My faith is a central part of my life. Since I was a child I have had a strong connection to God and to Jesus Christ. Some of my first memories of my spirituality were times when I was in need and I knew that God was taking care of me and my family. I have been blessed to have a supportive family who instilled and supports my beliefs. My parents and grandparents demonstrated what it is to be loved and to love others. My soul’s desire has always been to see God in others and to minister to them in need. I believe that we all have been given an opportunity to see God’s love in whatever circumstance we are given.
Despite my deep faith, there have been times when I have felt desperation, despair, and loneliness wondering if God would be there to help me though a personal or family crisis. It has been at these times when I have witnessed what my faith is truly about and what God means to me. I am learning that joy, deep meaningful joy does not have to come from only happy events and celebrations. It often comes to me at times when I am in the midst of my saddest and scariest moments.
When my daughter was diagnosed with Down syndrome and severe heart defect before she was born, the doctors told us to prepare for the fact that she probably wouldn’t live until birth. She has undergone four open heart surgeries and is now 9 years old. She has more energy than I can handle most days and is such a blessing to our extended family. My trust in God was essential in carrying me and my family through those dark hours of sitting by her crib in the hospital and wondering what would happen to her, to our family, my son who is two years older, and to our futures.
While I suffered deep sadness and fear then, I also gained some of the greatest gifts. I saw how compassionate and generous others were with their time and more importantly with the outpouring of love and support that they offered us. I was able to experience life slowed down and appreciate every new day through my daughter’s eyes. I knew that my little girl was a love message from God to me.
So when I pray now, I am grateful for the things I have. I am truly blessed. I pray for those who are struggling. I pray before I work that the Holy Spirit will guide my hands and my heart and my words. I pray that everyone will come to realize that we are all God’s children…princes and princesses of the One True King. I pray for peace and I pray that in our hearts we find the refuge we seek from fear, pain, anxiety, sadness, and loss. These human experiences are not things that I want to rid myself of, but rather avenues to experience the amazing graces that God can pour out on us. Without pain, we cannot experience relief. Without sadness, we cannot experience joy. And we can find a way, always, with the help of other compassionate witnesses, therapists, friends, to be able to move through our suffering and deepen our faith and joy. This is my hope and why I continue to work in this field. And why I consider my work God’s work.
- Self esteem
- Career difficulties
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Addictions , LGBT , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Parenting issues , Anger management , Depression , Compassion fatigue , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Commitment Issues , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Emptiness , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Self-Love , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
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I am very grateful for the counselor I was assigned. Lisa is very understanding and compassionate with a positive view. She has life experience and knowledge to grasp my situation and provide non-judgmental feedback, and prayers as well.