Christian Counseling Certification on the Joy of Receiving

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The title of this blog, the “Joy of Receiving” may surprise a few at first but the role a Christian plays in accepting something is as important in the role they play in giving.   We have heard the phrase, “it is truly better to give than to receive” but like all reciprocal relationships, there needs to a proper balance.

If one only takes, then obviously one can detect a clear selfish individual who preys upon the generosity of others.   If one only takes, then they are unable to share, or help others in life.  These individuals tend to be more materialistic and greed filled.  They feel no need to share their talents, or share their gifts to others.  They care very little for the poor or others in need.  The thought of making someone’s else day a better day through a simple generous gesture is beyond their comprehension.  Ultimately, they are unable to experience the reciprocity of love because they only take.    I feel many of the Biblical warnings of greed and selfishness address their spiritual deficiencies.

And yet upon the opposite spectrum, while the Christian who only gives truly sees the more spiritual path, they must also learn to occasionally take with joy as well.  If they do not learn to accept or take, then first, how can they ever accept the greatest gift of all, redemption?  Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate gift through his death and we must accept this gift without hesitation if we are to have salvation.

In this reality, love is a reciprocal act.  It is not poached through greed or selfishness but mutual self-giving.  Love is a reciprocal action of mutual giving and receiving.  In this reality, a Christian must not only give, but also be able to receive.  This is critical to understand if one is to understand love and its relational status.

Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function
Love is recipocal and involves giving but also receiving for it to be able to function

Those who tend to the extreme of only giving, fail to experience the love of being accepted, being loved and given something special, but they also fail to allow others to experience the same joy of giving they experience.  Sometimes even the saintly fail in this category.  They are very dismissive to receive from another out of an over religious zeal of unworthiness.  At the other extreme, some may feel the obligation to give and give out of a sense of duty and when that duty is challenged, their pride is hurt.

Jesus taught us the opposite.  He gave completely but when the times came, he permitted others the joy of giving.  We see this clearly when the women at the house cleaned his feet with the most previous oils.  We also see it at his birth, when the Magi brought the three precious gifts.

As Christians, we must have a balanced spiritual life.  We must give as Christ gave, but we must also allow others to experience the joy of giving as well.  This means letting go of possible pride, or false unworthiness and accept gifts with Christian joy.  In doing so, we balance the reciprocity of love and allow others to experience the gift of giving itself.   We must learn to accept gifts, the way we accept Christ’s ultimate gift on the cross with love.  In doing so, we will better be able to share in the reciprocity of love that is both giving and accepting.

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Witchcraft and Hexes

Hexes and curses are a reality that many Christians overlook.  The ability to have a hex put on oneself can happen.   Christians can protect themselves with prayer, sacramentals and a close devotion to Christ, Mary and the saints.

The reality of witchcraft and hexes are real. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program
The reality of witchcraft and hexes are real. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program

The article, “Hexes and Curses Reveal Need for Spiritual Vigilance” by Patti Armstrong states,

“Of late, the war between good and evil has made news as the veil is pulled back, revealing who the players are and their intent. This, we just witnessed with a call to curse and cause harm to the newest Supreme Court Justice. The three-hour, event to “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh” took place Oct. 20 at Catland Books in Brooklyn, New York. They scheduled another one for Nov. 3.”

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Hence, it is important to remember that Christians must always remain vigilant in their spiritual hygiene in protecting oneself from the evils of the occult and witchcraft.   Please also review our Christian Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

Christian Counseling Program Article on Christian Character

Great article about the importance of Christian character in our life.

Good article on Christian Character. Please also review the Christian Counseling Program
Good article on Christian Character. Please also review the Christian Counseling Program

Please also review the article, “Why character is always more important than spiritual gifts”, by JB Cachila.
The article states,

“Spiritual gifts are amazing. All of these gifts, coming from the Holy Spirit, enable us to glorify God by serving one another.”

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Christian Spiritual Counseling Program Article on Kempis Quotes

Good article on Thomas Kempis and many of his spiritual writings.  This article lists 11 of his famous quotes.  Kempis was very devout.  He had much insight into Christian meditation and how to find solace with God.   He was also a very staunch defender against corruption of medieval church and wrote the famous text, Imitation of Christ.   Please also review our Christian Spiritual Counseling Program by clicking here and see if it matches your academic and professional needs.

Good article on Thomas Kempis. Please also review our Christian Spiritual Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic needs
Good article on Thomas Kempis. Please also review our Christian Spiritual Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic needs

The article, Thomas à Kempis: 11 quotes from a great spiritual writer,  states,

“Today is the feast day of Thomas à Kempis (1379-1471) in the Episcopal Church’s calendar.

The German-Dutch spiritual writer was a member of a strict religious community that reacted against the corruption of the medieval church. He lived quietly, spending his time in prayer, writing and copying – Thomas copied the whole Bible four times, one of them still preserved at Darmstadt in Germany.”

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Preaching

Good article on the importance of preaching and how it can help spread spirituality to many. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program 

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The article, Preaching important for spiritual growth, by Joseph Shepley states,

“Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, this oft-quipped admonition reminds us to practice what we preach.

For those called to the Christian ministry, preaching is foundational to worship. From their earliest days, following the example of Jesus, Christian faith leaders have devoted themselves to the public reading of scripture, and to preaching.”

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Millennials and the Christian Faith

Good article on Christian beliefs in the 21st Century and how the current generations have pushed away from their faith in Christ.

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The article, “Most Christians Have Experienced Spiritual Doubt; Millennials Most Likely to Question Beliefs” by  Michael Gryboski states

“A majority of American Christians admitted to having doubts about their faith, according to a recent Barna Group study.

Americans who self-identify as Christian or have in the past were asked if they “ever experienced a time of spiritual doubt when you questioned what you believed about your religion or God.”

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Rediscovery of Faith

Good article for Christian Counselors.

We sometimes need to rediscover our faith and spirituality.

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Sometimes we must rediscovery our faith. Please review our Christian Counseling Program

The article, Thinking Anew: Rediscovering Christian faith, by Gordon Linney states

“In 1998 the author Anne Rice announced she had rediscovered her Christian faith. Twelve years later, however, she said she was ceasing to be a Christian “in the name of Christ”. She said: “In the name of Christ I refuse to be anti-gay, anti-feminist, anti-artificial birth control, anti-science, anti-life.”

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Spiritual Desolation

In our Christian faith, it is not uncommon to go through dry spiritual phases of our life.  In these phases we experience doubt, lack of spiritual fire and enthusiasm, as well as in some cases, spiritual neglect.   We refer to these times as periods of desolation.

When we feel desolation we must turn to God and his word to strengthen us. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program
When we feel desolation we must turn to God and his word to strengthen us. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program

The desert fathers, St Teresa of Avila, as well as St Ignatius Loyola, all refer to these periods of times where the heart does not feel the response of the divine and feels, as Christ did on the cross, all but forsaken.  We also see it in the story of Job, where Job appears to have lost everything until the Lord repays him sevenfold for his miseries.

How we perceive and navigate these troubled spiritual waters of desolation are key to our Christian Spiritual Life.  We must see them as crosses and challenges to our faith that will only make us stronger and help us arise from our desolation into a divine consolation far greater than we could ever imagine.

One of the first key fruits of desolation is humility.  While Christ has become our brother in flesh, we must still realize our unworthiness of such divine friendship.   Desolation helps remind us of our sinful nature and the steps we must take to become worthy of divine presence.  It is our sin nature that prevents divine consolation and it is what separate us, not the divine who is still knocking desperately for us to hear.

Second, it strengthens our reliance upon God.  It tests our faith and forces us to realize how weak and fragile we truly are when the sweet voice of the divine is hard to hear or find shelter in.  When the return of the divine presence is felt and manifested, we truly realize the gift we have and also understand how like a loving parent, God was there the whole time, but helping us learn.

Third, the sweet and blessed doubt of our faith during desolation is not a sin, but can be actually a reaffirmation of our faith.  Like Thomas, who doubted and needed to see, we sometimes need a tangible presence.  During such desolation, we do not reject God, but are tormented by his absence and hence demand his presence.   We cannot control the divine, but if we are truly children and he is truly our Father, then asking for his grace is when in doubt is far from a sin, but a blessed thing; Again forcing us to realize our dependence upon him.

Like Thomas, we want to believe, we want to see!  But, we must also realize the words of our Lord that those who have not seen yet still believe, truly are blessed.  In our pursuit of God, when lost in our desolation, we see our greatest display of faith, which is fueled by the virtue of hope to know that God will return and supply his presence in sacred consolation.

In our spiritual desolation, Christ is always there.  Please also review our Christian Counseling Program
In our spiritual desolation, Christ is always there. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program

We can also learn so much from Christ during his own desolation on earth, when he took upon the nature of a slave to redeem us.  We can see his triumph over all desolation during the temptation, in the garden and on the cross.  He should be our paradigm and inspiration

Christ too suffered in desolation as a man, but taught us how to overcome it
Christ too suffered in desolation as a man, but taught us how to overcome it

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Christian Marriage and Listening

Listening is key to any relationship.  A healthy marriage requires spiritual listening from God and our spouse

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Listening is key to a relationship. Please also review our Christian Counseling Program

The article, “The one spiritual practice that will boost our marriage today” by Patrick Malibog states

“Let’s be honest with ourselves. How many times have we heard our spouse say the words, “You’re not listening to me,” “You don’t understand me,” or “If you listened to me more, we wouldn’t be having this problem.”

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Christian Counseling Program Article on Lenten Preparation

A good plan is important during your Lenten journey.  There are many ways to properly observe Lent.  The article below discusses how we can properly prepare and carry out our Lenten journey

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The article, 5 Ways to Observe Lent this Year, by Teresa Blythe states,

“Many Christians observe the season of Lent with 40 days of a spiritual practice of their choosing. Lent is traditionally the fast of 40 days before Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday, and it helps us clear out space in our lives for a deeper relationship with God.”

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