Being Prepared With an Essential Backpacking Item – Prayer

Being Prepared With an Essential Backpacking Item – Prayer

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A guest post written by Anne Hughes from Malibu, California

Awhile back my youngest daughter and I had an opportunity to go backpacking with a hiking group. We felt this would be a fresh experience to move us forward after her dad had recently passed away.Continue Reading

Attitude of Thought – Healthy Thinking

Altitude of Thought - Healthy Thinking

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A guest post written by Noie LaRue from Newport Beach, California

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you kept on blaming yourself or others for the things that are going wrong? I hadn’t really realized that I did that all that often until I was on a trip and at each roadblock or problem my first reaction was to cast that blame:Continue Reading

Health-Giving Effect of Sharing “Crumbs of Comfort”

Health-Giving Effect of Sharing “Crumbs of Comfort”

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A guest post written by Robert Nafie from Arcadia, California

Have you ever casually listened to conversations around you, but that don’t include you? Most often we’re engaged in our own activities and our own thoughts, so it isn’t something that happens intentionally. Well, it happened to me recently while sitting at the airport waiting for a flight.Continue Reading

The Gospel of Mary Presents an Enlightened View of Reality

The Gospel of Mary Presents an Enlightened View of Reality

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A guest post written by Mary Lou MacKenzie, from Lancaster, California.

Someone recently suggested that I would find The Gospel of Mary to be an interesting read. They were so right – partly because of the fact that a woman wrote it, but mostly because it really shows a more enlightened view of reality, matter, and sin.Continue Reading

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

What if We Celebrate the True Meaning of Christmas?

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A guest post written by Donna Clifton from Whittier, California.

“Christmas is all about getting exactly what you want!”

Believe it or not, those were the actual words in a radio advertisement I heard, and they dismayed me. Although the normal mantra is that Christmas is about giving, not getting, this sentiment is belied by the questions we often hear right after Christmas: “What did you get?” “Was Santa good to you this year?”Continue Reading

Health During Flu Season or Anytime

Health During Flu Season or Anytime

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A guest post written by Curtis Wahlberg from Lake Forest, California

I was so grateful when my kids quickly recovered from flu-like symptoms. Then, I started feeling ill, unable to keep food down. As I wrestled with my own symptoms, I tried to pray. I felt strongly that by becoming more conscious of the good available from God and shutting out thoughts of vulnerability or sickness, I would find health expressed.Continue Reading

Being Still is an Antidote to Holiday Stress

Being Still is an Antidote to Holiday Stress

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A guest post written by Robert Moran from Goleta, California

I thought I was living a healthy lifestyle until I saw a TED Talk video about the art of being still. When I saw the video I was preparing to take on many projects for the holidays, including shopping for and preparing to be the main chef at a family gathering, and this was causing much anxiety and stress. Not a healthy outlook at all, and I couldn’t seem to get started on a single project.Continue Reading

Stillness Brings Peace and Healing

Stillness Brings Peace and Healing

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A guest post written by Rahla Frohlich from La Cañada Flintridge, California

Many years ago on a cold Christmas Eve, I was feeling lonely and separated from home. I shouldn’t have been, but I was. My husband and I were living on an isolated Army base in the middle of the desert; we had each other, and we had the one precious gift we both cherished: our baby son, four months old.Continue Reading

Memory Loss Can Be Reversed

Memory Loss Can Be Reversed

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It’s hard not to notice all the attention the media is giving to memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. The coverage is so common that it’s almost a daily subject in the various media platforms. Although many articles are efforts to help people cope with the problem, others are unhelpful and spread fearful predictions.Continue Reading