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Counselor’s Corner: Living in the Present, Take it One Day at a Time

How many of us, if we are honest, live stressed-out and anxious/worried about tomorrow? If you answered yes to that question, you are not alone. When we live our lives projecting tomorrow’s outcomes we forfeit the grace God supplies to us daily, not in lump sums. How many of us try and store God’s grace for us? We believe with enough planning and control we can predict outcomes as well as secure our future. But we could not be more wrong. How many of us have tried to get a close handle on our lives by predicting the outcomes of our lives. We try and analyze and figure-out every possible outcome and situation until we become exhausted and frustrated. Life happens and we cannot live on tomorrow’s provisions for today.

Reflect and ponder: Do you live in the present or do you live in the past and in the future? What causes you not to live in the present moment?
Counselor’s corner: Living in the past or projecting the future will cause stress, anxiety, worry, fear, fatigue and possible illne…

Counselor’s Corner: Who Does God Say That I Am?

When you do not know what your identity is in Christ, or what God says about you; you believe the lies that the enemy dishes out to you. Have you ever wondered why some Christians live in defeat? This can be contributed to not knowing or believing what your new identity in Christ is. If you have struggled with knowing that God loves you and knowing your worth and value, take the time and read and meditate what the truth says. The truth can be found by not only reading the Bible, but believing what it says. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Reflect and ponder: Do you know your new identity on Christ?
Counselor’s corner:
The following truths are what God says about you.
·You are loved by God. Not because of what you have done or have not done. The Bible tells us that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 ·You are a new creation. If anyone is in Christ, old things have passed away and you are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17. ·You …

Counselor’s Corner: Freedom from Insecurity and People-Pleasing

Be a God pleaser, not a man pleaser.

Reflect and ponder: Are you more concerned with pleasing man than God? Do you seek the approval of others? At the core of people pleasing is insecurity. We can be insecure for a number of reasons. Insecurity can have roots stemming back from our childhood.
Counselor’s corner: How do you know you are dealing with insecurity?
Here are some key signs insecurity may be a part of your life:
1.You question everything you do. You are uncomfortable with decisions you make. You look to others to decide what’s best for you. 2.You lack confidence in speaking and having conversations with others, and social settings make you feel uneasy. 3.You look to others to approve you and to validate you. 4.You always believe you’re at fault and take the blame when things go wrong. 5.You don’t know who you are in Christ. Your identity is based not on what God says about you, but on what others say about you. 6.You believe what others say about you, whether good or bad. 7.You are …

Counselor’s Corner: Are you Struggling with being Content?

I admit, finding contentment has not come easily for me. I had certain desires and expectations for my life, and when those did not come to pass; I began to struggle with contentment.

If you are a planner or organizer like me, you already have your entire life mapped out with short and long-term goals. However, my life did not follow the route I had envisioned. In fact, I thought my life was way off course; and begin to believe the lies of the enemy. I stumbled as I gazed upon other’s lives, and saw upon them the very things I so desired.
I had faced severe hardships one after another, and they left me bruised emotionally and crushed spiritually. I believed that I was doing something wrong in my Christian walk. I began to sink into a deep depression that lasted for years. I could no longer see any goodness and I lost the ability to find contentment. Yes, I was praying, reading the Word of God, and asking God to save me. I simply could not find my way out of the awful pit I was in. I l…

Counselor’s Corner: Be Still to Hear God’s Voice

You will have difficulty hearing God’s voice if you are busy with one activity after another, or you are addicted to your electronic devices. It is important to get quiet before the Lord, and tune-out all distractions. This means turning off your cell phone or putting it away, turning off the TV an iPad and other electronics.

There are many things that compete for our time and attention, and numerous distractions pop-up unexpectedly. Learning to carve out regular time alone with God to hear His still, small voice is important in maintaining your peace, gaining wisdom and direction from the Lord for your daily life. For most people, having time with God first thing in the morning will help you throughout your day.
Reflect and ponder: If you have been feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, or fearful, ask yourself, “Have I pulled away to be alone with The Father?” Things will come up in your life to compete for your time and attention even that will seem like a “good thing.” However, no…