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Women in Biblical Counseling Series, Interview with Karen Pickering

Interview with Karen Pickering This is the twelfth interview, by Ellen Castillo, in a series of posts featuring women who are biblical counselors. Each post will feature one or more counselors who have agreed to an interview to tell us about their ministries, their experience and expertise, and the history of their involvement in biblical counseling.  We trust that you will find this series informative and insightful. Many women have asked what opportunities might be open to them upon obtaining either a degree or certification in biblical counseling. As the biblical counseling movement expands, so do the opportunities for...

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Learning To Seek God’s Presence

A new book by Karen Pickering, “Learning to Seek God’s Presence”, is a ten-week study guide written for people who are broken by circumstances. While this study can be done alone, it will be more beneficial if worked through with a discipleship partner. Study people like Hagar, Joseph, Ruth and many others and learn how they reacted to impossible circumstances. Learn a new way of thinking, leading to a new way of living. This is not a self-help course, a solutions manual, or a quick fix for a difficult life. Rather, the goal is to learn how to live in God’s presence in spite of our circumstances. Someday we will live in His presence for eternity. He wants us to learn how to do it well before we arrive.

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What Do Christians Do?

Today’s guest blogger is Karen Pickering. Karen is a Biblical Counselor and founder of The Lytroo Retreat. She is also the author of a great new book, Learning to Seek God’s Presence,  a ten-week study guide written for people who are broken by circumstances. You can read more about Karen and her ministry here. Her blog is reposted with permission.  I’m sure we all have a ready answer for that question. My answer has changed over the years. Let me explain. I heard the gospel at a young age and accepted it. Somewhere along the way I twisted its meaning. I faithfully went to church, read my Bible, prayed, did all the things Christians were supposed to do. I was proud of who I was and what I had accomplished for God. I taught Sunday school, led Bible studies, served on committees, witnessed to others about Christ… Basically I followed my man-made list of what a Christian looks like and what a Christian does. Then the trouble came. It began slowly over the years. Some painful episodes here and there. My faith was shaken, but I held on. Then more trouble and eventually a devastating family crisis that I was at a complete loss to “fix”. I turned to God in confusion and despair. The mess that was my life was beyond fixing. It was too shattered. I lived moment by moment. I kept my Bible by...

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Dealing With Lost Sheep

Today’s guest blogger is Karen Pickering. Karen is a Biblical Counselor and founder of The Lytroo Retreat. She is also the author of, Learning to Seek God’s Presence,  a ten-week study guide written for people who are broken by circumstances. You can read more about Karen and her ministry here. Her blog is reposted with permission.  Broken relationships. We all have them. The church is no exception. How do we respond to people who have wandered out of our lives or out of the church. The easiest solution is to break our ties. To live with someone day after day who is at odds with right behavior and far from God is beyond draining. It costs us emotionally and physically. We can become weary of the battle and sometimes, for our own survival, we cut them out of our lives. Sometimes we call it tough love, but I think it is often simply self-preservation. Question: Where would each of us be if Jesus attitude had been one of self-preservation? We sometimes write certain people off as unreachable or not worth our time. I would argue those are the very people God came to save.  God sees each one as precious and valuable. Do we have that same insight? Jesus told the Pharisees a parable in Luke 15:1-7. “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not...

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What Do Christians Do?

Today’s guest blogger is Karen Pickering. Karen is a Biblical Counselor and founder of The Lytroo Retreat. She is also the author of  Learning to Seek God’s Presence, a ten-week study guide written for people who are broken by circumstances. You can read more about Karen and her ministry here. Her blog is reposted with permission.  What do Christians do? I’m sure we all have a ready answer for that question. My answer has changed over the years. Let me explain. I heard the gospel at a young age and accepted it. Somewhere along the way I twisted its meaning. I faithfully went to church, read my Bible, prayed, did all the things Christians were supposed to do. I was proud of who I was and what I had accomplished for God. I taught Sunday school, led Bible studies, served on committees, witnessed to others about Christ… Basically I followed my man-made list of what a Christian looks like and what a Christian does. Then the trouble came. It began slowly over the years. Some painful episodes here and there. My faith was shaken, but I held on. Then more trouble and eventually a devastating family crisis that I was at a complete loss to “fix”. I turned to God in confusion and despair. The mess that was my life was beyond fixing. It was too shattered. I lived moment by moment. I kept my Bible by my bed....

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