Head & Soul Magazine
Being Employed by Trauma
By Minister Kristy Snelson MA, BSN, CIT
Founder of Before After LLC
Trauma is the driving force that causes an individual to drop their mantle. Many of us blame the enemy for stagnation however, trauma behaves in your mind and brain like a high-level boot camp. We no longer need to blame the enemy because trauma trains us to do the enemy’s work. I often tell clients, especially those who deal with a passive approach to their trauma, “Trauma is the biggest bully. It tells you who to date/marry, how to raise your children, what career to choose, etc.”
Imagine someone who has endured back-to-back trauma, or a trauma so severe, that it literally alters the state of their brain. This is scientifically proven to be true. God designed for our brains to be a negative feedback system. It goes into overload to protect us from dangers that we encountered in our past. This concept was established when God created the Heavens and the earth, however it was manifested when Adam and Eve sinned. God loved us so much that He designed us to always have a need for safety in Him. Unfortunately, the enemy perverts this phenomenon.
Through this perversion, we ultimately submit to trauma as being our CEO. We become so cautious of reliving the trauma, to the point of idolizing our pain. Trauma becomes our god. We are too fearful subconsciously to even seek God for help or assistance because we know we may encounter a truth that may shatter the very essence of who we thought we were. Eventually, we would realize that we have walked away from our original blueprint God ordained selves.
True we may attend a church service, or be dedicated members of a congregation, but we leave the same because we have not opened our mouths to ask for strategies; and most importantly, we have not asked the Holy Spirit to rewire our brains.
I encourage you to fire yourself! Do not allow fear of the unknown to stop you from receiving this rewiring process. Do not allow trauma to be your boss! Hate the enemy enough to get better. Love God so much that you will do whatever it takes to be who He has called for you to be. You are not employed by trauma anymore!
Health, Diet, And Fitness, Do They
Have An Impact On How We Feel?
By Nickco Kemp
Are the three connected to your overall health? Do what you eat and drink affects your fitness? Let’s take a moment to talk about it.
Yes, Health, Diet, and Fitness is directly connected to how you feel and think. Your diet affects your overall fitness, which has an impact on your health. Making small adjustments can be a start for a healthier you, here’s how: Water….Being Active….Eating.
Did you know H2O aka “Water” could be the answer to jumpstart wellness in your body. Water has many benefits and properties’ that help the skin stay youthful, and balance your body. Water helps with brain function, it is also great with your digestive system. Here is some great route I have found to work: having a glass of water as soon as you wake up will help to regulate your digestive system. This simple action is an energy boost to help kick start your workout for the day.
This brings me to fitness. Your fitness, it starts with you. Are you and will you be committed? You may say," I don’t have time,” " I’m working, taking care of the family, kids.”, “I am exhausted and tired.” “I have restrictions that won’t allow me too.” Ask yourself this, “Do you want to be fit?” The answer is “yes...” Here’s some small and simple adjustment that can be a game changer for your start to fitness. “Taking 5”, just 5 minutes out of your day can be the start to a new you. Walking is a great start. Did you know that walking helps with your bones and strengthens your muscles, helps your mood. Walking also helps you maintain healthy weight.
When you eat a healthy balanced diet, this helps you to be a healthier you. Starting your day with a balance meal that is well planned will put you on a path to success. Fresh fruits and vegetables should be your first choice, no exception. Start with 5 ingredients when preparing your meals. This is simple and a clean way to change your diet and know what you’re eating.
This took diligence and persistence, listening to your body and to what your body is telling you. Remember to have an accountability partner to help you stay on track.
Drive And Go Forward...
Keep It Moving
By Apostle Barbara J. McClain
And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to day? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee.
2 Kings 4:21-24
As we apprehend the manifestation of the promise, that which was spoken over us, there may be a few distractions.
The back drop. This woman who was rich, (with permission from her husband, another story another time, LOL) decided to bless the man of GOD, by building a room for him in their home. The Prophet Elisha, asked what can I do for you since you have blessed me? GOD is waiting to bless you because your life, your worship, sacrifice is a blessing to him. Her reply, “I’m good”.
The child dies, she takes him, lays him on the Prophet’s bed, decides I am going to find the Prophet. Her husband’s response, it’s not the designated days for him to come by. She is determined. Scripture says she saddled a donkey told the servant “Drive, and go forward”
Your promise might be dead or appear to be dead. What the LORD has spoken may be on life support. This woman had made it up in her mind that “ALL IS WELL” she did not consider the son laying on the Prophet’s bed, dead. This woman had a promise and was, intentional, regarding her destiny and her seed. She was going after it, no mater what it cost.
Prophet gets to the house, breathes on the son, son is resurrected. All we need is the fresh wind of GOD to blow on the promise. This woman told the servant “Drive, and go forward” in other words, “KEEP IT MOVING”. My destiny is being challenged. I have a promise and it has not manifested and I’ve got to do whatever it takes to see the fulfillment.
I want to encourage someone today to get the attitude of that woman, “DRIVE AND GO FORWARD” Keep it moving….Your Destiny Awaits.
Apostle Barbara J. McClain is the founder of Barbara McClain Ministries, where the emphasis is "Training and Equipping Kingdom People for the End-Time" and a strong advocate of prayer. For information regarding speaking engagements, seminars, workshops and the prayer line, please contact her.