I never intended to find things to heal my soul this summer. Mostly because I’ve always thought the concept was a little bit woo-woo.
I read my Bible. Pray. Worship. I check off the spiritual to-do list, and God does the work.
And yet, God’s been breaking into my well-ordered, pharisaical, law-filled, knowledge-loving belief system and gifting me a beautiful, grace-filled, messy, redemptive, sometimes-confusing faith.
And these 10 things, well, they are soothing my soul, strengthening my faith, weakening my pride, and healing me. I can’t believe there was ever a time—like two months ago—I thought my soul didn’t need to be nurtured.
If you find yourself relating even a little bit to two-months-ago Kelsey, do your soul a favor and checking out a few of these resources.
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10 Things Healing My Soul This Summer
1. Revelation Wellness
Revelation Wellness is a non-profit ministry dedicated to educating and inspiring people to live healthy and whole lives in Christ so we can love others well.
All the heart eyes for that mission statement, right? That’s the heart and soul of my little blog here, too. But what RevWell has that this place sure doesn’t is RevWell TV (workout videos filled with Biblical truths) and Weigh Less to Feed More aka WL2FM (an 8-week study that gets at the heart issues behind your food and body struggles).
WL2FM is literally revolutionizing how my heart and mind approach food and other comforting addictions. I can not recommend this program enough for those who struggle with food (either binging or restricting).
2. Brokenness to Wholeness Scripture Writing Study
It was a beautiful God-coincidence that Whole Magazine’s Scripture study for this month was Wholeness Through Brokenness. As I’m wading through all of this soul-healing resources, I’m also being grounded in Truth through this study.
3. Discipleship Word Study
My sweet in-real-life friend Gina from Holding the Distaff and I have been studying discipleship, the Great Commission, and what exactly the first Church looked like. It’s been incredibly eye-opening to see how far we have stumbled away from the original design and the beauty of God’s intended purpose fo the Church.
This study has been healing this Church-phobic God-loving girl’s heart.
(Curious on how to do your own word study? I love this concise post by Arabah Joy.)
4. Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength
I was first introduced to author/singer/songwriter Christa Black Gifford on Annie F Downs’s podcast (see 7). Within 10 minutes of her talking, I knew I had to buy her book. Unhealed pain? Uh, yeah, I’ve definitely got that. I’m only a couple of chapters in—thanks, crazy kids—but what I’ve read has been so, so good.
(Heads Up: Christa traumatically lost her baby, Goldie. Her book is about her journey to deal with that trauma (and others), so proceed with caution if you find that subject matter triggering.)
5. Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest
I bought Bonnie Gray’s book on a whim—the Kindle edition was less than $2.50. How could I pass that up? But I thought it was going to something completely different than what it is. I thought it was going to be more Fringe Hours-esque.
Instead, it’s a vulnerable, personal account of her struggles with PTSD and panic attacks and meeting Jesus in the midst of all that mess.
Half of my book is highlighted. There are so many good nuggets, and I love the heart behind the idea of spiritual whitespace.
The world may view our broken stories and tell us it’s better to hide them. To forget the shame we carry, put on a smile, and disappear under the work we do, the people we please, and the frenetic activity of keeping busy. Spiritual whitespace brings us to a different peace where we are real. (emphasis mine)
6. Deeper – Meredith Andrews
I was blessed to hear Meredith Andrews share the heart behind this album at the Hearts at Home conference this year. She wrote it in the midst of a really dark season both personally and in her marriage. It’s about redemption and hope and praising God right in the middle of your mess. It’s my summer soundtrack.
I just can’t stop listening to this album!
7. That Sounds Fun Podcast – Annie F. Downs
I originally started listening to Annie’s podcast for some mindless fun. Some of my favorite podcasts are the chatty girlfriend type shows that talk about all aspects of life. And if that’s your cuppa tea, you’ll really love Annie
But if you only have time for one episode, you’ve got to listen to the one with Christa Black Gifford (episode 14!). That episode was the catalyst to my healing my soul journey.
8. Head to Heart Podcast – Christa Black Gifford & Lucas Gifford
Yes, I know, more Christa Black Gifford. I just can’t give enough of her, her podcast with her husband is so so good!
While a lot of podcasts you can pick up on the current episode, I highly recommend starting from the beginning.
The first episode is all about how they lost their daughter Goldie. It’s beautiful and heartbreaking. And then the following episodes correspond to chapters of her book (see 4). So good!
9. Inspired to Action Podcast – Kat Lee
My podcast loves come and go depending on my mood—business/blogging focused to chatty girlfriend type to TEDtalks and psychology—but Inspired to Action Podcast is ALWAYS on my list. Always.
Kat’s recent interview with Jim and Lynne Jackson (episode 105) is filled with a ridiculous amount of parenting aha moments. It’s all about taking care of your soul to take care of your child’s soul to connect, coach, and then correct. Definitely worth a listen, friend!
10. Investing in life-giving relationships
All of these soul healing resources have been well, healing, but none as much as investing in personal life-giving relationships. This has meant stepping outside of my comfort zone—being vulnerable in new friendships.
It’s meant carving out time and finding babysitting and doing the work to cultivate friendships. And it’s been so so good.
If all of this soul-healingness is a little too woo-woo for you, spending time with good friends is good for the soul regardless!
What about you?
So I’m curious, what do you think about woo-wooness and spiritual healing? What do you do to heal your soul?