Friday, September 27, 2013

It all comes back to Him

Until we understand our feelings, our ability to be wrong, and our propensity to hurt others, we will never fully understand the power, unconditional love, forgiveness and true nature of our God.  We are human, we are fallible, we are sinners.  So why do we live life as if we are good?  Why are we prideful?  Why do we refuse to resolve conflict quickly, admit to our mistakes, and hold grudges?  Do we gain anything by refusing to do so?  We are left with a sense of pride and accomplishment…but something eats away…way down in the pit of our stomachs…things get more complicated.  

I know…I've been there…on both sides.  As a counselor, I not only worked with those who have mental illness (which can stem from unforgiveness, unresolved conflict etc.) but I also spent a LONG time studying the mind…behavior…people…myself…God.  I am no expert for sure.  I've studied long and hard…read the books…wrote the papers…gone to my own counselor...listened to people's stories…looked into their eyes…watched their body language…nursed their hurts…cried with them…and you know what I learned?  That there is a whole lot more that I have to learn.  That's it…that's all college taught me…the extent of what I DON'T know.  It made me teachable…it humbled me.  It gave me an awareness of how incredibly BIG God is.  It showed me how much I need him.  And when I experience pain…and feel lonelier than I've ever felt in my life I'm reminded of that BIG and powerful God who is all-knowing and loves me unconditionally.

What's the takeaway?  Stop wasting life…dig deep!  Confront sin…deal with it…seek to understand yourself…others…God.  Make amends…set boundaries.  Guess what?  God gave us those feelings for a reason!  They are not bad or sinful.  Our behavior is what can be sinful…our thoughts…our actions.  I think everyone needs a good counselor.  (Not just because I need job security).  Because everyone benefits when we sit down and process through what is going on in our incredibly messy heads…when we invite God into that process to reveal what he's doing…or perhaps just to receive his comfort.  We can be heard…we can be acknowledged for whatever it is that we feel…good or bad.  God won't be surprised…he will be honored because we are pursuing him in the process.  It all comes back to him…It all comes back to him.  

What have you been taught about feelings?  What are some ways that you deal with them?  What keeps you from seeing a counselor?

Until the next time :-), C

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Micah!

My little guy turned 4 a few weeks ago and I wanted to share our memories with you.  Micah has had a tough year and he's worked really hard.  I was so excited to celebrate him with a few of my favorite little people :).

Cake!  This was made by the amazing people at Convenient!

Girls! Girls! Girls!

So happy...

Blow out the candles!

This kid loves cake.


Choo choos, and other awesome presents!
Yes, he was there too ;-)

Until the next time :-), C

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Big Boys Ride the Bus!

Today my little boy rode a huge school bus for the first time!  He did great!  (Better than his momma!). He was glowing when he got home.  I can't even express how proud I am of him. He's come such a long way since last year at this time.   He's worked hard and we will celebrate him later this week as he turns 4!!!!  Here's some pics of today :)

Where's the bus?

Um...where's the bus?

There it is!!!  (And, oh dear I need to redo my highlights).  

Daddy always makes it memorable...this is the moment right before I burst into tears.