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Counselor's Corner: When You Feel Pressure

Pressure means to squeeze out or to apply a weighton something.



There is good pressure and there is bad pressure. Good pressure causes you to move, change, or to grow for the better, such as the pressure you feel when you are in college. Bad pressure usually comes straight from the kingdom of darkness, and causes you to feel like you are going to snap, such as when you are dealing with the burdens of others because they don’t carry their own weight.


Pressure that comes from the enemy will wear you down until you break or give intosin.


Signs that the pressure you are experiencing is from the enemy:
1)You are not sleeping well, and perhaps having nightmares.
2)You do not feel at peace, maybe restless even.
3)Headaches that are unusual and/or fatigue, or feeling unwell.
4)You have “brain fog” and cannot concentrate or stay focused.
5)Feeling “off” but can’t put your finger on why.
·If most of the above symptoms occur with added outside annoyances, distractions, and concerning situations that…

Counselor's Corner: Don't Hold onto the "Arrows" That Are Thrown at You

A hunter throws arrows in hopes that his shot will penetrate his victim, and cause a fatal blow. Usually many arrows are thrown by hunters until they achieve their desired outcome, but then there is the skilled bow and arrow hunter and they can make their fatal mark from a long distance away on their first attempt.



Much like the analogy of the hunter, the enemy throws “arrows” or darts in hopes of inflicting wounds that cause deep and sometimes lasting damage to our souls, emotions and minds. Arrows are sharp and when they hit their target they cause deep, penetrating wounds. Arrows that come from the enemy are meant to harm you.


There are small arrows that are thrown to damage, discourage, defeat, derail, frustrate, aggravate, and larger arrows to destroy. Smaller arrows come frequently and usually are the same or similar arrows that hit you before. These small but frequent arrows come to wear you down, to cause you to give up, and to lose hope. The larger arrows are sent to strike o…

Counselor's Corner: What Does It mean to Cast Your Care on the Lord?

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never allow the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22



Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7


What exactly does it mean to cast your burden on the Lord?


Burdens make you feel heavy, weighted-down, and like you are the one who has to figure out how to solve the problem. When you feel burdened God promises that if you cast your care upon Him; He will sustain you.


→To cast means to throw something forcefully in a specified direction, or to throw off or away.


1.Talk to God about your concerns. Be open and honest about what is concerning you or causing your anxiety. Don’t pretend you don’t have concerns and that everything is fine. Come before the Lord and tell Him.
2.Sit quietly before God and allow Him the opportunity to speak to you about what is concerning you.
3.Visualize yourself handing over to Jesus the person or situation that is concerning you. Ask God to take your concerns as you place them in His …