Battle Scars: A New Teaching Series with Jennifer Coomes CN, E-RYT
Updated: Oct 17, 2022
It's been a little bit since I've been back at the spiritual and health teaching side of what I do, and I'm looking forward to sharing this series with you. The name of the series came to me awhile back and I wanted to make sure I was going in the right direction with it, so I began listening awhile to my needs and what was going on in the world and what it needed. One of the things I noticed that was needed was a deeper connection to God and the God's power of breakthrough.
As we watch war trudge on without any solid movement toward resolution, it can make you wonder, "Where is God in this?" and "Why is it taking so long to stop evil?" I'm sure anyone who feels oppressed and in battle during your daily life knows this feeling all too well. I can deeply relate to this feeling in my own life. The battle scars are present, and we may not be talking about them enough in order to heal, and thus the war continues. How can we get the war to stop? By reaching deeper into what will heal and what we must do to heal.
We're craving God's Grace with the fight to move forward, and yet God is calling us into the listening to ensure we get there in the right way. This song inspired me today as I was putting this series together and it will be some of the music that inspires this series. It is called "I'm Listening" by Chris McClarney. Please give it a listen. Whether you are Christian or not, it speaks to a higher place of breakthrough and deep essence of getting there the right way.
This series will talk about some of the battles women face on the way to and through womanhood, and why women can be their own worst enemy to themselves and to each other. I realized that, after coming out of breast biopsies for the second time in the last year in the effort to remove high risk pre-cancerous areas, I was left with physical scars along with emotional and mental scars that I was working through for weeks and months. The scars I will have mark a battle scar, and we all have them in some way, whether seen or not seen. Yet, sometimes, our culture rushes us to get to next steps without fully processing what happened, why, and what to really do next.
I knew I had arrived to womanhood a long time ago and the journey through these biopsies had reinforced that fact, but our culture can be damaging to women if they have not arrived to marriage or children. Suddenly, there's a society that is telling you that you are not a woman or not worthy of being a whole woman because of what you have or have not accomplished or become. Then, you're overwhelmed with healing at the same time, and it can be a complicated mess to unravel and find yourself again.
There are women facing and surviving all types of battles, along with their battle scars, and I see them in my nutrition and yoga practice all the time. It's time to do womanhood in the right way and give permission to embrace all the different ways in which women arrive to womanhood and progress through it while becoming, achieving, and hopefully giving back. Becoming whole is a process, and it requires commitment just like it does to heal from physical injury that produces a battle scar.
I believe we are yearning for something greater right now, and that we are craving the deeper essence of God's Grace that comes when we can connect honestly and move in life in touch and present. Many of us need deeper breakthroughs and I have found that anchoring to God at this time in my life has helped me through changes and pivots to help me live more alive. I hope to inspire that essence through this series. Here is more music to help us along this journey from war to peace. It's an album called Hymns of Heaven (Acoustic Sessions) by Phil Wickham.
Let's give a voice to the Battle Scars so we can heal. Let's stop the war.
God's Grace is here.
See you soon,
Session #1: Personal & Financial Breakthrough
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Session #2: Cleaning Out the Evil
Finally, be strong in [God] and in the strength of [God's] might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”
1 John 4:1-3
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God.
Session #3: While You're Waiting, Get Things Done
1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude. It is is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease;
Where there are tongues, they will be settled;
Where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I become [an adult], I put childish ways behind me.
Now we see but poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
"Teach me your way, O [God], that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart"
"Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure."
"For [God] satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul [God] fills with good things."
Session #4: Getting Results, Practicing What You Preach (after you figure out the correct foundation)
“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach”
"You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?"
"Whatever you do, work heartily, for [God]..."
Session #5: To the Queen, A Curtsy