Hope for the Weary: Seeing the Light of Love in the Darkness of Dementia

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

There are certainly many, many illnesses that cause suffering and misery, but none like age-related dementia and its evil twin, Alzheimer’s. These conditions slowly steal memories and abilities away from a person as the plaques and tangles make their way through the brain. Otherwise active, healthy people lose their ability to function in life. They first lose their short-term memory, then their long-term memories, then their ability to accomplish the most basic of tasks. They become, in many ways, babies in an adult body. Continue reading

The Importance of Questions in Biblical Counseling

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

Our biblical counseling center provides training for those interested in learning how to provide intensive biblical discipleship counseling. In one module, our students are taught the nuts and bolts of how to conduct a biblical counseling session. They learn that we begin a counseling session by gathering data and getting information from the counselee. Before we can give any counsel, we must know the issues the counselee wants or needs to address (Proverbs 18:13, 15, 17). Our counselees often bring the respectable problem out first. They want to know if we are trustworthy and knowledgeable before they bring the real problem to the table. The respectable problem and the “real” problem are not always one and the same! Continue reading

Encouraging the Weary Saint

Julie Ganschow

Julie Ganschow

One of the things I teach my counseling students is that all counseling problems are on some level theological problems. It may be that the person is unregenerate or, like most of the people I see, does not understand justification and sanctification in their salvation.

The Bible describes us as “being sanctified” (Hebrews 10:13), yet I find women are routinely overwhelmed, discouraged, and in a state of hopelessness because they continue to struggle with sin. Continue reading