Disappointment with God

February 19, 2019

Are you disappointed with God for something in the past? Unanswered prayer? Relationship failure? Do you have trouble believing God is good? It is worth reframing events of the past and rekindling hope. Audio from 2017 New Zealand Conference Video 2. Video on YouTube at https://youtu.be/sd1hmRO76AU
John 8 Woman caught in adultery. 7:30 Covering shame. 7:50 Joy depends on treatment of weakness. 10:30 Rick and Rita home birth tragedy. 17:30 Parents often withdraw their love as a behavior modifier. 19:00 You will grow from suffering. 21:30 Disappointments with God are obstacles to relationship. 23:15 My circumstances affect my feelings, but do not need to control me. Circumstances do not determine God's love for me. 24:15 The pain of singleness. 27:45 We seek comfort but we often forget to grieve. 31:05 Jesus understands how you were set up to fall. 34:37 Self-pity feels good in the moment, and it seems free and justified, but you won't like the cost. 36:57 Renouncing vows and agreements. 38:00 God why? 39:15 We expect an apology when offended. 49:53 Forgiveness is not reconciliation.

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Resources:
Dr. David Levy Podcast - God's Wisdom Freshly Revealed on:
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Being an Older Brother Isn’t Easy

January 23, 2019

Younger brothers who take short cuts usually irritate older brothers who do not. We can empathize with the Elder Brother as he comes home to an unwelcome surprise. His younger brother is being celebrated at a party after losing the entire inheritance.  How are you at celebrating those who have made mistakes? While we can relate to the brothers shame and struggle, we can learn much from The Father. Story is found in Luke 15.

I concluded this message with an Imagination Journey that is not found on this recording but  "The Elder Brother Comes Home" Imagination Journey/Meditation can be found under "Imagination Journeys" on Dr. David Levy App or on YouTube at:

 https://youtu.be/G3y4U-SQxWk

Resources:
Dr. David Levy Podcast - God's Wisdom Freshly Revealed on:
iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-david-levy-gods-wisdom-freshly-revealed/id1403541244?mt=2

Google Play
https://play.google.com/music/m/Itnylngdsghg425rjbhhcfzfw2y?t=Dr_David_Levy_-_Gods_Wisdom_Freshly_Revealed

Website
https://www.drdlevy.com/

YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/DrDLevyMedia

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/user59106713

 

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God, The Brain and Sexuality

January 7, 2019

How does the brain process sexual attraction? Do you consider God in your sexuality? Can sexual video games affect you spiritually?
Audio From My Therapist Sez video presentation which includes research references. 

Video of this talk is here: https://youtu.be/1K_oN2VxrC4

Resources:
Dr. David Levy Podcast - God's Wisdom Freshly Revealed on:
iTunes
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/dr-david-levy-gods-wisdom-freshly-revealed/id1403541244?mt=2

Google Play
https://play.google.com/music/m/Itnylngdsghg425rjbhhcfzfw2y?t=Dr_David_Levy_-_Gods_Wisdom_Freshly_Revealed

Website
https://www.drdlevy.com/

YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/user/DrDLevyMedia

Vimeo
https://vimeo.com/user59106713

My Therapist Sez hosted by Dr. Don Welch LMFT. http://www.enrichingrelationships.org/donald-welch/

 

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Lost Sheep?

December 20, 2018

If you had one hundred $1 bills and one was missing, would you leave $99 on the table and go look for your lost $1?  What kind of crazy shepherd is this?

Luke 15 Parable of Lost Sheep, coin, son. 

At the conference, I did an imagination meditation involving picturing yourself as a sheep and allowing The Shepherd to come find you and put you on his shoulders and take you home. You can find the meditation here: 

https://youtu.be/GA_CeO7v4ZM

App on iTunes or Google Play under Dr. David Levy has this and other meditations under the category, "Imagination Journeys"

Photo from Pexels 59863 

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Overwhelm 2: The Problem Sandwich

December 2, 2018

Are you able to quiet yourself or do you need constant stimulation? Is the focus always on you? Relationships are more difficult when the goal of your conversation is agreement.  Questions from the audience on stress, shame and imagination.

Marriage class on relationships.  

1:30 Quieting  3:40 The goal of conversation. 7:35 Problem Sandwich. 11:25 Question about relational stress. 14:30 Question on Shame. 16:40 Question on False Self. 17:55 Imagination and Faith

Many insights on quieting, problem sandwich and shame adapted from talks on relational brain skills given by E. James Wilder Ph.D. His resources are available at:

www.thrivetoday.org

www.lifemodel.org

www.lifemodelworks.org

www.deeperwalkinternational.org

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Breathing and imagination meditations on website www.DrDLevy.com.

App store or Google Play have Dr. David Levy App which also has these resources for iPhone or Android. 

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Are You Overwhelmed?

November 26, 2018

Why do we get overwhelmed? What erodes your emotional reserves? Do you know when you are approaching overwhelm and about to blow? Emotional fatigue and physical pain push us to a point where conversation becomes fruitless.  What to do when you recognize you are not connecting? Appreciation is a tool that can help you get back on track.

2:30 Overwhelm 14:30 Relational Circuits. 18:00 Anxiety is in the future. 19:00 Brain chemistry of prayer. 

Many insights on overwhelm adapted from talks on relational brain skills given by E. James Wilder Ph.D. His resources are available at:

www.thrivetoday.org

www.lifemodel.org

www.lifemodelworks.org

www.deeperwalkinternational.org

Relational Circuits concept and checklist developed by Karl Lehman MD and detailed in his book Outsmarting Yourself. www.outsmartingyourself.org.

http://kclehman.com/

Geyser at Yellowstone National Park. Photo by David Levy 

Breathing and imagination meditations on website www.DrDLevy.com.

App store or Google Play have Dr. David Levy App which also has these resources for iPhone or Android. 

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Burnout and Resilience

November 4, 2018

Singles Conference

My experience with burnout after surgery in Africa. What makes you susceptible to burnout? How can you build resilience? Jesus faced opposition but did he ever face burnout? How did he stay joyful in tragedy and disappointment?

00:30 Susceptibility to Burnout. 3:00 Doing difficult surgery in Africa.  09:00 Sick in San Diego. 13:00 Trying to pray when sick. Entitlement. 14:00 Those in ministry susceptible to entitlement. 17:00 Gratitude 27:00 Matthew 13 Jesus rejected at Nazareth. 31:30 Jesus tries to retreat, feeds 5000 and walks across the lake. Playful after tragedy. 37:10 Peter doesn't want to miss the fun this time. Jesus training them and us.

Burnout symptoms adapted from lecture given by Dr. J Bryan Sexton.  Introduction to Resiliency: The prevalence and Severity of Burnout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL1FmLYOC4c

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Pretending Isn’t Pretty

October 11, 2018

David and Abigail 3: David, a man with a difficult acension to the throne, marries 2 women, Abigail and Ahinoam and begins to unravel. David goes on a suicide mission into enemy camp, pushing God. Emotionally exhausted, angry with God, and trying to obtain security, he pretends allegiance to the Philistines, the enemies of Israel. This departure from God's plan causes much damage to David's soul and the atrocities perpetrated lay the foundation for the Bathsheba incident. 

I Sam. 22:2 02:40 David In Keilah, consults God. 04:00 I Sam 23:15 Ziphites. 06:10 Red Sea Salvation. God loves drama. Anti-faith desires. 08:00 I Sam 24. King Saul. David cuts his robe. 09:25 David and Abigail. God is always giving David spiritual power. 10:34 David marries 2 women, begins to come apart- bifurcate. 12:00 David begins working salvation by his own hand. 15:00 Ziphites again. 26:25 David goes to Philistines. 23:00 David makes raids against Philistines pretending to make raids against Israel. 26:20 Ziklag is burned. 28:30 Burnout caused by working for a boss or organization whose values you don't share. 30:30 Fantasy life always stops at the dopamine hit. Take it all the way to the next week! 

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Are You in a Hurry?

October 5, 2018

David and Abigail 2: David avoids assasintion attempts by King Saul (narcissist) many times. Abigail hurries and makes decisions early in her relationship that potentially set her up to become "wife number two." Why did a beautiful and discerning woman with such amazing things said about her in scripture, have little or no influence in David's life or the Kingdom of Israel?

00:00 My anti people-pleasing attempt. 1:55 1 Sam 15 King Saul is a narcissist. 3:10 Narcissism and people pleasing both try to control. 4:25 1 Sam 15:19 King Saul's character. 7:45 Healthy vs. unhealthy people pleasing. 9:20 David and Abigail. 14:52 People pleasing is saving by your own hand. 20:00 Hurry a sin? 23:02 When we allow people to treat us poorly, it does damage to us, them and the relationship. 26:25 When do I hurry? Exercise. 26:50 Relationship reflection. 

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One Too Many?

October 2, 2018

David and Abigail 1: After David suffers wave after wave of betrayal, injustice and loss, he shows all the signs of clinical burnout and plans a mass killing. Saved from tragedy by a wise and discerning woman, he ultimately marries her...and another, Ahinoam of Jezreel. Ahinoam is considered his first wife, and David no longer listens to Abigail who repeatedly told him not to  "save by his own hand." Ahinoam becomes the mother of Amnon, crown prince, who is not a nice man, while Abigail's son is not even considered in the running to be the next King. 

1:35 1 Sam 16:10 David's family of origin? 4:00 David and Goliath. 7:00 David and Michal. 9:20 I Sam. 22 King Saul kills the priests. 10:20 I Sam. 23 Judean wilderness. 12:50 I Sam 25 Samuel dies. David and Nabal. 18:10 David shows signs of burnout. 22:05 Abigail meets David. 23:00 Don't save by your own hand. 27:50 Abigail goes home. 29:15 A (small?) decision begins an addiction and starts David making poor decisions.  

Tragic verse I Sam. 25:43. David had also married Ahinoam of Jezreel, and they both were his wives.

Ahinoam is in 1st position as David's wife in 1 Sam. 27:3 David and his men settled in Gath with Achish, and each man had his family with him. David had his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail of Carmel, the widow of Nabal.

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