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Misunderstood: Plans for you to Prosper

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens For a number of years, Jenny and I called a townhouse in Pleasant View, TN, our home. It was a comfortable space, but as time passed, signs of wear and tear began to surface – marks near the doors, damaged baseboards, and...

Misunderstood: Blessed are the Peacemakers 

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens Welcome back to the third installment of our thought-provoking series, “Misunderstood.” As we navigate through these often-misinterpreted verses, we hope you’ve found this series to be a source of blessing and renewed understanding. We’ve encountered numerous verses that are frequently pulled out...

Misunderstood: Money is the Root of All Evil 

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens In our latest series, appropriately named “Misunderstood,” we aim to unravel the mysteries surrounding some of the most commonly quoted and misinterpreted scriptures. This week, our focus turns to a verse that has been echoed through generations – “Money is the root...

Misunderstood: God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens As the season unfolds, our REBOOT trauma healing courses are opening for registration, offering a space for healing and growth. If you know someone in your life who could benefit from a REBOOT group, extend an invitation! I’ve always believed that the...

Authentic Leadership

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens In the past few blogs, we’ve been exploring the concept of authenticity. Authentic people are genuine—what you see is what you get. We’ve discussed the pitfalls of appearing one way but being another. We delved into the analogy of the fig tree...

Authentic Healing

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens Healing is a term we frequently use in REBOOT groups. We discuss recognizing the need to heal, finding the humility necessary to ask others for help, and taking the intentional steps required to heal. Healing is our goal—the primary reason REBOOT exists—to...

Cultivating Authenticity

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens If you’ve been following along in our blog series called “Authentic,” you might recall that we dove into the intriguing narrative of the fig tree, unraveling profound insights during our previous blog. Today, we continue exploring the relevance of authenticity in our...

Unwrapping Authenticity

Insights from The Weekly REBOOT By: Evan Owens This week, we launched the all-new Weekly REBOOT. This is an idea that Jenny and I have had for years and the time to bring it to life has finally come. Our vision is that each week, graduates from across the country...

The Discomfort of Healing

By: Jess Hall Sometimes, what we need isn’t what we want; in fact, sometimes what we need is what we run from. There’s a strange predicament we can find ourselves in, especially after experiencing trauma. By nature, trauma can influence how we view the world, people, social interactions, and family...

Finding Hope at 3am: Embracing God’s Beauty in a Dark Place

By: Carin Weier Have you ever found yourself awake at 3am, with your head spinning? I lived there for years. Whether it was lingering thoughts from the day before or the anxiety of what the next day would bring, 3am often became a battleground in my mind. Sitting in that...

Beyond the Season: Nurturing a Heart of Gratitude

By: Dr. Wesley Northey This is the season of Thanksgiving. A wonderful holiday time for us to come together with loved ones  and family, eat way too much food, and hopefully, amidst all of busy-ness and travel, recognize the many  blessings we have in our lives to be thankful for. ...

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

By: Millie Knight Do you remember the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone? That feeling of fear and excitement, the simultaneous rush of anxiety and curiosity? Stepping out of your comfort zone is where growth happens.  The comfort zone is a psychological state where you feel at...

Celebrating the Climb: Finding Joy in Each Step

By: Ryan Hebron Do you ever feel like you’re climbing a mountain towards some far-off goal? I know I do. My dreams often feel so big, so daunting, that I barely know where to start. Whether it’s becoming CEO, running a marathon, entering full-time ministry, or traveling the world, those...

Empowering Self-Talk

By: Dr. Wesley Northey Have you ever considered the way you speak to yourself, about yourself, when you’re by yourself? For many years, I was a very harsh personal critic; never meeting my own expectations and feeling like no matter what I did, it was never enough. Like many of...

Suicide Prevention and The Power of Connection

By: Susan Browning Schulz San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge was built in 1937, since then over 2,000 people have jumped to their deaths from this iconic spot. Of the thousands, only one percent has survived. One of those survivors, Kevin Hines, is now an advocate for suicide prevention and mental...

Together, We Can Fight to Prevent Suicide

By: Deb Bryant Blue lights pulsating outside my window. A knock at the door. Neighbors concerned looks. Devastating news that leaves an aftermath of pain and heartache, I could have never imagined. My question, “Why?” goes unanswered. Thoughts of, “If only”, and “I should have noticed the signs” are haunting...

Breaking Free: Ending the Cycle of Lies

By: Bryan Flanery Growing up I knew that it was wrong to tell a lie. I wasn’t raised in the church, nor did I have an idea of what faith was, still I inherently grasped the wrongness of lying. Did that stop me from lying? Not at all, but I...

Cultivating Empathy

By: Millie Knight In a world that often seems fast-paced and disconnected, the value of empathy cannot be overstated. Empathy can be defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another person. It plays a crucial role in building meaningful connections, fostering understanding, and promoting positive change....

Breaking: Our Default Response to Trauma

By Scott Mcpherson At REBOOT Combat Recovery and REBOOT First Responders, we talk about how trauma is our intersection with the brokenness of the world.  Anyone who has served in combat or as a first responder knows all too well what trauma looks and feels like.  The question is: what...

Healthy Sleep, Healthy Soul

By Madison Thomas Tick…tock…tick…tock. We all know that feeling, the one where we’re staring blankly at the ceiling, wide awake,  watching time go by. You’ve counted every sheep, and you just know it is going to be another night waiting for the sun to come up. Insomnia sets in.  Those...

Think Like a Tree

By Adrian Ewald As the name suggests, giant sequoia trees are, to put it simply, giant. For example, one of the largest trees on Earth by volume is General Sherman, a 2200-year-old giant sequoia that clocks in around 275 feet tall with a diameter of over 36 feet. That’s almost...

Just Keep Swimming

By Rachel Hicks Have you ever been swimming in the ocean, relaxing and enjoying the gentle push and pull ofthe water, when all of the sudden a wave comes up out of nowhere and crashes into you?Think about how that felt for a moment – your feet get swept right...

Fireworks – Works of Fire

By Lara Izokaitis Years ago, a dear friend started a fun New Year’s tradition with me that included identifying one or two faith words that would set a tailored hope before me in the 365 days to follow. The word-phrase I chose for 2022 was “FIREWORKS—WORKS OF FIRE,” as it...

Infected With A Case Of Lies

By Lara Izokaitis Have you experienced times when you seem to get hit a bit harder with lies in your mind? What impact do the thoughts you believe about yourself have on your mental health? And how do you handle these moments? Recently, I had a dream where I was...

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart

By John Dale Have you been through a really rough time and someone said something to you with good intentions but their words actually made it worse? Or maybe you’re the one attempting to provide comfort to someone who’s hurting and it wasn’t very helpful?  One of the many profound...

God Will Not Divorce You

Ever since I was about nine years old, people have consistently misjudged my age; always expecting me to be older. This was unsettling when I was younger but nowadays, I accept the assumption because not many girls at twenty-five are married, own a home, and have a child. (Not for...

God’s Transformational Megaphone: Another Person

By: Chris Adsit Click here for audio version Click here for downloadable audio version Let me tell you about the man who tried to kill me. I had just entered my sophomore year at Colorado State University. I was a hurdler on the track team, and had experienced moderate success...

Healing During the Pandemic – Elaine’s Story

By Elaine Alvarez The year 2020 has been somewhat of a traumatic year for many people. For me, the year only heightened the anxiety levels I already struggled with and I found myself becoming paralyzed with fear of leaving home each passing day. But I know that God said He...

Stay Salty, My Friends

Impacting a world that wants to impact you By Chris Adsit Click here for audio version Click here for downloadable audio version When I was a college student, I spent part of one summer working at Maranatha Bible Camp in the-middle-of-nowhere, Nebraska. Our project was to build a big metal...

Don’t Do It Alone

The Benefits of Small Group Learning in Trauma Recovery By Rahnella Adsit Life is short. How sad is it when one lives it, feeling isolated and alone? Relationships are one of the most important aspects of our lives, yet we often forget just how crucial they are. Many of the...

Applying Roundup To The Root of Bitterness

By Chris Adsit Click here for audio version Click here for downloadable audio version See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many become defiled.–Hebrews 12:15 An Epic Battle I live in the Great Northwest, and...

Beauty From Ashes

By John Dale I learned how to build a campfire at a young age when I was in boy scouts. We used it to keep warm, to cook our meals, and as a gathering place to tell crazy stories or sing songs. Later in life, after my last overseas deployment...

Stop Running From Growth

By John Dale My favorite author and spiritual guide, Fr. Richard Rohr, came up with this concept of “Order, Disorder, Reorder” a few years ago. It’s been really helpful for me to put into words and normalize the important and difficult path of growth. The reason why his concept of...

Will PTSD Disqualify Me From Employment

Guest Contribution by Silent ProfessionalsOriginal article here If you’re reading this article, you may be working through some degree of PTSD after combat and wondering how to transition back to your civilian life, both personally and professionally.  Some of you may have even abused alcohol and landed yourself in jail for a...

Hope After a Disaster

The Day Our House Burned Down By Rahnella Adsit, REBOOT Recovery International Coordinator The Fire I was seated on a plane flying home from a conference in Colorado when I saw black billowing smoke in the vicinity of our home. We live outside of town and the only thought I...

How Mental Health Discourse Can Improve Family Dynamics

Guest Contribution by Juleigha Blankett Whether it’s explaining current events, dealing with bullies, or even telling them Santa Claus isn’t real, every parent knows that they’re bound to have some tough conversations with their children. However, one subject that’s a little more difficult to prepare for is mental health —...

Whose Am I?

Stop focusing on “what you do” and instead “whose you are.” That’s something that no one can take from you. by JOHN DALE What if someone were to ask you who you are but you aren’t allowed to answer with your name, job, education or past experiences, what would you...

Willie Miller: Life After Service and Trauma

What are we to do with what we have attained when we are done serving? What are we to do with the trauma we’ve experienced in service and the baggage that it drops into our lives?

All Counselors Don’t Suck

“All these factors land many of us in the trap of ‘This counselor (therapist, psychologist, etc) wasn’t helpful, so that means all counselor’s suck.'”

Breaking the Cycle

“What we do today has lasting effects long after we’re gone so what do you want your legacy to be?” 

The Lie of Try

“Try is a lie we tell others and ourselves to disguise our cowardice when we have no intention of fulfilling a commitment.” 

Why Vulnerability Is Vital to Healing

“Working under that “push through it and suck it up” mindset is vital to getting through a tough call or safely out of a firefight and back to base. But its helpfulness ends when we’re off shift or back home from a deployment.”

Why Me, Lord? Why Them?

“God allows things to happen for a reason. Whether or not we understand His reasons, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful.”

Just a Dispatcher

“…I am the first person that you may speak to on possibly one of the worst days of your life.”

Boundaries Are Like Tourniquets

The importance of stopping the bleeding not only applies to physical trauma but also to the spiritual wounds we sustain in life.

“Does God See Me?”

When you are a caregiver, burnout happens and compassion fatigue is real. Giving and giving and giving with not much in return leads to frustration and exhaustion. But let this be an encouragement to you: God sees you!

Love Heals

Through anonymously surveying 254 participants, we have found that LOVE actually CAN improve symptoms experienced by military families. 

UK Charities Overwhelmed by Veteran Suicide Crisis

Veterans in the UK are suffering. With limited options for help, too many are turning to suicide. That is why REBOOT Combat Recovery is launching this week in England– so that these heroes can find hope and healing.

Dealing with Anger… God’s Way

Caring for a loved one can sometimes bring out the worst side of anger in us. Here are 5 practical tips that will help you to deal with your anger in a way that is honoring to God. 

New Minnesota Law to Help First Responders get Workers’ Comp for PTSD

New Law Will Help First Responders with PTSD by Lauren Orr (Original article by Sarah Danik for Fox 9) A new Minnesota law that will help first responders get workers compensation for PTSD will go into effect in 2019. Previously, workers compensation was denied for a PTSD diagnosis, because there was...

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