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Ep. 557 - Red Flags and Malicious Behaviors of a Narcissist and Protection Strategies - Mary Heiser

February 19, 2024 • Tina Griffin

Mary Heiser was married for over 30 years to a man who displayed many behaviors consistent with someone who is a “malignant narcissist.” She returned home one day after serving for Operation Christmas Child, and discovered her husband was gone. He had taken all his personal items, her personal treasures, important documents, and financial records. Mary began to realize she had been mentally, emotionally, and financially abused and controlled for most of the marriage and then discarded. She describes five malicious behaviors that can help others identify if they are living with or dealing with a narcissist and how to recognize the “red flags.” Several strategies to protect themselves, including keeping a close eye on all financial issues and accounts are also discussed.



TAKEAWAYS


Spiritual warfare in the home is a clear and evident facet in these types of relationships as narcissism is mostly about self glorification


You can expect to be devalued, blamed, lied to and instilled with fear, so it’s imperative you have a solid relationship with the Lord


One of Mary’s favorite words is “thrival” - a combination of survival and thriving - finding herself again after decades of narcissistic abuse


Forgiveness is possible and necessary for “thrival” to happen but cannot be done without strength that only Jesus Christ can provide



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Ep. 588 - Forgiving Mom’s Killer and Abusive Adoptive Parents Fostered Freedom - Joanna Lynne Torres

April 11, 2024 • Tina Griffin

At just two years old, Joanna Lynne Torres watched her mother get murdered at the hands of a stranger. She managed to escape while the killer was discarding her mother’s body in an alley. Sadly, this was not the end of Joanna’s painful journey. She experienced abuse during her time in the foster care system as well as within her adopted family, which wounded her further. However, Joanna was able to go to therapy at the age of 19 and find a path toward healing and forgiveness that eventually paved the way for her to become a pregnancy and adoption counselor. With such a horrendous childhood, Joanna can speak to the power of forgiveness better than most, and she credits her relationship with Jesus as being a major reason. TAKEAWAYS Forgiveness gives you compassion that you didn’t know you had and can facilitate unexpected and powerful healing and restoration Cycles of abusive behavior can continue if a person doesn’t step into their journey of seeing why they need to heal or change Joanna was able to forgive the man who murdered her mother in an incredible act of strength Forgiving those who have done us wrong allows us to be free of that painful memory 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE Donate to Counter Culture Ministries: https://bit.ly/3rg5kgj 🔗 CONNECT WITH JOANNA TORRES Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joannatorresauthorhttp://www.facebook.com/joannatorresauthor Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjoannatorreshttp://www.instagram.com/authorjoannatorres 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Capstone Legacy: https://capstonelegacy.org/ Redemption Shield (get 10% off with code TINA): https://bit.ly/3wzgeiq RogersHood Apothecary (get 10% off with code TINA):  https://www.rogershood.com/?coupon=tinahttp://www.rogershood.com/?coupon=tina Ascent Nutrition: https://goascentnutrition.com/tina 🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM  https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner/

Ep. 587 - Survivor of Cult-Like Abuse Forgives Father Through Christ’s Strength - Carrie Sheffield

April 10, 2024 • Tina Griffin

Forgiveness is easier said than done, and one woman warrior who has experienced the unthinkable is Carrie Sheffield. Carrie is the author of Motorhome Prophecies: A Journey of Healing and Forgiveness, in which she chronicles finding a way to forgive after a childhood of horrifying abuse at the hands of her cult-like father. Now, Carrie is an esteemed columnist and broadcaster who talks about the healing power of forgiveness through the grace of God. She discusses the uptick in depression and suicide across America, and why forgiveness is such an integral part of healing your own wounds - even if the other person doesn’t deserve it. She now shares her knowledge and wisdom with many others so they can learn to heal, too! TAKEAWAYS Carrie’s father believed that he was a Mormon prophet and used his cult-like behavior to abuse his family Often, those under the control of a cult leader or abuser will be isolated, routinely uprooted, and estranged from loved ones Only the love of Christ truly assuaged the wounds that Carrie suffered as a result of her massive childhood trauma Victims of childhood sexual abuse are much more likely to commit suicide later in life if they leave their trauma unresolved 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE Download the CCM App: https://bit.ly/3vc4d2x Motorhome Prophecies book: https://amzn.to/4acnk50 The Body Keeps the Score book: https://amzn.to/3xmy6hr Good Ranchers (get $30 off first box with code TINA): https://www.goodranchers.com/http://www.goodranchers.com  🔗 CONNECT WITH CARRIE SHEFFIELD Website: https://carriesheffield.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carriesheffieldhttp://www.facebook.com/carriesheffield Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sheffieldcarrie/http://www.instagram.com/sheffieldcarrie X: https://twitter.com/carriesheffield YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@carriesheffieldhttp://www.youtube.com/@carriesheffield 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Redemption Shield (get 10% off with code TINA): https://bit.ly/3wzgeiq  Institute For Creation Research: https://www.icr.org/tina  Patriot Mobile (use code TINA for free activation): https://www.patriotmobile.com/ccmom/http://www.patriotmobile.com/ccmom Capstone Legacy: https://capstonelegacy.org/ 🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM  https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner/

Ep. 586 - Insight Into the Five Apology Languages and Restoring Relationships - Dr. Jennifer Thomas

April 9, 2024 • Tina Griffin

Inevitably, we’re going to offend someone at some point in our lives, so the goal is to offer apologies that truly land, says Dr. Jennifer Thomas. She is the co-author of The 5 Apology Languages: The Secret to Healthy Relationships. Jennifer shares insight into the five apology languages and what they represent: expressing regret, accepting responsibility, forging restitution, making a planned change, and requesting forgiveness. A complete apology will include all five apology languages, Jennifer advises. She also cautions people to avoid judging the hearts of others. Instead, look for actions and real change to see if an apology is sincere or not. TAKEAWAYS Start off with simple apologies and then build up to using all five apology languages It’s important to avoid saying “I’m sorry” constantly but failing to back that phrase up with action and change Another important aspect of apologizing is to own what you did - accept responsibility We should show love and respect even when we disagree with others 🛠 TOOLS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE Apology Languages video: https://bit.ly/3thuhcp Rooted Truth Collective (get 10% off first month with code TINA): https://bit.ly/3i6omd8 The 5 Apology Languages book: https://amzn.to/3u2hyjr The Apology Language Quiz: https://bit.ly/3wiw28d 🔗 CONNECT WITH DR. JENNIFER THOMAS Website: https://www.drjenniferthomas.com/http://www.drjenniferthomas.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/drjenthomas/http://www.facebook.com/drjenthomas Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/5apologylanguages/http://www.instagram.com/5apologylanguages LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjenthomas/http://www.linkedin.com/in/drjenthomas X: https://twitter.com/drjenthomas 📢 THIS EPISODE SPONSORED BY Jase Medical (get a discount with code TINA): https://bit.ly/jaseccm Patriot Mobile (use code TINA for free activation): https://www.patriotmobile.com/ccmom/http://www.patriotmobile.com/ccmom Capstone Legacy: https://capstonelegacy.org/ Ascent Nutrition: https://goascentnutrition.com/tina   🔗 CONNECT WITH COUNTER CULTURE MOM  https://linktr.ee/counterculturemom 📺 WATCH OUR PREVIOUS SHOWS https://bit.ly/fpmccmshow 📲 GET OUR APP & FREE PARENT MEDIA GUIDE http://bit.ly/landingpageccm 💵 SUPPORT THE MISSION 2023 Recap & 2024 Goals: https://bit.ly/ccm23impactreport Make a Tax-Deductible Donation: https://counterculturemom.com/partner