Faith Based Coaching

Golden Linings: Time with God             Blog One: Gazing Up….

Philippians 4:13  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Recently, I was thinking about a parenting dilemma I was facing in my life. At the time, all I could see is the “impossible”…all those reasons this issue could not and would not be resolved. I thought of all the deficiencies in my parenting and myself. I considered the challenges facing my child. Whew! This seemed overwhelming!

And then it hit me. Where was my faith in all this? When and how had I given this to God?

In reality, I hadn’t. So, my mind could only dwell and focus on the “I can’ts.” I realized my mind is connected to my heart and my heart is connected to my spirit—or soul. All of those affect my faith, and I hadn’t connected ANYTHING to my God at this point. How could He help me if I couldn’t and wouldn’t let go of it?

Instead of looking down, I began to look up. Rather than seeing all that was wrong and how my life felt half empty, I began to fill my glass by turning my view, my perspective, and looking up. I began to consider the strengths I had as a parent—especially through God. I realized the possibilities in my child—-after all, he was created for God’s purpose.

Wow! The gaze and possibilities changed drastically when I did that. I recalled the scripture above, knowing my God was bigger than any problem that I or my child faced, and through Him, the issue would be resolved. Perhaps not to my understanding or in my time (I’m very impatient), but in a way that would be best for me and my child—as well as so many others (which my own limited perspective often fails to see!).

I also recalled the book (The Power of Habits, by Charles Duhigg) I had recently read about habits of mind and how that affects our actions—and thus our lives and ultimately the quality of our lives. Two more scriptures came to mind and I read them repeatedly as I prayed. I also shared these scriptures with my child and asked him to pray as well:

Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  

Philippians 4:6

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Suddenly, my dilemma did not seem so big…so overwhelming…so impossible. It wasn’t so heavy on my heart because I had chosen to give it to God and move forward in faith. I wasn’t quite sure how or when the issue would be resolved, but I knew it would be in God’s time and in God’s way, and that was good enough for me—and for my child.

What parenting or life issue is weighing you down today? How can you let go and give that to God?   What strengths do you and your child have which God can and will use in this process?

Record your problem in a journal and periodically check back after much prayer. Step out in faith and see the possibilities rather than the impossibilities. Know that God is bigger than anything you will ever face as a parent. He loves you and your child and He walks beside both of you. Stay on His path and believe as you share your faith with your child. Check back periodically and record the wonders of how He is handling the problem—rather than how YOU and your child are attempting to do it. We are limited. God is not. Change your gaze. Hindsight is 20-20, but faith makes all things possible….especially when you gaze upward and let God guide you.


Pam Bradley, EdD

Independent Life Coach/Consultant, BCC




Look for my soon-to-be-published book on Faith-based Parenting.

The Truth About Self-Care

“Self-care” seems to be one of those terms that’s getting thrown around a ton in recent years. “What do you do for self-care?” or “Ugh, you need some self-care…” or even “What the heck is self-care?!” may all be common statements.

In the health and wellness industry, we hear about, discuss, and recommend “self-care” all too often. But does anyone really know what self-care means? I’m going to be bold and say the majority of “professionals” have been getting it wrong. Hear me out…

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Fitness Training & Coaching: The ideal pair

I loved my 2 years in graduate school. I got to get up early every morning and study exercise science all day long with the help of a great library, an exercise physiology lab, and dedicated professors. What could be better for someone who wants to learn their profession!

I learned exercise science inside and out. What an asset that was and is. It has given me the ability to design and implement safe and effective exercise programs for hundreds of very diverse clients over the last 20 years.  I am so thankful to have gained this in-depth knowledge through a well-designed curriculum of guided study.

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How to Help Your Coaching Clients With Body Image Challenges

I don’t like to sweat.  I don’t look good”, Pam said when I asked her how strong her intensity is when exercising.  I’m torn between saying “Of course not, fitness isn’t pretty, you don’t need to look good when doing it” or something more helpful , and what I know she wants to hear, like “You look good no matter what you do”!  Pam’s been telling me for months how much she wants to lose weight, how she’s been walking every night (or almost every night), watching what she eats and simply doing EVERYTHING she can to lose weight.  The problem with EVERYTHING is that it doesn’t seem to include consistency.  The lack of consistency extends to her portion sizes and eating ‘healthy’ as well as exercise intensity and frequency.  I don’t say much to Pam because I’m not her coach, her trainer, her boss, her mother or, frankly, anyone in a position to say to her the things she doesn’t want to hear.  I’m just her friend and as her friend I would really like to see Pam be happy.  I know she would choose skinny over happy for herself but I’ve seen her skinny and she wasn’t happy then either.

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Tapping Into a New You: Techniques for Life and Wellness Coaches

Are you one of the millions of Americans wanting to lose weight? Have you sought out professional help for chronic ailments or emotional hang-ups?

The vicious cycle of being determined to improve our condition, followed by the frustration of another dead end can leave a person feeling crummy in and of itself! Worse, with enough invested it can feel like we’re throwing good money after bad.

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Domestic Violence and Life Coaching Techniques

My name is Jody Bergstrom and I am a Certified Life Strategies Coach. I reside in Billings, MT.

Domestic violence is pervasive in our society. It leaves its victims in a place of hopelessness and fear. The victims start to come out of the darkness and often feel they have nothing. Many of these individuals have the inner strength to overcome the aftermath of being abused. The victims need a guide to help them find a way to reach their inner strength and help them see the light within.

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7 habits to turn your coaching and training business from good to great

1)     Don’t be advised by too many people. I love being coached – nothing makes me happier, seriously – but that has been one of my downfalls in the past. I enjoyed it so much that I signed up for coaching by anyone and everyone. The problem is that each coach has their own take on things, meaning you often end up going around in circles. At the moment, I have two coaches: one for my offline business, and one for my online business. I’ve found that coaches with specialties give me more bang for my buck.

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Let Food Be Thy Medicine & Medicine Be Thy Food: The Era of Nutrigenomics

In April, 2003, the publicly funded Human Genome Project (HGP), whose quest was to sequence all 3 billion base pairs found in the human DNA, was completed. The elucidation of the human genome created opportunities for the development of several scientific fields and tools to be able to understand and treat chronic disease based on our genes. One of those fields is nutrigenomics.

So what is Nutrigenomics?
Nutrigenomics is the study of how foods affect the expression of genetic information in an individual and how individual differences affect the way we metabolize and respond to the nutrients and bioactive compounds in the foods we eat. Nutrigenomics helps us understand how our genetic variation can explain why individuals respond differently to the same foods; and helps us to understand the interaction of nutrient-gene effects in the development and prevention of chronic disease.

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REAL MEN MEDITATE with their wife and kids!

Meditation can conjure up visions of yogis peacefully residing on a mountaintop, one with the earth and sky. That may seem to be a very unobtainable state, however, meditation is something that everyone can do (mountaintop optional).

As a yoga instructor and a mom of three, I welcome families to come together to take my classes, in fact I encourage it.  New moms with their babies, moms and dads with toddlers in tow, everyone can benefit from the practice.  Parents are often surprised at how their kids are natural-born yogis! I often use the babies to show the proper way to breath, deep from your belly.  The babies are my best assistant instructors in long deep breathing.  After class, no matter the group I am teaching, is always meditation time and there are some wonderful meditations that families can participate in!

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Eat More and Lose Weight

Eat more to lose weight…?…YES!

Most of you have probably heard or read that statement before, but immediately went “yeah right!”, and never took the time to find where this so called “fact” was coming from. Don’t feel bad cause that’s what most people do. But now is your chance to find out!

Here’s the deal. Your body is all about one thing…survival. It does not care what you look like. It only cares about doing what is needed to survive. It makes these decisions based on the daily decisions you make in regards to your physical activity, and your intake of calories. Oooh…there is that evil word, “calories”! It is evil, right?…Not necessarily. The big counting calorie fad has brain washed everyone into thinking that if they take in less calories, it means weight loss. Wrong. Here’s why:

There are a couple of things related to your caloric intake that will make you gain fat weight:
#1. How often you eat.
#2. The amount of calories that you take in.

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