In April 2014 we closed the Trenton office in the southeast part of Michigan to move to Saint Joseph on the southwestern part of the state. Since July 2014 I have been working as the Lead Minister of the Church of Christ of Saint Joseph, settling in to become better acquainted with God’s people here and the community around us. My goal has been to discern God’s leading and how my private practice will fit into my ministerial responsibilities.
This year I began seeing clients at the church building and I have found it to be well suited to my needs as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Therefore, I am now taking appointments with individuals, couples and families, dedicated to “Helping people overcome obstacles, manage transitions and reach their potential” according to the principles of brief, solution-focused marriage and family therapy.
I don’t make new year’s resolutions.
I’m doing pretty good to make–and follow through with–one-day resolutions.
“One day at a time” is a great phrase for a recovery program, a project with a hard deadline, a new year’s resolution and, according to Jesus, a life. For example, in Matthew 6:34 He encourages His listeners not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble of its own.
“You know how to eat an elephant?” the man asked. The answer: “One bite at a time!”
In my own life I have found that a year is too long precisely because it is too long. Nonetheless, after building up 365 one-day-at-a-time events a year does not seem so long and is more easily achieved.
Sometimes people want to schedule appointments for counseling in rapid-fire succession. They want this because of the urgency with which they desire change to be implemented. The problem is that solutions to problems may take more than a few days or weeks to achieve. Sometimes it is important to encourage people to take their time to implement change so that it is both achievable and lasting. So it is not uncommon to schedule appointments two to three weeks apart.
Coming off the holidays, paying the credit cards off after all of those Christmas presents and getting back to work usually kicks off the new year. We managed to hold it all together to encourage quality family time over the holidays but then, at the beginning of the year…. Bam! Everything is back up in the air and the elephant walks back into the living room to have a seat on the floor.
So it is with Marriage and Family Therapy…one day at a time to get you where you need to go.