Counselors Corner
Saturday, 03 January 2015 13:11

Conversations Full of Grace

Written by Tim Goode

I bring you greetings from the staff of The Samaritan Counseling Center in Montgomery.  We are a diverse group of therapists, who work with people to find relief from an array of difficulties.  A large portion of my work encounters stressful relationships plagued with anxiety and frustration from poor communication.

Wednesday, 03 December 2014 11:49

Making the Most of Your Holidays

Written by Nancy Thomas, LPC

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.”(Luke 2:10)

 

The upcoming Christmas holidays can be marked with profound conflicting experiences.  Christmas may include joy, time for personal reflection, spiritual growth, gathering with family and friends or long held family traditions.  However, family tension, stressful schedules, financial strain, sad memories, childhood disappointments, pain, conflicts, grief and unfulfilled expectations may also be unwelcome guests.  

Monday, 03 November 2014 17:49

The Blessings of Thankfulness

Written by Nancy Thomas, LPC

I always looked forward to family holidays as a child.  Our holidays included our large extended family of four generations.  My great-grandmother, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings, friends and neighbors were a part of these holidays.  Our traditions of gathering together continue although the locations and participants have changed throughout the years.  I consider these gatherings as one of life’s many blessings and we value these traditions deeply.

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 16:06

Little is Much When God Is in It

Written by Christy Holding

 

 

Do you remember this popular 1970s and 80s hymn written by Kittie L. Suffield? The chorus says, “Little is much when God is in it! Labor not for wealth or fame; There’s a crown, and you can win it, If you go in Jesus’ name.”

 

Dr. Emerson Eggerichs is known for his work with helping couples find happiness in marriage through Paul’s simple instructions. He shares how frustrated he had become counseling couples until he was struck by two words found in Ephesians 5: love and respect.  Suddenly, the words in this familiar Bible verse transformed his marriage counseling ministry.  Since then, he has found that by embracing these Biblical instructions, marriages are changed from chaotic to calm or from feeling shaky to stable.  What exactly does Ephesians 5:33 say?   “However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”  Is it really that simple?

 

I was raised as the daughter of an Army officer.  He was my hero and a highly decorated warrior of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam.  He was a successful officer and businessman and enjoyed the pleasure of family, many friends, and multiple projects and adventures.

 

 

Our Church families have well established traditions for providing support.  What about support for mental health issues?

 

Through research across many denominations in the United States, Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA and professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, found that 27% of Church members or their family members have experienced mental health problems.  Astoundingly, this statistic does not include marriage and family problems.  If you add marriage and family difficulties, most of us are going to experience problems impacting mental health or family functioning.

 

 

What does Paul say about suffering in his letter to the Romans?  His letter and example illuminates us so much about suffering, even for the faithful. 

 

 

 

King Solomon said, “There is. . . a time to keep silent  and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7b). Do you know the time and circumstance for each option? 

 

There are many reasons for pastors to learn how to counsel from Scripture. The ultimate reason is to glorify God. But there are other reasons—the first motivation falls under the second greatest biblical commandment to “love our neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Pastors should counsel biblically (or learn how to do so) because the gospel of Christ can change (help) people better, faster and more completely than anything the competition has to offer.

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