Counselors Corner

How do we as Christians keep hope alive when things in our world, our communities, our families, and perhaps even our own lives are not looking very hopeful?  This is a question that many believers struggle with and I count myself among them.  It is worth thinking about and struggling with because a person without hope can quickly fall into feelings of resignation and despair.  The Bible says in Proverbs 13:12, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”  So in the above verse it seems to be referring back to the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. The tree represents the life that God had originally intended us to have before sin came into the world.  It represents full life, life abundant, peace with God, perfect communion with Him...knowing that He has our best interests at heart. 

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 07:46

Parenting 101: Back to Basics

Written by Jessica Gibbs-Fernandez, Ph.D.

Everyone seems to have an opinion about how to be a good parent. Books by experts and personal stories abound. You can find research testing a number of theories about different parenting styles showing the benefits and limitations of each one.  As much as the new parent educates him or herself, this information is of limited use until you deal with your own children, their personalities, and the other important part of the equation – the other parent’s own ideas. Children, families, and parents are unique, thus it is hard to have a recipe book on how to do this amazing job perfectly. However, parents need to keep in mind the general focus on their obligation and responsibility for their children’s spiritual growth, emotional and physical health, and ability to become good citizens of the world. But how?

Thursday, 05 January 2017 17:42

Addiction Lies

Written by Kay Cannaday, LPC

Addiction lies.  It tells you it will bring comfort while causing unbearable pain.  It promises happiness yet sadness follows.

Monday, 05 December 2016 08:15

Hope Expanded

Written by Dr. D. Kim Hamblin

In this season of hope our attention is drawn to the celebration of the hope given us by the birth of Jesus Christ. In my practice, I have always considered hope an important component in therapy as well as in spirituality. For this reason, the word hope has been visible in my office in letters that have stood on my bookcase for several years. In thinking about the topic of hope in writing this article, I found several quotes and Bible verses that further stimulated my thinking.

Monday, 07 November 2016 08:12

Hearing the Love

Written by Saralu (Sam) Belkofer

1 Corinthians, Chapter 13

Verse 1: “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal…”

Verses 4, 5, and 6: “… Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth…”

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 13:27

Understanding Suicide

Written by Deborah S. Cowell

Someone once said that the only thing we can be sure about in life is change. Even though we work hard to maintain a stable and predictable way of life, some type of change always finds a way to throw us off balance. These changes for some are exhilarating, but for most of us we experience various levels of stress or anxiety.

Thursday, 01 September 2016 08:07

How Important is Sleep to Well-Being?

Written by Nancy Thomas

As Americans, we seem to pride ourselves on how little sleep we need and how busy we are!  However, we were created to have downtime to sleep, reflect, pray, to commune with and seek wisdom from God.  Even God rested!

 

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.Genesis 2:2

Monday, 08 August 2016 13:41

Fundamental Principles of Counseling

Written by Nancy Thomas


I have been reminded about the TV show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and the kindness, love and safety it modeled. As licensed counselors and faith informed counselors, we hope to provide a safe place to explore our hurts, needs, and disappointments where one will find love, acceptance and compassion informed by the Holy Spirit.

Friday, 01 July 2016 08:25

The Godly Influence of Siblings

Written by Nancy Thomas

 

Today, I am thinking about my sister, Carol, who died after a courageous battle with cancer April 8.  More than 80 of her fellow choir members of Riverchase United Methodist Church lovingly sang in celebration of her life. She was a member for 22 years.

It’s the moms of this nation - single, married, widowed - who really hold this country together. We’re the mothers, we’re the wives, we’re the grandmothers, we’re the big sisters, we’re the little sisters, we’re the daughters. You know it’s true, don’t you? You’re the ones who always have to do a little more.  Ann Romney

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