All posts by SAGECons at Kataluma

I'm an artsy, crafty Grandma with passionate faith in God and I intend to be the change I want to see in America. I'm here to show you the steps it took for me to overcome homelessness so we can repeat that process for those who are still homeless among U.S.

Anerobic Exercise as a Tool For Resilience Building

Did you know? I LOVE to play with words!! Word strings are one of my favorite ways to dialog with Papa God, and this is the string that we unrolled during our morning discourse!
Ezra > Nethinim > Swab the deck > Take Every Thought Captive > Wetlands > as opposed to Cooley > Anaerobic >Intentionally Triggered > Resilience Building >
It is 41 degrees at the moment, (9:40 am) and I just got back from a swift and vigorous bike ride. It was a short, sweet trip around the hospital and back to home, and I CHOSE to wear a pair of shorts so I would be impacted by the chill in the air.
41 degrees may seem mild to you, but the weather is a major trigger point for me due to the extremes I endured during the times I was homeless.
As I rode around the hospital, memories of frequent hospitalizations filled my mind and I found myself savoring the joy of the fact that even though I am in an intense season of memory processing, I am NOT hospitalized, I am no longer homeless, and that is due to more than just the fact that I have a roof over my head!!

#COVID19

is seeking to terrorize the soul of our nation, and so my purpose in sharing my story is to offer comfort, hope, and encouragement to those whose minds can be easily triggered by fear, dread, and anxiety when facing a great unknown such as the coronavirus.

I am filled with fierce determination to become a beacon of hope in this time because I have been through and have overcome, and at times, am still overcoming those dark emotions of dread, fear and overwhelming panic.
The forces that tried to take my life failed to take my life, because Jesus, the Christ was with me during those dark days!! He was not only with me, but He held my life in the palm of His hand while He carried me through deep waters of depression, suicidal thoughts, and darkness that sought to destroy me.
Corona is just the most recent attempt to steal the life from our lives, and I’m here to help maintain hope, faith, and trust while we navigate this storm together!!
I have learned that our thoughts “spring up” according to God’s timing and that the sequence of the thoughts we need to take captive are ordered of the Lord!!
I love order, organization, structure, and detail, so LEARNING to be at peace with the chaotic order of my healing journey has been no small assignment…
But, as I rode through my neighborhood this morning, I found great joy in the moment. I was keenly aware of the birds singing, the whir of my bicycle tires, the wind in my face, puffy clouds in the sky, and the sweet, sweet presence of my Papa God who reveled in the joy of my life, AFTER homelessness!!!
He has rescued me from what the Bible calls the “snare of the fowler,” and He has great plans for my life, and for sharing the lessons that we have learned together.
I am forever grateful for the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob… who is also known as Our Father, Papa God at Connie’s House!!!
My visions for The Kataluma Adventure come from the conversations I have had with my Papa during those dark days, and one of the favorite promises I cling to is this…
“13 The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace!!!” (Emphasis mine)
Psalm 45:13-15
The King’s Palace, Kingdom 911, and The Kataluma Adventure. Those are a few of the nuances of God’s Word to me, and I am forever grateful for the threads of promise that have been woven into my place to belong. That being… firmly planted in the heart of my King. Jesus the Christ, the Son of the Most High God!!
If you are hurting today, I want to assure you that there IS life AFTER…. __________________ whatever dark challenge you need to insert into that blank space, and that life can be found in the person of Jesus the Christ.
I think you can see, He is my hero, He is the reason I am still alive and I invite you to get acquainted. He loves you fiercely, and I will continue to remind you of that as we dig into the depths of His word together.
If you have read this far, I pray you have found comfort and reassurance during a time of fear…
From a once fiercely hurting heart, FOR someone with a currently hurting heart…
God loves you, and so do I.

 

Write The Vision – Unlined Journal

Write The Vision Journal


Did you know?

God wants to talk to you as much as you want to talk with Him? Probably even more so, if we can imagine that!!!

We tend to internalize our deepest, darkest fears in our efforts to be “good boys and girls,” and just speak the things that are acceptable to those around us. 
But the great news is, Papa God wants to hear those dark thoughts that cause us the most pain!!! My journal covers are a reflection of what I call the “Dark Glory of God.” Like King David, God is listening for the sound of our fears and tears, because they are the reward that Jesus died for!
He longs to comfort those who are hurting, so I invite you to share our journal with children whose lives are filled with the things that cause dark thoughts and emotions. 
There is healing in the expression of our fears, and I invite you to open the book, write your story, and then have a little talk with Jesus. He’s always listening with unconditional love and acceptance.
I have created this cover because I know the depths of His great love for us… especially when we are hurting. 

The Kataluma Adventure Signature Dog Tags

The Kataluma Adventure Signature Dog Tag


Did You Know? 

The Kataluma Adventure is on a quest to help those who are homeless in America, and WE WANT YOU to help U.S., please!
Your purchase of our Signature Dog Tag will help us raise funds to create our National Headquarters and Training Center. 
We invite you to purchase a tag for yourself, for your friends, and to share with anyone who is willing to learn how we can work together to end the crisis of homelessness in America… and THEN, to all points beyond! 
We appreciate your support! 
Connie, Clara, and the rest of our Armchair Aventure Team.

Meeting With Congressional Hopeful, Anne Marie Ward in Prescott, Arizona

All-American Royal Trees – Tree Keepers Kit

 

SUMMER BOOT CAMP

 

AVAILABLE SOON AT THE KATALUMA ADVENTURE CENTER

Schedule pENDING

Week 1

Step into the territory of Deuteronomy 6, and let’s discuss the keeping of Papa God’s little trees of righteousness!

BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE KATALUMA ADVENTURE

The Time That Works For YOU

Room: Your House

 

INTRODUCTION

Teach Your Children the Things God Did

20 “In the future, your children might ask you, ‘The Lord our God gave you teachings, laws, and rules. What do they mean? 21 Then you will say to them, We were Pharaoh’s slaves in Egypt, but the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his great power. 22 The Lord did great and amazing things. We saw him do these things to the Egyptian people, to Pharaoh, and to the people in Pharaoh’s house. 23 He brought us out of Egypt so that he could give us the land that he promised our ancestors. 24 The Lord commanded us to follow all these teachings. We must respect the Lord our God. Then he will always keep us alive and doing well, as we are today. 25 If we carefully obey the whole law, exactly as the Lord our God told us to, he will say that we have done a very good thing.

Deuteronomy 6: 20-25

How Many Poodles and Lollipops Does It Take To Renew A Traumatized Mind?

The picture you see here is a clue about how much effort it has taken to tear down, root out and purge the mountain of toxic thoughts that were planted in my mind during many years of childhood sexual abuse. It has taken a lot of work to learn to engage the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit of God that has been responsible for my healing from severe dissociation. The outcome of the process has been worth every moment of what has been a dreadfully steep and painful learning curve!

There are two scriptures that have been my pillars of hope during my journey of overcoming homelessness and learning to engage the power of God’s word to heal my shattered thought life. 

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for hope and a crafty, bright future!” Jeremiah 29:11 ~Loosely Translated~

“I intend to break the yoke of suffering from your life so you can enjoy your life… and I will do it through the power of MY presence in your life!” Isaiah 10:27  ~Also Loosely Translated~

 

One of my favorite teachers about our thinking process is Dr. Caroline Leaf. I have found great hope, comfort, and encouragement in her teachings, and am very grateful for her knowledge of mind/brain science that she shares so freely!

The knowledge I gained from the teaching in her video is hidden in the details of this very colorful depiction of what it feels like to do the work of a “neuro-plastician!”

I’m a graphic designer, and my heart lept when I was first drawn to the circular trees like the ones you see in my picture. (no pun intended!)

My understanding of Dr. Leaf’s teaching about lollipops and poodles can be clearly seen in the details of my artwork when you understand the significance of her instructions to “learn to take our poodles for a walk.” 

There are many poodles and lollipop trees in my artwork, and the sheer volume of them is an indicator of the lengthy process it has taken to reclaim my thinking and heal my injured mind/brain connection!!

Much of my artwork is filled with poodles and lollipops, but my “Aha!” moment came as I was listening to this particular video. You will see what I mean when you listen to it for yourself!!

I turned to the internet when I was initially diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but the answers I needed were few and overwhelmingly academic in nature. I remember how desperately I needed to know what “was happening to me,” and that is part of the reason I am sharing this story with you today!

  • If you are what’s known as a “multiple,” my hope is to provide comfort, hope, reassurance that you are NOT crazy, and to share information with you that has taken 25 years to be cultivated in my own life.
  • If you are in deliverance ministry, my intent is to share details about the critical need for understanding the complexities of arrested development when conducting deliverance for someone who is dissociative.
  • If you are the child (or grandchild) of a “multiple,” I would like to assure you that YOU are not responsible for the recovery of your parent or grandparent, and the best way you can “help” them is just to LOVE them unconditionally and guard your own heart in the process!!
  • If you are a mental health care provider, case manager, social worker, therapist, or first responder who deals with the complexities of providing care for those who are dissociative, please accept my heartfelt thanks and gratitude for your courage, compassion and willingness to step into the very challenging arena of triggered emotions. It’s not easy for either of us, and I am grateful for the calm presence of the many health care providers who have shown great compassion during my own times of need.

I will be discussing these issues in-depth in my upcoming workshops, but for now, my goal is to help raise awareness about the harsh realities that are an everyday occurrence for anyone who is experiencing unresolved trauma associated with childhood sexual assault.

Healing from that level of pain takes time, strategic intervention, and great compassion from everyone involved. I have had to learn to extend compassion to myself, but I am making great strides in my own recovery.

I vividly remember the desperate need for someone to talk to, and the comfort that God has extended to me is the reason I am sharing my story. This is the word of my personal testimony, and I pray you find hope and comfort in the words of my stories.

Thank you for joining me again today, and I will see you again soon!

Connie 

 

The God of All Comfort

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so also through Christ, our comfort overflows.  

 6 If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which accomplishes in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we experience.  7 And our hope for you is sure because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort.

II Corinthians 1:3-6

 

ROLL CALL at CONNIE’S HOUSE

“We are made in the image of a thinking God…” ~Dr. Caroline Leaf~

RECOMMENDED VIDEO:   Through Her Eyes, The Sower and The Seed

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

What are you doing to teach your kids about the Bible? Or your grandchildren?

How are you showing them who’s who, the timeline, and what it means to be that which our society calls “a person of faith?”

(I really stumbled and got tongue-tangled around that sentence, so I thought I should write it out for clarity’s sake!!)

What does it mean to be a Christian?

What does it mean to be a disciple of Christ? An Ambassador?

A believer? A disciple? An apostle?

That should be just about enough… this is just a little bit of text to help balance my post appearance, so now, click the video to hearthe rest of the story.

Oh, and thank you for taking the time to visit again today… I’m really glad you chose to drop by!

Hello, America… We Hear You’re Ready For Adventure!

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