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Updated: Sep 30, 2021

Just because we say we want something better does not always mean we are ready for the journey. There can be some tough decisions we need to really contemplate before we begin the journey.

Question One: Do I really want to be healed?

Am I just wanting to escape the pain of the past or am I ready to walk into the possibilities of a more hope filled future? While it appears at first glance that anyone would certainly want a more hope filled future this can sometimes not be reality. When we hurt we know we want something different than the hurt, pain, abuse, stuckness, and turmoil but that is all we may have known. Toxic habits are still habits. Many times we have spent more years of our lives living in an awful place so at least it is predictable discomfort. We even pride ourselves sometimes on the self reliance, autonomy, and skilled ways we have endured what others might collapse under.

This brings us to a point where we must consider honestly whether or not we are wiling to venture into the newness of the unknown. Since we've spent more time practicing unhealthy habits accepting hope and newness will require a new way of thinking and behaving. Many moments the old unhealthy ways will seems more natural. Many people around us may not rejoice with us just because we decide we want something better for ourselves.

Question Two:

Am I willing to set pride aside to learn better ways of coping?

It is not odd to fee guarded to talk to someone else about our experiences. It is easy to wonder what that person might think of my story. It is natural to feel on the spot and fear judgment, condemnation, and more oppression. What a vulnerable place to be in! But beginning the healing journey requires each and every one of us to decide that giving ourselves a voice to choose our reaction to pain is far better than being paralyzed by the demons within. Each one of us has some struggles which require us on a daily and momentary basis to resubmit our stories to Jesus Christ.

Question Three:

Where will I be if I allow things to simply continue as they are? If things continue this way in 1 month, 6 months or 1 year what can I expect?

If there's a sense of discomfort, uneasiness, or even fear related to the way things are currently it may be best to consider changing directions. Talking with a solid Biblically based minister, life coach, spiritual mentor, or outside support system for goal setting and accountability can offer a sense of perspective.

If you feel like you are ready to move beyond a place that is not working and you are open to a step by step partnership with someone who is genuinely concerned about your wellness please consider contacting us at Authentic Christian Life Ministries International. We are all in this together. Hope, change, and positive possibilities are within reach.

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Updated: Sep 30, 2021

We all have voices that offer opinions and ideas about what direction we should take in our lives. From the moment we're born in this world someone has something to say about everything we do. Parents, families, society, workplaces, friends, enemies, self etc. The problem with this is that in the midst pf all these opinions there is a dangerous assumption- namely that we should play to some arbitrary norm of what people "like us" should be like.

What if it we viewed life differently- not so much that we are working towards conforming to this imaginary standard form without. Scripture says that God has "place eternity in our hearts" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He has placed a way for people to learn to hear His direction and leading for their individual life. In other words He has a sense of vision and purpose for each one of us.

Without a vision or direction a business will fail. Without a vision for a relationship the relationship may grow old and stagnant. Likewise, without a person vision people can perish (Proverbs 29:18). Their hope may become deferred or delayed (Proverbs 13:22) as if anything good is just moving father and farther away from them.

The good news is that part of what we do at Authentic Christian Life Ministries International is helping identify and walk alongside as we seek the Lord's sense of meaning for your personal life. The idea is that you were never made to be someone or something else. No wonder you are frustrated when you try to adapt and compromise to others. God never intended you to be anyone other than who you are in Him. That is why we desire to help mentor you to fulfillment of your natural bent or leanings, those gifts, talents, and abilities that you just need to cultivate more.

Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be glad to assist you in identifying the natural and spiritual abilities, gifts, and roles which may hep you find more fulfillment in life. We want to celebrate you developing a sense of comfort, peace and purpose in who you were created to be.

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