We Need God for Healing


As a student pursuing a Master’s degree in counseling, I have come across information which has thrown me back into my past. My past is not a comfortable place and my motto is “my past is my past… it’s better off left in the {past}”. As a counseling student I’ve come to understand the importance of thoroughly dealing with my painful history. I recall a recent Christian counseling experience, where I spent an hour retelling my story. I left the office in tears and feeling defeated. Despite, these initial temporary negative emotions I continued to attend counseling services. The next week God prepared my heart for miraculous understanding and healing. Soon I began to experience freedom in God’s love. I realized, despite my ability to function effectively in life as a woman in the church, a wife, a mother, and a friend, many of my struggles were evolving from deep rooted past experiences.

{Why am I writing this?}

Unfortunately, I feel many of us have painful life stories. Many of us attend church, put a big smile on our faces, and pretend we’ve got everything under control.
{What have I learned?}

There is {no} healing in pretending!

We attend church, get involved in every activity under the sun, and keep ourselves constantly on the go and entertained… all in effort to avoid our inner struggles. I am pursuing a degree in counseling, not because I think I have arrived or that I’ve got it all figured out. I am pursuing a degree in counseling because I realize that this world, our homes, and our churches are filled with God’s {imperfect} and {hurting} people. I am pursuing a degree in counseling to develop skills to come alongside God’s people and offer a safe place for my brother’s and sister’s to grow… to pray… to confess their frailties and insecurities from one who has suffered the {pit} myself.

Friends, I am by far the picture of {perfection}. I need Christ every moment to face the constant spiritual battle attempting to gain victory over my soul. My soul has been won through the price Christ paid at the cross. I need Christ’s love to face each day… to achieve God’s continual peace… and find complete and ultimate healing. One day I will face Christ at the pearly gates and I yearn to hear him say, “Welcome home! Well done my faithful servant!”

I can’t remain a faithful servant on my own. I need thee every hour! I need thee everyday! I need thee in my darkness! I need thee when my strength is depleted! I need thee to face this life… victoriously! That’s why I am pursuing a degree in counseling!

{We ALL need Him, in every aspect of our lives!}

I proclaim to the world the healing God has performed in my heart! He’s all that, and I am just a vessel, A {measly} vessel he has so graciously called to be the hand’s and feet of Jesus.

Friends, please pray as I continue to pursue this degree… Pray that I will remain steadfast and focused on God… Pray that I will be open to the Holy Spirit!


12 responses to “We Need God for Healing”

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    Gretchen Wilson

    Crystal, two things. First, Mrs. Shedlac WILL return to the classroom, but will be down by the fifth and sixth grade classes. Second, I will forward the message I wrote to my volunteers about the meeting with the principal. Read it and see IF YOU THINK parents would bring their children back to GNC at the later hour. Thanks for your impute.

    Gretchen Wilson 2631 N. Skyline Drive Bloomington, IN 47404 812-333-2561


  2. Putting my behind in my past just meant that I had a seat for the slide down the slippery…stuff…that was back there. It wasn’t until Jesus led me through it and healed me that I was able to begin to mature. It was a wonderful Christian counselor that He used to minister deep healing and great freedom to me. Thank you for the work you will be doing.

    May the Lord equip you with every good tool you will need, and give you wisdom and discernment with each person as well. 🙂

    Praise Him!

    1. Aww! Thank you so much! I’m so excited… And nervous at the same time. Being a Christian counselor is a calling. And I know I need to know my stuff and be absolutely reliant on Christ for discernment in each counseling endeavor. Glad to hear you had a great experience with a Christian counselor. Me too! God Bless New Friend!


      1. What a wonderful calling it is – leading people through the veil to the mercy seat where they find healing. I envy you!


      2. Thank you! I’m not there yet, but with God’s guidance I will be in a few years. Although, he has placed me in many situations where He’s used me to speak his words into people’s hearts. It’s an amazing feeling when God uses me in such a way! Blessings!

  3. Crystal, I think that you will be a wonderful counselor. You love the Lord, and you have been through the valley yourself.

    Blessings ~ Wendy
    PS – I have added you to my prayer list.

  4. Thank you, Wendy for your encouraging words and adding me to your prayer list! God Bless!

  5. When I was first called into the ministry the Holy Spirit spoke these words into my heart “you can’t preach what you don’t know.” For me that is emotional healing. It’s the same for all of us who are “called” to minister in one capacity or another. Healing begins with us. Wonderful post.

  6. I think it’s great you are pursuing a degree in counseling to help others! I once heard this phrase ” where there’s a haunting there needs to be healing” It’s been so true for me, I would love to leave the past in the past,but you can’t, you have to deal with things so that you can live a healthy life. Good Luck!

    1. Thank you! Nice phrase ill have to remember that!

  7. Alecia, so very true! Thank you for your encouraging words! God Bless you! Crystal

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