I used to hate the idea of counseling. I thought things had to be really, really bad to need counseling. I wasn't doing great, but I was managing. What I didn't understand was God doesn't just want us to manage, he wants us to “have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Counseling is a beautiful tool that God has used to bring immense healing to my heart. If you are going through a rough patch, trying to let go of your past, or are just confused on how to handle all that life throws at you, counseling might be something to consider. Here are 3 reasons why counseling is great.
You get an objective opinion
Sometimes women hesitate to talk about their issues with friends and family because of perceived judgement. A counselor is not there to judge. They are there to help without any set agenda. Regardless of how bad you might think your past is or your current situation is, a counselor will meet you in a place of compassion without the desire to make you feel guilty or ashamed.
We weren’t meant to carry our burdens alone
Counseling is a great way to relieve the pain and pressure of your burdens without feeling like you’re weighing someone down. I kept a lot of my problems locked up because I didn’t want to be “a bummer” to my friends. However, God never intended for us to walk through life alone. While it’s great to rely on friends, sometimes the burden is so heavy that we need professional help. Because a counselor’s job is to help you work through your problems, you don’t have to feel guilty about discussing them.
God intends for us to live in freedom
It makes me so sad to think that some women out there are refusing to get help because they don’t think their problems are “valid.” I know that’s a fear for some people, because I used to be one of them. Let me say to you, your struggles are valid. Life is hard. It’s ok to not be ok. You were not meant to live in bondage to fear and suffering. Jesus died to set us free. Counseling might be that step you need to take towards freedom. Take the step. Jesus is walking beside you cheering you on.
For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17
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