I believe that an abundant life that Hesus promised is about becoming one with God –  He is love, exceedingly, very highly, beyond measure, more, a quantity so abundant as to be considerably more than what one would expect or anticipate. It doesn’t mean wealth, safety, or status. It’s spiritual, NOT material. It’s your heart.

I’ve been contemplating on this column, Women’s Corner, these past few weeks.  It is pretty much about me and how I deal with life. It seems selfish (narcissistic) so I can only hope it is RELATABLE.  We’re not so different as human beings.

Counseling is my passion.  Counsel means “comfort, console, encourage, urge, appeal, exhort, and confront” — all of which describe aspects of the counseling process.

I’d say counseling is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find the bread, burrowing from Tim Challies. I can only hope I help at least three or four out there.  I don’t have the bread but I can walk with you to where I found bread … and water.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” ~Jesus of Nazareth (John 10:10)

You would think a thief will kill first but he doesn’t. He steals first and if surprised by the home owner he will kill. He is so into destroying the soul. Its like one who pretends to be a friend and little by little destroys your business – takes your money, mess with your marriage, violate your your kids without your awareness.  He wreaks havoc in the family. And friends.

The thief is a clever deceiver. I’ve been deceived by some that broke my heart,  I’ve known for so long.  I really trusted this person that I felt so stupid when I learned about the deception. How  could I not have seen it!?  But that’s what deception is. You feel the pain of betrayal only  afterwards.

When I chose to pursue counseling, I was being counseled simultaneously. First thing I learned was JOY. Second was to NAME the wound and l WHODUNIT. Third was to FORGIVE.  Repeat the process until you allow the painful memory run through your mind without the pain, without prage and bitterness. (Bitterness put so much stress on your face and add years to your looks – your skin).

Stop listening to resentments like a broken record in your head.  Resentment want to change people. We can’t change people. We can only change ourselves.

Joy is like floating in the middle of the ocean alone but not alone. Ngerchebal is always in view.  Joy stays in your heart just as Truth does. And Jesus is the way, the TRUTH and the life. The Spirit of Truth bears love, peace, joy, kindnss, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience and self-control, against such things there is no law. This is how [my] faith works. If I’m connected to that source of life, I’ll be able to bear good  fruits. I’d be able to love and forgive. Contentment comes after deep thinking as you forgive those who betrayed you. It’s not material. It’s peace in the midst of the storm.

Contentment feels like a warm blanket in winter and a gentle breeze in the hot sun. And like Paul we learn to be content whatever the circumstances.  Whether we have plenty or we have little to nothing. It’s trusting my Maker. Contentment is not perfection, it’s understanding and accepting reality that we live in a btoken world with broken people. 

When Joy and Contentment live  together in you, they are  contagious like love. It oozes out of you.

Love is a warm blanket that can be shared because it’s long and wide, deep and high. Its having enough bread and water. It’s all we need. Even if a typhoon comes and destroy your house you’ll be sheltered in the arms of God. And If you die you’ll be with God. It’s a win-win situation. It’s like swimming in a warm ocean in the rain.

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