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Ruth's Choice

Have you ever read the book of Ruth and wondered how it is she made the choice to stick with Naomi?…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on May 31, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments

Encouraging Words for Your Emotional and Physical Health

Hi friends present and future!

When life gets hard, what do you choose to think about? Do you "awfulize" or think about the worst that can happen, do you allow yourself to be in despair or do you choose to think on things that can be encouraging in spite of your circumstances?

God keeps bringing Matthew 6 into my head, and there's great reason for that! This is Jesus chiding us gently to think about things that are positive just like Paul does in…

Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on January 17, 2008 at 9:04am — No Comments

Is it okay to be angry with God?

Most of those we see in our Christian Counseling practice have issues with anger, and one of the most frequently asked questions is , "Is it okay to be angry with God?"

Our answer may surprise you. We explain that anger is an emotional response, and it can express surprise at some kind of loss like the loss of a relationship through death, divorce or betrayal, the loss of health due to accident or illnes or the loss of financial security due to circumstances beyond your…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on January 6, 2008 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

A Very Special Message

I send you greetings of peace and love from the rest of the family. They, like I, are always with you and never leave or forsake you. The angels and the rest of us want you to know how precious you are to us.…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on December 21, 2007 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Ever had one of THOSE days?

Arrgh! Seems like when I make spiritual headway either for myself or someone else, I frequently get attacked by a seemingly impossible or unfair challenge. I'm sure this has happened to you, too. (If it hasn't, what planet are you from?)

Aside from verbally exclaiming things that hopefully are not offensive to God, what else do you say or do? Do you, like me, place your head in your hands, heave a mighty sigh and then do something to distract yourself? Discovering that doesn't work,…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on December 16, 2007 at 11:12am — No Comments

Are you looking for love in all the right places?

There's been an ongoing discussion started by a dear sister in Christ about how hung up the church is on rituals but (my words) how much it needs a love transfusion. Yes, there needs to be ceremony, structure and order, but this needs to be in place along with the real reason most seek a church home: to find a reason to stay because they feel valued, welcomed and loved.

Many, including George and me, were sent on a search for a new church home. There are many reasons why people do…

Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on December 8, 2007 at 11:42am — No Comments

How are you at making choices?

That's another good question, isn't it? That's what the Christian life is all about: choosing to love your neighbor or not, choosing to love yourself or not, choosing to love God or not. (Of course we know Who should come first on this list!)

God presents many choices to His people: He presents choices and circumstances and pleads that we make the right decision. For instance, He pleads with the children of Israel to choose between blessing and cursing. Isn't it amazing to…

Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on December 1, 2007 at 10:08am — No Comments

Emotional Survial Tips for the Holidays (and Every Day!)

Have you ever had a holiday season where things have been peaceful between friends and family? Have you been able to renew relationships with those you haven't seen in a while?

Well, you might be wondering what planet I'm from, but bear with me! It is possible to have a great time during the holidays and other times when family and friends you haven't seen for a while come to visit for longer than a few hours.

I know what you're thinking, it's not always possible, and boy, do I…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on November 27, 2007 at 10:27am — No Comments

Emotional Recovery Workbook for Christians Is Highly Praised by Respected Spiritual Leaders

What do respected spiritual leaders Joni Eareckson Tada, Robert H. Schuller, Jerry LuQuire, and John Larson have in common? They have nothing but praise for Encouraging Words For Life's Tough Times, An Emotional Recovery Workbook for Christians.

Joni Eareckson Tada's review says "This interactive book validates what we are feeling and then directs us to scripture to find the answers that will make a change in our lives."

Joni also authorized our workbook to be placed on her…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on November 24, 2007 at 6:47am — No Comments

Can you be happy and miserable at the same time?

Isn't that a great question? What if your health causes you tremendous pain and hardship? What if you lose all or some of your physical possessions as a result of economic downturn or other circumstances beyond your control? What if you've been abused or betrayed? You get the idea. Those are certainly miserable circumstances that are unfortunately common to us all.
At the end of each chapter in our emotional recovery workbook for Christians, we have a closing prayer that goes…

Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on November 12, 2007 at 7:41am — 2 Comments

An Exciting (For Us! and Hopefully You) Announcement

As many of you know, George and I are ordained and have a Great Commandment ministry that helps seekers and believers recover emotionally through developing balanced, healthy relationships with God, others and self.

We are now regular contributors to Divine Eloquence magazine. Our featured column is called "Caring Christian Counselors" and it's meant to be interactive, meaning we appreciate and welcome your feedback, comments and sharing your stories with us as well as your subject…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on October 27, 2007 at 2:41pm — No Comments

What Makes It Worthwhile When Waiting Is Hard

I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of my life waiting: I got married later on in life, God called me to the ministry later on in life, I live with chronic illness and disability that I am waiting for God to attend to in His perfect timing and plan for my life, I wait to become less computer-challenged so that I can catch up with all you guys who can do all sorts of stuff I salivate over, and I wait for God's leading to do and be what He wants me to do and be when He wants me to do and…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on October 19, 2007 at 8:43pm — 1 Comment

A Beautiful Example, A Beautiful Attitude

Many of those we serve in our Christian Counseling practice ask about God and what He wants from us, what pleases Him. They have mostly been taught about doing good works of service to others but haven' t been told the most important thing God looks for in each and every one of us. It's attitude, why you do what you do and how you do it.

Jesus came not only to pay the penalty for our sins so that we can be with Him and the Father and Spirit forever, He came to show us how to…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on October 16, 2007 at 10:57am — No Comments

Do You Want To or Do You Have To?

Micah 6:8 NKJV

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?

Ecclesiastes 12:13 NKJV

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

The Christian life is about choices. It's also about relationships as shown in…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on October 6, 2007 at 12:59pm — No Comments

Emotional Recovery Tools for Christians

God not only gave us life, He tells us how to live it. Just like there is a simplicity that is Christ, there are simple (but not always easy!) instructions God gives in His word. For more information, please click on the link below:

Transforming lives through developing balanced, emotionally healthy relationships with God, others and self

Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on September 30, 2007 at 4:59am — No Comments

Encouraging Words for Care Givers of All Kinds

If you’re a care giver for your kids or someone who is elderly or infirm, sometimes you feel overwhelmed and frustrated because there seems to be no end to the things you need to do and there’s no time to focus on your own needs. It seems no one really understands what you are going through. Jesus does understand and is here…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on September 26, 2007 at 7:46am — No Comments

God, Your Neighbor, and You

If someone came to you needing food, clothes or other kinds of help, what would you say? What would you do? Would you reach into your pantry, pocketbook or closet and give what is needed? Would you refer them to a faith-based or secular organization that you know can provide what is needed? If you know there is no…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on September 17, 2007 at 9:04am — No Comments

Marriage, God and You

Is your marriage happy? Do you see your wife or husband as your best friend and soul mate? Can you share what’s in your heart with confidence that what you say is heard and not judged? Can you disagree honestly and have a peaceful outcome?…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on September 11, 2007 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

God, The Mayonnaise and the Toilet Tank

Well, you're probably wondering what these three have in common. This is the title of a talk we give to encourage groups of all sizes. When we share the details, we show that we are no stranger to hard times ourselves, so we really live what we counsel, write and speak about!

If you've ever had the misfortune of having the utilities turned off so you don't have heat, electricity or air conditioning,or if you've slept in your car in an isolated location in the dead of winter, we…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on August 29, 2007 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

How To Give Comfort and Support

Here's something helpful for when life gets hard for those that you care about and want to help but don't know how.…


Added by Pastor Sharon Billington on August 22, 2007 at 12:00am — No Comments

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