The Essence of Christian Counseling

“Face the hard questions that life requires you to ask. Gather with other travelers on the narrow road, pilgrims who acknowledge their confusion and feel their fears. Then, together, live those questions in My Presence.” Excerpt From: Crabb, Larry. “God’s Love Letters to You.”  I love my job.  In fact, yesterday morning, I could hardly […]

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Always Reconciling 

The Ministry of Reconciliation From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, […]

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Holding tight and letting go

I alluded to this idea of “letting go” in my last post. If you’ve been called to this ministry of parenting, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. When our kids are newborns, there is no “letting go.” We are at our child’s beckon call, running towards them at the first sign of discomfort; […]

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Theology from the back seat

“Mom, does God love Satan?”  This was the question I heard coming from the backseat yesterday evening.  She’s six by the way.  It was the sincerity of her question that moved me, she was genuinely curious and concerned for her enemy. Thank God for His Holy Spirit, and the sword of Truth that is His […]

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Little eyes, little ears

I don’t have this marriage and family thing figured out yet. Yes, I have a degree in it, yes, I am married, and yes, I am almost seven years into the parenting journey. But I swear, sometimes I feel completely helpless, much like a lonely wanderer without a map. Here’s what I do know: the […]

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The Weight of Beauty

I’ve written this blog in my head a dozen times, but have not had the courage to write it down and press “Publish”, until this morning. Even now, I’m nervous about how it will be received. I pray that you read it with a softened heart, open to the notion that beauty, as the world […]

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Beauty in the Mess

My husband and I are contemplating renovating a house built in the 1950’s. Ya’ll, this house is a disaster. I don’t think it has been lived in for years, yet alone cleaned. But you know what? I’m in love with it. I see the potential for what it could be…beyond the layers of cobwebs, sloped […]

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Praying on aisle 5

When you have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit (ahem…if you are reading this, and believe in Jesus, this means you, my friend…), there are times when you are put in uncomfortable situations. I experienced one of these times just last week at my local grocery store. There I was, minding my own […]

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Feed my sheep

I witnessed something pretty uncomfortable, yet profound this week in a grief counseling workshop. Allow me to set the scene: One of the therapists in the room presented  a current case study, one that he was clearly very passionate about. He seemed to be puzzled and overwhelmed with the enormity of his client’s grief.  I would imagine, […]

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