Hold on; don’t let go

I met a new friend, precious and true and in great agony, suffering, tormented over his dear family under a great weight of sorrow.  Unraveled. Hard to breath under the waves of chaos, burden, loss and tension and they are rolling in fast.  Such a rush…a swell. God declares truth in the storm:  “Don’t be…

Love-ly letter

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”  -Mother Teresa

A circle of quiet

A Circle of Quiet, ( The Crosswicks Journal) by Madeleine L’Engle is a small collection and reflection on faith. Madeleine is vulnerably profound when teaching students.  Specifically when it comes to faith & writing.  She recites a particular seminar with high school students which struck me. When asked if Madeleine really and truly believed in…

At the edge of our inabilities

To become whole, healed and hearty; we have to befriend and reconcile with ourselves by not trying harder to produce something we cannot. Do you know what people do with ruins?  They scan silently, reverently, and assess the sacred holy; sometimes taking pictures to remember and thank God it did not happen to them or…

Why a counselor needs the Bible

What to do with sin and evil God is the God of order and spoken word.  He calls into order His creation and we are who He says we are.   This brings us to the chasm that secular counseling cannot bridge. The unburdening for each of us to know there is a God who…

What can nature teach us?

Faithful is who God is, we withstand the winter hoping for what lays beneath The sun will rise in the morning. Changes will proactively come by God’s tender handiwork. We are on our way.

Perpetual Saturday

Friday:  the Crucifixion and unexpected devastation Saturday:  the hopeless sorrow; when will it end? Sunday:  the Resurrection Book Recommendation:  After Shock by Kent Annan Three weeks after the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, which killed about 230,000 people, Kent Annan recaps unexpected devastation, endless sorrows and small resurrections in his book: He describes taking it all…

A case for Biblical counseling

Agreeably true that Biblical counseling and secular counseling usually begin with the same objective:  to bring change and hopeful renewal.   Survivors of trauma jump into a new constant, a new normal, fight or flight mindset  disproportionate to life before the trauma.  The smoke detector vs watch tower metaphor recalibrates the brain’s perception of danger or…

The prefix- “re”

Reassign Rebuild Restore Redeem “There is freedom to choose which side we shall be on but no freedom to negotiate the results of the choice once it is made.  By the mercy of God we may repent a wrong choice and alter the consequences by making a new and right choice. Beyond that we cannot…

A counselor’s note

The human emergency is like the boat in the storm ~ while Jesus is napping.  It would be better for us to curl up at his feet and hold on for dear life to his hem ; but we usually don’t; neither did Peter or John. We scream, “Do something!  Fix it!  Now!”  In a…