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 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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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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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

09 Jun When Faith is Hard

In your spiritual journey, you may have experienced seasons where your faith was strong and seasons where it felt weak. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we believe time spent in God’s Word, meditating on its meaning and implications for our lives, is an invaluable tool to cultivating a deeper relationship with God. Contemplating the Word regularly will strengthen our faith. What Does the Bible Have to Say About Faith? The bible has a lot to say about faith! It’s basically on every page you turn. But one verse that describes faith succinctly is Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” As this verse says, faith involves confidence and hope for something we do not see. Another verse that speaks about this concept is found in 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” What Happens...

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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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Sozo Gilbert

04 Apr Sozo Gilbert: The Importance of Knowing God

  The gospels display how Jesus would go out by Himself to pray with God and the effort He would make to spend time with Him. For instance, we see examples of Jesus waking up early in the morning and going up mountains to find a secluded place to spend time with the Father alone. Clearly, this was a very important time to Jesus. When we examine Jesus’ ministry we can conclude that His relationship with the Father yielded great fruit in His life. If it was important for Jesus to spend time with God, then surely it is just as important for us to do so, as well. We at Agave Sozo believe that having a personal relationship with God is key to living a full, successful life. Below are verses that help us understand how important and beneficiary having a relationship with God is. All verses are NIV translation unless...

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