God has given us everything we need to live a godly life (I Peter 1:3) and offers us abundant life (John 10:10). It is our desire to equip you with the keys to unlock this potential and THRIVE in life:
Integration – “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” I Thessalonians 5:23
God has created us Body, Soul and Spirit! We are physical, emotional and spiritual. We are also made to be relational in all aspects of our being. These areas of life all work together and affect each other. Therefore, all approaches to healing and wellness must be integrated to be effective! We must be willing to look at all areas of our life and not just one area that we see as important.
Let’s look at the common example of someone trying to lose weight repeatedly unsuccessfully. They are trying to be healthy in their body but are often blocked because of emotional and spiritual problems. The harsh reality is that only 2% of people who try to lose weight actually keep it off. This is because of a lack of integration in the approach to health. Now broaden this view to all areas of change. If we take on any process of change but are not using an integrated approach you likely will suffer from frustration and eventually give up. You’ve experienced this before? It can be different this time.
Visionary – “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
We are called to have visions, plans and desires. Despite what you may have been taught, we are active players in this world and in our own lives. However, this never minimizes or negates the sovereignty of God. We are to plan and be visionaries but only in full dependence on God and in submission to his sovereignty!
Do you allow yourself to meditate on what it would like if you could THRIVE! This is difficult because when we sit down to envision this, all kinds of limitations pop up and get in the way. What if there were no limitations? What if God removed those limitations and redeemed you from all of it at the cross! Well, He did!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1
Ok, now is where someone says “yeah but we still have limitations, I couldn’t play in the NFL just because I believe I can!” And you would be correct, but God DID remove all the limitations to you THRIVING in YOUR life in what YOU are called to do and be. You are not limited in fulfilling your calling and having the abundant life God came to give you (John 10:10.) And when you get there you wouldn’t want to be playing in the NFL; in fact you wouldn’t want to be doing anything other than what you are doing.
Expectant – “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” I Thessalonians 5:24 “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” II Timothy 2:13
He has called you, He is faithful, He will do it! Let that sink in for a moment. God can’t be unfaithful because he can’t deny Himself. This means we can expect God to show up and make things happen. So has God called you to THRIVE in your life? If you’re not sure, go back and read this series again. Is He bigger than any of the thing that have been limiting you in your life?
One of the biggest limitations we have in our culture when it comes to our faith in God is that we don’t expect Him to show up, we don’t expect Him to answer our prayers, and while we know intellectually that He loves us we don’t act as through He really loves us as sons and daughters! As a foster and adoptive parent I would do anything for my kids but many times they don’t believe it because they have been so damaged and seen the opposite for so long. We are just like that with God, we have been hurt by this world and lied to by our culture. Think about it, when you pray do you sit back and expect God to do something or do you move on with life having fulfilled your obligation to pray but not really expecting anything to happen. If you are one of those people who were brought up expecting God to show up and answer prayers, where is that expectancy end? Can that be expanded? Do you need to expect God to show up in even bigger ways?
“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” James 1:6
If we pray without expecting anything then we get just that. So if you are ready begin the journey towards believing that God has called you and that he will show up and make that calling happen in your life we are here for you. If you are ready to THRIVE in life, we would consider it an honor and a privilege to come along side of you and help you get there!
So here is how we do things at Grace Wellness Center. God has called us to invest in people in a real, genuine and relational way. We consider it an honor and a privilege to be invited into people’s journey. The more you are ready to invest in yourself the more we can invest in you as well. So if you are ready to begin your journey towards THRIVING then we want to come along side of you and share in that burden. However, if you are not ready for that then this isn’t for you, but we will be here when you are ready!