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Today on the podcast I am chatting with Jessica Hottle. Jessica is a Christian business coach, personal trainer, entrepreneur and writer. We talked about how to create space and heal tender places within our souls. It is a great conversation with lots of eye-opening and practical steps that anyone can use.

How do we create space in our life? 

If we are constantly busy and our minds are not at rest, we can’t work on the issues that are plaguing us. Clarity comes through being obedient and listening to the Holy Spirit’s soft and gentle voice. Ask yourself: How am I using my downtime? Am I being a good steward of my time? Be aware of what you are doing, set a timer and then after the timer goes off, pivot or keep going. This will help you stay on track!

How do we “take captive” our thoughts?

  1. Acknowledge what you are feeling.
  2. Identify and name what you are experiencing
  3. Acceptance (it isn’t your identity, it is just what you are feeling)
  4. What is this emotion telling you? Why am I holding offense to this?
  5. Have a conversation with God. Get your mind back to the truth.

Feelings are gauges and indicators of what is going on deep inside, but the truth is what should guide us. We need to have the truth and God’s word on repeat inside of our hearts and minds.

How we react matters.

Give yourself a few seconds between the emotion and the reaction to ask yourself. Does this reaction help or hinder the situation? If it is going to hinder the situation or hurt feelings, it is best to hold back.  Ask yourself: “Am I helping or hindering the situation?” and then react in the way that is honoring to God and His truth. 

How to get “unstuck” in my thought life?

Welcome vulnerability and walk in humility. Spend time in God’s word and let His truth be hidden in your heart.

Using these tips can help you reign in your emotions and keep you from ruining relationships or hurting those you love. It can also help you identify and deal with some of the deep emotional pain you are carrying.

*Jessica Hottle is a faith-based fitness coach, podcast host, best-selling author, and speaker with a heart for teaching women how to dismantle the lies that keep them from healing and wholeness. She is the author of 4 books with her new book coming out this fall titled Face Off with Your Feelings: Break Up with the Lies From Your Past and Embrace the Truth for Your Future. Jessica is the host of What’s The Truth, a show where she challenges the way her listeners think so they can change the way they live. Her writing has been featured by She works His Qay, Cross Training Couture, and Revelation Wellness. When she isn’t writing, speaking, or coaching you can find her enjoying time with her husband Jon, being a momma to their three cats, and spending her free time outside whenever she can (playing golf, hiking, reading, or writing in her journal). Follow Jessica on Instagram or visit her website


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