It’s Not “If” w/ Jonnie Goodmanson James 1:2-4

2 My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! 3 For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. 4 And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.

James1:2-4 THe Passion

2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4 New King James

2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

James 1:2-4 The Message

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

James 1:2-4 NASB

2-4 Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.

James 1:2-4 The Voice

I believe that truth sets you free. I believe this with my whole heart. Even hard truth. I think the Bible says this because it is a natural law God put into motion. If I’m believing lies about myself, my body will respond accordingly. My relationships will suffer. I will act out of those lies and not the truth of who I am. Who God says I am.
I think much pain in our bodies and minds comes from not accepting what is. Where you are right now. Because it is right there that God unconditionally loves you and wants to set you free. If you love yourself, in the mess, you’ll learn how to love others in their mess too.
That what my workshops are all about. Loving God, loving yourself, and loving others. I love to weave knowledge of how the body works with how faith is worked out in that very body!

Body Intelligence and Spirituality

Body intelligence practices (e.g., yoga) utilize body sensations, breathing, and conscious movements to generate reliable and enlivening insight that cannot be arrived at merely by thinking. In this class, we’ll learn to shape and embody ideas, feelings, and impulses with the practice of “bodifying” to release inertia, debris, or blind spots. Familiarize yourself with the full spectrum of your body’s wisdom as you try on high-power and low-power yoga poses, shift between contraction and expansion, and integrate rather than dismiss, opposite poles of experience. Additionally, we’ll look to other philosophies for the spiritual wisdom gained through these practices and disciplines. Through this training you’ll become aware of the primary centers of emotional anatomy to develop your felt sense of wholeness with inclusive “presencing” practices—in any pose, any relationship, or any event.

Learning to Listen to Your Body

Starts on Wed Oct 14, 2020


Quarrelling means trying to show that the other man is wrong.

For you notice it is only our bad temper that we put down to being tired or worried or hungry; we put our good temper down to ourselves.

The laws of nature, as applied to stones or trees, may only mean ‘what nature, in fact does’. But if you turn to the Law of Human Nature, The Law of Decent Behavior, it is a different matter….the law of gravity tells you what stones do if you drop them; but the Law of Human Nature tells you what human beings ought to do and do not. In other words, when you are dealing with humans, something else comes in above and beyond the actual facts.

You have the facts (how men do behave) and you also have something else (how they ought to behave). In the rest of the universe there need not be anything but the facts. Electrons and molecules behave a certain way, and certain results follow, and that may be the whole story. But men behave in a certain way and that is not the whole story, for all the time you know that they ought to behave differently.


You are My Beloved Fall Book Study

Living in this hurting world can leave us questioning God’s heart and purpose. With the You are My Beloved Fall Book Study as your framework, you can start living confidently from the overflow and fullness of your belovedness.

God has the Best ideas! You are one of them ❤

Our seven weeks begin October 21st.

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I dig Jesus, yoga and dirt. In that order.

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