A dad find peace after something horrible happens to his daughter. In our ongoing series “A Counselee’s Story” you meet men and women just like you facing pain and getting help. Have you read the story of the troubled marriage restored? These are men and women we’ve counseled and who have found peace and hope through biblical counseling. To God alone be the glory. After my daughter was sexually assaulted, I felt devastated. As her father, I saw myself as her protector and provider, a role in which I felt I’d failed. I believed in the sovereignty of God and even verbalized that to my family and a few friends after the attack, but the truth of that wasn’t making a difference in the way I felt. After a couple of weeks of struggle, I was still unreasonably emotional, irritable, and “blue” almost at the flip of a switch. My church recommended the Biblical Counseling Center, so I called and set up an appointment. I had never counseled before, so was a bit apprehensive going in. The counselor started the session with prayer, which immediately put my soul at ease. Walking me through the Word, he was able to help me understand that feelings are a “result.” Feelings are not the root of the problem, but merely the result. I was able to understand and embrace a fuller, richer definition of faith:
Faith is believing in God’s Word, and acting upon it,
regardless of how I feel, knowing that God will use it for good.
That definition will now walk lockstep with me throughout the rest of my days. My counselor showed me that the great people of faith in Hebrews 11 all had one thing in common, that no matter what “feelings” they may have been experiencing, they acted in obedience. The truth of Hebrews 4:12 was vividly illustrated to me during my time of counseling at Biblical Counseling Center. “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” I thank God for His Word, and for His wonderful servant counselors at the Biblical Counseling Center. You helped me walk through a tremendously difficult situation, for which I am extremely grateful. I am sending my sincere thanks to my counselor in particular. Thanks for being an instrument in the hands of a gracious God. Through your skillful work, I have been freed from my prison of emotional confusion. Signed, Anonymous photo credit: LAM Has someone you loved been horribly hurt? Do you need to practically understand the difference between faith and feeling? We encourage you to talk with a mature believer at your church and/or contact us. You are not alone.