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courageous counsel

Wisdom From The World:

“Just as you go to the gym regularly to keep your body fit, regular couple counseling can keep your relationship fit as well.” – Linda Wasser

“Courage does not happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” – Shannon L. Alder

“We do not have to have the correct answers to listen well. In fact, often the correct answers are a hindrance to listening well, for we become more anxious to give the correct answer than to hear.” – Richard Foster

“Other people were the “spine” that she did not have in the beginning. Slowly she internalized their care, support, teaching, and modeling. God has always provided help from his family to those who need it. Here are some ways:
• Use a third party to help resolve conflict.
• Use a third party to help you protect and support yourself.
• Use a group for healing and strengthening.
• Use others to teach boundaries.
• Use counselors, friends, and pastors to provide the safe place to work on difficult issues.
• Use shelters in extreme situations.”
– Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend

“Sacramental listening reminds us that current suffering is not the end of the story. God loves us deeply, and his vision for the future is vaster and more magnificent than we could ever imagine. In these moments of profound human presence, we are awakened to the divine presence and see that the kingdom of God is coming and yet is already here.” – Richard Rohr

Wisdom From The Word:

“Leave your impoverished confusion and live! Walk up the street to a life with meaning.” – Proverbs 9:6 (The Message)

“If you correct those who care about life, that’s different-they’ll love you for it! Save your breath for the wise – they’ll be wiser for it; tell good people what you know – they’ll profit from it. Skilled living gets its start in the Fear – of – God, insight into life from knowing a Holy God. It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens, and the years of your life ripen. Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life; mock life and life will mock you.” – Proverbs 9: 9-12 (The Message)

“Take good counsel and accept correction- that’s the way to live wisely and well.” – Proverbs 19:20 (The Message)

“ Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail; take good counsel and watch them succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22 (The Message)

“It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day. Strategic planning is key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of counsel.” – Proverbs 24:5, 6 (The Message)

Keep Me Real Lord!

“Lord, Keep me open to the wisdom found in your Word and open to the wisdom that you have developed in others. Help me to be both a listener and a learner. Help me to walk in wisdom and to be open to counsel. Thank you for those who I have invited to speak into my life. I am wiser as a result. Truly they have been your voice in my life.”

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