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practicing gratitude

21 Nov Practicing Gratitude In Every Season

In this season of thanksgiving and advent, being thankful is at the forefront of our minds. That’s why it’s an opportune time to cultivate the practice of gratitude. We not only see the importance of gratitude in the Bible, but we can also see it in modern cognitive research. In this blog post we’d like to delve into both the Biblical foundations and examples of thanksgiving, as well as some scientific research on practicing gratitude. What Does the Bible Say About Practicing Gratitude?   Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. ~Psalm 106:1 A primary source of thanksgiving for the follower of Christ is the kindness and goodness of the Lord. As we meditate on God’s goodness and on the ways he has provided for us, our hearts are directed to the source of all life and can rest in a sense of...

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importance of setting boundaries

12 Nov The Importance of Setting Boundaries

We live in a day and age that is extremely fast-paced and demanding. In addition to meeting all the needs of your family and balancing your work life, you also have a social life, and you may volunteer at your local church or non-profit agency. The number of responsibilities and requirements you carry can begin to feel overwhelming, and the challenge is knowing where to draw a line for your emotional and mental health. At Agave Sozo inner healing prayer ministry (serving Gilbert, Chandler, and Mesa), we believe in the value of self-care. That means, in order to live a vibrant and abundant life, it’s absolutely and undeniably okay to acknowledge the importance of setting boundaries! Learn To Use Your "YES" Wisely If you’re a people pleaser—and many of us are—don’t feel any shame in admitting it! But the problem with always saying yes is that it’s a vicious cycle. As...

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inner healing prayer ministry

21 Oct The Freedom of Forgiveness: Cutting The Tie

If you’ve ever heard Christian teaching on forgiveness, you may have come away feeling a little confused as to why we are to forgive one another, and how we should go about it. This isn’t because the Bible is unclear; it’s because forgiveness is so tied to our woundedness, pain, and interconnectedness with humankind. And depending on the severity of the trespass, forgiveness may not seem like it’s even a possibility. At Agave Sozo, an inner healing prayer ministry serving the Phoenix Valley, we’ve seen and experienced the power of real forgiveness. Since forgiveness is such a huge topic, we’d love to cover a small slice of it in this post. Forgiveness in the Bible In the Bible, forgiveness is connected to sin. As Christians, one major motivation for the forgiveness we extend to others is based upon the forgiveness that we have received through Christ in God. When a person sins...

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inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ

08 Oct It’s OK to Have Needs: Living in Community

In the beginning, humankind was created to live in community. It wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. It was good for him to have a partner and a family. One aspect of being created for community means that every individual has a desire for belonging and this belonging comes with the recognition that we can be interdependent with our tribe of people when it comes to getting our needs met in a healthy way. Shortly put, you were created with needs, and it’s OK that you have them. In fact, at Agave SOZO, an inner healing prayer ministry in Chandler, AZ, we believe those needs are biblical and that God often chooses to meet them through the people he puts around us. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” Romans 12:10 (NIV). The problem is that our upbringing, culture and society, together, do a...

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barriers to connection

04 Oct The Importance of Connection

Technology seems to be taking over all areas of life, including connecting with people. A decade ago you would go into a coffee shop or airport and see people talking to each other, reading a book, or casually sitting and watching the world go by. Now, everyone is glued to a computer or their phones. In some ways, technology is great. It allows us to stay current with our faraway loved ones and keeps us connected to what is going on in the world. On the other hand, technology can be very damaging and create barriers to connection. It is partially creating a younger generation that struggles with interpersonal connection if technology is not included. Being so caught up in technology can sometimes prevent people from having true and intimate connection with God. Agave Sozo enjoys seeing people become empowered in who they are and gaining deeper freedom in Christ...

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Renewing Mind, sozo

21 Sep Renewing The Mind

On a daily basis, the world bombards us with messages telling us what we should look like, how we should act, and what we should think. Videos, tv shows, and magazines at the check-out line all inundate us with negative messages making us feel that we don’t “measure up.”  Guarding our minds is imperative for a powerful, positive life. At Agave Sozo, serving Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, we recognize the power of a renewed mind and the effect that the constantly invading negative messages can have on it.  How do these negative messages affect us, and what does it mean to renew our mind? Let’s have a look. What God Says One of the Bible's key passages discussing "mind health" and how it's important to God is Romans 12:2 (NKJV). "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what...

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How Your View of God Affects Your Life

07 Sep How Your View of God Affects Your Life

Agave Sozo is an inner healing prayer ministry seeking to serve those struggling with depression, sadness, pain, and other issues in the Chandler, Gilbert, and Phoenix areas. If you ask people who God is to them, you may get many different answers. A person’s perception of God can vary depending on their religious beliefs and personal experience. We may never know all there is to know about God, but we can certainly grow in our understanding of Him. Your view of God affects your life and your experience of Him.  Agave Sozo believes that the truth will set you free. Who is God? Who is God?  Traditionally, many of us have grown up with a view of God that is not necessarily Biblical. For example, we might believe He is angry, distant or quick to judge.  The wonderful news is that God is the very opposite. He is eternally loving, kind, patient and...

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23 Aug Scripture Meditation: Hope

When difficult circumstances come your way, do you feel that they steal your hope? Does hope feel out of reach? At Agave Sozo, (serving Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa), we believe that hope is something that radically changes lives. Hope causes your heart to overflow with a deeper sense of peace and joy in situations that seem impossible. Hope transforms lives. We know the power of hope and we would love for you to experience it yourself. Take time to ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with His hope as you taken in the following Scriptures. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11 “The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -Psalm 147:11 “Hope deferred makes the heart...

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09 Aug Processing Emotional Pain

There is no way to get around the pain that life, and simply being human, brings us. Sometimes we need to face our pain and choose to pursue healing. Beyond it, we may find the colors of life are far more vibrant. Healing enables us to connect more completely with ourselves and others. It gives us the ability to empathize with people around us. Healing makes us more grateful. And these results are only a few of the benefits to actively going after the healing of our pain. Dealing with any kind of pain, especially emotional pain, may seem overwhelming. But Agave Sozo (part of the Bethel Sozo Network) believes in the power of inner healing ministry to overcome depression, defeat, and the causes of emotional pain. We’ve helped people from all over the valley (Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale) find freedom from plaguing emotional pains. Through Agave Sozo, the testimonies...

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love, sozo, forgiveness

28 Jul Scriptural Meditation: Love

Before I started my personal inner healing journey, I struggled to believe God loved me. I’m not alone; many people doubt God’s love, including quite a few who come to Agave Sozo for inner healing prayer counseling. One reason we tend to question God's love has to do with the messages we received during our childhood. Imperfect families and imperfect people have taught us love is conditional based on our performance, our actions, and our behaviors. Having grown up with a flawed human construct of love, it makes sense that we would interpret God’s love through the lens of our childhood heart experiences. There is hope! We’d like to suggest two ways to start apprehending the truth of God’s love. The first is Scriptural meditation. Try it. Take a moment to quiet your thoughts; choose one of the following verses; ponder what its message means and its implications in your own...

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