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December 26, 2017

WE made it. Some us fared better than others. Some of us are sipping hot tea, sucking down ibuprofen and breathing a sigh of relief that the holiday gathering is over. Others of us are curled into a fetal position in the corner licking our wounds- wounds inflicted by people that were supposed to love us, no matter what. 

So what now? Do we wait around for another year just to face the same troubles again? Do we bury our feelings and thoughts so that we don't have to remember what our least favorite aunt, parent or child said to us? 

No, we don't. And, God does not want us to, either. The Bible tells us that what is done in darkness will be brought to light and that those things that are of the dark, they cannot exist in the light. 

What does...

December 22, 2017

For many people, counseling can seem very scary. It is intimating to sit in a room with a total stranger and share your deepest thoughts. And how do you know that your issues are counseling worthy? That can be a big deterrent as well, as many people are not sure they need to see a counselor. 

So, in honor of that, I thought I'd share with you some of the reasons people have come into my office and started the process of healing through Christian/Biblical counseling.

Relationship issues
Depression
Survivor issues
Anger
Anxiety
Panic attacks
Physical abuse
Emotional abuse
Body image issues
Women’s issue
PTSD
Low self-esteem
Artistic and creative blocks
Sexual addiction

Decision making

Parenting

Suicide

Guilt

Fear & Worry

As you can see, the list is long and this is not all...

November 18, 2017

This post is borrowed from Benjamin Deu, LMFC. It is a great piece on identifying narcissistic behaviors. 

How Christian Counseling Can Help Narcissists

The narcissus flower and personality type were named after a character of Greek legend.  How he got to the fountain where he died depends on the story you read, but the original Narcissus became so captivated by the beauty of his own reflection after seeing it in a fountain that he wasted away and died because he couldn’t stop admiring it. The story ends with a narcissus flower growing where he expired.

Modern narcissists may not spend their lives cooing over the beautiful face looking back at them from the water, but that doesn’t make them any less egotistical.

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June 5, 2017

A focus of biblical counseling is to help others develop a biblical worldview of their life and recognize the core truth that guides right thinking and actions.


Biblical counseling is an approach to counseling that uses the Bible to address the issues in the lives of individuals, couples, and families. The Bible teaches that our thoughts, motives, attitudes, words, and actions flow from the sinful selfishness of our hearts. Biblical counseling addresses the heart as the source of these human actions and reactions using the wisdom and approaches revealed in the Bible.

Biblical counseling is practical and effective. It does not view people as simply spiritual beings with spiritual problems; instead the biblical counselor sees the individual as a physical, emotional,...

May 5, 2017

Sometimes we are lost at what we should do to help people who are dealing with loss, sickness or grief. Alongside is an amazing book that is also an easy reference of skills and tools that helps you know what to do when you want to care for people but don't know how. It is divided into a simple tier system that allows reader to find themselves and correctly place themselves into helping others who are in crisis. 

Author Sarah Beckman interviewed those who have dealt with crisis and loss to find out the needs that we can each meet and how to step into serving without being intrusive or making it about us. 

I highly suggest this book be on the shelf of every person with a heart. If we are to live in community and truly care for others, this book will help you do that...

May 1, 2017

Challenges every single parent should consider before deciding to remarry.

By Ron L. Deal - From FamilyLife.com

Specializing in stepfamily therapy and education has taught me one thing: Couples should be highly educated about remarriage and the process of becoming a stepfamily before they ever walk down the aisle.  Remarriage—particularly when children are involved—is much more challenging than dating seems to imply. Be sure to open your eyes well before a decision to marry has been made.

The following list represents key challenges every single parent (or those dating a single parent) should know before deciding to remarry. Open your eyes wide now and you—and your children—will be grateful later.

1. Wait two to three years following a divorce or the death of your sp...

February 15, 2017

Today is the day after Valentine's Day. It is the day after the Day of Love, the day that for many, represents a chance for you or someone who loves you, to show what love means to them.

I am Erin Kincaid, the lead Biblical Counselor & founder at Higher Hopes Counseling. I wanted to launch this ministry the day after the worldwide celebration of love. Why? It's simple, and I will draw on the word of The Master to share with you.

     Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 

Love never gives up,

never loses faith,

is always hopeful,

an...

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