Category Archives: Biblical Counseling

True Fulfillment as a Woman

Various different articles, studies, and research has shown us how to find happiness as women. A myth has been being perpetuated that women need to have a successful career in order to find meaning and happiness. Working at home helping your husband will bring greater joy, peace, and happiness for everyone.

1. Women abandoning home and children has created guilt on an epidemic scale.

2. Women now struggle with decreased overall happiness.

3. Mothers are more strained and exhausted.

4. Women are chasing an elusive happiness in a hamster wheel.

5. “They are to teach what is good…working at home.” Titus 2:4-5 God knows what we need; that is where we find happiness.

1. http://workingmoms.about.com/od/todaysworkingmoms/a/workguilt.htm

2. http://www.nber.org/papers/w14969

3. http://www.dailytribune.com/lifestyle/20131009/moms-more-fatigued-than-dads-by-career-home-life-but-still-happy

4. http://news.yahoo.com/men-happier-women-survey-finds-195810906.html

5. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Titus+2%3A1-14&version=ESV


Being a Woman Who Lets a Man be a Man.

I most certainly agree that women need to get out of the way of men, and let them be the men they need to be. This is a humble, honest, and great post.

Ravished Heart Journey

I’ve been tossing this idea around for a few months now, debating on my courage to step out and write a blog about it. I was holding back from posting because I didn’t have the answers I thought I should have; I wanted to present a new idea with new passion and new revelation. 

But the truth is: I have no idea. I do not have a firm grasp on what it was intended to be, how we’ve messed it up, or how to progress out of it. Please, though, can we just talk about it? Because honestly, does anyone know? 

Femininity. Masculinity. 

Has our inability as women to walk in femininity resulted in the quenching of men’s ability to walk in masculinity? 

ility, inity, ility, inity…. What does this even mean? 

Here’s what I am trying to get at. Ladies, how often do we complain that our men aren’t…

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Pornography and Sexual Sin

Bondage of Sin

Bondage of Sin

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, –Luke 4:18

Today I would like to commend to you a wonderful ministry and resource called Setting Captives Free. This website freely offers courses to help people with various sin. Originally, this course was started by Mike Cleveland to help people overcome, by God’s authoritative Word and the help of the Holy Spirit, various sexual sins, specifically that of pornography.

 

There are a lot of resources out there, mostly books and seminars. This course however, is a notch above the rest.

This is a  60 day course, with actual accountability partners who in fact do a keep you accountable, not just pray for you and wish you a good day. Though it can be a little cheesy, and not always catered to one’s personal denomination, they make sure to do a pretty good job of sticking to the Gospel of Christ. I was actually surprised at how deep they get, and how firm they are. They mean business! If you actually want to ‘put off the old man, and put on the new’ they will be their with you every step of the way. If you are struggling with sin, or you know someone who is, by God’s grace, please make use of this ministry providing free help. They even graciously offer counselors with out pay, yet God is clearly using this ministry to transform peoples lives.

Pornography and self-gratification, lust and sexual immorality are not the only things that they address; gambling, substance abuse, self-injury, and eating issues as well.  These courses too, are at no cost. No their really isn’t a catch. If you find this a resource useful, please pass it along to a brother or sister in need.

Setting Captives Free


3 Ways Men Have Failed Women

Snowed In

Our generation has lost what it means to be a man. This problem is well-noted by many in society, from churches to social commentators to websites like Art of Manliness that focus on teaching modern day men to recover what has been lost. Men have become accustomed to being takers and not givers, which has helped contribute to the breakdown in the family. Many of society’s ills can be traced back to this breakdown, especially considering that the greatest indicator for poverty is marital status. Men have abdicated their responsibility, so I thought it would be beneficial to look at  three important ways that men have failed women, especially in this generation.

#3. We Stopped Working

The Problem: We treat our lives outside of a “job” as a recreational opportunity, devoid of responsibility.

The Analysis: Brett McKay of Art of Manliness has written how modern man’s dilemma is that…

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God does not Support Equal Oppurtunity

Can you imagine the people gathering around and harassing God for not giving people equal opportunity to be priests? We don’t really know who God is, and we don’t know what true equality is. Let us seek forgiveness for our foolishness and arrogance.

16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 “Say to Aaron: ‘For the generations to come none of your descendants who has a defect may come near to offer the food of his God. 18 No man who has any defect may come near: no man who is blind or lame, disfigured or deformed; 19 no man with a crippled foot or hand, 20 or who is a hunchback or a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering or running sores or damaged testicles. 21 No descendant of Aaron the priest who has any defect is to come near to present the food offerings to the LORD. He has a defect; he must not come near to offer the food of his God. 22 He may eat the most holy food of his God, as well as the holy food; 23 yet because of his defect, he must not go near the curtain or approach the altar, and so desecrate my sanctuary. I am the LORD, who makes them holy.’” –Leviticus 21:16-23


Are you a boy or a girl?

This is a terribly sad and tragic thing. My heart goes out to everyone who is lost in all this confusion….

momsalzheimers

“Are you a boy or a girl?” my mom whispers into the phone, afraid her roommate might hear her question.

“A girl,” I say.

“You ARE?” she asks, as if she can’t believe it, as if it’s deeply upsetting for her.

“Yes.”

“How long have you been a girl?”

“I’ve always been a girl, Mom.”

“I never knew all this time that you were a girl,” she says, a note of shock in her voice. “Does it bother you to be a girl?”

“No, Mom.”

“Does everyone else in the family know you’re a girl?”

“Yes.”

“No one ever told me.”

I don’t know what to say to that.

“Do you look like a girl?” she asks.

“I guess so.”

“Do you have long hair?”

“No, I have short hair.”

“Do you dress like a girl?”

“Umm … yes.”

“Do you get your period and that kind of stuff?”

“Yes.”

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A Sinful Revoltionary War

 I remember learning about the Revolutionary War as a kid. Like most boys, the old war stories were always interesting. Some I like more than others. The Revolutionary War was my favorite for the longest time, one because it told us who we are, it was a huge part of our identity as a nation, and therefore as a people. The other reason was because a bunch of brave men stood up against injustice and tyranny and fought for freedom. Such a noble thing, a thing that boys are supposed to look to, to emulate.

I am afraid however, I now have a very different view of the Revolutionary War. I still see the colonists fighting against oppression and injustice. But I now see the colonial people as rebellious, having gone against God’s will. There are those who will take very sharply against this position. Usually those people are the ones who pride themselves the most as being Americans. My friends, we are not to find our identity as Americans so much as we are to find it in our heavenly identity. As citizens of heaven, we should not take such pride in being from Texas, or the country, or New York City, or even this great country, America.

Let’s be honest with ourselves, let’s be good Bereans, and actually apply the concepts of Scripture, instead of just nodding our head at it, as if that is all that we are required to do. We are told to obey the authorities of the civil government; unless doing so would be to sin. There is no caveat that I have seen thus far, no exception to the rule. To peacefully protest, to petition and overturn laws, to reform the government is one thing. To outright go to war is rebellion.

And what was the reason we are told as kids? Being taxed (heavily) without being able to vote. This is a matter of sinning against God? This is a ‘just cause’ that falls under the God given mandate to submit to our civil authorities, unless it’s a matter of sin?

Part of me wants to stand up with the Founding Fathers of our country for part of me understands. But I am bound by something higher than a moral code, something higher than justice and liberty. What I must obey is the Maker of Heaven and earth, the Alpha and the Omega; what He has to say is far more important than our pathetic concepts of ‘justice’ and ‘freedom’. Only true justice and freedom is found in following and obeying the One True God.