I grew up in Canada in a very abusive home and suffered much pain in my early childhood. When I came to faith as a young adult, I came to the church for help. But, I didn’t find it. In frustration, I asked myself “Are my questions too big or are their answers too small?”
After years of searching for help in the world, and literally blowing up my life, I returned to the church. This time, I was helped by a young pastor’s wife. During that point, the only books that addressed my type of abuse were written by Christian psychologists. While those books helped me a lot, they could only take me so far.
Psychology, and psychology books, never take you to freedom because it is still all about you.
Providentially, by God’s grace, I moved to the U.S. and met a woman in Biblical counseling. During my time with her, I matured in Christ and finally found freedom. The struggle to renew my mind was fierce. I had a lot of wrong thinking that needed to be changed. I needed to study the Word to see what the Bible said. My first session with my Biblical counselor was life changing. I asked her, “How do I love God?” and she said, “Open your Bible.” It sounds too simple but it set a fire in me. And as I found freedom in God’s word, I wanted to comfort others with the same comfort I received.
As I mentioned, psychology can only take you so far; if you want to see permanent change then you must go to Jesus and His Word.
I began attending counseling conferences with my former counselor, studied and took the exam, and was certified by NANC (now known as the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors). It is a joy and an honor to “Open my Bible” with others. I tell people that I am a great signpost; I don’t have the answers but I can point you to Who does.
As I connect others to Jesus, I help them to renew their mind about God, about themselves, about sin, about their purpose, about God’s process, and about our maturity in Christ. There is so much joy in helping others find their freedom in Christ.