Don’t Let These Stop You!

footprints in sandHealing journey.

Sounds kind of sweet, doesn’t it? But we all know it can be really tough to just keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Here are a couple of other things that make the journey extra hard. Things that make us quit, or seriously consider it:


Staying in your head:

When God works on our issues with us, He speaks to the heart. Those of us who are analytical, who love to dissect problems and then solve them, can have a real issue with this. I can’t tell you how many times my counselor told me, “You’re analyzing again. Get out of your head. Give Jesus permission to touch your heart.”

Of course, we all do this for a reason. When we’re repeatedly hurt, we tend to shut down our feelings so we won’t get hurt again. This leaves a disconnect between our heads and our hearts. They stop communicating. And that makes it harder for God to get through all the static. Fear keeps us in our heads. Accepting God’s truth lets us work from the heart.wounded heart

Depending on and staying with psychological methods:

I recognize that Christian counselors are often not allowed to receive insurance payments due to the lack of a state-issued license. In Colorado, someone without a counseling degree won’t be licensed. A lot of minister/counselors (including me) are not licensed by the state.

It’s frustrating to have to tell people that insurance won’t cover my work. And it’s especially frustrating to know that psychology doesn’t have the ability to heal. Psychological techniques can’t heal; they can only offer coping skills, analysis, and labels. I’ve been through a lot of that. I never got any permanent relief until I saw my Christian counselors and allowed them to point the way to the truth God was waiting to reveal. That truth was what healed me.jumping in freedom



One of my greatest joys in life is to see the change in counselees when God’s truth penetrates their hearts, because I know the change is real.


this is part 10 of a series on abuse recovery

 Part 1| Am I Alone in my Pain?

Part 2| Do You Have Hope?

Part 3| Putting Your Hope in God is Safe

Part 4| How Do We Lose Our Hope?

Part 5| Growing up Without Hope

Part 6| Scripture Promises Can Stimulate Hope

Part 7| Hope Can be Found in Journaling

Part 8|Every Journey Begins with This

Part 9| Why Do We Quit Too Soon?

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