It's with a certain amount of sadness that I announce the end of what has been a four-year run here at Waulk This Way. Yes, this blog, for better or for worse, is coming down.
But, I'm excited to announce the start of what is taking its place: the Baylight Counseling (BLC) blog.
BLC, although still very much in its infancy, is the result of several years of ongoing discussion between Christy and I. Biblical counseling has become a ministry passion for me. Meeting people where they are at a point of crisis, or in the course of overcoming some trauma was very much a part of my seventeen year law enforcement career. That season of life has helped to prepare me for this next chapter, and I look forward to seeing it unfold with increasing clarity.
My former life as a CHiPs superstar, though, isn't the only thing that God has done to prepare the way. An ongoing seminary education, with an emphasis in biblical counseling, coupled with my undergraduate training and service in bi-vocational ministry all join together to provide me with a strong foundation for counseling service.
Did I fail to mention a Spirit-led desire for this particular type of ministry?
Counseling of any kind is often very misunderstood. When most of us think of counseling, we think of advice-giving. We think of sitting on a couch in the "shrink's" office. Or, we think about some person who doesn't really know us very well, talking non-stop for an hour, and giving us advice that seems incredibly theoretical and impractical.
Biblical counselors, though, have been blessed with the most practical resource for living known to man: The Inerrant, Infallible, All-Sufficient, and Authoritative Word of God (Heb. 4:12; 2 Tim. 3:16). It's this resource that I have the privilege of studying, and ever-learning how to apply to all of life for the peace and comfort of the afflicted and the sufferer as a clinically-informed biblical counselor.
Biblical counselors don't deny the reality of the physical world in which we live, and more importantly, don't deny that a man is only human insofar as he is both body and soul. Both of these are essential components to humanity, and both have been utterly and profoundly touched by the fall of man (Gen. 3:7).
The biblical counselor is not afraid of the discoveries of the mental health sciences, or of psychotropic medication. Instead, the biblical counselor stays informed concerning medical issues, works with medical doctors and therapists, while pointing the counselee toward the cross of Christ.
The biblical counselor appreciates the work of secular mental health practitioners, but remains steadfast in this: that the greatest need held by all men is the redemption afforded them by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, what does this excursus have to do with the end of the WTW blog?
That's the easy part. Very soon, this blog will come down, and the Baylight Counseling blog will spring up in its place! Here (or there), you'll find target-specific blogs on things that appeal to the how of our walks with Christ. How does the Bible speak to my: depression, anxiety, grief, sorrow, fear, broken relationship, addiction, PTSD, adoption issues, post-abortion depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.
There will also be plenty of information that will help you get in touch with me, should you desire or need a safe, compassionate outlet for understanding life's hurts through a biblical lens. You'll also find information concerning how you can get involved in supporting this donor-supported ministry.
The vision of BLC is to provide compassionate, biblical care and hope for healing for those in need, without concern for the person's economic condition. There will be no fees for counseling at BLC. This will only be possible as those who take part or interest in the ministry give to this much needed work.
I'm trusting God for what's needed to make BLC a trusted resource for individuals, couples, and churches in the Tampa Bay area. We have much work to do. Opportunities are emerging, and people are beginning to give generously to BLC. I'm not at liberty to speak of these opportunities at this time, but I'm looking forward to "spilling the beans" very soon.
In the meantime, here's how you can begin getting involved in the launch of BLC:
- Pray (No, really, please pray.)
- Contact me if you would like to schedule a biblical counseling appointment.
- Tell others about BLC by sharing this post, "liking" us on Facebook and Twitter, or simply sharing the news with those in your network, including your pastor.
- Support this ministry financially by sending a tax-deductible check to:
- Light 4 Life, NFP: 2171 Belmar Drive, Belleair Bluffs, FL. 33770 Memo: BLC
Light 4 Life is the parent organization of BLC, and is a Christian 501(C)(3) non-profit entity.
Thanks for all of your patience in reading this lengthy post. There's a much longer back-story that I spared all of you from, so, you can say thank you by sending BLC a one-time or recurring gift so that someone else might receive the help they need. I'm half-kidding, of course. But, that means I'm half-not kidding. BLC and the people we will help need your participation---today!
For more information concerning biblical counseling, please check out the following sites: CCEF, ABC, and BCC.
Blessings to you all.
I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress, and of all that God is doing.
For His glory,