Think of almost anything you need, and chances are the phrase “There’s an app for that” would apply. Everything we need to manage our lives are a click away…food delivery, transportation, appointment trackers, budget spreadsheets, meditation, and now therapy. Where someone could only make appointments for face-to-face, now there are multiple apps where one can call, email, text, or even video chat with their therapist.
24 hour therapy from the comfort of your home just a click away…If only there was a quality free version ! Oh wait, there is !
Isaiah 9:6 (an Old Testament prophecy about the coming of Jesus as Messiah) says, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Not just any counselor is available to us – but a wonderful one. The best there is. And yes, I realize it’s someone we cannot physically see or audibly hear most of the time. But I do believe He’s here with us and always imparting wisdom/counsel to us through the Bible, other people, nature, etc. I think the “trick” is to take time everyday to spend with God reading His Word, listening to worship music, maybe going for walks and contemplating creation, etc. The Bible also says “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
If you would like to talk to God but don’t know where to start…start simple with an invitation for Him to join you as you pray. Then start with gratitude. Pray for others, but don’t forget to pray for yourself. Don’t be afraid to be honest with Him. Share you fears, concerns things that make you angry. He is not surprised by any of it anyway. Last, but not lease, take time to listen to God. You might want to say something to Him such as, “God, what do you want me to know about (you, this situation), etc?? I encourage you to journal what you hear.
You’ll be tempted to doubt that God speaks to you, but I encourage you to keep seeking, and then spending time with other praying Christians who can help encourage you on what God is saying.
Free therapy? Sign me up please!!
(PS: I’m in no way minimizing professional therapy/counseling. If you need it, get it! I believe God gives wisdom to others such as therapy that can be very beneficial and life-giving. No shame at all! Not many people know this, but I tried counseling recently for stress/anxiety once I realized my insurance covered all but a co-pay. =) Went a few times and just couldn’t commit schedule wise. Plus I don’t think she was the best fit for me BUT I completely support therapy. Long rant over.) -Sarah