mental health Archive


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10 Sep Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~Glatians 5:22-23 (NIV) As we read this list, it’s quite clear that these traits should be descriptive of those who follow Christ. But living them out in daily life is much easier said than done. Unfortunately, it can be easy to put these qualities on our Christian-living “to-do” list without actually realizing that they flow from a deeper source: the Spirit. Now, that might seem obvious since they’re called “the fruit of the Spirit,” but sometimes the obvious is worth exploring.  The Water Cycle: Receive Imagine that your Christian life as similar to the cyclical pattern of water that connects the atmosphere, land, and oceans. Rain falls and fills bodies of water and runs off into the earth. Water then evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into...

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27 Jun Bible Verses for Depression & Hopelessness

Mental illnesses in the United States are on the rise. 16.2 million adults (6.7%) in the U.S. have experienced a major depressive episode. And it’s not uncommon for those with depression to also deal with an anxiety disorder, which affects 40 million adults (18.1%) in the U.S. Those who wake up every morning to face their depression or anxiety often feel shame and self-hatred, which only serve to worsen their condition.  While the root cause behind these disorders can be important when seeking treatment, at Agave Sozo in Chandler, we believe that for the believer, God’s Word is an integral part of healing from these mental illnesses. In it, we can find hope and truth that set our minds and hearts free. In the Psalms, David declares God’s word is sweeter to him than honey and that it is a lamp unto his feet and a light unto his path. As a...

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10 Jun Upcoming Sozo Training in Arizona (June 2019)

Have you ever had a deeply meaningful or poignant experience that led you to pursue training in how to offer to others that same experience? That’s what happened to us when we received Sozo prayer ministry: we wanted to be able to offer this powerful healing ministry to others. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we’re a group of people whose passion and mission is in working to minister healing to others in the Phoenix Valley. If you've had a similar experience with Sozo prayer, or you're one who carries a passion to minister healing to others, we are excited to invite you to join us for our upcoming Basic Sozo training in Arizona. Who We Are Agave Sozo in Chandler is a partner of the Bethel Sozo Network across the United States. As a part of this network, we are under the covering of Bethel Church and the Transformation Center in...

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30 May Understanding the Spiritual Season You are In

As creation reveals, all of life is cyclical. The sun rises and sets; the human body deteriorates and rebuilds; the planets orbit around the sun, the growth of spring follows the death of winter. Through observing the handiwork of the Creator, we can also recognize that our human lives are filled with seasons and cycles. And at times we may feel as though one season will never end, but we only have to look to God’s creation and recognize, “this too shall pass.” So in order to live an intentional life, an important key is understanding the spiritual season you are in. What are the spiritual seasons and how do I flourish in each one? When we don’t understand the spiritual season we are in, we may find it difficult to embrace the season’s gifts or challenges and make the necessary adjustments to thrive and move on in a healthy...

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20 May Do You Ever Feel Stuck in Life?

Feeling stuck in life is an extremely common human experience. As the Bible testifies in Ecclesiastes, there are seasons in life. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh. A Time to plant and a time to uproot. A time to search and a time to give up. A time to keep and a time to throw away. The difficulty we face is when it’s time to move on to a new season, but we feel lost and unsure about how to reorient towards a new path. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, AZ, we believe every season holds guidance and wisdom for us, and that freedom is our ultimate trajectory. So how do we move on when we feel stuck in life? Moving from Stuck to Free In a culture that celebrates progress, achievement, and moving forward, when we feel stuck in life it can feel like...

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23 Apr The Best Question You Can Ask God

Praying without ceasing doesn’t mean you have to be in a contemplative state or a quiet place in order to do so. Prayer can be as simple as a continuous conversation that flows throughout the day. When moments arise that require guidance or wisdom, a silent internal prayer can be all it takes to discern the right steps forward. Or when you find yourself happy or thankful for something in your life, a moment of silence and gratitude can instantly connect you to the Source of all things. Bringing God into these daily moments opens a world of intimacy, connectedness and clarity. Prayer is a Two-Way Street God not only enjoys listening to us, but He also loves to respond back to us. You may have grown up in an environment that didn’t encourage you to listen for the voice of God. And while God certainly communicates through His Word, His...

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11 Feb Psalm 16: Contentment and the Path of Life

The 17th-century French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, and Catholic theologian Basiel Pascal, once said: “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object.” Obviously war is not an ethical or Biblical way to pursue happiness, but I find this perspective interesting nonetheless. Every move we make and action we take, even if it’s deferring happiness in the moment for a greater, future fulfillment of happiness, is somehow in an effort to satisfy our desires. And depression, which would seem like a lack of happiness altogether, is still a symptom of this desire for happiness, but a failure at finding it. In a previous blog post we discussed the Christ-centered...

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03 Feb The Lost Art of the Sabbath

The Wisdom of the Sabbath We live in a society and a day and age where rest is all but demonized. As Author and Researcher Brene Brown lays out in her 10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living, we need to let go of exhaustion as a status symbol, and productivity as a measure of self-worth. In their place we must cultivate rest and play. The wisdom of creation seems to have something to say about this as well: “...

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20 Jan The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Happiness

In today’s culture, happiness is a primary goal. Everyone wants happiness. And historically, it’s woven into the very fabric of our American society: the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Perhaps you’d like to be happier this year than you were in 2018. At Agave Sozo in Chandler, we strongly support that goal. There is a subtle distinction between joy and happiness. It’s good to be both joyful and happy as a Christian, but for the sake of this discussion, we’ll focus on happiness. As believers going after happiness, it’s important that our pursuit revolves around the right things. What Do We Mean By ‘Christ-Centered Pursuit of Happiness’? A Christ-centered pursuit of happiness does not mean that your happiness revolves solely around spiritual or religious practices. Giving honor is an important part of finding God-centered happiness. In fact, everything in your life is spiritual and is deserving of...

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26 May The Risks of Living with Depression: Depression Help in Chandler

Depression is serious. It not only negatively impacts your sense of well-being and productivity, it can also come between you and your loved ones. Those who suffer from depression and anxiety often desperately seek relief and merely want to truly feel the joys of life again. According to the CDC, the risks of living with depression are numerous, including: Those who suffer from depression tend to miss work at a higher rate. This absenteeism can lead to unemployment or simply lower wages. Depression can also lead to a higher risk of conditions like addiction and other mental health disorders including eating disorders, substance abuse and anxiety. Depression is also associated with behaviors and conditions including smoking, obesity, sleep disturbance and epilepsy. Depression is associated with a higher mortality rate with causes including suicide among others like heart disease. As you can see, depression is no laughing matter. This condition, which affects...

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