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Bonus Episode! Responding to Trauma & Nurturing Your Soul This Ash Wednesday

March 02, 2022
00:00 19:48
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Today we are kicking off the Stress Less 6-week Lent Soul Care Retreat to help you take better care of you and walk closer with Jesus to Easter together!

Did you know that Lent means “spring” and you can use Lent as “springtime for your soul” to nurture your soul back to life? We all experience trauma of some sort when we’re under intense pressure. Bonnie shows you how to practice soul care and rest using this powerful 6-week Soul Care Retreat to celebrate Lent.

Learn how you can use the rich spiritual season of Lent to practice good mental health and experience more of God’s peace and joy in your body and emotions. Learn 3 simple, powerful ways to nurture your soul that will improve your mental health and draw closer to God.

Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness and that’s where he prayed. The place of rest in the wilderness is also a place of trail and testing. See how even in moments of trail and testing and difficulties there is refreshment. Jesus is with us in the wilderness.

Water the soil of your heart with grace.

Scripture: “Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” Luke 5:16
“The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness.” Jeremiah 31:2

Soul Care Tips: Take time to garden, place plants in your home, or simply journal 10 minutes. Research that shows these actions lower stress, depression, and anxiety.

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Bonnie Gray is the author of Finding Spiritual Whitespace and Whispers of Rest. An inspirational speaker and retreat leader, she has touched thousands of lives through storytelling, visual arts, nature, prayer and meditation. Bonnie’s writing is featured at Relevant Magazine, (in)courage, and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and their two sons.
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