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 ...Keep Reading
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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. ...
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 challenges to discovering how to change is knowing who we are. I'm excited to share this book with other friends and clients, and I hope Courtney's summary here will encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself! ~ Melissa Affolter, Executive Director...
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....
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. ...
It's easy to make our hard harder than the next person. We all compare our trials. And every person's hard is legitimately hard to them. My aim in drawing attention to these stats is not to hold up singleness or single parenting as the hardest thing. But I will say that this is one of the main things that brings unmarried women into the counseling room. Loneliness and wear...Keep Reading
My heart is quick – and eager – to return to its previous ways. Sins that I thought had been overcome seem to be stirred up in an instant, and rear themselves into my life with fresh zeal....Keep Reading
There is a pattern we find in Scripture. Things we assume to be one way, are turned upside down. It's the opposite of what seems natural. In human terms, we operate on conditions and assumptions of how we know the system typically works. Our experience tells us we can count on these assumptions; assumptions pressed into us from the world....Keep Reading
For nearly twenty years, Helen Roseveare served as a missionary in the Republic of Congo, establishing medical services in the remote village of Ibambi. She persevered despite periods of civil unrest, lack of resources, and even amidst the revealing of personal weaknesses and failures, which sometimes threatened to undo her. In most biographical descriptions of Helen’s l...Keep Reading
I don't often have the time to take my scattered journal entries and compile them formally, but I've always loved to write. My week away provided a little more opportunity to do so. I pray that in some small way these mediations would encourage someone, if in no other way than as a reminder that you are not alone. ...Keep Reading
We had an absolute wonderful evening at Beholding & Becoming's Partner Celebration as we enjoyed delicious food, great conversation and shared the vision of B&B with almost 40 special guests. We are so appreciative of the support we have received in 2016 and we eagerly anticipate how the Lord will lead B&B in 2017....Keep Reading