Group Sessions

1 Thessalonians 5:11 reminds us, "Therefore encourage each other and build one another up, just as you are already doing." We are meant to share our worries, anxieties, and problems with each other in a safe, comforting atmosphere. In Him Christian Wellness offers this protected environment through our support groups offered every Monday. With rotating topics, you can find the encouragement you've needed to live abundantly!
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Choices

Choices... they can feel like a gift and can easily make us feel overwhelmed by the responsibility. Fortunately, we can't escape them, because in them we better understand ourselves, the world, and most importantly, our relationship with God. Choose to live in the present, for today is the only one you have. Choose to live out of your core set of values, for someone's values are informing each choice you make. Choose to resist the gnawing negative self-talk and renew your mind in what is ...
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Purity

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). Have you ever lamented a dull relationship with God and others.  That's the time to check your "lust meter".  James speaks of temptation as something that lures us by enticement and leads to sin, and ultimately to death (James 1:14-15).  There are layers to the concept of death, but it's fundamentally a separation from God.  In the garden of Eden, it even led to barriers between Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:7). Temptation is...
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Happy New You!

One of our children used to express new year wishes with an exclamation, "Happy New You!".  It was funny and everyone thought the child was cute for saying it, but I believe there was great wisdom in the expression. I think most of us know what types of changes would be healthy and helpful for us, yet change is difficult.  The biggest barrier to change seems to be fear related to possible rejection, the unknown, and even success.  Think of the opportunities you didn't step into because of a n...
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The Beauty of Fall

I love living in an area that has four seasons. I am easily bored and prone to take things for granted--situations and relationships. I also tend to grump about anything, even good things, so I'm pretty confident that I would find something bad about experiencing perfect weather every day. The change of seasons makes me stop and reflect, though. I'm reminded that I'm not in control of most things, except my responses. I also take time to consider life--where I've been and where I'm headed. Fa...
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The Superlative of Family

Family is a beautiful mess.  It is a walk in the park on a glorious fall day and a horror movie that never seems to end.  It is what we run away from and yet seem to be consistently influenced by.  It is a long look in the mirror. Extreme emotions and life decisions can be prompted by family issues, because family is a powerful system loaded with expectations.  The problem is that our expectations are somewhat unrealistic.  It's natural to want family relationships to be perfectly loving, yet...
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Parenting Teens

Parenting is difficult. Parenting teens has its own set of unique challenges. There are three keys to parenting teens well: Promoting shared responsibility, authentic participation, and individuation. If you want to learn more, then I have a seminar for you! "Parenting Teens" will be presented as part of a seminar series by Jon Burchard of In Him Christian Counseling at the Giant Food Center community room in Camp Hill, PA, on October 27. Session times are 5:30PM-7:00PM and 7:30PM-9:00PM. The...
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Extravagant Love

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-29 Our family tradition is blueberry pancakes and bacon on Sunday morning. The theme: Extravagant love. Pancakes full of blueberries inside and heaped on top. Syrup, yogurt, and whipped cream top the sensory delight! For me, it's a time of rememb...
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Community

Community seems to be a buzz word now.  I think I know what people mean when they use it, yet I  can be a bit "polyannish" at times; thinking that we all just want to get along.  I think the reality is that we really don't know how to play well with others, and community can be used to convince those with differing opinions to conform to the views of the majority. What do you think about "interdependence"?  I think the term best captures my idea of community.  I need others, because I'm limit...
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Quietness

Life is noisy.  My ears are bombarded by the noise of the television, radio, traffic, and other uninvited disturbances.  When I reflect upon this aspect of my life, I realize that I am the one who oftentimes chooses noise over quiet. Noise can be used as a distraction.  One can avoid self-reflection when your attention is directed outside of self.  When I choose to limit self-awareness, I don't have to change.  I just respond to the noise and become a victim of external forces. In the book...
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