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Maria is just an average, middle American housewife and homesteader who never gave gambling much thought until she became addicted to slot games last summer. At her lowest point, God showed her that her compulsive gambling addiction, like many other addictions, was a spiritual attack. Maria published her book, "The Feeling Better: 10-4 Program" in March, 2023 and simultaneously launched this podcast. She addresses compulsive gambling and addiction from the spiritual perspective, helping thos ...
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Friends, this has been a long, incredible, unbelievable journey with you all. I'm sorry (not sorry?) to say this is my very last episode of The Feeling Better podcast. After a tough week where I suffered with a weird physical imbalance, I had some illumination from God about how to truly be the best ME for HIS kingdom: physically, mentally, and spi…
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Friends, this topic is a big one. The Imbalance of Bigger Barns addresses the whole "Keeping Up With the Joneses" mentality and wanting things we don't have. We don't have them and we think we should, and so we envy others. The grass is always greener on the other side... or is it? What kind of damage can envying things and coveting what other peop…
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Well, friends. In this episode, I get really into the guts of something that paints me out to be a complete jerk. Sometimes I wonder how God even stands me, let alone how I can stand myself. Let's just say I'm thankful for His grace and mercy, as well as my husband's. If you are someone suffering an addiction of ANY kind, whether gambling, porn, al…
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#demons #satan #ishellreal #hell Yeah, this might be a difficult episode for some people to grasp. My intention was to give you a short introduction to the discussion about the imbalance of a demonic tongue, which every one of us needs to hear. But I get into talking about Satan and hell, and I share with you my really creepy demon story, and provi…
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In this episode, I tell you three crazy stories about grace and mercy that happened to me last week, one of which explained why I wasn't able to get a podcast episode uploaded last Sunday. I also finally dive into the imbalance of character and integrity, and how I turned into wretched thief who stole while I was gambling. Sometimes imbalances invo…
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In this episode, I tell you how once again God came through for us, with an amazing story that defies explanation. I don't think anyone can deny the power of prayer at this point. How many times have I shared stories like this now? It's kind of mind-blowing! And that perfectly ties into a question I got from a listener, who asked me what kind of th…
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Enough is enough, right? Enough gambling. Enough loss. Enough failure. Enough living a life of confusion, anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. Do you all want to make 2024 the most incredible and impactful year of your life so far? Then join me on this new venture. In this episode, I share with you two resolutions that will change everything for you. Th…
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Merry Christmas! You will never guess the gift God gave me for Christmas. I have finally learned the spiritual secret to letting go completely of worry, anxiety, stress, depression, and sadness. Once again, I got passed over for a job despite going through an intensive interview process. And I had COVID that lasted three weeks. My bank account is a…
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Friends, I can't thank God enough for all of you. Here is a short message for this week. And this is the link to my paid subscriber membership. More to come! The Feeling Better Spiritual Warrior Community Support the show For more information about my books, podcast, resources, please visit my website: https://www.thefeelingbetter.com To get in tou…
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Hello, friends! Man, as you can tell from my nasally voice, I am still under the weather, presumably with COVID as I had recently lost my sense of smell and taste. This is the hardest time of year for many of us current or former addicts. Between the short, dark days and all the holiday festivities, it can be tough to stay upbeat, positive, and pro…
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In this episode, I read from my new book, Imbalances: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives, Chapter 7--The Imbalance of Sex, Trust, and Intimacy. My apologies for not uploading a podcast episode last week, folks. I came down with some kind of nasty flu or virus that shifted to one of those horrid head colds. I had recorded my episode, but …
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#gamblingaddiction #spiritualattack #suicide *NOTE: TRIGGER WARNING IN THIS EPISODE!* Happy Thanksgiving! It's my 40th episode! And, I just hit the 10,000 download milestone. I know it's crazy, but I am so ridiculously thankful for my gambling addiction. In this episode, I share with you actual recordings from me back this time last year in 2022. I…
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In this episode, I read from my new book, Imbalances: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives, Chapter 6--The Imbalance of Negative Thoughts. It's human nature to have negative thoughts, but did you know it's sinful nature to be someone who continually thinks, voices, or acts on negative thoughts? Sometimes, Christians are the worst at this. …
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In this episode, I read from my new book, Imbalances: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives, Chapter 5--The Imbalance of Relationships. This is also a bit of a tribute episode to actor Matthew Perry from the show "Friends," who battled the spiritual attack of addiction for many, many years. I also share three (actually four) heartbreaking s…
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I struggled putting my words together for this week's regular episode, which was supposed to be chapter 5 of my book, because this situation in the Middle East has been dominating my thoughts. I got into some heated arguments (again) with my family. And it wasn't even my Muslim family members that I clashed with, but rather, my Christian siblings. …
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In this episode, I'm reading from my new book, "Imbalance: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives." This week is Chapter 4, The Imbalance of Busyness. I think many, many people, old and young, rich and poor, of every location and demographic suffer with having too busy lives that are chaotic, disorganized, and overwhelming. I bet you weren't…
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In this episode, I'm actually inserting a mini-chapter in between chapter 3 and chapter 4, because I realized that some of you may not actually know what it is that you're competing for in this contest of life. Do you really know what Heaven is? Do you understand what's revealed to us about our inheritance throughout the Bible? If not, have a liste…
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In this episode, I'm reading from my new book, "Imbalance: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives." This week is Chapter 3, The Imbalance of Self-Importance, or "Know Your Role." In this episode, I share the deepest, most intimate and personal story. I was finally able to dissect the real reason why I fell into a gambling addiction, and I br…
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In this episode, I'm reading from my new book, "Imbalance: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives." This week is Chapter 2, The Imbalance of Self-Worth, Value, and Influence. I think you'll be kind of surprised what I deem to be the biggest, most off-balance thing that nearly everyone around the world has as an idol to give them self-worth, …
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Welcome to the Feeling Better Podcast! In this week's episode, I'm diving into chapter 1 of my new book, Imbalance: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives. This first chapter dives into what I think is for most of us our number one primary imbalance, which is having the wrong priorities. Especially having one big, unbalanced priority that ho…
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Here it is, friends. The introduction to my new book, "Imbalances: The Addict's Guide to Fixing Our Broken Lives." In this introduction episode, I talk about what "balance" means from the Christian perspective, and why/how the armor of God is so critical when fending off the spiritual attack of addiction. I share how this book is a form of ointment…
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Hey, friends! Got some news for you this week. And, not suprisingly, my best laid plans went a bit awry. For those who want to check out Pastor Voddie Baucham's video on Brokenness, you can find that here: https://youtu.be/GVow8rSQwiA?si=yQtU1cIHX18KLc2L Support the show For more information about my books, podcast, resources, please visit my websi…
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Hey, friends! Check it out. I have a major announcement! But I've got to tell you the backstory first, about why God put the spiritual attack of gambling addiction on me, and what He's got planned for me next. If you suffer with an addiction, depression, or spiritual attack, you have check this out. It's super cool, and I'm both excited and nervous…
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In this episode, I take you along on my camping trip and tell you all about how I discovered the secret to letting go of your worries. Here's the link for my recommendation of an audio book by John Eldridge called: Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad You can also buy the paperback version here at this link: https://www.amazo…
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In this episode, I share some blessings that came upon me recently. God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!!! Support the show For more information about my books, podcast, resources, please visit my website: https://www.thefeelingbetter.com To get in touch, please click this link for my contact page: CONTACT ME Or you can email me …
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Yeah, friends. You read that title right. It's been one heck of a two weeks. I had a great time with my family, but I also succumbed to anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. And I messed up with a gambling addiction relapse. Have a listen to my story. Thank you all for listening. In this episode, I share my all-time favorite worship song, called "Breakt…
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Hey, all -- my sincerest apologies, but I made an impromptu decision to take a two-week summer break. All is well! I've just been ridiculously busy and have family coming up for a visit. I'm going to take some time to enjoy a bit of downtime with them. I'll be back on August 13th. Thanks! Take care. Support the show For more information about my bo…
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In this episode, I address generational curses. Can things like alcoholism or addiction be handed down via our genetics? And if so, is there anything we can do about it? I tell the story of how as a young teenager, I thought my mother had cursed me. And I also (of course) share what the Bible has to say about curses. Support the show For more infor…
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In this episode, I take some time to dive deeper into the discussion of wealth and materialism. Is being poor a curse? Or is being rich a curse? What happens when we love money more than we love God? Should we look at our gambling addiction debt as something that's a curse? Last week, I referenced Randy Alcorn's book, and I want to link it here for…
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In this episode, I dive into how having all-consuming collections, or obsessions, or attachments and infatuation with things, ideas, or people are really a form of idolatry and can leave us open and vulnerable to spiritual attack. I discuss some real life examples of how Christian believers (including myself) recognized that having these collection…
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In this episode, I'm sharing with you the miracle of what happened to me this week as I continue on my own journey of gambling addiction recovery. You won't even believe it. And in telling this story, I hope to help each and every one of you celebrate your own personal Independence Day. Support the show For more information about my books, podcast,…
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In this episode, I discuss the struggle of temptation. In particular, why we give into gambling when we know we shouldn't, when we don't really want to do it, and why do we always find a way? Is there a way out of that temptation? Tune in to listen. And for those who want to take my spin-off podcast survey as I mentioned in the intro, here is the l…
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This episode answers a listener question that asked me why I became a Christian, and why I chose Christianity over Islam. I grew up as a Muslim, but left the Islamic religion behind as a teenager. I mentioned before that Satan uses many, many forms of spiritual attack. One of the biggest, most successful forms of attack is the false religion of Isl…
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In this episode, I'll be talking about four things: 1- The movie Nefarious, and how it portrays demons who are intent on bringing God's people down and overtaking society--the spiritual battle between good vs. evil 2- What God expects of us as stewards of the money and gifts He's blessed us with 3-A deeper dive into self-exclusion and 4- Codependen…
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Hey, friends! In this episode, I answer a couple of listener questions that take me down a deep rabbit hole of uncovering some of the seriously concerning privacy policies and background check practices iGaming and online casino apps use to validate or verify your personal identity, financial situation, and player status. It'll blow your mind when …
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In this week's episode, I'm diving deep into why anxiety is also a spiritual attack, and what happens to it when we succumb to it. I tell the story of what happened to me while I was away on a work trip. Anxiety is no joke, but I had some real clarity on how anxiety is one of the devil's tools--just like addiction--to keep us down and prevent us fr…
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Hey, all... sorry to bail on you this week. I had a work trip with some heavy travel this week, and am exhausted from that. Plus, I had a serious mental breakdown that I'll be sharing next week as we dive into the topic of anxiety. Stay tuned, and tune in next Sunday when I share my story and how I coped. Be blessed! Support the show For more infor…
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Hey! This is my first episode just free-form talking about a few topics, now that the narration of my book is finished. It was a bit awkward for me not reading verbatim from my book, so let me know if it was awkward for you as well. If so, I'll go back to writing out my "script" and reading it, which (I think) is how I prefer it. But some might thi…
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In this episode, I'll be reading from parts most of the Afterword of my book, which I've modified and added onto for this podcast. I've also provided an update to where I am now, and some of the spiritual epiphanies I've had about my gambling addiction, and why I fell into it in the first place. I'm also sharing what happened to me after I publishe…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the tenth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (This Ruined Your Life) If you made it this far to th…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the ninth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (Recovery is Only Temporary) You might be just like m…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the eighth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (You Are Weak) Satan’s going to try to trip you up. …
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the seventh week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (Life Will Never Be Good Again) Your enemy wants yo…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the sixth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (You Are the Sum of Your Mistakes) The devil will do …
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For those looking for a quick, short-form clip with an introduction and condensed bio of me and my story of how I fell into my gambling addiction, this one is for you. This is a clipped segment pulled from my very first episode titled "Introduction, and My Story." Support the show For more information about my books, podcast, resources, please visi…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better: A Faith Based Approach to Overcome Your Gambling Addiction" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the fifth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (You Can Keep it a Secret) In this portion, I tell th…
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As an addicted gambler, did you experience the “zombie-like trance” as you played, or feel utterly confused at how you couldn’t feel the pain of losing your entire paycheck and playing down to zero? Did you ever play while hyper-focused, blocking out everything else around you? Did you ever feel intense, teeth-chattering cold and get the shakes aft…
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This podcast episode is read verbatim from my book, "The Feeling Better" which is available on Amazon. In this episode I'll be covering the four Battle Plans from the fourth week of the "10-4" Program: Battle Plan – The Enemy’s Playbook: (Lies About God’s Love for You) Let me make it clear: if you hear voices in your head telling you that you’re a …
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In this gambling addiction podcast, The Feeling Better, I've interrupted the reading of my book to provide a very personal expose of my gambling experiences with the Michigan casinos and gaming industry. I am a compulsive, addicted gambler, and my gambling addiction was the worst thing I'd ever experienced--mentally, physically, spiritually, and fi…
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