What if you do a Google image search for sunrises and sunsets? After looking at hundreds of pictures what will you see? Can you actually tell the difference between a sunrise and sunset? Perhaps there is something about a sunset that makes it look different, or maybe it is something about you that you see a picture of the sun on the horizon and it seems like a sunset but maybe it is not.
We all see the world through our own lens according to how we think and feel, or what our attitude is. Maybe what we see is not what we think it is. Maybe we need to ask ourselves how our minds are shaping our perceptions.
We all need someone to challenge our assumptions sometimes, even though we may not realize it or want it. Sometimes a good friend or caring parent is there for us. Sometimes we hear from a co-worker or a neighbor.
There are times though, when we need more expert help in the process of looking within ourselves and uncovering the things that need attention. Healing within so that we can see more clearly the way ahead is hard work. It is also some of the most important and rewarding work there is. Do you need a guide on a healing journey?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
This was the verse I read each day as I went through my graduate courses at Liberty University while dealing with a multitude of challenges. Many times I wanted to give up. God’s calling was stronger. I needed to be obedient to God and keep my eyes focused on His promise, His plans, and look toward hope. Each day was a struggle, but I made it through.
I recall my first client in August 2011. I was fearful of “messing her up” as the appointment date was approaching. I prayed a lot, especially on the day of the appointment. Suddenly, I realized I needed to put my trust and faith in God that He would be there to guide and direct me. My anxiety quietly slipped away.
It was such an amazing feeling as I sat in front of my first client and felt God’s presence. God indeed “prospered” me as promised. I was rich in feeling his comfort and guidance. I knew this was where He wanted me. As I completed the first appointment, I thanked God for giving me motivation through His words and His presence.
What verse motivates you?