“I’m thinking about counseling, but I don’t know where to start. What kind of Christian counseling help is available? Who’ll provide what I need?” When I started my healing journey, seeking a new way to live, I hesitated going to...
When you’re wounded, forgiveness is one of the last things you’re excited about doing. You might want to heal your wounded heart, but forgive? Instead, anger surfaces. Indignation appears. Outrage over what’s happened takes center stage. Or, you hide...
When I crashed, I crashed hard. I could barely get out of bed anymore. I thought I needed rest for a day or two to make up for all the activity of fostering multiple children in a unique set up in the country. Those days turned into weeks. Tears lived on the edge of...
Breaking the trap of shame involves more than positive statements and trying to get ourselves to believe positive things. Yet, we’re prone to grasp every mantra that sounds good and rings true, with the hope that somehow we can start living that way. We need...
I have the privilege of being tested by my own words. The things I’m compelled to teach about are often the result of past experiences. Even so, God allows me to be tested in the same areas again. I’m faced with these questions often. Do I mean what I say?...
Ever find yourself struggling through life’s challenges? Maybe you’re tired and weary. Maybe fears and doubts threaten your ability to live well as a Christian.
I believe God has more peace, joy, and freedom than many of us come to know. I want this for us.
I also believe God is bigger and better than any of us can ever know. I want us to see more of Him daily.
Here we’ll journey through areas of emotional health, soul care, and spiritual growth in order to cultivate a life-well lived and a soul well-nourished. Not a perfect life, but a life reliant on the One who is perfect.
While it may not be easy, it’s worth it.
**NOTE: I am not a licensed therapist or clinician. Any advice given on this site is strictly my observations and insights based on personal experiences and study. It should in no way take the place of professional assistance.
First monthly chat for Connected Church Care is next Tuesday. Gathering with leaders (pastors, ministry leaders, counselors, etc.) to discuss ways we can improve care within the church that fosters deeper connections and emotional/spiritual health.
Phrases that cover up and enable further abuse...
“Let God deal with...”
“Your anger is a sign of unforgiveness.”
“(Abuser) is sorry. It’s time to forgive.”
“Trust that God sees.” (Without action to protect)
Please don't focus on telling a victim to forgive & just let God deal with the other person. Help them learn how to not allow further harm. Help them receive love through you.
Yes, vengeance is not ours. But growth is. Too often the focus weighs the victim without strengthening.
This new song by Alanis Morisseette is amazing! Here's to all the mamas/papas wanting to help their children live well.
I hear God's heart for us in this song. Lost source of life in garden, gaining His light in/through us 2day.
A friend of mine has come forward with her story of sexual abuse at the hands of a girl's wrestling coach. Would you share some words of encouragement for her that I can pass on? I am proud of her bravery, and some of you know how hard this is. phoenixnewtimes.com/news/arca…
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