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Written for PERSPECTIVES – http://www.ibcperspectives.com

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Carol Clemans

Having a pastor involved with a counseling session is a wonderful blessing. This week I enjoyed a counseling session with a pastor and a young couple from his church. It was through the free http://www.Skype.com download. They sat in their home and I was in my home across the nation and we four could see each other and share Godly principles for relational, emotional and spiritual growth.

This pastor called me to help the couple.  He realized that he didn’t have the understanding needed to deal with healing from childhood sexual abuse and how that issue can affect a marriage. I appreciate the wisdom of this pastor and the willingness to reach out for additional help for his people.  He was taking notes in the session and I invited his input.

As a certified pastoral counselor, I provide nationwide phone and web cam counseling. Using the Skype program is like having an ‘in house’ counselor for a pastor that can help his people and yet there is a great savings financially because it’s on an ‘on call’ basis.

For the first ten years of my counseling starting in 1992, I provided a counseling ministry for Pastor Kenneth Haney at CLC in Stockton, CA. Also, taught six years at Christian Life College. One of the subjects: Principles of Counseling. With my writing articles for the Perspectives, people starting calling me from across the nation asking for phone counseling. They wanted someone with the Holy Ghost that had some knowledge how to use the Word of God with counseling principles for growth and healing in their lives.

Pastors Dan Batchelor and Todd Gaddy are on my Board of Directors of LIFE ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES, INC. (501c3) (www.carolclemans.org). I teach seminars for churches/conferences on all the subjects that I counsel using the Word of God as the source of truth to bring growth and healing. We can be saved, but be ‘walking wounded.’ We can be transformed by renewing our minds through the Word of God.

Email: carol@carolclemans.org or call (636) 448-0121. I will explain my ministry of counseling and how it can be a blessing to all pastors.

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher. She provides a teaching/counseling ministry for Pastor Dieter Skowron, Johnstown, CO. Teaching CD’s are available on http://www.carolclemans.org

Over 60 articles are posted on her website. Send donations to: Life Enrichment Ministries, Inc. (501c3), 1437 N. Denver Ave., Ste. 251, Loveland, CO 80538

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http://www.greeleygazette.com – February 28,2011

 

I CHOOSE TO TRUST IN GOD

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

The world is full of chaos and strife including right here in America.  If we look around us at the events, we could become fearful.  There is nothing in this world that we can put our confidence in and feel a sense of security.  The only constant we have in our lives is our relationship with God and placing our trust in Him.

The definition of trust is: Firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something. My trust is in the Lord God Almighty.  Trust is a total dependence upon the Lord. We must roll our issues of life on the Lord and believe that He has our best interest in the center of His heart and will.

If we trust God in the little things only, then we are not trusting God at all.  We are to hand our whole life into His ands and know that He does all things well. This does not mean that we won’t have troubles in life. God said we would have tribulations, but He said to be of good cheer because He overcame. But He had to go through the horrible pain of the cross before He could be resurrected.

There is a song: “I trust in God. I know He cares for me on mountaintop or on the stormy sea. Though billows roll, He keeps my soul. My heavenly Father watches over me.” We do suffer in this life. We have grief issues. We face sickness and death. But what is so wonderful for believers is that we go through these things WITH A HOPE! God is our strength, our provider and our ultimate healer in this life or into eternity.

I choose to trust in God! He is my foundation and will never crack or fall apart no matter what is happening in my life.  It’s worked for me for 56 years and He will never fail me. He will give me strength to endure every storm of life. God is in total control of everything that is happening in my life and in this world. I must daily make a choice to trust God.  If I do, I know God will work out His perfect will in my life and it will be for His glory!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible seminar speaker. Carol provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – (636) 448-0121 – http://www.carolclemans.org

 

 


http://www.firstladiesministries.wordpress.com – March 1, 2011

 

FRIENDSHIP IS A TREASURE

 

By: Carol Clemans

 

God tells us that a friend loves at all times or is always loyal. When you have a friendship like this, it is a real treasure in life. The definition of friend and friendship is to know someone and have a bond of mutual affection trust and support. I have been blessed to have a handful of friends that meet this definition.

Friendship must be cultivated. As I look at my close friendships, each one happened because both of us made a conscious effort to spend time together. We had to plan our luncheons, etc. If distance is between us, we send notes, email or call each other on a regular basis.

I want to give honor today to my friend, Judy Segraves, who went to the Lord on January 16, 2011.  Twenty-eight years ago, God brought our lives together. Dr. Daniel and Judy Segraves were invited to be a part of Christian Life College in Stockton, Ca. Pastor Kenneth Haney’s office called me and asked me to have the Segraves to my home for a welcome dinner. About four days after that get acquainted dinner, Judy’s mother died in her sleep. She had moved with them to be the cook for the college. I offered my home to my new friend for the after funeral dinner place for their friends and family.

This very sad event started the bonding between Judy and me. We were involved in ministry together as I taught six years at Christian Life College. We went through many experiences together. Somewhat surprisingly to both of us, we lived for a while in Missouri at the same time. Judy was a friend I could trust with my good times and my rough times and I did the same for her. I knew she would keep my issues in confidence as I did hers. We prayed, cried and laughed together. This was my friend who loved me at all times.

When Judy received the horrible news of inflammatory breast cancer, we prayed and cried together.  The Lord moved us to Colorado about 3 months after Judy’s diagnosis. My support to her had to be by phone.  I called her almost daily for two years. Again, we prayed, cried and laughed together in sharing all that was happening. The Lord allowed me to spend a week with her in October 2010. It was a special treat to be with Judy. We talked about healing and hope and we also talked about the security there was to know that God has victory over death.

Both Segraves were able to visit for one full day in our home in Colorado on December 17, 2010. It was wonderful to have Judy visit me. We had no idea that she would be in the arms of the Lord one month later. Our earthly friendship came to an end, but I’m so thankful for 28 years of the treasure of her friendship. Judy was always sending notes of encouragement to others. She truly loved at all times. All of us have the ability to be a friend. It’s better to love and suffer loss than to never love at all. Be a friend that loves at all times and your life will be blessed.

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible speaker for churches & conferences. Carol provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – (636) 448-0121. Go to http://www.carolclemans.org for CD’s, info and additional articles. Email: carol@carolclemans.org. Carol is wife of Rev. Harold Clemans. They are part of Pastor Dieter Skowron’s church in Johnstown, CO.

 

 


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The Gift of Forgiveness

 

Carol Clemans

Forgiveness is a gift we give self if we want to be healed spiritually, emotionally and relationally. God’s Word instructs us if we do not forgive, God will not forgive us.  That may seem harsh if we are looking at situations of being terribly wronged by others’ actions toward us.

1. If we do not forgive, we are allowing the wrong actions of others to control us     emotionally today. The person that brought us pain may be going on their merry way and we could be paralyzed because we refuse to forgive the pain they caused us. I do not want anyone else controlling my emotions – it’s my choice!

2. God is the one who died on a cross for the sins of everyone who repents. God is the one who forgives the sin. I can only forgive the pain that someone caused me. God is my avenger. If the person who wronged me does not acknowledge their wrong or confess, I still must forgive the pain they caused me if I want to heal spiritually, emotionally and relationally.

3. All of us are responsible to GOD for our own thoughts, feelings and actions. That means no matter what is done to me, my response is to be God-like. God makes us all accountable to Him sometimes on earth and definitely at the final judgment.

4. The Bible teaches us to love our enemies and pray for them.  This does not mean that you have to be ‘bosom buddies.’ It means you treat others the way God would want you to treat them no matter what they have done to you.

5. We may have to set physical and emotional boundaries with those that brought us pain. But when we choose to forgive the pain and allow God to heal us emotionally over a period of time through prayer and having integrity with Him, it is the most precious gift we can give to self. CHOOSE TO FORGIVE – YOU WILL BE BLESSED!

 

Carol Clemans is a Certified Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/inspirational Bible teacher for churches & conferences. She provides phone & web cam counseling nationwide – (636) 448-0121 – Email: carol@carolclemans.org. Go to: http://www.carolclemans.org for info, teaching CD’s. Carol & her husband, Rev. Harold Clemans attend Pastor Dieter Skowron’s church in Johnstown, CO.

 

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