The Feeling Better - Gambling Addiction & Spiritual Warfare

The Feeling Better - Gambling Addiction & Spiritual Warfare

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 those who are stuck in the dark pit of addiction to defeat the enemy and find victory. Througout her podcast, Maria Simon shares her own devastating journey and what led to her downfall and ultimately, her redemption and recovery. The raw emotion of her ordeal, her inspiring words of wisdom, and the practical, spiritual encouragement laid out each week can help anyone--Christian believer or not--to overcome their compulsive addiction once and for all.

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March 3, 2024 10 mins
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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

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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 spiritually.

And that means saying good-bye. The Feeling Better gambling a...

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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 people have do to our mental health and spiritual walk? Have a listen...

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February 4, 2024 43 mins

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, alcohol, drugs, food, video games, smoking, shopping, etc., and you&apos...

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January 28, 2024 51 mins

#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 provide you with advice on what to do if you find yourself in a real demonic enc...

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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 invoke correction and discipline from God. Other times it leaves mental doors open f...

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January 7, 2024 44 mins

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 things we should be praying for, and if it's wrong to pray for more than...

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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. That's it, just two. And I'm not leaving you on your own to do it. I'm g...

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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 at zero, and I have no idea how my January bills are going to get paid. But do you kno...

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December 17, 2023 4 mins

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 touch, please click this link for my contact page: CONTACT ME

Or yo...

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December 10, 2023 15 mins

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 productive. I share some ideas for keeping our minds off of gambling here during the win...

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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 didn't have the energy or brain power to edit it. I start off by telling yo...

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November 19, 2023 75 mins

#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. It's heartbreaking to hear the dark despair I was in...

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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. But both Jesus and the Apostle Paul tell us that true Christians don&a...

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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 stories of relationships gone bad, and show you the easiest way to love...

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October 29, 2023 67 mins

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. And this disturbed me. So I felt compelled to give my perspective on the si...

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October 22, 2023 52 mins

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 aware of how damaging this can be, and how frustrating this...

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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 listen to this succinct description (with resources for more info) about w...

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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 break down the raw, hard truth of it. And I also share a ...

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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, value, purpose, and importance. Check out all the things I h...

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