Beautiful, Courageous You


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Healing from Depression – Book Released!

Westbow Press have released Beautiful, Courageous You a journey of healing Spirit, Soul and Body from depression.  United States residents and European Countries can order direct from the publisher here . Also read an excerpt from the book on this link. All other orders can be placed through the Shop link.

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Having overcome life-threatening hopelessness, Lauralee is well qualified to share insights into healing from depression. In Beautiful, Courageous You, Lauralee’s words will concur with many sufferers of depression. As she describes, ‘depression is more than just a low mood, from time to time we all feel sad, moody or just flat. In depression these feelings are experienced more intensely, more frequently and most often without reason.’

Here’s what the experts are saying:

You will go on an amazing journey with Lauralee as she shares her testimony. You will cry and rejoice with her and you will find ‘golden keys’ to help you in your own journey. The book outline in easy simple truths on ways to live a life of freedom encompassing all aspects of our body, spirit and soul. – Lyn Baird (Master in Counseling & Clinical Director of Life Bridge Counseling & Psychology)

Beautiful, Courageous YOU is a true account of one woman’s experience of heartbreaking despair, grief and deep depression. This beautiful book will appeal to women who are suffering from depression or anxiety, and would like practical strategies to overcome adversity. Lauralee shares her knowledge and personal experience on nutrition, exercise, natural remedies, medicine, self-care, support, and the Word of God. The content is gentle, non-judgmental and written with love.   – Lisa Lindley, Psychologist

Through a personal journey of depression comes Lauralee’s own courageous story of healing for the spirit, soul and body. Straight from the heart of the Father, Beautiful, Courageous You has a mandate to tell every woman who they are, that God is captivated by their beauty and through Him they have courage to face whatever crosses their life’s journey. – Janelle Knox, Mici Magazine


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Bundaberg Event includes a Workshop with Froyle

Tickets on sale June 22nd! Limited to availability of 50.

A one-day, non-profit event  Saturday August 13th, event equipping women and girls to live a life of complete wellbeing; Body, Soul and Spirit. Be inspired by BCY guest speakers, then enjoy a full afternoon of fun, thought provoking sessions that facilitate the unveiling of your identity through creative expression in art and floral workshops. Be inspired, Be empowered, Be ‘Beautiful Courageous You’


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Beautiful, Courageous You Collective presents a non-profit event equipping women and girls in Bundaberg!

NOTE: Tickets on sale June 22nd – put it in your diary to come back then x

Beautiful, Courageous You Collective presents a non-profit event equipping women and girls Saturday August 13th, to live a life of complete wellbeing; Body, Soul and Spirit. Sponsored by beautiful Riverside Retreat enjoy the surrounds and be inspired by the author of “Beautiful, Courageous You” – Lauralee Berrill plus other guest speakers, then enjoy a full afternoon of fun, thought provoking sessions that facilitate the unveiling of your identity through creative expression in art and floral workshops. Be inspired, Be empowered, Be ‘Beautiful Courageous You’

In this busy world we live in it’s important for us, as women, to know how to incorporate physical, mental, spiritual and, emotional wellness into our every day lives. This enables us to live a life full of hope and be empowered and encouraged to pursue our passions and dreams.

Snapshot of the day:

There will be several sessions and fun workshops throughout the day where professional female artists, nutritionists and specialised consultants will speak and share practical tools that you can use to live a full, happy & healthy life.

A nourishing lunch is provided + Morning and Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Workshops Overview:

1) Healing for the Spirit through ‘Colours of Hope

You will explore your creative self through various mixed media techniques, using art and creative expression to help you realise your full potential. No experience is necessary. You will be guided by Froyle as you create a beautiful artwork to take home. Froyle will make and supply hand picked beautiful mixed media and collage papers for you to use. (All art materials are provided in the ticket price). This hands workshop will be co-ordinated by NZ born artist Froyle Neideck -froyleart.com

 2) Healing the Soul by ‘Twig and Grace

Flowers, like a beautiful garden bring joy and healing. Just like artwork or paint  … Natures own use of colour, fragrance and texture are here to delight the soul.

This workshop run by Dezley Hughes from Twig and Grace, will inspire you to see the beauty in the everyday. Using what is in nature combined with floral to create a heart felt gift for yourself or others. There are wonderful ways to become aware of what is in our local environment and how to use it to bring life to our floral arrangements, to enhance our or another’s surroundings. Dezley will encourage you to stop, see the beauty and have some fun, learning a few easy skills to enjoy floral arranging. Dezley Hughes is the founder and creative director of Twig and Grace

 3) Healing the Body with Health & Wellness

Hosted by Lauralee Berrill – Ba Exercise Science, Treena Salthouse – Health & Wellness Coach and Cara Morgan – mind/body facilitator. The Healing the body session will be run in a panel discussion with each facilitator sharing her expertise and knowledge in the area of health and wellness. Topics discussed are: depression and anxiety in a clinical sense, eating for a healthy mind, exercise and the mind… plus much more.

 Social Responsibility

Helping others – the purchase of your ticket will also be helping reach those in less fortunate situations.

 Proceeds from this event will go to support the ongoing of BCY events also to sponsor:

* Scarfs on assignment – beautiful, soft, richly coloured scarfs, created from original paintings, saturated with love and prayer which are sent free to to inspire hope and healing to those who are suffering from any type of illness or just need to know they are loved and matter. This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair – making a difference in the world one person at a time. coloursofhope.com.au

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We look forward to meeting you all

Lauralee and the BCY Team

 

 

 

 


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Healing from Depression…Exciting New Book Release!

Official proof copy has arrived!

My greatest hearts desire is to impact the world with a message of hope. Endowing the reader with a deep reservoir of joy and an absolute personal resolve that whatever life throws at you – you can and will overcome, you will rise again to enjoy the mountaintops of joy and breathe in the atmosphere of hope!

The heartbeat of Beautiful, Courageous You can be summed up in a quote by Helen Keller, born blind and deaf faced great adversities, she writes  I would rather be walking in the dark with a friend than in the light on my own. There is great reward in living in such a way that the focus is not on what you can get but rather on what you can give.
My desire behind the book is very much, coming alongside the reader, as a friend and walking with you until you are in a place of peace, joy and health.

The first chapter is about my journey through grief and severe depression then the following 29 chapters are all about the reader. With my background in Health Science I have covered healing for the body on a very practical level. Topics include; Nutrition, exercise, medication, natural therapies and many more…. Healing the soul covers the mind, will and emotions with some powerful exercises, hints and tips for managing stress and anxiety. Healing the spirit is a thorough and deep understanding of the unseen realm and how we can heal our bodies by addressing issues such as unforgiveness, anger, resentment and judgement etc.

Soon to be released mid June 😊 If you or anyone you know has ever suffered ‪#‎depression‬ or ‪#‎anxiety‬ this is a must read! Register your pre-order at beautifulcourageousyoushop.

Online availability at: www.westbowpress.com ; www.barnesandnoble.com ; www.amazon.com kindle et . and most major book retailer.

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Overcome with Power That Brings the World to Its Knees

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There’s no escaping this layer of affliction called ‘life’, there comes a point in time however, when you must decide to either allow the darkness to overtake your life and become a victim of your circumstances or you can choose to courageously move against your fears, face every situation and determine to push on knowing that God is with you, His presence within us is our assurance that we can live in peace.

His peace is not just for getting through the tough times, but He has promised us perfect peace and contentment all the days of our lives. Where do we find this peace, this lasting cure for fear? In his book “The Sheperd’s Rod; Volume XV11”, Bobby Conner puts it like this: “This is the pattern we need to learn: As we turn our inner focus, our will, to Christ and place our affections on Him, adjusting our thoughts to the Word, we will discover abiding peace.” The Sheperds Rod: Volume XVII page 60

Although the scriptures admonish us to keep our minds on that which is Truth, this is easier said than done. In light of birthing our stillborn baby boy , my relationship with God became, fractured, to say the least, I knew I was supposed to face up to my fears with faith but instead of facing up to them I was overtaken by fear about ‘everything’!.

As days and weeks passed I slipped into a deep depression and eventually my faith was all but gone. As I write in view of hindsight I can see where the situation that I thought was going to swallow me up has become my greatest victory, the truth has set my anxious heart free, for indeed Jesus stated that we shall know the truth and the truth will set us free (John 8:32) Let me encourage you, whatever you are facing that threatens to overcome you, you will get through this and be an even more magnificent you… a beautiful, strong reflection of His Glory. YOU are an overcomer The Message version puts it like this:

Every God-begotten person conquers the world’s ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world’s ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God. (1 John 5;5)

Now tune into Mandisa’s smash hit ‘Overcomer’ and start doin some ‘overcoming’ 😉 x


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Shadow Boxing your Worry and Anxiety

kind fierce braveWriting for this blog has been elusive for the past few months, life’s like that sometimes… elusive, indefinable and mysterious. As life’s circumstances have flooded in I found myself swept away, adrift in a sea of worry and anxiety dumbfounded with not much to say about anything. There was the issue… I had nothing to say, instead I just let life’s blows back me into a corner feeling beaten and defeated.

I panicked ‘God no I can’t be depressed again’, ‘I have been healed, delivered and set free’, I affirmed myself… then I heard the Lord say ‘speak to your circumstances’! ‘The circumstances are your reality but they are not Truth’!

Oh boy did I open my mouth and speak! Here I was shouting and bouncing around like a shadow boxer, my mind grew fierce with determination  as I declared ‘no weapon formed against me shall prosper’ (Isaiah 54:17) , ‘God has a good plan for my life, plans to prosper me and give me a future and a hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11) and ‘Lord you promised that you will keep me in perfect peace as my mind is stayed on you’ (Isaiah 26:3) the more I declared scripture, that which was overwhelming and vying for my attention dimmed to a dull shadow in the Light of Truth.

Our words carry creative power, Romans 4:17 implores us to ‘call those things that are not as though they already were’. However, when we are exhausted, distracted and not made time to ‘come away’ with Him it’s easy to speak negative and talk about all that is wrong in our lives. Lesson learned… keep my eyes on Him, my mind on His promises, and be ready to spring into action speaking the Word at the onset of a downward spiral. Needless to say I am ready to ‘get back in the ring’ and this time I will stand until the final round’. 😉


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Now, Lord, take my life! or get aligned ;-)

He restores my soul

During my journey of recovery from depression, I would often reflect on the story of Elijah written in the book of 1 Kings. Here we read the how this great man of God was running away to hide from Jezebel:

 “ But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (see 19: 3-5)

It is clear from the context that Elijah was exhausted – mentally and physically. I believe he had not been eating or resting, that he was running on a spiritual high (sound familiar?)

Elijah had great victories, revived a widow’s son, called down fire from heaven and then finds himself running scared from a girl! This irrational response is not too dissimilar to the first signs of depression, as his body was exhausted so to his mind became irrational, ‘Lord take my life’ is suicidal thinking!. He had already stood against greater odds than one woman and yet he was fearful and perceived the threat irrationally.

 How did God respond to Elijah? He cared for his natural needs: Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again.  And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you.”  So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.” (see 1 Kings 19:5-8)

The primary need that the Lord saw was the need for the body to recover strength: to sleep, to eat, to drink. Elijah had a nature – a human nature, just like our own. Therefore, if exhaustion and lack of nutrition can cause Elijah to have a flat day, then it can happen to us because we have the same nature, a human nature that requires adequate rest and nourishment.

When our body is depleted, our soul will follow with irrational thoughts, anger, irritability, insomnia etc., and of course depression which, by consequence, we will feel spiritually depleted. The same connection is true in a vice versa situation, for example what we allow our thought life to meditate on will determine our emotional condition and ultimately affect our physical bodies. Randy Clark writes; “When our will reflects His, our emotions receive the best medicine possible. An alignment takes place that gives permission for the body to experience health. A healthy spirit makes for a healthy soul. A healthy soul makes it much more likely that we will enjoy physical health too.” ”. (The Essential Guide to Healing pg, 179)

Often, we fail to recognise a ‘misalignment’ between our body, soul and spirit, as life gets busier we can fall into the trap of neglecting our physical needs, as Elijah did, we fall into an emotional demise and then find ourselves asking ‘how did I get here’? Today, take a moment to consider areas that are misaligned in your life… maybe it’s a check on your thoughts? What are you meditating on? How’s your nutrition? Do you have healthy boundaries in place with regards to negative influences? Self care is not selfish… it is essential, so, like Elijah, you may go ” in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights…” x