It’s (almost) official. I received word from the board of Professional Counselors and Therapists last week that I passed the final test needed to become a State Licensed Professional Counselor and should receive my license in the mail in the next two weeks! Now that classes, licensing, and career moves are (hopefully) done for a while I’m hoping to blog more…a lot more. I essentially […]
Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try there is no one around who understands. Or if they are life gets in the way. You can’t catch a break. Life keeps throwing curveballs. I wish I could tell you that it will all be alright. That a friend is waiting. Or if not that call a pastor, or a therapist. Somehow though, when you […]
As you may have heard, I am wrapping up my wonderful two years at Vital Sources. It was a wonderful place to practice, with great therapists, who are even better people. I will miss them a lot. It’s been a sad time saying goodbye, to people who mean so much to me, but I was offered an opportunity that I had to at least try […]
This week my wife and I are celebrating ten years of being married! The great part is, after ten years I can honestly say I love my wife (and like her) more today than I did ten years ago. We’ve had lots of ups and down, but we’ve tackled them all together and come out of all of them stronger because of it. I’m blessed […]
If you are anything like me the day or two, here and there, of nice weather we’ve been having on the east coast has been a bit of a tease. Looking at the forecast, I think we can now say that spring is finally here. Anticipating the nice weather, a client canceled a session with me this week because he planning on spending some time […]
Happy Valentines day! Ok, let’s be honest, how many people is it really happy for? Honestly, I sometimes have a hard time figuring out why, as a society we celebrate this holiday. All the single folks hate it, and about a third of the married couples dread it. In my family we don’t do much for it, but that is partly because it is in […]
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 Every month a member of our staff presents a verse for all of us to mediate on. Philippians 4:6-7 is the verse this month. […]
For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
This seemed like a good verse to start this year with, especially considering the recent shootings in Arizona. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming those shootings on the wrath of God, or his desertion of us. It’s just, there are days, weeks, months, even years sometimes where you feel like life is coming apart at the seams. Our best laid plans start crumbling around us and we wonder “where is God in this?”
In my last post in this series I explored what happens when we set our expectations for our heroes too high. But sometimes, many times, our heroes simply fail. There is something they promise they can’t deliver, an expectation they can’t measure up to, a situation they can’t fix. We don’t expect it. Our heroes are supposed to be able to take care of it. They are […]
We sing that it is the season to be jolly, but more and more often it seems it is the season to be depressed and anxious. So many things press against us: practical things like how many shopping days left until Christmas, seasonal things like the short days and longer nights, and of course relational things like spending the Christmas without a loved one. Let’s just call […]