Gallagher Farm and Faith - Lean Into Your Pain and Find Healing

Lean Into Your Pain and Find Healing

What do you do with pain?  What if I told you that sometimes the best way to heal is to lean into the pain? The natural reaction to pain is to turn away from it. When something causes us pain, emotionally or physically, we tend to shy away, run away, or do everything we can to avoid the situation, person, or position that is causing the pain.  Pain Grows and Distorts As pain grows it distorts and leaves you feeling empty because it consumes all your energy on a regular basis. I battled chronic neck pain for most of my adult life. The pain and inflammation increased in such intensity that I had unbearable pain radiating …

KEEP READINGLean Into Your Pain and Find Healing

Gallagher Farm and Faith - How To Tell When Your Dream is a God-Dream

Do You Have a God-Dream? Don’t Look Back

  Do you believe you have a God-dream but struggle with trust? Are you a bit like Lot’s wife and keep looking back to where you were instead of forward to where God wants you to go? Let’s talk about what happens when God gives direction to move forward but we turn back. Perhaps you are struggling to trust yourself that you heard God’s voice and that you are doing a valuable thing with your life. Maybe you are struggling to trust that you can add value to anyone’s life. Or are you struggling to trust God to provide for your needs as you take a big step of faith? I’ve been there! But Don’t …

KEEP READINGDo You Have a God-Dream? Don’t Look Back

Gallagher Farm and Faith - When Your Heart Speaks

When Your Heart Speaks

Julia Cameron says, “When your heart speaks, take good notes.” I think when your heart speaks you should also take good action. Simplifying and decluttering your life must also include clearing out unwanted and irrelevant things from your heart. It can be hard to imagine but doing something as simple as giving away a coffee mug can help you remove negative emotions and memories from your heart. Maybe you can relate to this story: The person who gave me this mug made me feel bad about myself. Every time I looked at the mug it reminded me of the unkind things she said and did, and that time of my life that was associated with …

KEEP READINGWhen Your Heart Speaks

Gallagher Farm and Faith - How Far is Too Far? - Don't limit yourself or God

How Far Is Too Far?

Do you ask yourself, “How far is too far?” when it comes to pursuing your dreams or believing God for big things? When you think about making changes or taking a risk, do you think things like, “Let’s not go too far.” or “I have to be practical and that’s just taking things a bit too far.”? When we decided to move from Ohio to Texas, we knew it was going to be a big move, and require a lot of planning and changes. We were entering a new phase of our lives: trading in suburbia for a farm, simplifying our lifestyle and our finances, leaving behind bitter winter days for blistering hot summer days, …

KEEP READINGHow Far Is Too Far?

Gallagher Farm and Faith - Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs (But Is a Post-It Note Okay?)

After all, the Bible says in I Corinthians 13 (most famously known as the Love Chapter), that love keeps no record of wrongs. You can read the chapter here.  Before we continue it’s important to digest this truth: If you are keeping a mental or emotional list of wrongs, offenses, hurts, mistreatment, pain, etc. done to you (real or imagined, intentional or accidental) by one or more persons, you are not fully walking in love and may be blocking your own healing. My Challenge I’ve always prided (ugh – pride) myself on the fact that I don’t hold grudges. Or at least that’s what I told myself. I don’t seek revenge or plot to harm …

KEEP READINGLove Keeps No Record of Wrongs (But Is a Post-It Note Okay?)

Gallagher Farm and Faith - We See With Our Hearts

My Father’s Picture

If a picture paints a thousand words, do a thousand pictures tell the entire story? My father’s picture told me more than his words ever could. If you are like me you probably have so many photos on your phone that you’ve run out of online storage. Photos of birds and babies, flowers and friends, vacation shots and the mundane like the chocolate chip cookies you baked the other night. I have one – just one – photo of my father as a child. Then there is nothing until my parents started dating. I doubt that any other photos exist and I marvel that this one survived. I understand that even in the 30’s and …

KEEP READINGMy Father’s Picture