Posted by: frankjwalker | December 13, 2017

The Christmas Story, Your Christmas Story.

 

Christmas story

What is your Christmas story?

How has this season changed you?

How can you share and be part of the love of God as shown through the story of a babe in a manger?

The Christmas story continues and you are part of it.

Live the Christmas story in your life.

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

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Posted by: frankjwalker | December 13, 2017

A fish…

 

A fish doesn’t need to know how to swim.

For humans it is a different story.

We have to learn to swim, to eat, sleep and do the stuff we need to do to survive.

This life we live is a life filled with learning and understanding.

Much of what we learn is needed for our our survival.

We can never stop the learning, the adapting and the trying.

There will always be new challenges, tasks and yes even adventures.

That is what our human life is about.

A fish doesn’t need to learn how to swim.

Lucky for us we can and do learn how.

 

 

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

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Posted by: frankjwalker | December 12, 2017

The Christmas Story Day 8

 

Christmas story

 

Matthew 1:21

for it is He who will save the people from their sins

 

Boy, if God would just take care of “those people” the world would be so much better.

Why do they get away with so much? That city and that part of the country, well you know is just sinful.

Know this. We are the sinners Jesus came to save.

Nobody is without sin.

Want to see a sinner, look in the mirror.

We like to point fingers at Hollywood, the internet, even certain cities, and say look at the sin and sinners.

But it all starts with “you know who” us.

Jesus came for the big sins and your little sins. They are all the same in the eyes of Jesus. Own up to your own sins, because your sin owns you.

Allow Jesus to save you from your own sins.

 

NASB

Excerpt from the book:

A Word from the Word

A commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Frank Walker

2010

Blurb Books

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

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Posted by: frankjwalker | December 11, 2017

The Christmas Story Day 7

 

Christmas story

 

Matthew 1:21

Jesus…

It was a common name like John or Ben or Bill.

So common that He had to be identified as the Jesus from Nazareth.

Jeshua, Joshua (Jesus) was a popular name.

Who wouldn’t want their child named after the Old Testament warrior, hero and leader? There were probably several Jesus’ in the local Hebrew school when our Jesus went there.

The point here is that our Jesus came into the world as a common, ordinary run of the mill person.

No special name, from an un-extraordinary town, and from two ordinary parents.

Just like you and me.

God has always used the simple things to bring greatness.

Simple things like dirt to create man, a nomadic wanderer to father a nation and a shepherd to be king.

You don’t have to be great to be great.

You have to be like Jesus, ready, available, willing.

 

NASB

Excerpt from the book:

A Word from the Word

A commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Frank Walker

2010

Blurb Books

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

http//youtube.com/c/FrankWalkerLMFT

 

 

Posted by: frankjwalker | December 10, 2017

God prefers…

 

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

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Posted by: frankjwalker | December 8, 2017

The Christmas Story Day 6

Christmas story

 

 

Matthew 1:20

When he had considered this…

There are just a few verses in scripture about Joseph.

In those verses we come to know that he was a man of deep thought and conviction.

Other men in the same situation would have acted much differently.

But Joseph thought things out, considered the situation. His calm attitude is reflected in all that is recorded of him in scripture.

He is a perfect example for fathers and a great parent for God’s Son.

NASB

Excerpt from the book:

A Word from the Word

A commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Frank Walker

2010

Blurb Books

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

http//youtube.com/c/FrankWalkerLMFT

 

 

Posted by: frankjwalker | December 8, 2017

Making Marriage Counseling Work (part two)

Making this Marriage Counseling stuff work.

  1. This stuff is hard work.

Counseling “ain’t” easy.

You have to be willing to do what is required to better your marriage.

Counseling is the laboratory where experiments are performed.

That means you have to use what you learn in your counseling sessions in the real world of your marriage.

Outside the counseling room is where the real work begins.

  1. You have to look at the warts.

There is garbage, wounds and ugly stuff that have happened to bring you to marriage counseling.

You have to be able to look into the nasty stuff, see it for what it’s worth and make the needed changes to change your marriage relationship.

It isn’t pretty but it is what you have right now. It can change and will change if you are willing to look honestly at your marriage.

  1. Make a choice not to run away.

Don’t cover it up, don’t hide, don’t bury it and don’t run away from what is there and the work that needs to be done.

I have had couples that just gave up and walked away from counseling.

I don’t know what happened to them. Are they still dealing with the same issues and never resolving them or are they no longer together?

Issues could have been resolved, compromises could have been made if they had continued to seek counseling.

  1. Stay in it as long as you need.

Marriage counseling is not necessarily a quick fix. It is step in the right direction.

I tell my clients I will be there to help as long as they need.

They must be willing to stay the course as long as needed.

Even when stability is established and they can go on without me I recommend checking in periodically for a tune up.

We do it with our cars and appliances why not our marriages?

Marriage counseling is a healthy and positive experience for couples looking to the long term.

 

This counseling stuff really works.

 

 

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

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Posted by: frankjwalker | December 7, 2017

The Christmas Story Day 5

Christmas story

 

 

Matthew 1:19

a righteous man

We don’t know much about Joseph, Jesus’ father.

But one thing we do know is he was a righteous man.

Any one of us could stand proud if that was our epitaph.

Joseph stood by his standards of faith.

He was a man of moral fortitude. He treated people with forethought and grace. He was a man that did not act out of feelings, but instead thought out his actions and acted in accord with his moral conduct.

Joseph could be counted on to think things through and then make the fair and just decision. We know this by his standards and by his actions.

We don’t know much about Joseph, but in a few words, we can know the heart of the man.

 

NASB

Excerpt from the book:

A Word from the Word

A commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Frank Walker

2010

Blurb Books

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

http//youtube.com/c/FrankWalkerLMFT

 

 

 

Posted by: frankjwalker | December 7, 2017

Making Marriage Counseling Work (part one)

 

Making this Marriage Counseling stuff work.

  1. “Both of you”, must want counseling.

Counseling is a team effort.

Counseling is a tough thing for husbands to accept and commit to.

Men can understand the need for maintaining their car and tools. But it is hard to get them to admit that their relationship with their wives.

Things just don’t work in marriage counseling with one person in the relationship balking at involvement in counseling.

  1. You have to be open.

Counseling is all about change.

You have to open to change in your thinking, acting and perceptions of your marriage.

The counselor is there as an observer, director, and insightful participant in your life. You have to be open to his questions, comments and recommendations.

  1. Get off the blame train.

Marriage is a two-way street. You both have a pretty equal part in where you are now in the relationship.

Take blaming out of the equation and face your part of why you came to counseling.

Being honest with yourself is the greatest step you can make toward renewal and restoration.

 

This counseling stuff really works.

 

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

http//youtube.com/c/FrankWalkerLMFT

Posted by: frankjwalker | December 6, 2017

The Christmas Story Day 4

Christmas story

 

 

Matthew 1:18

Betrothed to Joseph…

We don’t know the details of Mary and Joseph’s relationship.

There is speculation that he was a much older and possibly a widower. We do know that they followed Jewish marital laws and traditions.

Mary and Joseph were betrothed.

This arrangement was legally binding, much like an engagement but with more serious financial and social consequences if broken. Their marriage was more than likely arranged by their parents who negotiated the deal.

All this is so different from today.

We base so much of our marriages on love, feelings, and emotions. These love feelings are all fleeting and change constantly.

Financial and social arrangements made by parents may in the long run help a marriage to last.

What do you think?

NASB

Excerpt from the book:

A Word from the Word

A commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

Frank Walker

2010

Blurb Books

Frank J Walker LMFT

Frank is a marriage counselor living on the central coast. Check out all of his posts and view his videos “A Marriage Minute”

walkertherapy.wordpress.com

Frank’s books are available @

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/frankjwalker

Vlog @ Frank Walker LMFT

http//youtube.com/c/FrankWalkerLMFT

 

 

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