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Healing Through Confession by Cathy Clevenger, LCSW

I promise you don’t have to try confession if you still don’t want to after you read this blog. Confession, unfortunately, has a negative connotation for most of us.

We harbor feelings of guilt, pain, regret, bitterness and many other negative emotions because we are fearful of what that says about us as a person. We feel the need to hide our imperfections, negative thoughts, shaming memories and darkest emotions from others, and perhaps more significantly from ourselves.

I have learned over the past year that the act of confession is where, and when, God begins to truly heal us – emotionally and spiritually. Whether you write down the negative, shaming sins in your life, or just pour them out as you speak to God in prayer try to be as vulnerable as you can be in this process. You are purging your body of lies and toxic poisons on a spiritual level. Confession releases burdens we have been carrying without even realizing the heaviness of our load.

The last step you need to take is to look up from where you are kneeling, into the face of the one who loved you so much that he paid the price for all our sins.

May you see the Lord Jesus, with a smile of great joy, tears in His eyes because he has been waiting for you to come. He has a balm for your soul, tenderness beyond measure, and healing. He will not do it in the way you expect, remember to trust Him for His way is always better than ours. God’s banquet table is overflowing with His gifts which He wants to lavish upon His children. He is waiting for you to come to His table and sit with Him. Healing may not happen as quickly or as painless as we would like but when our heavenly Father heals us there is joy.

May you walk with Him and know this joy. We at the Barnabas Center know what it is to be a sinner. We also have need of confession. We are here for you if you need help in your journey.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-8255

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“Utilizing the Four F’s as a Family” By Bill Immel, LPC

If you have children and especially if you also work outside the home, then you know that time is always in short supply due to all the demands of life and needs of a family. One way to make the most of the time you have is to combine what I call the four F’s.

This four F’s stand for family, fitness, faith, and fun.

Family

In order to accomplish results, you have to find a system that not only works but works so well it is sustainable. Having worked at a fitness club as a personal trainer I know that the people who keep coming back are the ones who have a sense of community at the gym.

Fitness & Fun

The same is true with family, but in order to sustain the routine ideally, there needs to be a fun component. Some ideas for this would be playing tennis, racquetball long walks in beautiful places, bike rides, rollerblading, roller-skating, kayaking, basketball (one on one, one on two, two on two, etc.), soccer, badminton, or just bumping and setting a volleyball back and forth.  The great thing about utilizing a sport is that in the process your child actually builds confidence in the improvement of skills.  Mixing up the activities helps promote a well-rounded child and reduces the likelihood of boredom.

Faith

Finally, the faith inclusion could be as simple as talking about a passage in the Bible or a promise of God that is exciting to you.  You could use a small portion of this time to memorize a passage of scripture together, or briefly discuss a practical application of a Biblical command or principle. If this seems too difficult or if your child is not receptive to any of the above, we would love to help you.

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