by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations
What does Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men REALLY mean?
Peace = A state of harmony, free from disturbances Goodwill = Favor or advantage
Does this imply the world should be a peaceful place and all mankind should have a favored life? The world certainly doesn’t seem to be a peaceful place and I don’t know anyone who isn’t affected by the economy these days, yet the message of the Bible is peace and love.
So what does this all mean? Well according to the angels in Luke 2:14, - they were declaring peace to those on whom His favor rests!
by Tim Schlensker, M.A. REGISTERED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST INTERN
Thank God for all His provisions to us in this season and all year!
I thought I might take some time to “dig in” to something that most, if not all, of us take for granted almost every day.
by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations
The season has changed, we are officially in Fall! It’s one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves are a blast of colors – reds, yellows, and greens. As they fall, the trees go barren, digging into the soil for a long winter, waiting to gather their energy for Spring time.
Have you noticed, it’s dark outside at 5 o’clock! As I drive home at the end of the day, the sun is no longer lighting my way. Now headlights and street lights guide my way. The traffic is heavy. It is also colder now, and…
by Frances J. Harvey, Director of Operations Turning Point Counseling
Have you ever been in a situation that made you get in someone’s face, scream at the top of your lungs and complain how unfair or wrong it was and let it been known
“You are upset”?
I am almost positive that at some point everyone has had
that experience. I want to share some great tools on “how
to handle” complaining in a positive way and get something accomplished as well.
By Edith Pont, M.A.
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
I’m quite embarrassed to admit that I’ve become a Jesus hogger. What do I mean? Well, I have not been sharing Christ with others lately. To hog according to dictionary.com is “to appropriate selfishly; take more than one's share of.” Wow! I’ve taken more of my share of Jesus and have not given back. I’ve been so busy with my life that I’ve disregarded what it means to truly share the Good News. So how did I come to realize I’m hogging Jesus? Read on…
by Maisha Florance, M.A. Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
Suzie and Sam are constantly fighting. They have what I call “rightitis” and this condition makes you deaf and blind to the validity of the feelings of others. It is very harmful to relationships it literally cuts off the bloodline which is open and honest communication, eventually causing the relationship to die.
In my professional life I meet couples like Suzie and Sam all the time, and most often by the time they are in my office the relationship is in critical condition.
I usually open with this: “You know I have no problem with you fighting, as a matter of fact a fair fight every now and then is a good thing - it keeps us passionate”.
By Edith Pont, M.A. - Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
I’m guilty of it. Yes, I’m embarrassed to say that in times of distress I too can spiral down into a “desperate” mode. I’m sure some of you can relate. Being in this mode can feel as if you are alone in the world of mixed emotions… with no one to hold you, to care for you, to understand your pain. The past two weeks have been a time of prayer, supplication, tears and hoping that God will hear our request. I’m not ready to share our painful story just yet – I’m still waiting for the miracle.
By Tiffany Knowlton, MA, Licensed MFT with Turning Point Counseling
Many of us are involved in ministry to the point that we are doing too much and not spending enough time with God!
Perhaps we have the belief that we find God most in the works we do. Works are important, but as we see in the story of Mary and Martha, there is something even more important. We need to spend time at the feet of Jesus.
Martha was frustrated that Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to Him while she worked and Jesus said, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only One thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 41-42).
Some of my favorite lyrics come from “We Fall Down” sung by Chris Tomlin, “We fall down. We lay our crowns at the feet of Jesus – the greatness of His mercy and love at the feet of Jesus.” When we spend time in the Word we are at the feet of Jesus admitting that we need Him and that it is a mistake to think that we, ourselves, even come close to the greatness of Jesus. We are admitting that we desperately need His mercy and love.
by Edith Pont, M.A., Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern with Turning Point Counseling
After this weekend’s conference, I was struck by the lack of God’s word in the preaching. I don’t consider myself a critical individual, but when it comes to the word of the Lord, I am passionate. The speakers were full of energy, had great content, but I longed for them to take me back to God’s word. It didn’t happen. I truly felt they were feeding me a bottle of milk when my body was asking for solid food. I’m sure there were women who were in the bottle-feeding stage, but my soul was far from that. I wanted a salmon with veggies or maybe an oven roasted chicken with rice.
Edith Point - REGISTERED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST INTERN - Supervised by Cathryn I. Harris, PhD #PSY13199
Have you ever asked yourself if God truly listens to your prayers or if He’s interested in your day-to-day problems? I know I’ve struggled with these questions in my walk with the Lord to the point of being distracted from trusting God. The trials I’ve encountered have helped me realize that God wants the best for me. Have I always seen it? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
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