Mental Health Monday – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Julia Britz is a current student ]at UNLV completing pre-requisite courses for the naturopathic medical program.
Julia has also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Visual & Performing Arts with concentration in Arts Technology from California State University San Marcos. Julia is the creator and founder of My OCD Diary, a website and YouTube channel
dedicated to discussing insights and tips on dealing with OCD and related mental disorders.

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Impact – Part 6

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to a God-like life
through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.
1 Peter 1:3-4

The impact of EASTER is Energy.

The impact of EASTER is Attitude.

The impact of EASTER is Success!

The impact of EASTER is Transformation!

The impact of EASTER is Excellence!

Remember, the focus of our attention is the impact of Jesus resurrection NOW!

Peter begins: “His divine power ….” This is the same Greek word (δυναμεως) with which we began our Easter journey. The scope of this power is “all things that relate to the God-like life.” In other words, everything one needs to become Chirst-like is available NOW via the indwelling power of God.

What’s the purpose of this all inclusive power? We are “called (HERE AND NOW) to God’s own glory and excellence.” Read those words again. You are called to reflect “God’s own glory and excellence” in your being! CITATION TO PREVIOUS POST)Calvin said: “[The Creator] intends for human beings to do [that which is directed] to the full revelation of His glory.” Your Creator has high expectations for you! You are to be a soaring, monarch butterfly not a ground hugging caterpillar.

However, most followers of Jesus live like caterpillars, far below the destiny to which God has called them. Hailed as the most quoted person in the Christian Church today,” George Barna stated: Common success measures, such as church attendance and program completion, showed little correlation with transformational progress.”  Furthermore, for those who identify themselves as “born again“, Barna makes these assertions:


We confuse salvation with transformation. We confuse presence with connection. We confuse acquaintance with relationship. We confuse participation with integration.  We confuse intellectual knowledge with faith.
We confuse busyness with significance. We confuse emotional happiness with joy. We confuse regularity with passion. We confuse physical comfort with divine reward.”

Most often the word excellence is conjoined with the word pursuit. Here’s a few examples! 

Excellence is a pursuit! (Aristotle)
Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; excellence is not often gained upon easier terms. (Samuel Johnson).
My philosophy all my life has been the pursuit of excellence. (John Kluge).
The pursuit of excellence is the proper vocation of man. (Cassius Keyser).
The pursuit of excellence is a continuous process through life. (Elaine Chao)

I discovered this creature outside our garage door. I enlarged the photos so that you can see the detail of design! Commencing as a caterpillar, this creature pursued excellence that ended in the demonstration of the Creator’s glory. Calvin said, “The created order bears abundant witness to a Creator who is a masterful designer.” Granted, in this creature the power of pursuit is automatic. In us, however, it’s a matter of persistent passion for God. So, life is not about your money, your status, your degrees, your power, your occupation, your breed! It’s about our passion (unlimited power is within us) to pursue excellence of being so that God’s glory is enlarged. Easter is Excellence!

Mental Health Monday – Schizophrenia: The Voice in My Head

Eleanor Longden spent many years in the psychiatric system before earning a BS and an MS in psychology at the University of Leeds.
Longden is studying for her PhD and lectures and writes about recovery-oriented approaches to psychosis, dissociation and complex trauma.

 

Schizophrenia is not a terribly common disease but it can be a serious and chronic one. Worldwide about 1 percent of the population is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and approximately 1.2% of Americans (3.2 million) have the disorder. About 1.5 million people will be diagnosed with schizophrenia this year around the world. In the United States, this means about 100,000 people will be diagnosed, which translates to 7.2 people per 1,000 or about 21,000 people within a city of 3 million who are likely to be suffering from schizophrenia.

 

Easter Impact – Part 5

The Lord transforms us into into his likeness in an ever degree of glory.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18

The impact of EASTER is Energy.

The impact of EASTER is Attitude.

The impact of EASTER is Success!

The impact of EASTER is Transformation!

Two caterpillars are clinging to the same leaf. A butterfly flies over them. One of the caterpillars says to the other: “You’d never get me up in one of those!” 


Please watch this video as it is most illustrative!

 


The Greek word for “transformation is: μετα – μορφόω / meta – morphosis. It means a “change of form.” The same creature has two forms: a crawling caterpillar and an airborne flying, monarch butterfly. Via a process of intense struggle the caterpillar yields its form to a new form. Note: as the butterfly comes forth it displays greater and greater glory. At the end, the glory of the fully developed butterfly is incredibly greater than that of the caterpillar!

WHAT THE CATERPILLAR CALLS THE END OF WORLD THE MASTER CALLS A BUTTERFLY.
Richard Bach

 

The story of Jesus’ transfiguration is a perfect illustration. Jesus took Peter, James, and John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves to be alone. He was transformed in front of them, and His clothes became dazzling—extremely white as no launderer on earth could whiten them.” (Mark 9:2-4) Here Jesus is transformed from a human person to the glorified Son of God.

We are now prepared to put the puzzle together. Those who are connected to Jesus are invested with the power (δυναμεως) behind Jesus’ resurrection. This power (ισχυω) is able to overcome all resistance to achieve the  success designed for you by the Creator. This is not achieved instantly, Rather, it is a process of struggling transformation by which we are JESUS-SIZED from one degree of glory (remember “masterpiece“) to another.

Do you have doubts? Listen to Peter! “It is through Jesus that God’s greatest and most precious promises have become available to us, making it possible for you to share in God’s essential nature.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Finally, we come “full circle” to Genesis. “God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature.” (Genesis 1:27)

Mental Health Monday – Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

 
WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?
 Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.
 
 
 
 
DID YOU KNOW?
•  In the United States, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 
•  1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner.
•  1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner.
•  1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked. Stalking causes the target to fear she/he or someone close to her/him will be harmed or killed.
•  On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines nationwide receive approximately 20,800 calls.
•  The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.
•  Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.
•. Intimate partner violence is most common among women between the ages of 18-24.
• 19% of intimate partner violence involves a weapon.
 
WHY IT MATTERS

Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-
economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.