Jul 09, 2021
In General Discussions
MyFaithApps: Interview with Dr. Len Lopez about his book, 5 STEPS a Day: An accountability program to help you track your Habits and Attitudes by taking to-do lists and journaling to the next level. In our interview with Dr. Len Lopez, a health and fitness expert, author, and inventor, he said: “we all know that you are what you eat and what you think, and how important it is to feed your body and mind – but are we truly doing a good job at it? Life is all about choices, we can choose to eat and buy healthier food or we can choose to eat more junk, or processed foods! The same is true with our thought patterns, and how we spend our time? Our we letting our habits and attitudes help or hinder us in our physical walk, our fiscal walk and of course our spiritual walk. In 5 STEPS a Day, the STEPS are an acronym for Sleep, Think, Eat, Physical and Spirit. He believes, these are the 5 major areas that feed and nourish our body, mind and spirit, which according to Dr. Len has a huge effect on our Physical, Fiscal, Emotional well-being and of course our Spiritual well-being. What’s unique about 5 STEPS a Day, is that it may be the only accountability program that taps into your Visual and Kinesthetic learning centers to help anchor those positive habits and attitudes. Dr. Len states, “once you start shading-in your daily STEPS, you activate your Kinesthetic and Visual learning centers as you physically shade-in those footsteps and visually see that picture in your mind of all the progress you are making. Dr. Len states, “not everyone is an auditory learner, some people are more kinesthetic or visual, so simply reading a self-help or personal development book, may not get you as far as you want. But when you start shading-in those footsteps, it could be what finally get you over that hump in changing your habits and attitudes.” As Dr. Len explained more, he said, “how often we feed our body, mind and spirit is just as important as what we feed it.” If you only exercise once a week? Or only eat healthy every other meal – you might not get the level of health and fitness you want.” The same is true with how we feed our mind - if you only tell yourself (self-talk) or think I’m a good person, I can do it, I’m going to have a great day, but only say it once a week, once a month – what are the probability of making that happen?” This is where I can see the value of tracking what you feed your body and mind. As Dr. Len said, people are often encouraged to track or use an eating diary, so wouldn’t using some type of mental diary also be helpful? What’s wrong with giving yourself a little pep talk every day. If you don’t tell yourself how wonderful and good you are – who else is going to tell you or make you believe that? It was Henry Ford who said, if you think you can or can’t – you’re right!” So, what you think and focus on is powerful! Finally, we got to what are readers and followers would be most interested in and that is growing in our spiritual walk. Dr. Len says, “working our spiritual muscles is really not that different than working our physical muscles. It takes time, energy and effort.” He states, “if you only tap into your spiritual connection once a week or less – How strong do you think your spiritual muscles are going to be, especially in times when you really need them? Yes, it is great to read scriptures daily, just as it is to get your daily workout in, but just like exercise and diet. There are different types of exercises and foods you can use. The point he was trying to make is don’t get hung up in thinking working your spiritual muscles only comes from reading scriptures. Maybe one day you choose to listen to someone’s sermon or serve somewhere in your church or you simply attended church or maybe you were just researching and studying history to get a better grasp on something. The point is that each of those activities are working your spiritual muscles, which can only strengthen your spiritual walk and connection. As our interview was winding down, I wanted to ask him, if he had any fears? Dr. Len said, “one fear kept creeping in as I was writing this book, because I’m not a pastor, how can I be talking about our spiritual walk? Nor am I a self-help guru. I’m a health and fitness guy!” Then it finally hit him, he said, “my journaling pages are kind-of-like a ledger that corporations use to track sales, revenue and profit. The only difference is that we as individuals now have a simple and effective way to track how we feed our body, mind and spirit – the things that are important for an individual. As I hear on Shark Tank, ‘you have to know your numbers.” Is there anything else you would like to add? Let’s not forget the importance of having balance in your life. I know for some it's easy to get caught up with spending too much time and energy in one area, for example, spending too much time taking care of your physical body - eating right, and exercising, so much so that you don’t have as much time to work on your spiritual muscles. But the reverse is also true, you can spend so much time in reading, studying, serving and in fellowship that you don’t give yourself enough time to take care of your physical body. I appreciate your time, Dr. Len, it’s been fascinating. To get Dr. Len Lopez's book, please visit www.myfaithapps .com Thank you Dr. Len!
Apr 25, 2021
In General Discussions
In an interview by MyFaithApps with Dr. Virginia Johnson, the creator of the Christian Therapists on Demand app, a once teenage single mom who earned her doctorate and turned to tech to say, “you can have Jesus and a therapist too.” The Christian Therapists on Demand is a faith-based online therapy platform available on Android and iOS app stores, with the mandate of removing barriers to the gospel through therapy and counselling that can release Christians from the burdens of everyday challenges to managing a mental illness. “The Gospel shows Jesus to be a sensitive and loving presence, concerned for the mental wellbeing of those in need,” said Dr. Virginia Johnson. While it can be Scary, frightening when dealing with mental health issues, as a Christian, you can take comfort in knowing that you are not alone and can overcome any life challenges. The Christian Therapist on Demand application is by far one of the best Christian apps I have seen in recent years that I can't seem to stop using and talking about it. This app has healed people dealing with mental health issues and life challenges with Bible and God through technology. Christian therapy App is a powerful commitment to spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. The Christian Therapist on Demand has many counselors that are trained, licensed, experienced and accredited psychologists in marriage, family affairs, relationships, and spiritual development. During training, Users are open to tests and quizzes in preparing them for their upcoming exams. Successful trainees also get certified at the end of the counseling session. The app is user-friendly, and the website opens very fast on different mobile browsers without lagging, with no ads. I have tried a lot of apps with a similar purpose, but this is by far the best. This app is highly informative with a beautiful interface. It is a great app for all people and highly recommended. Also, this app created an avenue for dialogue between my therapist and me, which made it so easy to communicate directly with my counselor 24/7. There are also avenues to ask questions and discuss issues that trouble me, and it’s always well attended to by a professional therapist. Lastly, when the user's goal is achieved, it is easy to cancel the subscription, and that is done on an easier note on the app. MyFaithApps greatly recommend this app not just to people who need a therapist but to everyone who wish to improve their lifestyle and create a meaningful environment around them.