American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Love in the Midst of Hatred

You wake up – it’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you finally got that much-needed rest. Everything is going well – until you turn on the news. Suddenly, the good feeling is gone, replaced by the painful surge of emotions that only the sin of the world can invoke. It can be tough to shake the heaviness and despair that seems to hang over you throughout the day. There is difficulty in knowing what to say- or even what to think in the face of turmoil. We l...

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Looking in the Right Direction

  Have you found yourself in the gutter of life? Wondering what happened? Asking yourself, "How did I get here?" Plain or pretty. Young or old. Rich or poor. Job reminds us that "Man who is born of woman is few of days and full of trouble." (Job14:1) Trouble will find you. It is inevitable. When you are down and out, there are only 2 types of people. You are either lying in the gutter face down…or face up. Face down with your nose in the murky muck. Stuck, staring into the...

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Strength in Weakness

    God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. As you go through the dark, deep valleys in your life, remember that the great Apostle Paul was even pounded by the evil one. All hell seemed to be against him. In his moment of darkness he begs God to get rid of this thorn in his flesh, this messenger of satan that was harassing him. (II Corinthians 12:8) What messenger of satan has come your way? Does it feel like there is a thorn deep in your flesh, and yo...

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Encounters of the God Kind

  Apollo 15 Astronaut James Irwin had an encounter of the God kind . . . on the Moon. That’s right, on the Moon. Standing on the surface of the "blue planet", as he called it, gazing at the spectacular beauty of the Earth some 238,000 miles away, Irwin experienced the nearness of Jesus Christ in a profound way, unlike anything he’d ever felt before on Earth. Jesus’ presence was so tangible, Irwin said, "[that] at one point I turned around and looked over my shoulder as if He was st...

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A Low Whisper

  Highs and lows. One minute we experience a victorious spiritual breakthrough and are on top of the world. The next minute the raw realities of life assault the very core of our faith. As if that isn’t enough the enemy loves to then whisper in our ears… “What a loser”… “You really can’t do anything right can you?”… “God isn’t listening”… “You will never be used”… “You’d better run for your life”… “God isn’t really there for you”… ...

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Your Hand in His

  “Don't trust to hold God's hand; let Him hold yours. Let Him do the holding, and you the trusting.” Hammer William Webb-Peploe   When my son Zach was small, he loved for me to hold his hand.  Often it would simply be out of the sheer joy of having his dad close to him.  He would wrap his little chubby hand around my finger, and away we would go.  Other times, when I sensed that I needed to hold on to him, I would wrap my hand all the way around his hand and wrist, and sq...

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The Courage to Wait

“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”Psalm 27:14 ESV   “The problem with waiting is that when we wait, we think that nothing is happening. The truth is that if we are waiting on God, all kinds of things are happening.”– Steve Farrar[1]   I can almost hear someone saying, “But I didn’t do anything wrong to warrant the situation I’m in.” Please understand that your current circumstance could be because of what you...

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Write a Note

  To send a letter is a good way to move somewhere without moving anything but your heart.Phyllis Theroux “Honor your father…”Ephesians 6:2 The note was strategically placed on the table next to my keys where I would find it on the way out of the door.  “Dad” was written on the folded piece of paper in flowing cursive hand writing.  Before I even picked it up a spontaneous smile appeared on my face.  My daughter, Megan, has had a knack since she was little, for leaving...

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Be an Encourager

  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”-Plato Let me add, be an encourager.  It has been said that everyone is either in the midst of the battle, just coming out of a battle, or about to enter the battle.  At first glance, this is often not visible.  A smile often masks deep feelings. The writer of the Proverbs put it this way, “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy may be grief.” (Proverbs 14:13 NASV) God’s directive to Mos...

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A Mighty What?

  “…O my Lord,” Gideon said, “how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” – Judges 6:15   “You may feel it is too late, that you’ve been robbed of your destiny. Don’t give up! God has a plan for your life even if you can’t see it. As a man created in His image, you are destined for greatness. Whether you realize it or not you were created to be a valiant man! No matter how foreign that may seem t...

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