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You need counseling...the message rang clear in all kinds of ways and in every kind of place. All of a sudden, the various blogs to which I subscribed converged to bombard my mailbox with a single witness: counseling is for you too. People I just met would skip over the small and safe talk of erratic weather patterns of the east coast and go for, "It really is so important that we take care of ourselves-that we do the hard work of healing-so we don't end up in unhealthy entanglements with others." And I found myself canceling meeting up with a group of women with whom I believed God was giving me the okay to build community, in order to sit in ear shot of the lyrical prowess of the poet Lyrical Faith Poetry, as she made it clear that her faith in God enabled her to walk through her counselor's doors every week.
I moved slowly towards the surrender that ushers unto obedience, through the act of continuous prayer.
Prayer: God, if it is your will that I go to counseling, please confirm so.
Prayer: God, could you confirm your sign? Amen.
Prayer: God, since it is your will, help me to desire it. Give me courage to enter it.
Prayer: God, since it is your will that I go to counseling, please direct me to the right counselor.
Prayer: God, is this the right counselor?
Prayer: Give me the courage to show-up and the faith to believe you will too.
Prayer: God, you know why you have brought me here, let our work together be what you've had in mind.
Prayer: God, give her the wisdom to speak into my life with good and eternal effect.
Prayer: God, let me be humble to hear what you have given her to say.
Prayer: God, give me the faith to stay, even as it goes slowly.
Prayer: Help me to walk without fear into the night of past hurts, knowing that you will never leave me nor forsake me, and that I visit these dank places helped.
Prayer: Help me to continue to show up fully.
Prayer: Thank you for this time, place and person.
Prayer: Let the beginning, middle and end be conducted by your Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, come on in the room.
Perhaps you are ready to take that step of obedience too. We spoke to Christian Counselor, Lynette Hector, LMFT, on how to select the right counselor. See what she had to say!
How to Select the Right Counselor
Click the image below to read more about the various options available to Christians seeking to begin counseling. It was compiled and authored by Emotional Health Warrior and Soul Care Mentor, Jolene Underwood. We pray it is helpful.
Resources for You and Your Church
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Jeanette Bailey is a believer in Jesus Christ, who believes that health, wellness, healing and wholeness is obtainable with a Christ-centered and evidence based medically sound approach. Her life's mission is to help individuals, families and communities
Carolyn Sinclair McCalla is a daughter of God who believes that as we seek the truth of God's Word, and humble ourselves to live in agreement with it, that we will experience the transformation which allows us to enter wholistic wellness: spirit, soul and body. She is the Founder and President of EarthBasic and leads its Be-Held Community: a group of women seeking, living and being transformed by the truth of God’s Word together. She is thrilled at the call to extend the Be-Held Community to include Be-Held Peace of Mind: a monthly publication providing Christ-centered mental health resources that raise awareness about mental health issues, end stigma around mental illness and point persons to hope in Jesus Christ.