Author: Suzanne Holland

Competent to Counsel?

Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Holland. Suzanne is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, wife to John, and mom to two grown up boys. She is also a student at Reigning Grace Counseling Center and is in the prcticum phase to become a Certified Biblical Counselor, offering the hope of the Scriptures to those who are hurting.  I recently attended my very first Biblical Counseling conference. I was excited about this event, as several of the authors whose books I have studied were scheduled to speak there. The topics were very relevant to our culture, and I learned a great deal. It was truly a blessing for me, and I believe it has changed the direction of my thinking regarding this ministry for which I am being trained and prepared. This is what I want to share with you today, but first, let me give you a little background. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Before I was saved, I was completely sold on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, talk therapy and the like. I believed that these things were the solutions to people’s problems, and I studied hard to apply what I was learning. When I became a Christian, however, my view changed radically. I began to see that without heart change, there could be no real life change (Mark 7:20-23). Through a series of providential events, I came last...

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Won’t You Please Send a Person?

Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Holland. Suzanne is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, wife to John, and mom to two grown up boys. She is also a student at Reigning Grace Counseling Center and hopes to become a Certified Biblical Counselor, offering the hope of the Scriptures to those who are hurting. “Oh, Lord, I know that you are all I need, and that you are enough…But won’t you please send a person?” That was my prayer this morning, as I woke up to another day of pain. Most days, I am steadfastly determined to trust the Lord in my suffering. Through time in the Word, prayer, and the power of the Holy Spirit, most days I have victory over the fear and sadness that come with the pain of a degenerative condition.  But, on other days, when I have become weary of the pain, I give in to fear and I succumb to feelings of sadness. On those days, I feel lonely. Though I know that Christ is sufficient, I long for a pair of eyes, a human voice, and real arms of compassion to show and to tell me that I’m not alone. Often, on these difficult days, my loving Father does send someone along to encourage and strengthen me, and I am always so grateful and full of praise on those days. But some days, He...

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What Made the Difference?

Today I would like to introduce a new guest blogger, Suzanne Holland. Suzanne is a grateful follower of Jesus Christ, wife to John, and mom to two grown up boys. She is also a student at Reigning Grace Counseling Center and hopes to become a Certified Biblical Counselor, offering the hope of the Scriptures to those who are hurting. I have been struggling with depression and sadness over a loss for the last two years or so. I’ve had periods of contentment, but they were brief and far apart. As I have wrestled with this loss, I’ve had counselors who tried to point out what may be the cause of my persistent sadness, but none were ever able to do much more than sympathize and pray. Some of their words made things worse. A few weeks ago, the Lord sent understanding that was new, and now He has brought me out of that place of sadness and despair in which I had been entrenched for so long. Several friends have commented recently that I seem better, and that my attitude and countenance have changed. One of them asked me what I think the difference is, and today I want to pause a moment and answer that question. I know it will benefit me to be able to look back and see what has helped me, and perhaps it will...

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