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8 Habits of a Healthy Soul Part 1

I know what it's like to wake up around 4:00am feeling "soul sick" with anxiety. Its an irrational feeling that I'm going to fail or I forgot to do some vital thing the day before or there is so much to do today that I'll never do it all. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 7, 2022
Life Formation

IN THE WINTER OF YOUR SOUL

One of the biggest mental health issues I see on a regular basis isn’t depression or anxiety. According to Dr Merry Lin, "Its people who are languishing. Languishing is not the presence of mental illness; it’s the absence of mental and emotional vitality." It’s the "winter of your soul." (more…)
Bob Jones
December 14, 2020
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SIMPLIFY: 10 PRACTICES TO UNCLUTTER YOUR SOUL

Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Overscheduled. Sound familiar? Been there. Done that. Bought the t-shirt. Today’s velocity of life can consume and control us. That’s where the danger lies: When we spend our lives doing things that keep us busy but don’t really matter, we sacrifice the things that do. Pastor Bill Hybels says, "Simplified living requires more than just organizing your closets or cleaning out your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul." You CAN stop doing the stuff that doesn't matter and build your life on the things that do matter. 10 Simplifying Transitions 1. FROM RESTLESS TO FULFILLED - Examine and refine my working world. 2. FROM WOUNDED TO WHOLE - Forgive. 3. FROM ANXIOUS TO PEACEFUL - Face my…
Bob Jones
February 2, 2015
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SAY GOODBYE TO THE BLUES AND LIGHTEN UP

The older we get it seems the less we laugh. On average kids laugh three hundred times a day and adults...five. Have you laughed today? Laughter is like medicine. Doctors call it "inner jogging." He who laughs, lasts. 8 Ways To See The Lighter Side Of Life And Lighten Up 1. Surround yourself with reminders to lighten up. My office is dominated by a serious Coca Cola collection. On my desk is a turtle made out of Coke caps from Burundi, a football-shaped coconut from Hawaii and a praying TY bear named “Hope” given to me by my Daddy/Daughter Ball dance partner, Robynn. 2. Take yourself less seriously. I’m serious about my role as a pastor, but I don’t take…
Bob Jones
February 19, 2014
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6 Myths That Will Make You Miserable With Stress

Belief does not have to be true in order for it to affect you emotionally. Myths about stress can mess you up. Move from distressed to de-stressed. Are any of these myths making you miserable? 1. MYTH #1 - "Stress comes from stressors." I get stressed because of (fill-in-the-blank - my boss, my kids, my spouse, my bank account, traffic jams, my weight, my team losing, etc.) The sum total of all the negative experiences in your life is not stress. 2. MYTH #2 - "A few drinks can help you release stress." Your loved ones will get on your case about this - alcohol and stress have been found to “feed” each other. People turn to alcohol to relieve…
Bob Jones
January 23, 2014