I have been in a counseling master’s program for almost one year. The newness is beginning to rub off and I’m growing weary and tired. My motivation… The passion is diminishing… The current class I’m taking has proven to be — let’s say… “Unexciting!” All this has allowed doubt to take root within my spirit. Not all the time, but often enough to make me ponder questions, such as “Is it really worth it? Can I really accomplish the task set before me? Are these sacrifices worth the extra time, energy, and stress? Am I really cut out for a stressful job, like counseling? Can I handle all the heartache involved?” These are the doubts bombarding my spirit over the past few months. I’ve learned something important about “doubt”… Doubt can be dangerous, causing one to quit or even fail at the desired goal.

However, doubt can be useful and beneficial if handled appropriately. For me personally, my success lies in how I handle my feelings of doubt. Doubt is an inevitable part of life. All beautiful and successful outcomes, experience a fair amount of doubt throughout the course of development. The doubt I’ve been feeling has been pushing me to pray to the Father… Forcing me to seek God in a deeper way for renewed strength and vigilance. Doubt forces me to seek advice and encouragement from my Christian mentors and friends. Most importantly, doubt keeps me humble. If I ever start to acquire a pious frame of mind, doubt portrays it’s all familiar self, and humility once again replaces arrogance. Doubt is necessary to keep my focus on God… To remind me that I need God’s strength everyday moment of everyday.

How we handle inevitable doubt throughout life, determines the desired outcome. God desires to use people who seek Him in the midst of this inevitable doubt.

Philippians 4:6 & 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


Hustling and Bustling In the Ridlon Home


Due to the busyness of the season thus far, I have failed to find time to post on my blog. However, most of the Midwest was blessed with a very large snow system and many families were blessed with extra family time. Our family has taken advantage of the time to spend together, we decorated our tree, played in the snow, drank hot chocolate, and shared many laughs. This morning, I was touched in a special way, as we sat in the living room, I looked over and saw Christopher in his housecoat looking at Christmas books and singing. These are the moments I cherish! These are the moments I want forever ingrained into the fibers of brain! These are the moments I live for! It is in these special moments, I STOP… And give praise to the Father in Heaven, the Giver of all good gifts!

Dear friends, It is my hope that in the hustle and bustle of the season, we can STOP… and take a moment to cherish our blessings, and most importantly thank the Holy father for the abundant blessings in our lives! Most importantly let’s STOP and give thanks for the “Greatest gift of All — Jesus Christ”.

Remember the reason for the season— To celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ!

Merry Christmas,