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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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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inner healing prayer ministry

07 Jul Changing Our Negative Self Talk

We are not born with a negative view of ourselves. Negative self-perceptions develop as we encounter pain, neglect, rejection, or hurtful words. These and other unhealthy interactions with the human beings in our lives can cause us to begin hiding certain aspects of who we are, for fear that others might not accept us if we were to truly be ourselves. Another reaction to experiencing pain as we interact with people is to dislike ourselves. When we believe we’re the problem, it can cause us to decide not to “show up” in life. Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert) understands how negative experiences can affect a person’s self-perception. We’re a powerful inner healing prayer ministry that seeks to set people free to truly embrace who they were created to be and to live abundantly. Read on if you’d like to know more. Inner Messages Have you ever reflected on the...

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abundant life

20 Jun Living an Abundant Life

At Agave Sozo, located in Gilbert Arizona, we believe it’s possible to live an abundant life. We’re convinced it is a reality available for each and every one of us. As you ponder negative circumstances in your life, have you ever thought, “This is my lot in life and I just have to accept it?” Or, perhaps you’ve wondered, “Is this the best God has for me?” If you’ve shared these kinds of thoughts with well-meaning people around you, they may have responded to your honest comments with messages like, “Buck up,” or, “Be grateful for what you have,” or, “Stop complaining.” To a degree, they’re right; we can always find something to be grateful for, but denying or overlooking the struggles we face does nothing to bring us into the abundant life God desires for us. What is an Abundant Life? Merriam Webster dictionary defines abundant as: amply supplied, or...

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Sozo in Chandler

29 May Sozo Can Make An Impact

The mission of Agave Sozo in Chandler, Arizona, is to come alongside the ministry of Christian counseling to offer emotional healing and personal breakthrough. There are hundreds of testimonies of people meeting God on a deeper level through Sozo Ministry. Through these deep encounters with God, people have reported freedom from the hurts and pains of their past. Below is a testimony of the power of Sozo in the life of one of the founding leaders of Bethel Church in Redding California, Banning Liebscher. He’s currently the lead pastor of a church in Sacramento, called Jesus Culture. How Sozo Can Make An Impact “Having been in youth and young adult ministry for over 12 years, I cannot recommend strongly enough, the Sozo Ministry coming out of Bethel Church. I have experienced firsthand the impact this ministry has had on not only my own life, but for many of those I know closely....

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depression in Gilbert

18 May Living From A Place of Joy

Life is often filled with complications, interruptions, distractions, and frustrations that steal our peace and joy. The unsettling things of life don’t have to be major; they can be something as simple as choosing the wrong lane at the grocery store. At Agave Sozo (serving Phoenix, Chandler, and Gilbert), we believe that in every circumstance—even if we struggle with depression, or life is just plain hard—it’s possible to live from a place of abundant joy. One key to living this way is acknowledging that our circumstances do not dictate the truth. At the end of the day, we believe the Word of God is the manual where we find truth and clarity. The Bible Has a lot to say about joy in the midst of challenging emotional or situational circumstances. And while joy is a fruit of the Spirit, it doesn’t happen magically. Developing a relationship with the Holy Spirit...

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Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back? | Sozo in Phoenix

27 Jan Is a Performance Mindset Holding you Back?

In this world, if we don’t meet expectations or fail to rise to certain standards then we can be made to feel inadequate. Attitudes such as this can affect our thoughts and actions greatly and may shift us into what is commonly referred to as a performance mindset. A performance mindset can take over many areas of our lives and hinder us from experiencing the full love, freedom, and grace of God. For example, we may try to love our neighbors as ourselves simply because it is what the Word tells us to do instead of doing it because we care about the people we are helping. Or we can be found trying to earn favor/affection instead of living from the favor and affection we already have through Christ. When helping others, it can shift our desires to wanting something from people instead of wanting something for people. Part of what...

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Is Sobriety the Opposite of Addiction? | Christian counseling in Gilbert

24 Jan Is Sobriety the Opposite of Addiction?

Addiction can be hard a thing to understand for those who have never experienced it. And it can be even harder for those struggling with addiction to reach out for help. Shame, guilt, and depression often surround those who are fighting against it and overcoming it can seem insurmountable. Our Sozo ministry, similar to Christian counseling in Gilbert, Chandler, and Phoenix, can help with overcoming the lies of shame, guilt, and depression. However, some may think that addiction is another thing entirely. The common method/thought for fighting addiction is to simply get sober. This is easier said than done. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” – Johann Harri Uplift.com has a powerful article suggesting that the root of addiction can often be linked to past trauma or emotional loss. The addiction is the result of attempting to fill a void made by, for example, a...

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