PART I: Telltale Signs of Childhood Trauma

Adele M. Gill http://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net Adapted from the new inspirational self-help book entitled, ‘From Broken to Blest: Embracing the Healing that Awaits You,’ by Adele M. Gill and Dr. Verna Benner Carson.  _________________________________________ Clinical depression is on the rise in the US, with over 21 million Americans diagnosed with depression each year. Most people are able to get treatment that is readily available, including medication and/or psychotherapy. Many come to understand the origin of their depression over time, however, sometimes they only have a vague idea as to why they are experiencing persistent clinical depression, sometimes combined with what I call ‘the trifecta: Depression, PTSD, and a neuro-autoimmune condition, such as MS or MG or fibromyalgia, which often go hand-in-hand. For those individuals who don’t know the origin of their depression, looking back on their childhood may be extremely helpful.   Understanding the negative effects of untreated childhood trauma can be life-giving, even life-saving, especially when depression affects ones physical health. Here is my story involving the telltale signs of childhood trauma in my own life:   Having endured physical, sexual, and mental abuse in my youth, I came to doubt my own existence, and self-worth. Though resolved, the truth is that my self-esteem was always an issue as I grew up in poverty with my abusive schizophrenic mother, and my father who was involved in the Mafia, who took me with him while doing ‘business.’     In my youth, and later into adulthood, I felt depressed, anxious, and ‘less than’ more often than I care to admit, which colored the way I looked at myself, others, and the world...

Anyone Can Change 

 http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/anyone-can-change/ ‎   As we grow in our Christian faith, many come to understand that anyone can change for the better at any time. For many people, that belief if one of the most controversial parts of being a Christian. After all, some mistakenly think, people living in sin are not deserving of God’s love. But that could not be further from the truth.   The world is filled with people who have lived sordid lives, only to have their lives turned completely around 180 degrees by God to live blessed lives in keeping with Holy Scripture. Surely we know some—you may even be one! That is exactly what happened to St. Paul and also St. Augustine who reportedly lived a rather extravagant, elite lifestyle and went on to have a great conversion to the point of choosing to give away his significant wealth to dedicate his life completely to Christianity.   As Christians, we are not only called to love and embrace all people, we are called to love them into a relationship with Jesus Christ–What an adventure in faith-filled living! Family, friends, strangers, and enemies alike, we are to somehow find a way to love and care for others, even if our humanness tells us otherwise about the unlovable. It may involve reaching out to someone you’d rather avoid because you have a ‘history,’ whom you find offensive or uncomfortable to be with, or someone you are lacking in affection or respect for. In essence, we must put aside our feelings and differences, and reach out to others, especially to those in most need.   When we get...

Great Anticipation

Great Anticipation   Commitment with great anticipation. Every day we have a series of commitments. Commitments to goals, our jobs, other people, to ourselves. Yet, what does it mean to commit your way to Jesus? In essence, to commit your way to Jesus is a weighted commitment that stands apart, far above all the rest…And your life is never he same. It is the commitment that supersedes all others, as it is based on a faith-filled bond between an individual and their triune God—Father, Son, Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit.   When you commit your life to Jesus, you are laying before Him every aspect of your being: Your desires, your character, your intellect, and emotions, and of course, most notably, your free will. You are opening yourself up to both the Lord’s scrutiny to make you a better person, and his protection, comfort, compassion, mercy and grace which He lavishes on all who seek Him in earnest. This form of commitment far exceeds commitment to a job or another person. In fact, it opens you up to personal growth, the likes you may have likely never seen before in your life. And it all starts with trust: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust that He will act…”    Psalm 37:5 Trust is the foundation of one’s commitment to Jesus Christ, the Greatest Hope the world has ever known. Trust is the basis for praying with great anticipation that one’s prayers will be answered in due time with the best possible outcome. It also has a stabilizing effect on the people who pray, as it enables...