Written by Dr. Caroline Leaf
I love the Christmas season: the fellowship with family and friends, the fun, the happiness and excitement and the decorations!
This is a very obvious statement and this blog is not going to be all about how much I love Christmas. I want to rather focus on how God designed us for fellowship, and how, as we enjoy fellowship with each other over this beautiful season, we experience an infinitesimal taste of what it means to have fellowship with God. Many years ago I asked God to help me to try to understand His love. His answer grounded me. The love that I feel for my husband and our four children is, infinity times infinity, indescribable. God said back to me so clearly that this love that I feel for my family is but an infinitesimal taste of His love for me.
God wired us for love. See this VIMEO (1.57mins) or longer VIDEO CLIP(28mins).
Scientists have found this to be so as they navigate their way though intricate world of neuroscience. We feel this love as we fellowship with those we love. His grace extends to the great care and purposefulness He poured into our design, which enables us to experience this fellowship. For example, the prefrontal cortex (the front part of the brain, just above the eyebrows that most people know as the frontal lobe) has specifically been designed to connect us with people. As we make eye contact and assess facial expressions and tones in voices and body language, our frontal lobe makes sense of all this and we reach out and hug.
And then God put these cute little mirror neurons within the networks of our brain that help us mirror each other’s emotions, and experience each other’s joy. So we reach out and hug back, and warmth spreads all over our bodies from the amazing neurochemicals now flowing in harmonized synchrony through our brains and bodies as a result of this contact—a tangible way to experience His fellowship!
So as you fellowship this Christmas by handing gifts to your loved ones, sharing stories and laughter over Christmas dinner, and enjoying the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights, for just a moment stop and think about what you are feeling, multiply it by infinity and … you have just been touched by the love God has for you and the desire He has to fellowship with you by sending Jesus into the world.
Have a happy and blessed Christmas! May this coming year bring an increase in your fellowship with Almighty God.
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THINK AND EAT YOURSELF SMART CONFERENCE – June 4th 2016 DALLAS TX
Join me in Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 4th for my workshop entitled Think and Eat Yourself Smart.
In this one day workshop, I will help you gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of eating, the entangled relationship between thinking and food, and how our uniqueness spreads throughout our spirit, soul and body. This workshop is divided into three sections that will help you begin approaching these issues with a renewed mindset.
Part 1, ADMIT IT! This section deals with the dysfunctional state of our current food system, and how far it has become removed from the concept of real food.
Part 2, QUIT IT! This section focuses on the power of the mind, and the impact of toxic thinking and toxic food choices on the brain and body.
Part 3, BEAT IT! This section deals with lifestyle changes that can help you begin the task of thinking and eating yourself smart.
See WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.
The Workshop includes a signed copy of my newest book (to be released in 2016), including 21 of my family’s favorite recipes, which can help you practically apply these lifestyle changes in your kitchen and your tummy!
God has given us a choice: life or death, blessings or curses. He has also given us, through the incredible power in our sound minds, the ability to act on these choices and transform our world (2 Timothy 1:7).
I look forward to seeing you on June 4th!
REGISTER NOW for the Early Bird special at $139 (special finishes01/14/2016)
ACCOMMODATIONS There are special hotel rates ($89 per room) available for workshop attendees. Register at the Westin – Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. There are limited number of rooms availble so register as soon as possible.
The Westin provides a shuttle from DFW Airport to the hotel.
Organic lunch can be purchased from on-site food trucks the day of the workshop.