less-than-perfect-marriage/feed/ 13 <p>My husband and I have a less-than-perfect marriage. This surprises me. Because I had grown up to believe that I would have the perfect romance, marry the perfect man, and then skip on to the perfect marriage with my perfect husband who would meet my every need. After all, isn’t that what happened in all<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/17-how-to-thrive-in-your-less-than-perfect-marriage/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/17-how-to-thrive-in-your-less-than-perfect-marriage/">17: How to Thrive in Your Less-Than-Perfect Marriage</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> How to thrive in your less-than perfect marriageMy husband and I have a less-than-perfect marriage.

This surprises me. Because I had grown up to believe that I would have the perfect romance, marry the perfect man, and then skip on to the perfect marriage with my perfect husband who would meet my every need.

After all, isn’t that what happened in all the movies?

The truth is, I had unrealistic expectations for marriage. Here’s the truth: there is no perfect marriage!

We are all married to imperfect people.

And we ourselves have so many imperfections that we couldn’t have a perfect marriage, even if we tried.

photo2So in light of Valentine’s Day–that dreamy holiday where we celebrate those perfect relationships–I wanted to do a podcast on what to do if you don’t find yourself in the perfect relationship!

(Hint: that includes all of us except for those who have only been dating for 2 months or married for two weeks.)

Rather than give my own tips, I’ve joined forces with my friend Ngina Otiende who blogs about marriage at her blog, Intentional Today, and has also published a great new book on marriage called Blues to Bliss: Creating Your Happily Ever After in the Early Years .

If you want to give yourself (or a loved one) a Valentine’s Day present, Ngina’s book would be a great gift. It’s full of wise, practical, and biblical advice with lots of personal examples. I wish I had had her book when I first got married.

Here is a link to it: Blues to Bliss: Creating Your Happily Ever After in the Early Years .

Four Tips for Improving Your Marriage

In this podcast we’ll be talking about four things you can do (note: I didn’t say, “make your spouse do!”) to not just tolerate your imperfect marriage, but to thrive in it! To listen on iTunes: click here

Here are the tips we’ll be talking about:

  1. Get rid of unrealistic expectations.
  2. Work on changing yourself, not your spouse.
  3. Develop an attitude of thanksgiving.
  4. Learn to rely on God to get your emotional needs met.

Also, here is a great video by Francis Chan on marriage. If I remember right, it also has good content for single people:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRmM0aVADU

If you’d like to work on going to God to get your emotional needs met, here is a book full of conversation starters that will help you with that: The Renewing of the Mind Project.

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My husband and I have a less-than-perfect marriage. This surprises me. Because I had grown up to believe that I would have the perfect romance, marry the perfect man, and then skip on to the perfect marriage with my perfect husband who would meet my ev... My husband and I have a less-than-perfect marriage.
This surprises me. Because I had grown up to believe that I would have the perfect romance, marry the perfect man, and then skip on to the perfect marriage with my perfect husband who would meet my every need.
After all, isn’t that what happened in all the movies?
The truth is, I had unrealistic expectations for marriage. Here’s the truth: there is no perfect marriage!
We are all married to imperfect people.
And we ourselves have so many imperfections that we couldn’t have a perfect marriage, even if we tried.
So in light of Valentine’s Day–that dreamy holiday where we celebrate those perfect relationships–I wanted to do a podcast on what to do if you don’t find yourself in the perfect relationship!
(Hint: that includes all of us except for those who have only been dating for 2 months or married for two weeks.)
Rather than give my own tips, I’ve joined forces with my friend Ngina Otiende who blogs about marriage at her blog, Intentional Today, and has also published a great new book on marriage called Blues to Bliss: Creating Your Happily Ever After in the Early Years .
If you want to give yourself (or a loved one) a Valentine’s Day present, Ngina’s book would be a great gift. It’s full of wise, practical, and biblical advice with lots of personal examples. I wish I had had her book when I first got married.
Here is a link to it: Blues to Bliss: Creating Your Happily Ever After in the Early Years .
Four Tips for Improving Your Marriage
In this podcast we’ll be talking about four things you can do (note: I didn’t say, “make your spouse do!”) to not just tolerate your imperfect marriage, but to thrive in it! To listen on iTunes: click here
Here are the tips we’ll be talking about:

* Get rid of unrealistic expectations.
* Work on changing yourself, not your spouse.
* Develop an attitude of thanksgiving.
* Learn to rely on God to get your emotional needs met.

Also, here is a great video by Francis Chan on marriage. If I remember right, it also has good content for single people:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihRmM0aVADU
If you’d like to work on going to God to get your emotional needs met, here is a book full of conversation starters that will help you with that: The Renewing of the Mind Project.
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16: Help for Depression: Part 2 https://barbraveling.com/16-help-for-depression-part-2/ Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:11:16 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7949 https://barbraveling.com/16-help-for-depression-part-2/#comments https://barbraveling.com/16-help-for-depression-part-2/feed/ 17 <p>You know those days when life feels terrible? Whether it’s a day of depression or an ongoing battle, today’s podcast will give you some ideas of how to cope with depression. This is part two of my interview with Betty Mullaney, who also struggles with depression. Together we brainstorm ways to deal with it. To<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/16-help-for-depression-part-2/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/16-help-for-depression-part-2/">16: Help for Depression: Part 2</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Help for DepressionYou know those days when life feels terrible?

Whether it’s a day of depression or an ongoing battle, today’s podcast will give you some ideas of how to cope with depression.

This is part two of my interview with Betty Mullaney, who also struggles with depression. Together we brainstorm ways to deal with it.

To listen on iTunes: click here

In this interview we discuss:

  • why it’s important to catch emotions at the early stage to avoid depression.
  • how abiding in God (John 15:1-5) and walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5) can help with depression.
  • what to do when you’re in the throes of depression.
  • what to do if you slip into self-condemnation when you’re depressed.
  • how to renew your mind for depression.
  • Three questions  you can use to renew your mind in any situation.
  • the advice Betty’s Christian counselor gave her for depression.

Whether you struggle with ongoing depression or just the occasional day of depression, this podcast will help.

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Whether it’s a day of depression or an ongoing battle, today’s podcast will give you some ideas of how to cope with depression.
This is part two of my interview with Betty Mullaney, who also struggles with depression. Together we brainstorm ways to deal with it.
To listen on iTunes: click here
In this interview we discuss:

* why it’s important to catch emotions at the early stage to avoid depression.
* how abiding in God (John 15:1-5) and walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5) can help with depression.
* what to do when you’re in the throes of depression.
* what to do if you slip into self-condemnation when you’re depressed.
* how to renew your mind for depression.
* Three questions  you can use to renew your mind in any situation.
* the advice Betty’s Christian counselor gave her for depression.

Whether you struggle with ongoing depression or just the occasional day of depression, this podcast will help.
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Barb Raveling clean 31:54 15: Help for Depression with Betty Mullaney https://barbraveling.com/015-help-for-depression-with-betty-mullaney/ Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:44:45 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7899 https://barbraveling.com/015-help-for-depression-with-betty-mullaney/#comments https://barbraveling.com/015-help-for-depression-with-betty-mullaney/feed/ 8 <p>Interview with Betty Mullaney. Today I’m excited to share the first (very short) part of an interview I had with Betty Mullaney. To listen on iTunes: click here Betty first wrote me a  couple of months ago, asking if I had ever considered writing a Bible study on depression. I hadn’t, but I was interested in<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/015-help-for-depression-with-betty-mullaney/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/015-help-for-depression-with-betty-mullaney/">15: Help for Depression with Betty Mullaney</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> 1096255363461Interview with Betty Mullaney.

Today I’m excited to share the first (very short) part of an interview I had with Betty Mullaney.

To listen on iTunes: click here

Betty first wrote me a  couple of months ago, asking if I had ever considered writing a Bible study on depression.

I hadn’t, but I was interested in the subject so I asked her if she would be willing to visit over the phone about it.

She was, and we had such a great conversation that I was wishing I had taped it. So we decided to call each other again and tape it this time. We had a number of conversations and also, unfortunately,  a number of mishaps –  including some sound quality issues, me forgetting to turn on the tape recorder, and then getting the whole series of phone calls into one podcast, pressing save on my computer, and having my whole computer freeze and lose the podcast!

Because of that, I decided to play it safe and just post the first conversation today, where we just barely get into the topic. I’ll try to get the rest of the interview out by next week.

I had to slice and dice it a bit, and every once in awhile you’ll hear a small glitch in the recording, but when it happens it’s just for a few seconds so if you keep listening, it will get better.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • How sexual abuse in childhood may cause you to stuff emotions.
  • Why you may not be very good at recognizing your emotions.
  • How to figure out what emotion you’re experiencing.
  • Some emotions that may be causing your depression.
  • The importance of going to God as soon as possible when something bad happens.

We had two more conversations after this one, which I’ll try to fit into the next podcast. If you struggle with depression or how to recognize your emotions, I think this podcast will be helpful to you.

Click here for the second half of this interview.

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Interview with Betty Mullaney. Today I’m excited to share the first (very short) part of an interview I had with Betty Mullaney. To listen on iTunes: click here Betty first wrote me a  couple of months ago, Interview with Betty Mullaney.
Today I’m excited to share the first (very short) part of an interview I had with Betty Mullaney.
To listen on iTunes: click here
Betty first wrote me a  couple of months ago, asking if I had ever considered writing a Bible study on depression.
I hadn’t, but I was interested in the subject so I asked her if she would be willing to visit over the phone about it.
She was, and we had such a great conversation that I was wishing I had taped it. So we decided to call each other again and tape it this time. We had a number of conversations and also, unfortunately,  a number of mishaps –  including some sound quality issues, me forgetting to turn on the tape recorder, and then getting the whole series of phone calls into one podcast, pressing save on my computer, and having my whole computer freeze and lose the podcast!
Because of that, I decided to play it safe and just post the first conversation today, where we just barely get into the topic. I’ll try to get the rest of the interview out by next week.
I had to slice and dice it a bit, and every once in awhile you’ll hear a small glitch in the recording, but when it happens it’s just for a few seconds so if you keep listening, it will get better.
In this conversation we talk about:

* How sexual abuse in childhood may cause you to stuff emotions.
* Why you may not be very good at recognizing your emotions.
* How to figure out what emotion you’re experiencing.
* Some emotions that may be causing your depression.
* The importance of going to God as soon as possible when something bad happens.

We had two more conversations after this one, which I’ll try to fit into the next podcast. If you struggle with depression or how to recognize your emotions, I think this podcast will be helpful to you.
Click here for the second half of this interview.
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14: 3 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity https://barbraveling.com/14-3-habits-that-will-boost-your-productivity/ Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:00:25 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7827 https://barbraveling.com/14-3-habits-that-will-boost-your-productivity/#comments https://barbraveling.com/14-3-habits-that-will-boost-your-productivity/feed/ 26 <p>Interview with Melanie Wilson. Do you ever struggle with getting things done? Do you ever obsess over your to do list? Would you like to learn how to get more done? In today’s podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson of psychowith6.com shares 3 habits she learned from a year of living productively, and she also helped me with<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/14-3-habits-that-will-boost-your-productivity/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/14-3-habits-that-will-boost-your-productivity/">14: 3 Habits That Will Boost Your Productivity</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Melanie-Wilson-vertical-200x300Interview with Melanie Wilson.

Do you ever struggle with getting things done? Do you ever obsess over your to do list? Would you like to learn how to get more done?

In today’s podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson of psychowith6.com shares 3 habits she learned from a year of living productively, and she also helped me with some of my own time management problems.

To listen on iTunes: click here

During her year of productive living, Melanie tried out a different productivity program or tool each week.

She then wrote a weekly blog post about her experience, sharing the things she liked and didn’t like about the tool or program. The posts are fascinating to read. Click here for a list of the posts.

Melanie also wrote a post on her blog today where she shares the other three productivity habits that she didn’t talk about on the podcast. Click here for that post: 6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively.

Other News

Beginning next week, I’ll be posting more sporadically, and also going back to a mix of regular posts and podcasts. I’ve been working on getting a new book out but it still has quite a ways to go, so I’ll be posting less frequently so I can put my efforts into that.

The new book will have starting a habit/accomplishing a goal questions, stopping a habit questions, and emotions questions. If you have any ideas for questions that would fit into any of those categories, let me know!

I’ve been having some problems with my blog lately so you can’t always contact me through the about tab. If you can’t reach me there, you can reach me on twitter (@barbraveling) or leave a comment on one of my blog posts. Usually the contact form is only down for a little bit the night before I post and the morning I post – so you can also check back again later if you don’t see it.

Other Resources

3 Habits That Will Boost Your ProductivityGetting Things Done by David Allen

To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done by S.J. Scott (This is the one I talked about on the podcast that talks about rating the tasks on your to-do list in terms of the emotional effort you need to put out to do the task.)

A Year of Living Productively: list of Melanie’s blog posts

6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively, by Melanie Wilson

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Interview with Melanie Wilson. Do you ever struggle with getting things done? Do you ever obsess over your to do list? Would you like to learn how to get more done? In today’s podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson of psychowith6. Interview with Melanie Wilson.
Do you ever struggle with getting things done? Do you ever obsess over your to do list? Would you like to learn how to get more done?
In today’s podcast, Dr. Melanie Wilson of psychowith6.com shares 3 habits she learned from a year of living productively, and she also helped me with some of my own time management problems.
To listen on iTunes: click here
During her year of productive living, Melanie tried out a different productivity program or tool each week.
She then wrote a weekly blog post about her experience, sharing the things she liked and didn’t like about the tool or program. The posts are fascinating to read. Click here for a list of the posts.
Melanie also wrote a post on her blog today where she shares the other three productivity habits that she didn’t talk about on the podcast. Click here for that post: 6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively.
Other News
Beginning next week, I’ll be posting more sporadically, and also going back to a mix of regular posts and podcasts. I’ve been working on getting a new book out but it still has quite a ways to go, so I’ll be posting less frequently so I can put my efforts into that.
The new book will have starting a habit/accomplishing a goal questions, stopping a habit questions, and emotions questions. If you have any ideas for questions that would fit into any of those categories, let me know!
I’ve been having some problems with my blog lately so you can’t always contact me through the about tab. If you can’t reach me there, you can reach me on twitter (@barbraveling) or leave a comment on one of my blog posts. Usually the contact form is only down for a little bit the night before I post and the morning I post – so you can also check back again later if you don’t see it.
Other Resources
Getting Things Done by David Allen
To-Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Important Things Done by S.J. Scott (This is the one I talked about on the podcast that talks about rating the tasks on your to-do list in terms of the emotional effort you need to put out to do the task.)
A Year of Living Productively: list of Melanie’s blog posts
6 Habits I Learned From a Year of Living Productively, by Melanie Wilson
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13: How to Stop Being Annoyed: 12 Questions to Ask https://barbraveling.com/13-how-to-stop-being-annoyed-12-question-to-ask/ Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:56 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7805 https://barbraveling.com/13-how-to-stop-being-annoyed-12-question-to-ask/#comments https://barbraveling.com/13-how-to-stop-being-annoyed-12-question-to-ask/feed/ 4 <p>Do you have a hard time enjoying that person in your life who annoys you on a regular basis? Would you like to forgive and forget, but you’re not sure how? In today’s podcast, we’ll talk about how to let go of those angry feelings that fester inside of us. We’ll do that by going through<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/13-how-to-stop-being-annoyed-12-question-to-ask/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/13-how-to-stop-being-annoyed-12-question-to-ask/">13: How to Stop Being Annoyed: 12 Questions to Ask</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> How to Stop Being Annoyed 12 Questions to Ask

Do you have a hard time enjoying that person in your life who annoys you on a regular basis?

Would you like to forgive and forget, but you’re not sure how?

In today’s podcast, we’ll talk about how to let go of those angry feelings that fester inside of us.

We’ll do that by going through the anger questions and Bible verses in the I Deserve a donut book and/or app.

If you’re annoyed with someone right now, these questions and Bible verses will help!

To listen or subscribe on iTunes: click here

Other Resources

Anger/Annoyance Questions and Bible Verses

20 Things to be Thankful for When Life is Hard

15 Words That Will Change Your Relationships

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Do you have a hard time enjoying that person in your life who annoys you on a regular basis?
Would you like to forgive and forget, but you’re not sure how?
In today’s podcast, we’ll talk about how to let go of those angry feelings that fester inside of us.
We’ll do that by going through the anger questions and Bible verses in the I Deserve a donut book and/or app.
If you’re annoyed with someone right now, these questions and Bible verses will help!
To listen or subscribe on iTunes: click here
Other Resources
Anger/Annoyance Questions and Bible Verses
20 Things to be Thankful for When Life is Hard
15 Words That Will Change Your Relationships
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Barb Raveling clean 24:36 12: Learning to Adjust to a Different Life Than You’re Used To https://barbraveling.com/learning-to-adjust-to-a-different-life-than-youre-used-to/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:22 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7748 https://barbraveling.com/learning-to-adjust-to-a-different-life-than-youre-used-to/#comments https://barbraveling.com/learning-to-adjust-to-a-different-life-than-youre-used-to/feed/ 4 <p>Interview with Ngina Otiende Today I’m excited to have my friend Ngina Otiende on The Christ Habits Podcast. Ngina blogs about the early years of marriage at IntentionalToday.com. I would encourage you to drop over to her blog as she has lots of great advice for both single people and married people! In today’s podcast we’ll be talking<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/learning-to-adjust-to-a-different-life-than-youre-used-to/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/learning-to-adjust-to-a-different-life-than-youre-used-to/">12: Learning to Adjust to a Different Life Than You’re Used To</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p>
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Interview with Ngina Otiende

Today I’m excited to have my friend Ngina Otiende on The Christ Habits Podcast.

Ngina blogs about the early years of marriage at IntentionalToday.com.

I would encourage you to drop over to her blog as she has lots of great advice for both single people and married people!

In today’s podcast we’ll be talking about:

  • Working on your goals and dreams, even when it’s difficult.
  • Learning how to adjust to a different life than you’re used to living.
  • Learning to trust God in the midst of uncertainty.
  • Ngina also shares her story of moving to the States from Kenya three years ago. If you’d like to know more about her journey, click here. 

As I listened again to the podcast while preparing to put it on the blog, I was struck by how perfect Ngina’s advice on going through a transition was for me personally, as we just started the empty nest life a few weeks ago.

Thankfully, Ngina also sent over five tips for those of us who are going through a transition, in addition to what she says on the podcast. Here are Ngina’s tips:

5 Tips for Those Going Through a Transition from Ngina Otienda

Learning to Adjust to a Different Life Than You're Used to Living1) Don’t focus on the past. It will drain you and take your focus from the moment

2) Take it one day at a time. You don’t have to figure out the rest of your life now. The only way not to worry about the future is to know what God says about it. Look for and memorize verses of Scriptures that deal with fear, anxiety or any other thing you might be struggling with. Positive thoughts won’t carry you through, God’s Word will.

3) Apply yourself to what God is telling you to do now. Sometimes it will not look big or significant, nothing remotely looking like your big dream or aspiration. But just be obedient. When we are faithful with little, He opens up the next step. Don’t expect to move to the next level, if you are not being faithful with His current instructions.

4) You might have to cut out negative voices, even for a season – people or situations that conflict with God’s current instruction to you. Obviously be wise, be open and honest but realize that God does not mandate that everyone will understand the new thing He’s doing in your life. Don’t carry everyone’s concerns and burdens and discouragement.

5) Most important, intentionally invest in your relationship with God. Spend time in prayer, His word. You can’t slack off on your relationship during transition (or any other time!). You have to be close to God because He’s all you got, your source of strength and your future.

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Interview with Ngina Otiende Today I’m excited to have my friend Ngina Otiende on The Christ Habits Podcast. Ngina blogs about the early years of marriage at IntentionalToday.com. I would encourage you to drop over to her blog as she has lots of great ... Interview with Ngina Otiende
Today I’m excited to have my friend Ngina Otiende on The Christ Habits Podcast.
Ngina blogs about the early years of marriage at IntentionalToday.com.
I would encourage you to drop over to her blog as she has lots of great advice for both single people and married people!
In today’s podcast we’ll be talking about:

* Working on your goals and dreams, even when it’s difficult.
* Learning how to adjust to a different life than you’re used to living.
* Learning to trust God in the midst of uncertainty.
* Ngina also shares her story of moving to the States from Kenya three years ago. If you’d like to know more about her journey, click here. 

As I listened again to the podcast while preparing to put it on the blog, I was struck by how perfect Ngina’s advice on going through a transition was for me personally, as we just started the empty nest life a few weeks ago.
Thankfully, Ngina also sent over five tips for those of us who are going through a transition, in addition to what she says on the podcast. Here are Ngina’s tips:
5 Tips for Those Going Through a Transition from Ngina Otienda
1) Don’t focus on the past. It will drain you and take your focus from the moment
2) Take it one day at a time. You don’t have to figure out the rest of your life now. The only way not to worry about the future is to know what God says about it. Look for and memorize verses of Scriptures that deal with fear, anxiety or any other thing you might be struggling with. Positive thoughts won’t carry you through, God’s Word will.
3) Apply yourself to what God is telling you to do now. Sometimes it will not look big or significant, nothing remotely looking like your big dream or aspiration. But just be obedient. When we are faithful with little, He opens up the next step. Don’t expect to move to the next level, if you are not being faithful with His current instructions.
4) You might have to cut out negative voices, even for a season – people or situations that conflict with God’s current instruction to you. Obviously be wise, be open and honest but realize that God does not mandate that everyone will understand the new thing He’s doing in your life. Don’t carry everyone’s concerns and burdens and discouragement.
5) Most important, intentionally invest in your relationship with God. Spend time in prayer, His word. You can’t slack off on your relationship during transition (or any other time!). You have to be close to God because He’s all you got, your source of strength and your future.
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11: Help for your Marriage with Heidi Byslma https://barbraveling.com/help-for-your-marriage-with-heidi-byslma/ Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:00:46 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7764 https://barbraveling.com/help-for-your-marriage-with-heidi-byslma/#comments https://barbraveling.com/help-for-your-marriage-with-heidi-byslma/feed/ 12 <p>Interview with Heidi Bylsma Today I have the privilege of sharing a wonderful interview about marriage with my friend Heidi Bylsma. I hope it’s as much of a blessing to you as it is to me. This is an encouraging interview whether  your marriage could use just a little tweaking or a major overhaul. To<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/help-for-your-marriage-with-heidi-byslma/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/help-for-your-marriage-with-heidi-byslma/">11: Help for your Marriage with Heidi Byslma</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> VLUU L200  / Samsung L200Interview with Heidi Bylsma

Today I have the privilege of sharing a wonderful interview about marriage with my friend Heidi Bylsma. I hope it’s as much of a blessing to you as it is to me.

This is an encouraging interview whether  your marriage could use just a little tweaking or a major overhaul.

To listen on iTunes: click here (Note: For some reason the last two podcasts haven’t shown up in iTunes.  You can still get them by subscribing to the podcast in iTunes. Right now, only the subscribers are getting the latest episodes. To subscribe, click on the link above and then click on the little blue button that says “view in iTunes” and then click on subscribe.)

Renewing of the Mind Tools

Help for Your MarriageHeidi offers several suggestions of ways you can renew your mind if you’re struggling in your marriage.

Click on the links below to find the resources she mentioned in the blog.

Creating a God List: http://heidibylsma.com/step-6/

Praise Fest and What is it? http://heidibylsma.com/praise-fest/

Truth Cards: http://www.thinwithin.org/truth-cards-what-they-are/

I Deserve a Donut Questions: Available in paperback or Kindle, Android app, or iPhone app.

Truth Journaling: https://barbraveling.com/2014/03/09/how-to-truth-journal/

If you’d like to reach Heidi, here are some links for her: 

Email address: heidibylsma@gmail.com

Speaking: http://heidibylsma.com/speaking/

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Today I have the privilege of sharing a wonderful interview about marriage with my friend Heidi Bylsma. I hope it’s as much of a blessing to you as it is to me.
This is an encouraging interview whether  your marriage could use just a little tweaking or a major overhaul.
To listen on iTunes: click here (Note: For some reason the last two podcasts haven’t shown up in iTunes.  You can still get them by subscribing to the podcast in iTunes. Right now, only the subscribers are getting the latest episodes. To subscribe, click on the link above and then click on the little blue button that says “view in iTunes” and then click on subscribe.)
Renewing of the Mind Tools
Heidi offers several suggestions of ways you can renew your mind if you’re struggling in your marriage.
Click on the links below to find the resources she mentioned in the blog.
Creating a God List: http://heidibylsma.com/step-6/
Praise Fest and What is it? http://heidibylsma.com/praise-fest/
Truth Cards: http://www.thinwithin.org/truth-cards-what-they-are/
I Deserve a Donut Questions: Available in paperback or Kindle, Android app, or iPhone app.
Truth Journaling: https://barbraveling.com/2014/03/09/how-to-truth-journal/
If you’d like to reach Heidi, here are some links for her: 
Email address: heidibylsma@gmail.com
Speaking: http://heidibylsma.com/speaking/
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Barb Raveling clean 35:30 10: How to Break Free from Idolatry https://barbraveling.com/10-how-to-break-free-from-idolatry/ Wed, 03 Sep 2014 10:00:26 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7688 https://barbraveling.com/10-how-to-break-free-from-idolatry/#comments https://barbraveling.com/10-how-to-break-free-from-idolatry/feed/ 2 <p>In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 6 steps to breaking free from idolatry. This podcast is based on a post I wrote last year, although I’ve changed the steps just a bit. To see that post and the study that goes with it, click here. To listen to the post in iTunes, click here. For<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/10-how-to-break-free-from-idolatry/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/10-how-to-break-free-from-idolatry/">10: How to Break Free from Idolatry</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> How to Break Free from IdolatryIn today’s podcast we’ll talk about 6 steps to breaking free from idolatry.

This podcast is based on a post I wrote last year, although I’ve changed the steps just a bit. To see that post and the study that goes with it, click here.

To listen to the post in iTunes, click here.

For the idolatry quiz, click here.

Other resources:

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In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 6 steps to breaking free from idolatry. This podcast is based on a post I wrote last year, although I’ve changed the steps just a bit. To see that post and the study that goes with it, click here. In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 6 steps to breaking free from idolatry.
This podcast is based on a post I wrote last year, although I’ve changed the steps just a bit. To see that post and the study that goes with it, click here.
To listen to the post in iTunes, click here.
For the idolatry quiz, click here.
Other resources:

* Made to Crave, by Lysa TerKeurst
* Gospel Treason, by Brad Bigney
* Idolatry Sermon Series, by Brad Bigney
* Idolatry Series, on my blog

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09: 5 Reasons to Keep Working on Breaking That Habit https://barbraveling.com/09-5-reasons-to-keep-working-on-breaking-that-habit/ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:43 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7611 https://barbraveling.com/09-5-reasons-to-keep-working-on-breaking-that-habit/#comments https://barbraveling.com/09-5-reasons-to-keep-working-on-breaking-that-habit/feed/ 2 <p>Do you ever get tired of working on breaking that habit? I know I do. In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 5 reasons to keep working on those habits when it would be so much easier to give up. For more help with breaking habits, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/09-5-reasons-to-keep-working-on-breaking-that-habit/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/09-5-reasons-to-keep-working-on-breaking-that-habit/">09: 5 Reasons to Keep Working on Breaking That Habit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> 5 Reasons You Should Keep Working on Breaking That HabitDo you ever get tired of working on breaking that habit? I know I do.

In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 5 reasons to keep working on those habits when it would be so much easier to give up.

For more help with breaking habits, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of this blog.

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In today’s podcast we’ll talk about 5 reasons to keep working on those habits when it would be so much easier to give up.
For more help with breaking habits, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of this blog.
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08: When You Feel Like a Failure: 10 Questions to Ask https://barbraveling.com/when-you-feel-like-a-failure-10-questions-to-ask/ Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:20 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7619 https://barbraveling.com/when-you-feel-like-a-failure-10-questions-to-ask/#comments https://barbraveling.com/when-you-feel-like-a-failure-10-questions-to-ask/feed/ 8 <p>Do you ever feel like a complete and total failure? Do you ever feel like a mild loser? Either way, this podcast will help. We’ll go through the self-condemnation questions and insecurity Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut with our own failures in mind. To listen on iTunes: click here Here are the questions we’ll be<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/when-you-feel-like-a-failure-10-questions-to-ask/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/when-you-feel-like-a-failure-10-questions-to-ask/">08: When You Feel Like a Failure: 10 Questions to Ask</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> When You Feel Like a Failure 10 Questions to AskDo you ever feel like a complete and total failure? Do you ever feel like a mild loser?

Either way, this podcast will help. We’ll go through the self-condemnation questions and insecurity Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut with our own failures in mind.

To listen on iTunes: click here

Here are the questions we’ll be discussing (these are in the book and the android app, but they’re not in the iPhone app as I wrote them after publishing the app):

Insecurity: Self-Condemnation Questions

  1. Why do you think you’re a failure (terrible person, bad Christian, etc.)?
  2. Does that really make you a failure (terrible person/bad Christian, etc.)? Why or why not? *
  3. Whose standards are you using to determine whether or not you’re acceptable?
  4. What does God think of those standards?
  5. How does God feel about you? (See insecurity verses for ideas.)
  6. God is not a condemning perfectionist parent. He’s a loving Father who says, “Come to me, my beloved, and let me help.” In what areas do you need help?
  7. Take some time to ask Him to help you with those areas.
  8. Is there anything you need to accept?
  9. Is there anything God wants you to do?
  10. What can you thank God for in this situation?

* If you’re having a hard time answering this question, look through the insecurity verses and think about grace. If you’re going the bad Christian route, think about the life of David and Romans 3:23.

Possible things you’ll need to accept: that you’ll never be as good as you want to be, that others will see your imperfections (just as you see their imperfections), and that you’ll fail at times. Everyone does—it’s part of the human condition, so you might as well get used to it!

Possible things you’ll need to confess: condemning someone God loves (you!), giving yourself permission to give up because you feel like a failure, and making “success” more important than God wants you to make it.

Click on the following link for the insecurity Bible verses: Insecurity Bible Verses

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Either way, this podcast will help. We’ll go through the self-condemnation questions and insecurity Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut with our own failures in mind.
To listen on iTunes: click here
Here are the questions we’ll be discussing (these are in the book and the android app, but they’re not in the iPhone app as I wrote them after publishing the app):
Insecurity: Self-Condemnation Questions

* Why do you think you’re a failure (terrible person, bad Christian, etc.)?
* Does that really make you a failure (terrible person/bad Christian, etc.)? Why or why not? *
* Whose standards are you using to determine whether or not you’re acceptable?
* What does God think of those standards?
* How does God feel about you? (See insecurity verses for ideas.)
* God is not a condemning perfectionist parent. He’s a loving Father who says, “Come to me, my beloved, and let me help.” In what areas do you need help?
* Take some time to ask Him to help you with those areas.
* Is there anything you need to accept?
* Is there anything God wants you to do?
* What can you thank God for in this situation?

* If you’re having a hard time answering this question, look through the insecurity verses and think about grace. If you’re going the bad Christian route, think about the life of David and Romans 3:23.
Possible things you’ll need to accept: that you’ll never be as good as you want to be, that others will see your imperfections (just as you see their imperfections), and that you’ll fail at times. Everyone does—it’s part of the human condition, so you might as well get used to it!
Possible things you’ll need to confess: condemning someone God loves (you!), giving yourself permission to give up because you feel like a failure, and making “success” more important than God wants you to make it.
Click on the following link for the insecurity Bible verses: Insecurity Bible Verses
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07: Breaking Free from the Idol of Skinny With Christina Smith https://barbraveling.com/07-breaking-free-from-the-idol-of-skinny/ Wed, 13 Aug 2014 10:00:21 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7577 https://barbraveling.com/07-breaking-free-from-the-idol-of-skinny/#comments https://barbraveling.com/07-breaking-free-from-the-idol-of-skinny/feed/ 2 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Interview with Christina Smith Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Christina. We’ll be talking about how to follow lifelong eating boundaries, how to break free from the idol of skinny, and how<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/07-breaking-free-from-the-idol-of-skinny/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/07-breaking-free-from-the-idol-of-skinny/">07: Breaking Free from the Idol of Skinny With Christina Smith</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> IMG_0291

See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Interview with Christina Smith

Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Christina.

We’ll be talking about how to follow lifelong eating boundaries, how to break free from the idol of skinny, and how Facebook sometimes gets in the way of that.

Christina shares her journey and how God has helped her along the way. She also gives practical suggestions for change.

Breaking Free From the Idol of SkinnyTo subscribe or listen on iTunes: click here

Other Resources:

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Interview with Christina Smith
Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Christina.
We’ll be talking about how to follow lifelong eating boundaries, how to break free from the idol of skinny, and how Facebook sometimes gets in the way of that.
Christina shares her journey and how God has helped her along the way. She also gives practical suggestions for change.
To subscribe or listen on iTunes: click here
Other Resources:

* Taste for Truth: A 30 Day Weight Loss Bible Study – also discusses body image
* I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat)
* Insecurity Bible Verses
* When You’re Not Good Enough Bible Study
* Idolatry Series
* Thin Within blog

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Barb Raveling clean 28:48 06: How to Break a Habit https://barbraveling.com/how-to-break-a-habit/ Wed, 06 Aug 2014 12:00:31 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7536 https://barbraveling.com/how-to-break-a-habit/#comments https://barbraveling.com/how-to-break-a-habit/feed/ 18 <p>Do you ever feel like you can’t break that habit that has been plaguing you all your life? In today’s podcast we’ll talk about three steps you can take if you want to break your habit. To listen on iTunes: click here To listen on Stitcher: click here If you’d like more info on this subject click<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-break-a-habit/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/how-to-break-a-habit/">06: How to Break a Habit</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> How to Break a HabitDo you ever feel like you can’t break that habit that has been plaguing you all your life?

In today’s podcast we’ll talk about three steps you can take if you want to break your habit.

To listen on iTunes: click here

To listen on Stitcher: click here

If you’d like more info on this subject click on the following links:

  1. How to Set Boundaries
  2. Secondary Boundaries
  3. How to Set Boundaries To Break Free From Idolatry
  4. The Renewing of the Mind

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Do you ever feel like you can’t break that habit that has been plaguing you all your life? In today’s podcast we’ll talk about three steps you can take if you want to break your habit. To listen on iTunes: click here To listen on Stitcher: click here I... Do you ever feel like you can’t break that habit that has been plaguing you all your life?
In today’s podcast we’ll talk about three steps you can take if you want to break your habit.
To listen on iTunes: click here
To listen on Stitcher: click here
If you’d like more info on this subject click on the following links:

* How to Set Boundaries
* Secondary Boundaries
* How to Set Boundaries To Break Free From Idolatry
* The Renewing of the Mind

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05: Breaking Habits: An Attitude That Keeps Us Stuck https://barbraveling.com/breaking-habits-an-attitude-that-keeps-us-stuck/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:00:39 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7434 https://barbraveling.com/breaking-habits-an-attitude-that-keeps-us-stuck/#comments https://barbraveling.com/breaking-habits-an-attitude-that-keeps-us-stuck/feed/ 4 <p>In this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about an attitude that keeps us from breaking our habits.  If you’d like help with breaking a habit, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of this blog. Click here to see the questions on today’s podcast. To listen on iTunes: click here<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-habits-an-attitude-that-keeps-us-stuck/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/breaking-habits-an-attitude-that-keeps-us-stuck/">05: Breaking Habits: An Attitude That Keeps Us Stuck</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Breaking Habits An Attitude That Keeps Us StuckIn this episode of the Christian Habits Podcast, we’ll talk about an attitude that keeps us from breaking our habits. 

If you’d like help with breaking a habit, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of this blog. Click here to see the questions on today’s podcast.

To listen on iTunes: click here

To listen on Stitcher: click here

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If you’d like help with breaking a habit, check out the breaking a habit tab at the top of this blog. Click here to see the questions on today’s podcast.
To listen on iTunes: click here
To listen on Stitcher: click here
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04: 6 Tips for People Pleasers https://barbraveling.com/04-6-tips-for-people-pleasers/ Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:00:35 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7454 https://barbraveling.com/04-6-tips-for-people-pleasers/#comments https://barbraveling.com/04-6-tips-for-people-pleasers/feed/ 6 <p>http://traffic.libsyn.com/christianhabits/people_pleasing_2.mp3   Do you ever feel like you have to say yes when someone asks you to do something? Do often find yourself saying yes and then regretting it later? Does it bother you when people are unhappy with you? If so, you may be a people pleaser. In this podcast, we’ll talk about 6 different things you<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/04-6-tips-for-people-pleasers/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/04-6-tips-for-people-pleasers/">04: 6 Tips for People Pleasers</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> http://traffic.libsyn.com/christianhabits/people_pleasing_2.mp3

 

6 Tips for People Pleasers- The Christian Habits PodcastDo you ever feel like you have to say yes when someone asks you to do something? Do often find yourself saying yes and then regretting it later? Does it bother you when people are unhappy with you?

If so, you may be a people pleaser.

In this podcast, we’ll talk about 6 different things you can do if you want to break the habit of people pleasing. We’ll also renew our minds with the people pleasing questions from I Deserve a Donut.

If you’d like to subscribe to the podcast or listen to it on iTunes, click here, and then click “View on iTunes.” (It may not be there right away as I am having technical difficulties, which also explains why I have two play buttons rather than one!)

People Pleasing Questions

  1. Why do you want to make this person happy?
  2. What will make him happy?
  3. Are you able to make that happen?
  4. Will that really make him happy? Explain.
  5. Are you:
    1. Interfering with what God wants to do in this person’s life by always trying to make him happy? Explain.
    2. Tempted to do something God doesn’t want you to do (or not do something God wants you to do) just so you can make this person happy? Explain.
    3. Remembering that only God can fill this person up and make him happy?
    4. Neglecting your responsibilities (as a parent, for example) just to avoid making this person mad?
  6. How do you think God wants you to handle this situation?
  7. Why do you think He wants you to handle it that way?
  8. What would you need to sacrifice, give up, or risk to do what God wants you to do?
  9. What will you gain if you do what God wants you to do?
  10. Is there anything you need to accept?
  11. What can you thank God for in this situation?

Question: Are you a people pleaser? Do you have any tips for us?

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Do you ever feel like you have to say yes when someone asks you to do something? Do often find yourself saying yes and then regretting it later? Does it bother you when people are unhappy with you?
If so, you may be a people pleaser.
In this podcast, we’ll talk about 6 different things you can do if you want to break the habit of people pleasing. We’ll also renew our minds with the people pleasing questions from I Deserve a Donut.
If you’d like to subscribe to the podcast or listen to it on iTunes, click here, and then click “View on iTunes.” (It may not be there right away as I am having technical difficulties, which also explains why I have two play buttons rather than one!)
People Pleasing Questions

* Why do you want to make this person happy?
* What will make him happy?
* Are you able to make that happen?
* Will that really make him happy? Explain.
* Are you:

* Interfering with what God wants to do in this person’s life by always trying to make him happy? Explain.
* Tempted to do something God doesn’t want you to do (or not do something God wants you to do) just so you can make this person happy? Explain.
* Remembering that only God can fill this person up and make him happy?
* Neglecting your responsibilities (as a parent, for example) just to avoid making this person mad?


* How do you think God wants you to handle this situation?
* Why do you think He wants you to handle it that way?
* What would you need to sacrifice, give up, or risk to do what God wants you to do?
* What will you gain if you do what God wants you to do?
* Is there anything you need to accept?
* What can you thank God for in this situation?

Question: Are you a people pleaser? Do you have any tips for us?
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03: How My Friend Lost 140 Pounds https://barbraveling.com/chp03/ Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:00:58 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7298 https://barbraveling.com/chp03/#comments https://barbraveling.com/chp03/feed/ 29 <p>See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Interview with Terry Tignor Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Terry Tignor, who has lost 140 pounds over the last 2 1/2 years. Terry is the friend I mentioned in the intro<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/chp03/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/chp03/">03: How My Friend Lost 140 Pounds</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> TerryT

See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.

Interview with Terry Tignor

Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Terry Tignor, who has lost 140 pounds over the last 2 1/2 years.

Terry is the friend I mentioned in the intro to I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat).

Terry has wonderful words of wisdom, and I know her interview will encourage you, no matter how many pounds you have to lose!

In this episode, Terry shares some of her struggles along the way and how God helped her through the process.

Resources We Talked About on the Podcast

To listen on iTunes: click here

To listen on Stitcher: click here

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I hope you enjoy the interview. I submitted my podcast to iTunes today so should be available there in the next day or two! (Unless I did something wrong!)

How My Friend Lost 140 Pounds

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See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes. Interview with Terry Tignor Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Terry Tignor,
See also:  Taste for Truth Christian Weight Loss Podcast. Click here for more info! Click here to view on iTunes.
Interview with Terry Tignor
Today I’m excited to share an interview with my friend Terry Tignor, who has lost 140 pounds over the last 2 1/2 years.
Terry is the friend I mentioned in the intro to I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat).
Terry has wonderful words of wisdom, and I know her interview will encourage you, no matter how many pounds you have to lose!
In this episode, Terry shares some of her struggles along the way and how God helped her through the process.
Resources We Talked About on the Podcast

* Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It, By Gary Taubes

To listen on iTunes: click here
To listen on Stitcher: click here

http://traffic.libsyn.com/christianhabits/03_03__140_Weight_Loss_-_Interview_with_my_friend_Terry.mp3
I hope you enjoy the interview. I submitted my podcast to iTunes today so should be available there in the next day or two! (Unless I did something wrong!)

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02: When Life is Hard: 11 Questions to Ask https://barbraveling.com/discontentment/ Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:00:33 +0000 https://barbraveling.com/?p=7292 https://barbraveling.com/discontentment/#comments https://barbraveling.com/discontentment/feed/ 20 <p>Welcome to the Christian Habits podcast, episode two! I won’t normally write a separate blog post to go with the podcast, but thought I would today so I could explain what it’s like to do a podcast. The nice thing about blogging is that if you forget to say something when you write the first draft, you<a class="moretag" href="https://barbraveling.com/discontentment/"> [...] </a></p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com/discontentment/">02: When Life is Hard: 11 Questions to Ask</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://barbraveling.com">Barb Raveling</a>.</p> Welcome to the Christian Habits podcast, episode two! I won’t normally write a separate blog post to go with the podcast, but thought I would today so I could explain what it’s like to do a podcast.

The nice thing about blogging is that if you forget to say something when you write the first draft, you can easily add it in before you publish. Or if you said something you didn’t want to say, you can easily take it out.

When Life is Hard: Bible Verses and Journal Prompts

You can’t do that with podcasting! Or at least if you can, I don’t know how to do it yet.

So if you ever hear me saying something in a podcast and think, Does Barb really believe that?, write and ask me.

It could be that I was just being spacey–as in today’s podcast when I called my youngest daughter my oldest daughter–or it could be that I’m wrong and need correction!

What I Meant to Say

Here’s an example. In today’s podcast I talk about some practical ways to change our lives when we’re discontent.

If I’d been on the ball, I would have given you lots of examples rather than just a couple from my own life. I also would have pointed out that sometimes we have to give up what we think we need to be happy–but that that’s not a big deal since God is the only one who can make us truly happy anyway.

But alas, I got sidetracked and didn’t say all those things. I can already see that podcasting will be a wonderful “opportunity” to let go of perfectionism.

Hopefully, this is the last time I’ll correct myself on the blog unless I say something really drastic. But as you listen to future episodes, just keep in mind that I am forgetful, absent-minded, spacey, and technologically challenged so listen to each podcast with that in mind!

Show Notes

I also wanted to let you know that if I reference something in the podcast, I’ll try to include the link to it or information for it in the blog post. Podcasters call the blog post the “show notes” so if you hear me saying that, it’s just the blog post.

Today’s “show notes” include the discontentment questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). Here they are:

You know those days when life is harder than hard? Those are the days we really need to visit with God about life and get His perspective. These Bible verses and questions will help with that.

Discontentment Bible Verses and Questions

  1. Why are you unhappy?
  2. What do you think will make you happy?
  3. Will that really make you happy? Why or why not?
  4. Are you able to create the conditions you think will make you happy?
    1. Yes: If so, do you think God wants you to work on that? Why or why not?
    2. No: If not, is there anything else you can do to make life better? Explain.
  5. Is God enough to satisfy you, even if you don’t get what you want?
  6. What is one thing you can do to draw closer to Him today?
  7. What is one thing you can do to show love to others today? Be specific.
  8. Is there anything you need to accept?
  9. Is there anything you need to hold with open hands?
  10. Is there anything God wants you to do?
  11. What can you thank God for in this situation?

Discontentment Bible Verses


Psalm 43:5
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. niv

Psalm 40:1-3a I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.

Psalm 63:1 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is so water.

Psalm 63:7-8 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me.

Psalm 68:19-20a Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation. God is to us a God of deliverance.

Psalm 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.

Jonah 2:9a But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken, struck down, but not destroyed.

John 16:33 These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage: I have overcome the world.

Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

Philippians 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 6:7-8 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

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Welcome to the Christian Habits podcast, episode two! I won’t normally write a separate blog post to go with the podcast, but thought I would today so I could explain what it’s like to do a podcast. The nice thing about blogging is that if you forget t... The nice thing about blogging is that if you forget to say something when you write the first draft, you can easily add it in before you publish. Or if you said something you didn’t want to say, you can easily take it out.

You can’t do that with podcasting! Or at least if you can, I don’t know how to do it yet.
So if you ever hear me saying something in a podcast and think, Does Barb really believe that?, write and ask me.
It could be that I was just being spacey–as in today’s podcast when I called my youngest daughter my oldest daughter–or it could be that I’m wrong and need correction!
What I Meant to Say
Here’s an example. In today’s podcast I talk about some practical ways to change our lives when we’re discontent.
If I’d been on the ball, I would have given you lots of examples rather than just a couple from my own life. I also would have pointed out that sometimes we have to give up what we think we need to be happy–but that that’s not a big deal since God is the only one who can make us truly happy anyway.
But alas, I got sidetracked and didn’t say all those things. I can already see that podcasting will be a wonderful “opportunity” to let go of perfectionism.
Hopefully, this is the last time I’ll correct myself on the blog unless I say something really drastic. But as you listen to future episodes, just keep in mind that I am forgetful, absent-minded, spacey, and technologically challenged so listen to each podcast with that in mind!
Show Notes
I also wanted to let you know that if I reference something in the podcast, I’ll try to include the link to it or information for it in the blog post. Podcasters call the blog post the “show notes” so if you hear me saying that, it’s just the blog post.
Today’s “show notes” include the discontentment questions and Bible verses from I Deserve a Donut (And Other Lies That Make You Eat). Here they are:

Discontentment Bible Verses and Questions

* Why are you unhappy?
* What do you think will make you happy?
* Will that really make you happy? Why or why not?
* Are you able to create the conditions you think will make you happy?

* Yes: If so, do you think God wants you to work on that? Why or why not?
* No: If not, is there anything else you can do to make life better? Explain.


* Is God enough to satisfy you, even if you don’t get what you want?
* What is one thing you can do to draw closer to Him today?
* What is one thing you can do to show love to others today? Be specific.
* Is there anything you need to accept?
* Is there anything you need to hold with open hands?
* Is there anything God wants you to do?
* What can you thank God for in this situation?

Discontentment Bible Verses

Psalm 43:5Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. niv

Psalm 40:1-3a I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a ro...]]>
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