Wendy Warner is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. In addition to working with couples, children, and individuals, Wendy also enjoys teaching the premarital classes for all couples planning to marry at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Macomb.
The prophet Isaiah shared this good news from God about the birth of Christ to the people of his day who needed encouragement. “For unto us a child is born, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6
As a counselor, I love that one description of Jesus is ‘Wonderful Counselor’. God wants to give us guidance and wisdom for our lives. I know how much I desire to help guide and support my clients. Think how much more our heavenly father desires to guide and counsel us. “Your word is like a lamp that guides my steps, a light that shows the path I should take.” Psalm 119:105
In a world that is uncertain and at times traumatic if you watch the headlines, it is good to know we are cared for by a ‘Mighty God’ and ‘Everlasting Father’. As Paul writes in Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. He is not going anywhere. “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.” Psalm 90:2
And finally, Isaiah tells us Jesus is the ‘Prince of Peace’. As we process the heaviness of the recent school shooting, financial or family strains around the holidays, we are in need of peace. Peace that lasts, peace that sustains us through our distress. Jesus told his followers, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 What a beautiful gift we can count on even in hard times.
We are grateful as counselors to offer counsel, strength, endurance and peace from anxiety. But the ultimate source of all of those things resides in Jesus. He is certainly the source of that for me, and I am honored to share it with any clients who desire it as well. “’Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you’, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12,13