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The "D's" of Christmas

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It's not lost on me that these soul troubles are all words beginning with the letter "d." We find similar vocabulary in the scriptures as we look at how sorrow and sin affects the human heart....

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Over the past four years, Beholding & Becoming has served over one hundred people throughout Volusia County, providing Christ centered, clinically informed, compassionate counseling. We've always sought to make our services accessible to anyone seeking hope in the midst of hardships. ...

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A Call to Ministry

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We're combatting lies -- lies people believe about themselves, about God, about sin, about how change happens....

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The darkness of grief

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How do we reconcile the deep darkness of this life with the promised kindness of God? It comes in the forms of doubting questions, anguished faces, and angry accusations. ...

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Identity Theft | A Book Review

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A few weeks ago, I asked my sweet friend Courtney, if she would consider reading this new book and writing a review of it. She happily agreed! As a counselor, I regularly find myself looking for resources that will help those I meet with to see Jesus more clearly, and to know themselves better too. We all want to change. We all want to "be better." One of the greatest chal...

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What have I done to deserve love like this?

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I'm a weak person in many ways. When I enter a season where these weaknesses are magnified and the painful (but necessary) work of pruning is in full swing, I start to see just how many lies I believe about God and about myself. It always boils down to my own disbelief that God loves me, and that he's merely tolerating me....

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Goodness and good things

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But to me, these little moments -- these heart interactions where we are reminded (and reminding others) that we are known and loved -- are true soul care. ...

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Valued and esteemed

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You can never go wrong with lovingly reminding the single woman, the childless woman, the grieving mother...that she is as valued and esteemed, and as vital to the ministry of the Lord, as the woman who has a house full of little ones....

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Letter to a suffering spouse

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My Dear Sister and Friend, A couple of things come to my mind every time I think of you, which has been almost daily in recent months. You are right that no one can possibly understand how hard this has been, and continues to be for you. You have felt betrayed, unloved, stricken, misled, and so many other deeply painful things. ...

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Poisons into medicine

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The hand of God is so strong, and His wisdom is so admirable, that He turns to our profit and advantage not only the evils which are caused by cross events, or by the world, but those which we commit ourselves, and that seem to be contrary to our salvation, even those which we are guilty of. He changes these poisons into medicine, these scandals into edification, and from ...

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