Do you long for faith-based renewal and fulfillment, but feel stuck in a spiritual rut? Are you struggling to make sense of life’s challenges in light of your faith? Do you need help discerning God’s will for your life? Christian counseling provides a space for you to probe the deepest questions human beings can ask—a space to doubt, discern, and discover anew the incredible power of God’s love for you. Whether you are seeking the general support of a spiritual mentor, or want help with a particular spiritual concern, our counselors are delighted to join you in your walk of faith.
The life of faith is one of constant discovery: a life lived in pursuit of deeper questions rather than clear answers. When we are faced with pain, suffering or sorrow, it is especially natural to doubt God’s presence in, and love for, our lives. Sadly, many Christians are not encouraged to see questioning and doubt as an essential experience that fosters a mature spiritual life. At Mill Creek Christian Counseling, our goal is to provide a safe setting for you to explore your faith with integrity.
Spiritual fulfillment is an essential component of personal happiness and satisfaction in life. It is completely normal to experience periods of spiritual ‘drought,’ but God does promise that we have been set free to live holy lives (Romans 6:22). By fostering a lifestyle of holiness, you can direct your spiritual journey toward goodness and truth. The Christian life is spent learning how to live like Christ, which not only pleases God, but also offers the only true means of happiness.
Have you noticed a spiritual attack in your life? Is it affecting your relationships and sense of self? If you think you are being attacked then it is worth seeking out wisdom and understanding of its nature. There is an enemy out there who is in real opposition to you after all. We can help you stand against the enemy and work to discover open doors and footholds used to attack. Approaching situations with a trust and faith in the Lord is key to countering and breaking off attacks. This can be a very difficult process but often requires more letting go and humbling ourselves than heavy lifting.
By Patricia Lyon,
Posted August 8th, 2018
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As we seek to understand our own grief process, this article will draw from the resource, Understanding Your Grief, by Alan Wolfelt to outline ten essential touchstones.
Touchstone One: Open to the Presence of Your Loss
“You have probably been taught that pain is an indication that something is wrong and that you should find ways to alleviate the pain.
In our culture, pain and feelings of loss are experiences most people try to avoid. Why? Because the role of pain and suffering is misunderstood. Normal thoughts and feelings after a loss are often seen as unnecessary and inappropriate.”
“You will learn over time that the pain of your grief will keep trying to get your attention until you have the courage to gently, and in small doses, open to its presence. The alternative – denying or suppressing your pain – is, in fact, more painful. I have learned that the pain that surrounds the closed heart of grief is the pain of living against yourself, the pain of denying how the loss changes you, the pain of feeling alone and isolated – unable to openly mourn, unable to love and be loved by those around you.”
Setting our intention to heal is a commitment to sometimes being frightened, painful, and often lonely. No words can take away the pain. However, an intentional letting ourselves be as we are – in our uniqueness – and allowing what is in us to be experienced
By Jennifer Mott,
Posted June 27th, 2018
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In the Bible, forgiveness is a Greek word that means, “to let go.” It is the act of granting mercy upon the person who has done something wrong against you.
Forgiveness means you are going to let go of what happened. This does not mean that you agree or condone whatever transpired, but that you are willing to move forward in your life and not carry the negative feelings over what happened.
Forgiveness Bible Verses
Scripture is filled with forgiveness Bible verses and stories about forgiveness. The one thing they all teach us is to forgive one another as we have been forgiven by God.
God forgives on a grand scale. He is the example of what we need to be carrying out in our everyday lives. Therefore, because we have received much grace, “while we were yet sinners Christ died for us,” we are commanded to give that same grace to others (Romans 5:8).
“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”~ Ephesians 4:32
When understanding this Scripture, it is also important to talk about grace. In my eyes, grace is forgiveness without consequences. I was sitting in church recently listening to the pastor preach about grace. He spoke about Preston Sprinkle’s definition: “Grace is unconditional acceptance given to an undeserving person by an unobligated giver. It is one-way love” (see work cited below).
By Spencer Fox,
Posted May 23rd, 2018
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If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.– Ephesians 4:32
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven. – Matthew 18:21-22
When I have worked with individuals and with families, forgiveness has often arisen as a stumbling block in the path of progress. It’s a simple concept, to forgive, but often so hard to truly do.
In marriages, the inability to forgive can begin to eat away at the foundation of the relationship to a greater extent than the act that needs forgiving, itself. For individuals, holding onto anger and bitterness towards others can dampen moods. Holding onto anger directed inward, even more so.
The inability to forgive acts like an anchor, keeping us from growing and living a more fulfilling life. To lift that anchor requires a muscle and one that needs to be strengthened. This muscle is forgiveness, and for most starting out forgiveness is not easy to do.
Often that first act of forgiveness is the hardest, but