CCEF–Comforting Others

CCEF stands for the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation.  It is an organization in Pennsylvania that offers online training in counseling.  I (Todd) am almost finished with my 6th course and a Foundations of Biblical Counseling certificate.  During my years with the Torchbearers, I spent a lot of time listening to students who were hurting or struggling.  Some had walked through very difficult things and I was privileged to come alongside them and encourage them.  The courses I am taking now are giving me insight and understanding in how to meet people in their pain to gently guide them to continue to seek God and not get God and life mixed up.

Gracelyn recently fell into stinging nettles and came to us for comfort.  Since her sore was visible, it was easy to fix and mend and she was soon feeling better again.  God has allowed Debbie and I to walk through some deep pain the last few years.  Not only has our family faced numerous physical and financial challenges that are more visible, our more painful struggles have come from people.   Our prayer is that God will use our experiences to soften us and to make both of us more sensitive and empathetic to those who are also struggling.

2 Cor. 1: 3-4  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

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