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Christian Spirituality

Purposeful Pausing this HolIday Season

Megan Noorman Dimmer is the Marketing Director of THRIVEtoday. Megan is a single mom of four year old twins. Megan is passionate about utilizing brain science and relational skills to create authentic connections in her family, community, and in business. Practicing and teaching the skills has changed everything for how Megan understands interacting within her relationship with other people and with the divine.In marketing, preparing for the Christmas season can always seem chaotic and challenging- it is the time[...]

Learn from the Trees

Our friend Amy Brown is not only a Thrive Trainer but co-author of the book Relational Skills in the Bible. Here she shares about learning from the trees:In The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate, former forester Peter Wohlleben shares what he has learned from 20 years of managing a forest nature reserve near the tiny village of Hummel, Germany. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine, Wohlleben describes the community life of trees like this:“Some are calling it the ‘wood-wide web,[...]

Year-End Giving Tips from THRIVEtoday

By Jeff Newburn, Certified Financial Planner® and Treasurer of THRIVEtoday THRIVEtoday is a non-profit ministry, and as such we rely heavily on the generous donations of others, especially those who have been blessed by our ministry.  Might God be putting this on your heart? This time of year, many of us consider year-end giving.  As you pray about this, here are some things you may want to consider. Originally Posted On December, 2020 Cash Donations The economic consequences of COVID-19 have been v[...]

Immanuel Joy: Calming our Anxieties

This exercise is designed to increase joy and generate feelings of peace. Thinking about the good stuff helps you feel peaceful and relational. Once relational, you remember special “God moments” from your life then interact with Immanuel. The goal is to remember the good stuff, feel the good stuff, then share the good stuff with others. Learn more about this 3-step sequence in the Share Immanuel booklet with Dr. Jim Wilder and Chris M. Coursey as well as , The Joy Switch by Chris. Packaged Joy: Set a timer fo[...]

Simple Skills To Elevate Your Small Group

My friend Amy Brown and I recently wrote a book called Brain Skills In The Bible. One of the goals of this resource is to utilize small groups as the “soil” where people can learn and practice crucial relational brain skills. Adding Relational Protein To Your Small Group Diet happens to be my topic for the upcoming Transform event hosted by Life Model Works at the end of April, so these thoughts are on my mind at the moment. Let’s explore how some simple skills can elevate your small group. Relational sk[...]

The Gold Inside God Wants You to Find

When I (Chris Coursey) was two years old, I started having painful, debilitating ear infections. These were no ordinary ear infections. These were crippling ear infections that kept me up many nights in an inconsolable state. Now that I am a father to young boys, I can appreciate what my parents must have endured watching their son in this shape! Two surgeries and three years later, I finally found relief.   One of the consequences of my ear infections was the inability to hear what people were saying. Sounds wer[...]