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Small Support Groups foster honest communication, which can help break down the self-imposed walls of silence and guilt!

Self-introspection seldom results in an objective view when you hurt inside. Every little thing seems more than what it is or what it will be. Negative tapes play despite your best efforts to think otherwise or to chase the bitter taste from your mouth.

Job complained to God out of the depth of his misery that the short life of a man “come[s] to an end without hope” and “his place will know him no more.” [Job 7:6b, 10b(NIV)]. So Job did what God intended him to do. Job said, “Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” [Job 7:11 (NIV)]

Job spoke out loud his anguish and bitterness in the remaining chapters. His three, so-called friends were no help. But God helped Job to see himself how God saw him. Job spoke his deepest concerns aloud.

God helps faithful believers understand that God is on their side. But even faithful believers have a hard time understanding how God intends to help them. In community with other believers, God’s goodness and mercy can be more easily discerned. While God used the unhelpful comments of the Three Friends to help Job, God can also use the insightful comments from those in very similar struggles to yours to help you. You support them. They support you.
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Confusion can transform into Clarity!—Delving into God’s purpose for your life or that of a spouse or family member. The more we understand His purpose, the more we can understand and work toward His expectations, which may not necessarily be our expectations.

Both Old and New Testament writers encouraged their readers with the great promises of hope, a future, and a divine eternal calling for everyone who believes.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

“In him we were also were made heirs, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:11-12 (NIV)

The Apostle Paul cautioned the early church in Rome,
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Think the way of God. Then, His good, pleasing, and perfect will can become known. You can learn this, and we can help.

Our Clients become well versed in the stark difference between “man’s ideas on how things work” vs. “God’s ideas on how things work.”
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Transform Shame into Peace!

First, realize Christians face the same temptations that non-believers face. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Roman Church advised that the way to understand God’s perfect will in your lifer was for you to not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2, NIV). Being Christian does not provide immunity to human desires, weaknesses, and making choices that do not honor our Lord. Sadly, Pornography addiction, drug abuse, rage, envy, child, elder, and spouse abuse, and divorce affect many in the faith community.

Second, understand you are not alone with your problems that run soul deep. God’s will for you is to live whole and free from the taint of the corrosive influences that surround you. After His ascension, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be a guiding influence to His disciples. The Holy Spirit gives us nine gifts, or fruits. The first three identified by Paul in Galatians 5:23 are Love, Joy, and Peace. Renew your Love relationship with the living God through deliberate, willful repentance. Then your Joy and Peace follow as brokenness is transformed into wholeness.
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Insecurity can transform into Confidence!—God can transform us from insecure to confident. Specific, Biblically based, Christian principles, applied individually, as a couple or as a family, will bring blessings into our relationships. Jesus Christ + Christian principles + Application = Results—Leaving "application" out of the equation results in NO results!
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