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Pondering Joyful Moments: While the Children Visit

Pondering Joyful Moments: While the Children Visit

The house is quiet and empty this morning. It is the first day that things are “normal” after the Christmas holiday since all our children and grandchildren have gone. When I was a young parent with three little boys running through the house with nerf guns and action figures, I enjoyed the sounds as they played Batman and Spiderman with each other. Christmas morning was such fun!

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Register for On-Campus Training and Pay in Full by 1/10 & Be Entered to Win this Biblical Counseling Book Collection

Register for On-Campus Training and Pay in Full by 1/10 & Be Entered to Win this Biblical Counseling Book Collection

Training in Biblical Counseling: New On-Campus Series Begins January 12
Reigning Grace Counseling Center is a training center for those desiring to learn how to counsel and disciple others in either a church setting, or a para-church organization. Our training program is affordably priced, is intensive and comprehensive, offering a high level of instruction from teachers who are certified biblical counselors with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the International Association of Biblical Counselors.

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A Small Book About a Big Problem

A Small Book About a Big Problem

Every day of our lives we are surrounded by anger. From impatient drivers to impatient people in a line, to conflict in personal relationships, anger is everywhere. In the counseling work that I do, I see the damage that anger does in the lives of countless people. Thankfully, many excellent books have been written about this subject that have been of invaluable help in counseling

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BC4Women Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

BC4Women Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary!

“A blog? Why would I write a blog? Who would care about anything I have to say?” Those were the words I uttered to my friend Jody when she suggested I begin to write on biblical counseling issues for women. She did a fair amount of arm twisting to get me to post my thoughts online, but as I prayed about it and thought about it, I saw the need for women to share the truth with other women on issues that impact us in our daily lives. Once I decided to do it, I determined that I would never be anything but real about the issues, even if it meant exposing sins I struggle with to provide help, healing, and hope to the readers.

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Christmas Wars

Christmas Wars

It’s the most wonderful time of the year when we enjoy time with our friends and family at Christmas- themed gatherings. At least that is a reality for some Christians but not all of us. Many Christ followers find religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas to be difficult times to spend with family; especially if family members are unbelievers.

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Are You Self-Sufficient?

Are You Self-Sufficient?

Self-sufficiency is an attitude of the heart that says, “I am the solution to every problem I encounter.  I must step into every conflict, save every relationship, keep peace where there may be strife. If there is a problem, I must see how I can help.”

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Why Do We Experience Trials?

Why Do We Experience Trials?

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4

A familiar passage of Scripture greets us today. It seems that we all have enough troubles on every side, don’t we? As I think about the depth and severity of the “various trials” we encounter it is very easy to become depressed and morose.

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A Challenge to Journal:  A Reflection of God’s Faithful Work

A Challenge to Journal: A Reflection of God’s Faithful Work

As unbelievable as it may seem, we are fast approaching the end of another year. Social media is all about your year in review, throwing up collages and slide shows featuring all of your most liked posts, new friends, and photos.  But taking a moment each December to think over the past twelve months isn’t new, and it certainly was not Facebook’s idea. As each year passes, we all think about the things that happened, the people we spent time with, and the ways that life has changed.

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A Reminder of My Sinfulness and His Grace

A Reminder of My Sinfulness and His Grace

Thing’s have been stressful in my world for the past couple of months. It seems that everything has been what I would call out of control since my dad died in late September.

As I was sitting on an airplane very early this morning, I was thinking and praying about yesterday. Actually, I was confessing. You see, things have been a little rough lately, very busy, and very stressful. Lots of traveling, a new laptop that arrived broken yesterday, some health issues for my husband, and on the home front, my house has been a mess for the past 7 months as we try to finish some remodeling projects.

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Why Is It So Hard to Change Directions?

Why Is It So Hard to Change Directions?

We are excited to introduce our newest blogger here at Biblical Counseling for Women. Elizabeth Bowman is a student in Reigning Grace Counseling Center’s online training program. 

Why Is It So Hard to Change Directions?

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” ~~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

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What Did You Expect? Part Two

What Did You Expect? Part Two

In my last post, we met Joyce and Judy, a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law whose relationship has gotten off to a rocky start because of some presuppositions and expectations that were based only on their own desires, instead of a biblical foundation. Each of them has spiraled downward into disappointment, frustration, and bitterness because their expectations were not met. So, now what? How do we get Joyce and Judy back on a solid footing to build a relationship that brings glory to God? As I see it, there are three elements that must be present if they are going to remedy the problems they are facing: Repentance, communication, and love.

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Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Diagnoses and Medications

Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Diagnoses and Medications

If you are a counselor, it is highly likely that you are helping someone who has been diagnosed with a mental disorder. Mental health professionals use the Diagnostic Statistic Manual, or DSM, to describe, categorize, and diagnose such disorders. Have you ever wondered how to help people who have been diagnosed and what your view should be of the psychoactive medication they are usually prescribed? In Descriptions and Prescriptions, Mike Emlet attempts to provide us with a framework for how to view both the DSM and psychoactive medication.

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What Did You Expect?

What Did You Expect?

Joyce was beyond thrilled when she got the news that her son was finally going to be married.  He’d been dating Judy for several years now, and Joyce had really grown to love her. Having had only sons, she had always fantasized about one day having a daughter-in-law, welcoming a girl into the family, and doing “girl things” with her. Joyce had prayed throughout her son’s life that he would marry a woman who would be like a daughter to her.

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Just A Little Taste…of Sin

Just A Little Taste…of Sin

This year we learned that due to a health issue, we needed to change how we eat. This has been a fun adventure for us both as we watch the changes happening to our bodies as a result of practicing intermittent fasting. You can look that up if you have questions about it. It is highly recommended for the health issue we are facing.

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