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Brokenness To Beauty | by Beth Moorhead

It takes courage to ask for help, and it can be hard to make a phone call or send an e-mail to set up the first appointment with Wayzata Free Church's counseling ministry. However, upon arriving for counseling, individuals and couples are welcomed by us, and we do our best to put them at ease.

We begin our sessions with prayer, acknowledging that the Lord is with us. We ask Him to give us insight, understanding, wisdom, and discernment. Then our counselors take time to introduce themselves and share a few of their life stories. As people feel safe and can be vulnerable, they share the broken pieces of their lives with us. Together we examine those pieces and pray the Lord will heal them through prayer, His Word, assessments, forgiveness, recommended books, and new skills learned.

The Lord knows the root of our issues, and we trust Him to help us identify and heal those roots, repair the individuals, and restore their relationships. As a result of going through counseling, people often learn and grow by discovering new ways of thinking, relating to others, and dealing with the stresses of life. The most rewarding part of this process is seeing people experience God’s loving presence and work in their lives and watching them grow in their relationship with Him and others.

From my 20 years of experience in our counseling ministry, I have seen individuals, couples, and families become healthier, stronger, and more resilient than ever before. I liken it to the Japanese art form of Kintsugi, in which broken pottery is glued back together, and the cracks skillfully filled with 24-carat gold paint. The end product is often more beautiful and stronger than the original. Only God can do such a work in us. But it is up to us to take that first step to make that call or send that e-mail.

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