Christian Counseling for Emotional Healing

Live in Serenity

I came across an article on Christian counseling for emotional healing on Ezine, written by a Christian Counselor, Robert Hartzell, Director of Fountains of Life, which really impressed me. The article begins by stating that there is a place that you can live in daily serenity, which is being aware of your emotions as they happen.

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The Path to Emotional Healing

I feel like I do fairly well at this time in my life, but I certainly didn’t when I was young (in my 20’s). I kept my feelings locked away much of the time and when something did emerge it was anger. As hurtful things happened or when I was a victim of verbal abuse, I withdrew further into myself, so I relate very much to the desire to walk in daily serenity. I briefly tired secular counseling but it didn’t seem to help at that time. I did find an excellent Christian counseling, who had a counseling degree. It turned by life around. I find much comfort in my prayers, which help me cope with daily problems.

This article discusses how we should treat ourselves and others to live in peace. The author states that Prayer Ministry and Christian Life Coaching are powerful tools that can help us achieve these goals. He further defines "Self-management is your ability to use awareness of your emotions to actively choose what you say and do." This awareness helps you set boundaries with others. It allows you to take care of yourself first; then, you have something to give back to others.

Living life with joy and serenity are worth a little time in counseling if you are unhappy or your problems are too big to handle alone. Counseling gives you a safe place to say anything and the assurance of anonymity, so family and friends won't know what you've said.

Companies Recognize the Importance of Relationships

Fortune 500 companies are paying $4000 to $6000 for a two day seminar utilizing Emotional Intelligence (EQ). These companies realize relationally adept people are key at every level. Businesses whether profit or non-profit, which don’t succeed is typically due to relationship breakdown

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So, back to the Prayer Ministry and Christian Counseling, our emotions are part of the design of our character, but we are not always adept at recognizing a particular emotion. The goal of quality Prayer Ministry is to allow the individual to come into the light, to know how we really feel about any given situation. Christian Coaching typically uses accountability as the way to deal with emotions, but many need a more comprehensive technique to actually more forward.

The author states, “God gave us our emotions as a barometer, which reveals our emotional weather”. As an example, I need to be able to acknowledge that someone made me angry before I can bring the anger to God and deal with it. My take on this is, if I can’t acknowledge the anger then I can’t go to God, and I am walking around feeling angry, maybe depressed, and the other person may be totally unaware or not care in the first place. So, I am only hurting myself.

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As explained by Robert Hartzell, “I either have peace in a given relationship with others, myself and God, or I do not. I can either look at some painful event that occurred with total peace – or not.” The point is, if not then find out why.

Robert Hartzell is director of Fountains of Life providing Prayer Ministry and Christian Coaching. To learn more and find tools to help go to: http://www.fountainsoflife.org.

Prayer ministry is very simple. They no longer try to fix people or figure out their problems, but they seek to move people into God’s design because people really do know what they are feeling when they receive this support and encouragement. People that have lived in the victim mode for years can find peace at last. They are successful working with people who have overcome the worst cases of abuse and they re-connect with God. The article is excellent and worth reading. The article gives more details, but I know of people who have lived with abuse and don’t know how to overcome it, sometimes even with years of conventional therapy.

That’s why this article impressed me so much.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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brandrocker 5 years ago

Useful insight.. We are taught to accept things as it comes and to cope with the situations. It is so difficult to exercise in reality. I hope a lot of people will find your hub useful.


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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

Pamela, an insightful hub, that I hope some gain from it's importance in today's world.

Before I go did you mean "impotance" or importance in the line on companies realizing the connection? If so I need a trip to a dictionary, :) Peace Dusty


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Bandrocker, I hope this hub will be helpful to people also. Thanks so much for your comments.

Dusty, That word has been corrected and thank you for drawing it to my attention as that sure would change the meaning of that title. I appreciate your comments.


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Pamela, my daughter taught me how to deal with many of my issues, we seem to carry them along with us until they become to heavy to move. It's about working on ourselves, coming to teams with who and what we are, deep inside. This hub is completely excellent and so wise. I adore you, rate up hub, love & peace darski


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Darsky, You are a sweetheart. Your daughter sounds like a wise girl and I think what you said is so true. Thanks so much for your comment.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

This is a very powerful and helpful resource. Thank you for sharing services for emotional health as this is a time of great need for so many. well done Pamela and thank you again for paying it forward. Much Blessings to you and yours. :)


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, This is a time of need for so many and this type of counseling sounds so simple in its methods and the results are reported as very effective. I very much appreciate your comments. Blessings and Peace to you.


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Hi Pamela99- As a therapist by trade, I of course loved this hub. Emotional intelligence is so very crucial to our well being. To be able to speak up when one is sad, angry, hurt is such a gift to ourselves. The older I get, the better I get at this. I vote up awesome and all of it.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Healing Touch, It is nice to have a comment from someone who is a therapist and I appreciate your remarks. I have also realized how much better I am not that I am older. Not so many big deals anymore.


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

This is an amazing hub, Pamela! Every word so true. We’ve got to know and understand ourselves and our issues before we can overcome whatever keeps us in the victim mode. And we’ve got to stop expecting of others to understand us, for they will never be able to. My motto: Focus on God, live in peace and harmony with Him, and everything else will gradually fall in place. Thanks for the link. Voted UP and UP.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Martie, I think your motto will sustain you in a place of peace and serenity. Thanks so much for your comment.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Very, very well written Hub Pamela99. As Healing Touch said and I agree, I love this Hub as well. Being a Professional Pastoral Counselor I have Counseled many that were emotionally in despair! They either fight or flight but God is able through Spiritual healing to heal their emotions.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting hub with a lot of good points and thoughts.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

drpastorcarlotta, I agree. God can heal emotions. Thank you so much for your comment.

Hello, I appreciate your comments.


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I am a proponent of counseling on any level to heal what ails you so great information, Pamela!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Audry, Thanks for your comment. I agree it is important to get help when you can't do it on your own.


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lctodd1947 5 years ago from USA

Pamela, I love this hub. It is very true that companies now want someone with EQ/EI more than those who are technically efficient without interpersonal abilities. The same can be applied with our daily lives, actually. Sometimes it seems we get caught up in trying to deal with the basics of life and what it brings to us daily, that we are not in tune to ourselves and what is making us respond to others in a proper way. I have to watch my responses. With my hearing problem; I sometimes speak too loud when I am upset; not really meaning to. Being aware of our emotions and how they appear to others is so important. It is something one must work on each and every day.

Thanks so much for sharing this information with us. I read and write about Coaching, EI also. It is such an important part of how we relate to others.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

IcTodd, I think it is great that businesses are looking beyond work skills and looking at interpersonal abilities. I agree that we have to work on ourselves continually as change takes time. I appreciate your comments.


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prettydarkhorse 5 years ago from US

This hub will surely help many people. You have a good heart there, I miss your hubs Pamela, Maita


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Miata, I am so glad you are back online as I wondered where you had been. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Emotional health is extremely important and there are times when we need a little or lot of coaching to help us get there. Voted/rated.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I agree but some people are in denial and won't reach out for help. Thanks for your comments.


Peter 3 years ago

I just discovered the importance of expressing emotions through a christian mentor. I must say it makes a huge difference, God gave us emotions for a reason, to inform us and bring us closer to him. Thanks for writing!

http://healingfromgod.com


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Peter, I agree with your statements and thank you so much for commenting.

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