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Courage or Careless

Are you being courageous or careless in your relationships? Sometimes, it's difficult to tell. It's that, "I can't see the forest for the trees" problem because the trees keep getting in the way. In abusive relationships this can mean the difference between seeking safety or staying. Is it wrong to run away in order to avoid further abuse? Jesus and his apostles didn't think so; 36While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of light.” After Jesus had spoken these things, He went away and was hidden from them." John 12:36 Why did Jesus and his apostles leave? Sometimes it was because the people didn't believe in their mission, and other times they fled danger.

Touched By An Angel

Why do we crave touch so much? Why do we seek to hold hands, to be caressed, to be hugged, and cuddled by someone we care about? Why do we give a hug to a stranger we've just met, while others get a hand shake or even a nod of the head? The news is full of accusations regarding unwanted touch, some 20 years later, someone is now being told it was unwanted touch. Why do we think touch is "sexual" with some and yet the same touch is acceptable from others, and how can one know for sure if their touch is offensive or not? Is the solution to not ever touch again? Touch is such a valuable part of being a human being. It's one of the senses God gave us and it has a purpose beyond sexual. This dr

A Tank-Full Heart

"You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings." Psalm 23:5 (NLT) When I went into the field of psychology, I never knew the impact it would have on my heart as I help others. I assumed being "the boss" of a company would mean only the negative consequence that others express as, "It's lonely at the top." Instead, this past week I was blessed beyond measure and my cup runs over with those blessings. I thought it might be encouraging to others to hear from the heart of an encourager who is working in the trenches to help the hurting find healing and acceptance. These are just a few of the kind and t

The Measure of Love

Have you ever wondered how to measure love or "how much" someone loves you? Is it the result of an action, or a feeling that manifests out of thin air? Speaker, counselor, and author of, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman, identifies ways people experience, express, and anticipate love: Time Together, Words of Affirmation, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. But, how does one measure the success of these communications? If I feel love does that mean I am loved? The Bible explains love is measured by our ability to love: "We love, because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19 (NASB) In order for us to "give" something, we must first possess it. "He" is God. God is Love, and he gives

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