Mable called a Christian counselor because she was in a horrible marriage. At her first session, she did not hide how she felt about her husband. (He was not there.) It became apparent that Mable had one agenda: “I want out!”
When she elaborated, she said that her marriage was not fulfilling. After seven years of living together, things had changed negatively from when they first met.
After a few counseling sessions, it seemed things were taking a positive turn. Mable began to apply God’s Word to her life, and her perspective on her circumstances appeared to be changing. But there was one nagging issue that the counselor could not seem to broach. Mable still was not reconciled with her husband.
She did get her divorce, found a job, and from an outsider’s perspective, it seemed she had pulled her life out of the ditch. She felt relief and the “honeymoon” of her new lifestyle was what she wanted.
Unfortunately, time passed, and the old feelings of emptiness and discontentment resurfaced. After a couple of years, Mable called her counselor again and voiced similar patterns of discontentment and dissatisfaction about her life. What she had envisioned seemed to be just as empty as the life she left.
Rick launched the Life Over Coffee global training network in 2008 to bring hope and help for you and others by creating resources that spark conversations for transformation. His primary responsibilities are resource creation and leadership development, which he does through speaking, writing, podcasting, and educating.
In 1990 he earned a BA in Theology and, in 1991, a BS in Education. In 1993, he received his ordination into Christian ministry, and in 2000 he graduated with an MA in Counseling from The Master’s University. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).