Crisis & Trauma Care…Praying for Louisiana and Emergency Personnel

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It is hard to imagine losing everything you own in just a few minutes.  Many in Louisiana right now are still reeling from the devastation.  Please Pray for Louisiana.  I just received a request to volunteer in Louisiana, however I will be leaving for an assignment in Alaska, August 22nd.

In the meantime pray for the families and responders heading to Louisiana.  Below are some ways you can help if you are in the midst of a crisis and trauma.

Here are 4 methods for healing from post-traumatic stress.

1. Move your body to disperse stress chemicals.  When a trauma occurs, our first reaction is to freeze like a deer in headlights, take flight without thinking or flood with emotions that are out of control and many times do things we would not normally do. We hold our breath and tense our muscles. Meanwhile, our brains are being flooded with stress hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and histamine.  It’s vitally important to move your body to disperse these chemicals so the trauma doesn’t become frozen into muscle memory. To recover from anxiety and fear related to trauma, gentle stretching or restorative (gentle) yoga can help you to release and recover a sense of inner peace and feelings of safety and security.

2. Stay away from news reports. It’s easy to fall into the trap of obsessively reading or watching news stories, to try to make sense of tragedy. There’s also a belief that news gives you more control, safety, and knowledge of what to expect next. However, studies show that traumatic news stories flood the brain and body with the same amount of stress hormones as if the trauma had occurred to you personally. This can lead to Secondary PTSD, and the symptoms of PTSD (flashbacks, anxiety, worries about safety, feeling unsafe and insecure, addictions, etc.).  Limit your exposure to news stories. If you feel anxious while hearing about news, be sure to engage in stretching exercises to disperse the stress chemicals. This is especially true for the elderly or shut-in.  Please check on them and make certain they aren’t on media overload.

3. Listen to gentle music.  Soothing meditation music lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and soothes us like a lullaby.  Pandora Radio has a gentle music station called Nature, or you can search for music genres like “Spa music,” “Worship music,” or “Nature Sounds” to find soothing background music. I highly recommend playing soothing music at home, at work, and in the car.  Please note:  Sometimes the sound of rain can trigger additional trauma in the cases of flooding.  Please be aware and cautious of this.

4. Spirituality.  When tragedy occurs, it may test your faith. Still, studies show that those who have spiritual or religious beliefs have healthier responses to traumatic events. Believing in God’s protective power, and/or “that everything happens for a reason” helps you to feel peaceful. You retain a sense of safety, instead of believing the world is dangerous and haphazard.  Praying and meditating are instantly effective ways to heal from stress and anxiety.

 

If post-traumatic symptoms continue or interfere with your relationships, job, or other functioning, please seek professional treatment from a trauma-specialist therapist. Please let me know if I can help in any way.  Email me at CinderellaReleased@gmail.com or 24/7 prayer 850-661-6104.

North to Alaska! Join me!

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I am so thrilled to share with you how God is moving in my life.  …My First Assignment and place where the Lord is sending me is North to Alaska!  Read my entire August newsletter with ALL the details here.  Marlene’s August Newsletter

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What Makes a Healthy Team? – Tips on getting along with one another.

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When I was in Kenya last year and ministering with Pastor Laban and Pastor Mary Johnson from Voice for Jesus Ministries, I observed one thing about several of the pastors and ministers there.  They all encouraged one another and came out to support a visiting pastor or minister.  The “team spirit” was very strong.  Whether you are part of a mission, evangelistic, crisis & trauma care team, or belong to a team in your church.  These thoughts and tips can help!

Some beginning thoughts about being on a team…

It’s like being in a marriage – it takes being comitted to one another.

Financial problems will be one area the enemy trys to divide your team.

Cultural adjustments must be recognized and not judged as being right or wrong.

Ripe fields only come through fertile ground.  Creating fertile ground takes teamwork!

Why do people quit a team?

Impatience on waiting for results or God to move.

Inability to adapt to culture – a desire to remain in a bubble.

Lack of fruitfulness.

Be careful of the vows you make.

“God doesn’t care.”

“It doesn’t matter.”

Teams take patience and perseverance.  A dreamer doesn’t persevere, but a visionary perseveres till the end. Quotes from L. M. Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables… that will help you to have a healthy and happy team.

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

“True friends are always together in spirit. (Anne Shirley)”

“Oh, it’s delightful to have ambitions. I’m so glad I have such a lot. And there never seems to be any end to them– that’s the best of it. Just as soon as you attain to one ambition you see another one glittering higher up still. It does make life so interesting.”

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.”

In closing, if you want a healthy and successful team… remember the “e” in team includes “everyone.”  There is no “I” in team….

From Ashes to Beauty,

Cinderella Released

Crisis & Trauma Care!

Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.  Isaiah 41:10

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Recently, I spent the day and evening with a friend who has had many obstacles to overcome.  God has miraculously seen her through all of them: radical surgery, chemo and radiation.  That afternoon she told me, “One of the hardest parts of this season was hearing one of her grandbabies say, “Nana, when are we going to get to spend the night?” That evening, she and I talked, laughed and cried.  When she took a breath, I would speak, and when I took a breath, she would speak!  Needless to say, we were both encouraged in the Lord. Continue reading “Crisis & Trauma Care!”

Insecurity “I”s that will incinerate you!

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No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I Corinthians 10:13-14

Idolatry is putting anything or anyone before the Lord. It is a subtle form of insecurity. It is easy to try and please others, especially as Christians.  We will tell subtle lies in order not to hurt someone’s feelings, and we may read other’s actions as contrary to our own welfare, and make assumptions.

Both are traps….from the enemy.  The Corinthian church had these same issues.  The enemy will tempt us…. but God, said He has already taken care of this for us in advance!

Whenever we feel these things try to tempt us…. Run!  Insecurity will incinerarte you and God’s plans for you! Run from insecurity…. Run into the security of Jesus!

Blessings,

Cinderella Released…from ashes to beauty.

Inflammation “I”s that will Incinerate You

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I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jeremiah 33: 6b (NIV)

The second phase of healing a wound (there are four) is inflammation. Inflammation means to ignite or set on fire. The process is part of our body’s defense system and actually helps to heal a wound or injury. After a wound has occurred (blood is clotting) the small blood vessels change and allow blood (plasma, blood proteins, and white cells) to enter the area around the injury – it swells. This increase in fluids (blood) accompanies or causes pain, Screen Shot 2015-07-02 at 11.39.12 AMloss of function, redness and a “hot to the touch” sensation. Discharging pus is a part of this process. We tend to try and control/stop inflammation but it is needed after a wound for healing; if inflammation does not get rid of the problem or continues that is chronic inflammation and can lead to other health issues.

The parallels of physical inflammation to spiritual inflammation are noteworthy. After the initial shock of a wound we will feel pain, possibly stop doing things, and be touchy; these are natural but it is because “life” (blood) is trying to flood back in. We may/should let loose bad stuff (pus) as part of our healing. In this stage if we don’t get rid of “stuff” it will stay around and cause other more serious problems or at least delay our healing.

∞ Lord Jesus, we know wounds will come but thank you for healing. Holy Spirit thank you for taking ALL things and using them to bring us closer to Jesus and the Father. Amen.

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If you need prayer for healing… please don’t hesitate to give me a call at area code 850-661-6104 or email your prayer requests to cinderellareleased@gmail.com

 

Indigestion – “I”s That Will Incinerate You

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“For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.”
Job 3:24

Which comes first, indigestion or groaning?  The truth is that your health can be ruined because of the way stress, crisis and trauma is handled in your life.  It is important that you recognize the early signs and warnings that indigestion can bring.

Learning to develop an “attitude of gratitude” even when things aren’t going particularly the best, will serve you well in the long run.  Also, being thankful for what God has blessed you with is very important.  Forgiveness, self-control, thankfulness and plain old perseverance can help you through the times of hardship, testing and trials. This will keep your digestive system healthy and intact.

No better lesson can we learn from Paul, as he was facing hardships all the day long.

 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:22-24

Need help with indigestion, immobility and other issues? Complimentary 30 minute session – Contact: cinderellareleased@gmail.com to set up an appointment!