040815 Gina Update

Fortunately, God has blessed us with being able to see one of my beautiful sons who is a member of the United States Marine Corps. We had a beautiful dinner together at a great dockside restaurant. Paul and I shared the best ever fish and chip platter. We also received a personal tour of Parris Island and walked through memories of my son’s graduation from Basic Training five years ago. These experiences are filled with opportunities for me to seek Jesus or seek ME. I was newly divorced then from someone who I loved deeply and yesterday I could see myself standing in various places on base trying hard to keep my broken heart pasted together enough to make it through my son’s graduation. How I praise God for better memories now that I’ve since been blessed with concerning his provisions and gifts of love in my life to help with healing.

Therefore, we are on our way from Beaufort, SC to Blacksburg, VA now. It will take approximately 6 hours which doesn’t sound long but does present a slight challenge with a vehicle following behind a motorcycle, keeping pace with one another, and staying away from texting drivers.

In closing, I continue to find myself contemplating and thinking about keys to discipleship and how to be a better Biblical Counselor in the future since I’m asked how to do it all of the time. As is true much of the time, there is little need to re-invent the wheel so I’ll let a great man of God say it best instead.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer spoke of the need to practice “the ministry of holding one’s tongue”: “Often we combat our evil thoughts most effectively if we absolutely refuse to allow them to be expressed in words…. It must be a decisive rule of every Christian fellowship that each individual is prohibited from saying much that occurs to him.”

In closing, I pray that God would give each one of us as women the ministry of “Holding One’s Tongue,” and learning to listen better Biblically. If only we realized how ineffective our advice giving is as compared to the wisdom contained within the pages of the Bible and the power that can be afforded as a result of one’s prayer life. To God be the glory. Amen.