By Dr. Tim Clinton
There’s a sin-gouged hole in the heart of every person alive—a deep void that screams to be filled. We attempt to fill that void with everything from adrenalin rushing activities to relationships to careers. But the problem with these attempts is this: none of them will ultimately satisfy. Oh, you may find a certain amount of enjoyment and even contentment in those things for a while, but in the end they will leave you empty, longing for something more...
The front half of the “everything” is easy. Thankful for the birth of a child. For great health. Family. A good job.
The backside of the “everything” is more difficult. The death of a loved one. Cancer. Divorce. A job lost. The empty chair at the head of the table from which dad said the Thanksgiving prayer just last year.
It’s hard to get our hearts and emotions around thanking God for the dark days, for pain, or overwhelming loss.
Not long ago, while preparing to speak to a large group of pastors and counselors, I ran across the following words from Helen Keller:
“I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch.
I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf...
Jesus was God in the flesh and He talked a lot about Satan. He referred to Satan twenty-five times during His time on earth. He also dealt with demons on a regular basis. When tempted in the desert for forty days, Jesus didn’t engage a mind over matter or positive thinking approach in order to resist the temptation. He instead recognized the source of His temptation. “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve’” (Matthew 4:10 NKJ).
Google the phrase “heart health” and over 49,900,000 sites pop up. That’s 49 million. Read just a few of those articles and the evidence is overwhelming – there is a direct correlation to what we put into our bodies (diet, exercise, rest, supplements etc.), and the health of our heart.
Bickering. Backbiting. Selfishness. Grudges. Disagreements and full-fledged arguments. Fighting over things that don’t matter with family and friends, even (and sometimes especially) in the church. We all experience these realities of being in relationships with others. We are each unique and so too are our opinions and approaches, our personalities and habits.
Cora, an elderly widow, lived alone in a small three-room house down the dirt road from the Pennsylvania farm where I grew up. Her home, a bit run down outside, was full of joy and delight on the inside. Interestingly, Ms. Cora’s favorite treasures were a...
Hear Dr. Tim Clinton Interviews Luke Smallbone from For King & Country. And talk about their new movie Priceless.
Check out the mirror on your car’s passenger side. Do you see anything? There is a little message across the bottom that reads, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” That’s because the mirror is slightly bent to give a wider field of vision. Despite this enhanced view, in reality the images are distorted; things seem farther away than they actually are...
Picture that for a second—when’s the last time you actually stopped, sat down, and just remained present there? We don’t often find time to do that, but God does—when we praise Him.
Listen as Dr. Tim speaks with Archibald Hart and Sylvia Hart Frejd about the digital invasion and its impact on our brains, lives and relationships on Life, Love and Family With Dr. Tim Clinton. “The Digital Invasion”
Hear Dr. Tim Clinton Interviews Erin Kelly about her Father's (NFL QB Jim Kelly) battle with cancer on Life, Love and Family With Dr. Tim Clinton.
Hear Dr. Jared Pingleton and Kirsten Haglund talk through a “new OCD” – Obsessive Comparison Disorder – and the ways social media impacts self-image, self-worth, and overall ability to do relationships on the radio program Life, Love and Family With Dr. Tim Clinton.
Listen to Dr. Clinton interview Francis and Lisa Chan on his radio program Life, Love and Family With Dr. Tim Clinton.
Listen to Dr. Tim speak with Eric Metaxas about God’s idea of manhood and great men in history who honored God in their leadership and influence.
Listen to Dr. Tim speak with Todd Starnes about fighting against the assault on our nation’s values.
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Listen to Dr. Clinton interview Max Lucado on his radio program Life, Love and Family With Dr. Tim Clinton. Listen to how God always gets us through the difficulties of life.
5 Steps to Heal Your Wounded Heart:
1) Pray—seek daily time before God in prayer, reading the Scriptures, and asking God for the ability to overcome the betrayal you feel. You must surrender control to Him in order to begin moving forward with your life.
2) Seek Help—whether or not you choose to continue in this marriage, seeking counseling may be the first step in moving forward. Find a professional who you can talk with, getting the issues out in the open, and dealing with the pain you feel...
4 Steps for Making Good Habits and Breaking Bad Ones:
1. Develop Good Habits—focus on the good thing that you want to do. As you develop this good habit, there simply won’t be any room for the bad one. The Bible says to overcome evil with good (Rom. 12:21).
2. Focus on the Gains—rather than focusing on what you are losing, adjust your attention to the positive aspects of change. For example, don’t focus on losing weight. Rather, focus on being healthy to glorify God...
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Tim Clinton, Ed. D., LPC, LMFT (The College of William and Mary) is President of the nearly 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. He is Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, and Executive Director of the Center for Counseling and Family Studies at Liberty University. Licensed in Virginia as both a Professional Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist, Tim now spends a majority of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He is recognized as a world leader in faith and mental health issues and has authored over 20 books including Breakthrough: When to Give In, When to Push Back. Most importantly, Tim has been married 36 years to his wife Julie and together they have two children, Megan, who recently married Ben Allison and is practicing medicine in dermatology, and Zach, who plays baseball at Liberty University. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with family and friends.
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