Overcoming Depression: 8 Bible Verses for Inspiration

We all fall into a state of depression at some point in our lives. It can be of a short-term nature, connected to the need for money or a job. Or something more long-term, like a debilitating illness or injury to which we see no solution and which doctors cannot cure. King Saul had a lot on his mind. As the first ruler of Israel 3,000 years ago, reading between the lines, some have suggested that he was either psychotic or bipolar! He was not the only one struggling with overcoming depression. David was troubled and despairing; Job suffered great loss, devastation, [...]

By |November 10th, 2021|Categories: Depression, Featured, Individual Counseling, Men’s Issues, Women’s Issues|

Why Forgiving Others is So Important

Forgiveness is a process that involves at least two people, one who has injured the other in some way. This injury may be minor, but it can also be a major offense, such as trauma or abuse. In a perfect world, forgiving others is a process whereby the offender repents of their harmful ways and apologizes, the injured person forgives the offender, and there is a restored relationship between the two people at the end. Unfortunately, this world is far from perfect. It can be very hard to forgive those who have hurt you deeply, and the offender might be unrepentant and [...]

Couples Counseling: Creating a Marriage that Thrives

Imagine that you are an artist, and your marriage is the canvas. If you want to create a piece of art, you must first realize that your canvas is unique. It does not need to be compared to those around you. It does not have to blend in with the crowd. A genuine and radiant piece of art is produced through a lot of sweat and dedication, but that demanding work pays off. It withstands the test of time. It inspires. It radiates. It is unique. It mirrors the way God created us - to be formed beautifully in His image and [...]

By |November 1st, 2021|Categories: Couples Counseling, Featured, Marriage Counseling, Relationship Issues|

4 Parenting Tips for Any Phase of Life

Every season of has its own set of joys and challenges. Whether you are the parent of a newborn, middle-schooler, or young adult, you face constantly changing tides as you navigate your relationships, your child’s personality, and their wide variety of needs. Parenthood is an ever-winding road. It might feel like you are never just “coasting,” because there is always something new to see, learn, and discover. Robert Breault said, “Parenting is a stage of life’s journey where the milestones come about every fifty feet.” In the newborn phase of parenting, you are faced with the around-the-clock hunger cues, coffee chugging after [...]

By |October 25th, 2021|Categories: Family Counseling, Featured, Individual Counseling|

Overcoming Passivity in Your Life

“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” These lines from the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley clearly overstate things, because humans aren’t as in control of themselves or their lives as much as they would like to be. God is in control, but he demands that we make something of the life he’s given us. We can deal with the circumstances life throws at us by meeting the challenge. The common saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” reminds us that while things go south on us, and the twists and turns of [...]

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development, Professional Development|

7 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Sad and Lonely

In life, mountaintop experiences bring us exhilaration, a sense of fulfillment, purpose, and meaning. When you hit a job interview out of the park, tie the knot with your beloved, move into your dream home, get through a difficult surgery with excellence, witness your child give a performance in a stage play, or finish chemotherapy and learn you’re in remission – all these things bring a smile to our faces and joy to our hearts. It is as it should be. However, we also do experience other seasons in life, and these bring emotions such as sadness, anger, or feeling out of [...]

By |October 8th, 2021|Categories: Depression, Featured, Grief, Individual Counseling|

How Can I Keep From Singing? How Music Can Heal Your Brain and Your Heart

We often turn to music as a source of entertainment, amusement, or distraction. Ambient music streams in the background of supermarkets, book shops, restaurants, the local gym, and the dentist’s office. How empty our everyday lives would seem without the sound of music. And yet, it is accomplishing more in our brains and hearts than we often recognize. Ways Music Can Benefit You Music Invites Us to Engage Internally and Externally, Healing Us from the Inside Out Often, when you hear music that you like, it makes you want to get up and dance or tap your feet and your fingers. Research [...]

By |October 6th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Individual Counseling, Personal Development|

Exploring the Negative Effects of Social Media

Living in the age of instant global communication and interconnected reality is a blessing countless generations of people before us only ever dreamed about. From a small device that fits in my pocket or on my wrist, I can connect with people thousands of miles away, see pictures of them, and hear their voices with perfect clarity. This would have been considered nothing short of magical a century ago. The distant future envisaged by science fiction television shows like Star Trek is very much a reality. Of course, those science fiction television shows and movies often pointed out that advanced technology, while [...]

By |October 1st, 2021|Categories: Anxiety, Christian Counseling For Teens, Depression, Individual Counseling|

Peacekeeper or Peacemaker: Which One are You?

Are you a peacekeeper or a peacemaker? What is the difference? There is an important difference between the two. Knowing the difference can bring you additional peace and show you which path to take. Peacekeeping vs. Peacemaking You may have grown up believing that keeping the peace is important, no matter the cost to you. This is a common attitude in the church, but it’s not what the Bible teaches. We need to study the Bible, including Jesus’ example, to understand what our responsibility is regarding preserving peace. One of Jesus’ names is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He promises in [...]

By |September 13th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Individual Counseling, Relationship Issues|
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