Looking at Life with New Eyes

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The following clip metaphorically captures my experience before and after deciding to home school. This is just MY experience. I loved my public education and have tremendous respect for those who serve so diligently in the system. Their dedication deserves so much more reward and respect than is given. Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve been feeling pulled in that direction, I understand your fear. Maybe this video describes you too, particularly at timestamp 3:06, when something is put before you that causes you to look at your current struggle with new eyes.

For more about why I homeschool and how I found the courage to take the leap, CLICK HERE.

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Specific Prayers Answered

Cristie Gardnerby Guest Blogger Cristie Gardner

For years, I have written my goals down: the characteristics I wanted to develop, the possessions I wanted to acquire, the projects and adventures I wanted to accomplish. But at times I felt that I was flailing around in darkness, trying to see my dreams come true; not knowing how to make them happen.

Then in 2009, I read Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters.

My spirit and mind caught fire. I shared the book with my husband, and together we compiled a booklet that tied all of Leslie’s powerful insights and stories to scriptural confirmation. We assembled quotes from powerful spiritual leaders, took pages and paragraphs from favorite books and personal journals, and then we had our compilation spiral bound.

That Christmas, we bought copies of Hidden Treasures for each of our eight children, and more for other family members. We gave them their copies of Hidden Treasures, along with our booklet, and we had a “home study” course, right during our fall family reunion in San Diego. Along with trips to the beach, we savored the stories in Hidden Treasures. We discussed the principles in the book. We labored over what true laws are and what soft laws are, and we came to recognize the powerful truths in Leslie’s book. It changed our lives, individually and as a family.

One example: our son and daughter in law had a very old car, and knew they needed a new one, but they didn’t think they could afford it. After we discussed the principles in Hidden Treasures, they put their heads together and decided exactly what kind of car they wanted (including the blue color). It had to be large enough for Brittany to take her cello to performances, and big enough to have seats for their two little girls. They wanted a new car with low mileage, and they wanted to get lots of miles to the gallon. They thought that perhaps their desires would best be met with a Passat, but were completely open to what kind of vehicle would work. They wanted a moon roof, They had a certain amount that they could pay, and they wrote that down.

Within a few days of our home study course, Matt and Brittany went to a car dealership to look at available options. As they were leaving, the fellow from the dealership called out to them. “Hey, I forgot we have one model from last year–a Volkswagen Jetta that hasn’t been driven much, and we’re willing to drop the price way down.” The price he named was exactly the price they had written in their description. The color was the exact color. It even had a moon roof! It was their car. Later, they tearfully told us how creating the vision of what they wanted spiritually, and then writing it down and doing all they could to bring it about, followed the laws that brought about the blessings.

I had a similar experience when our eighth child Nathaniel was born. Our little minivan no longer had seats enough for the new baby. We needed a van with 11 seats–10 for us and one extra for the inevitable friend to come along. My husband Stan was a scoutmaster, so we needed room for sleeping bags and backpacks. I wanted a late model car, and I decided, if it didn’t matter in heaven’s eyes, I wanted a gray exterior with burgundy interior. We had $9000 to spend, no more, and we did not want to finance it and have payments. I knelt down and prayed, very specifically, and I shared my list with my Heavenly Father.

That afternoon, a local paper was delivered to our door. I scanned it briefly, which I normally don’t do at all. There in the classifieds was an ad that caught my eye…”late model, seats 11. $8995.” I called the dealer and asked for more details. “It is one of those 15 passenger vans,” he said, “but it’s missing the back seat, so it can accommodate 11 passengers. There’s a ton of room in the back for your luggage. It has some miles on it, but it gets great mileage and the previous owners used it almost exclusively on the highway.” I asked him (scarcely able to breathe) what the color was. “Oh, he said, “it’s grey on the outside and kind of that dark red–I’m not sure what you call that–on the inside.” I told him we would be there that afternoon to buy the car. He was puzzled. “Don’t you want a mechanic to look it over?” Nope, I assured him. I knew it was our car. And it was a magnificent car for our needs at the time.

I shared that story later with some friends in a church meeting. One of the ladies had tried for four years to sell their old pickup truck. She went home and wrote down specifically what she wanted to get from the truck, and then prayed with great faith for it to sell. Before the end of the day, their phone rang with a question from a person interested in looking at the truck (and they had not had a call in four year!). The truck was sold by that evening.

How many blessings do we fail to receive because we fail to ask? And how many blessings do we deny ourselves when we fail to recognize the blessings we have already been given–the already answered prayers?

I cringe when I read a message from a friend, complaining about this or that and lamenting that God has dumped a bunch of burdens on her, and how much more can she be expected to bear? We all need to understand more fully how God’s laws of gratitude and abundance operate.

Since then, I have come to recognize even more how God prospers us when we follow His laws. The answers have not just come with cars. They have certainly come in houses, appliances, furniture, books, toys, clothing, and moves to new locations. But the prosperity I’m referring to doesn’t always mean financial prosperity. God’s prosperity can mean greater health; it can mean a trusted relationship or great marriage. It can mean air to breathe. It can mean food to eat and clothes to wear. It can mean employment, or ideas to increase our salary, It can mean strong, united children. It can mean having a spirit of love and service prevail in our home. It can mean understanding why we are experiencing a certain challenge, and it can be the peace and strength that come when we face that challenge with faith and consequently triumph.

We have come to recognize that we have a Heavenly Parent who lovingly looks upon us and hears us, and desires to bless us with all that is for our good. We have come to recognize that money is but an illusion, and true wealth lies in our answered prayers, our healing, our strong marriages and happy families. It lies in our gratitude and in our faith and in our understanding. Most of all, it lies in our becoming all that we can become while on this magnificent journey that we call life.

 

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Anxiety, depression, and addiction

I had a very interesting conversation with my good friend Peggy Matheson. We’ve known each other for years and they recently had our family over for dinner a few weeks ago while we were traveling through Utah.

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It’s been a fun experience, getting to know Peggy and her husband David, especially because… (okay this might embarrass her, but…) I had first seen her in a movie twenty years ago, and then in a stage play at Sundance Summer Theater, and then in another really amazing movie more recently, and I just think that it’s all very cool that I get to be her friend 😉

But all that aside, we talked a lot about wellness. Mental, spiritual, physical, financial… and I was impressed by some information that they had found, which has made a HUGE impact on their wellness, and the wellness of many others they know.

As you know, I teach that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But Peggy makes a really great point:

“If someone’s mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can they ever change their thoughts or their life?”  

She’s found an answer to this question, and since I’m a big advocate of tools and resources that can help people overcome tough challenges, I wanted to share her comments with you. She explains it this way:

Because I was feeling so good, the thought took me by surprise. “You’re not good enough.” This was a familiar thought, but typically it came amid a confounding internal barrage of shame and negativity. But on that day, looking in my bathroom mirror, it didn’t resonate with anything inside me. It seemed to be happening outside my head—external and almost foreign. And I was able to let it go so easily!

That’s when I knew the supplement I’d been taking, EMPowerplus™ Q96, was working. And I also realized that the attention, focus, and energy problems, which fed my negative thought patterns, were happening because my brain was malnourished! But let’s go back to where this started.

Several months earlier, I’d met a woman whose 6-year-old son had struggled in school because of attention and mood issues. She’d found a vitamin and mineral supplement that changed his mood and behavior and he was now coming home with smiley faces on his reports instead of frowns! I had friends whose kids struggled with ADHD, so I was curious.

Then she told me the history behind this supplement. In 1996, a man named Tony Stephan lost his wife to suicide. She’d struggled with bipolar disorder for years, but eventually the pain became too great. Then he discovered that two of his children were heading down the same path.

Tony was desperate to save his children when he made a discovery that he considered divine providence. He learned that a very specific formula of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids caused his children’s symptoms to go away! This was absolutely unheard of in the world of psychiatry. But in the 18 years since his discovery, research has verified what he found: mental illness can be caused by brain malnutrition.

The woman gave me a sample of EMPowerplus™ Q96, which I took home to my psychotherapist husband. He started taking it and found it quelled his stress and anxiety. In fact, he hadn’t felt so peaceful and calm in many years. And it silenced his brain chatter too. He fondly remembers the first time he got back into bed following a middle-of-the-night bathroom break and realized his mind was completely silent. “Aahhh… zzzzz.”

I recognized pretty quickly that something miraculous was going on here. My husband was also amazed. But, being a psychotherapist, he was skeptical. He had to read the research, try it with clients, and see for himself. It took him a while, but now he’s convinced we’re in the midst of a paradigm shift in the treatment of mental illness.

I started taking it too. Not only did it calm me down and clear up my thinking, like what I experienced in my bathroom, but it also got rid of my mid-day energy slump and brain fog! It’s amazing how much better life can be when your brain is fed properly.

Then we started meeting others whose lives had been changed by the supplement. Some described subtle improvements—feeling more positive or energetic. Others told us how it literally saved them from depression, suicide, terrible mood swings, addiction, brain injuries, and more. We became passionate.

[As mentioned before… ] Leslie teaches in the FTMF program that changing our thoughts is key to changing our lives. But if my mind is stuck in a dark place because of anxiety, depression, addiction, or something even more painful, how can I ever change my thoughts or my life? This is why I’ve become such an advocate for EMPowerplus™ Q96. It changes lives by feeding the brain and freeing the mind.

Thanks Peggy, for sharing your story.

So, if you want to free your mind, click here to learn more, and find out if Q96 is what you’re looking for.

Disclaimer: Comments and testimonials expressed herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. QSciences does not claim to treat or cure any diseases. Do not alter or discontinue any current medical treatment based on information from these pages. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.

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It really is a Spiritual Journey

For anyone who is worried that the principles I share might take them away from their relationship with God, I just want to share one of the most authentic, heartfelt messages of gratitude I have ever received, which recently came to my mailbox:

Dear Leslie,

You have no idea how you’ve been used and are still being used by God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit for my restoration….deep from within the recesses of my mind.

I am in the midst of His restoration and you’ve been used through Portal to Genius book to ignite the process.

I am very emotional, vulnerable, trusting, sensitive, broken, restored, cleansed, renewed in spirit mind and body all at the same time.

I’m feeling led to let you know what is busy happening to me. It is glorious, painful, exciting, excruciating, exhilarating all at the same time and I am saying YES LORD to this restoration.

The time of the enemy is up and being eradicated from my mind where his been stealing, killing and trying to destroy….praise Jesus, God and His Spirit all is about to end!

Satan’s works are being brought to LIGHT especially how he has been strategically busy with his works, deception and death in my life, my mind/thoughts/habits etc/ Praise to the triune God for exposing this!

The process of intentional mind renewal is beginning and I commit to it.

Be blessed Leslie!

Lots of love, GG

Thank you GG, for taking the time to write me.

And for the rest of my readers, remember this… when you read my books, you’ll realize that it really is a spiritual battle we fight to overcome obstacles and achieve goals, and it’s a journey that really is meant to bring you closer to God.

So if you know someone who is struggling, and has perhaps lost faith in God, or lost hope for a brighter future, invite them to begin their new, hopeful journey with the FREE download of Hidden Treasures: Heaven’s Astonishing Help With Your Money Matters.

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Remember the Headboard Story?

I thought I had told the story in Hidden Treasures, but I guess I was wrong! Can anyone remember where I shared the story of the chunky headboard? Let me know in the comments below, and then I’ll update my Facebook post (snapshot shown below) to share the resource with my Facebook readers…

 

So again, if you can help me remember where I tell the headboard story, leave your comments in the box below. And if you’re not connected with me on Facebook, Click Here and get connected!

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