Birthing a new program feels like extended labor. My gratitude to those who labor with me and listen as I seek to articulate the vision of my heart. I wanted to share part of the labor with you for feedback, prayers and interest. We have a new booklet, A.A.R.T., Animal Assisted Relationship Training, which outlines the sessions currently in development to aid in discipleship.
This piece of Heartsong will grow with other animals but the heart remains the same: to see Christians LIVE out the calling God has placed within them. Another popular activity is a children’s workshop, “Buddies or Bullies” that utilizes the characteristics of bunnies to point out bullying tactics.
Here is a sample of what A.A.R.T. will provide:
ABCS of Safety, Security & Significance: In the Garden of Eden, the choice to reject God’s one command cut humanity off from the Need Meeter. When we seek to meet the needs that God built into us…instead of seeking Him…we sin & become captive to that sin. Restoring connecting to the Father begins the process of healing…and fulfillment…and loving ourselves. From childhood to senior citizen, we must find how Christ is the answer we seek and understand how to apply that answer to diverse situations.
Acceptance by God restores IDENTITY for individuals; it provides strength for life in a changing world. When roles or actions give a person identity, they never learn the unique design God gave them. “Who am I” is a necessary question because the answer gives stability. AART activities help us see through our facades. Scriptures focused on identity in Christ & being treasured by God. (Psalm 139:13-14)
Belonging to God restores boundaries that provide safety and security. In the natural world, safety is an increasing concern from childhood to old age. Involvement with animals requires learning to be observant of body language and danger zones. It is easy to appreciate the value of fences, reins and lead ropes. Extending those truths to the internet, to strangers with candy or puppies and to individual choices is the goal of the coach in the follow up. (Psalm 46:1)
Calling of God restores purpose to lives. The Word tells us God has created us for good works…and for connection to Him. He treasures His children and cares for them. Using the natural needs of animals (nutrition, coat & hoof care, exercise), coaches draw parallels to caring for the body as the temple of God and caring for others. (Eph 2:10)
JOY IN THE JOURNEY – An Intro to Journaling & Learning to See the God’s Fingerprints Every Day
The Christian life is to be one of growth toward maturity. Accepting Christ as Savior is the doorway to learning what His Lordship looks like. Our journey through life is designed to help us know God more fully, more personally. Often, we are so busy ‘living’ life that we fail to see the realities of life. The information in this booklet helps you focus on God in the details of your day. Several who have used it have shared new insights they received of God and His work in their lives. Those reports give me joy…and I believe you will have the same results!
Joy in the Journey Workshops
A jam-packed 1.5 hour overview or a four-session study that allows more in-depth communication.
You will take away tools to use in seeing, enjoying and sharing God.
Becoming Aware of the Presence of God
Working Out the Principles of Faith (instead of Ivory Tower Faith)
God is Now Here or Nowhere
Power of Emotions & Forgiveness
Life Seasons & Using the Past to Create Vision for the Future
Receiving the Work of God
Contact me: Billiejoyoumans@heartsongministry.net
Fit Faith Workshops and other topics available on request. All workshops are provided without a fee. Heartsong Ministries is a registered non-profit holding a 501(c)3. All donations are tax deductible.
God is always present. He is the Great I AM. Sometimes we struggle to see His fingerprints on our lives. Joy in the Journey comes as we seek to recognize the work of God in our lives–and in the lives of those around us.
Joy in the Journey is a tool box for those wanting to know more of the presence of God. This book is useful for individual or group study. Workshops for small group leaders or multi-week studies can be arranged for groups wishing to dig deeper into the topic. The books are available for individual purchase at Amazon and CreateSpace. A PDF version of the book can be ordered below:
God desires for us to ENJOY this life! He has given it to us as a gift. Joy in the Journey provides tools for unpacking the gifts He has given! Exploring the seasons of life–and God’s presence in each–deepens understanding and reveals the fingerprints of God in every detail of life. Utilizing journaling and insights from such greats as St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila’s ‘Interior Castle’, Joy in the Journey leads you toward the abundant life Jesus desires for you!
More information on Workshops is available here.
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I’ve been talking about it for weeks! The Spiritual Journaling book–that morphed into more. I am so excited to say:
It is almost ready for release. The files are submitted for review.
Joy in the Journey: Tools for Spiritual Growth: Journaling & More
The promises of a life of faith are full and enticing. Yet sometimes life feels futile. Joy in the Journey offers tools and hope for those who want to see the beauty in every day. Healing for the past and hope for the future are real promises from Jesus Christ. This books helps individuals see both!
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