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Inspiration Words By Sis. Marvet Simpson

What inspired me to begin to blog was a conversation with a Sister and friend, who basically told me that God is preparing another platform for me to share His Word, and do His will. She challenged me to write, and expressed how inspired she was by my use of language. I was humbly appreciative, and unknowingly she added the final note to the music that so many have been playing on me for so long; to write. I have so much to say, to share, and I love to encourage. People communicate electronically these days, and the verbal face to face dialogue has become less and less over the years. Young people have become more insular, and struggle to express or even be honest with themselves. If I am not able to be a listening ear, I would like to be there at the other end of a click, and so hence my reason for blogging. It's not all about me, but to the Glory of God, I write inspired, not out of daily duty, so I trust that whoever reads, will be encouraged, and if questions are to be asked, I will endeavour to give answers. Blessings in abundance.

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Apr

Toxins and Poisons- a challenge!

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Toxin's should be eliminated from the body, and poison's kill the body. 
It does not take a medical PhD to know that, it is something we hear as we progress through life. 
"Time to detox, time to get rid of the toxin's...drink plenty of water.....flush out your system....have a green diet..." so we know; and then there's the poisons; "Don't eat that, it will kill you....keep away from that plant....eat the stem only.....make sure it's properly prepared......etc...etc... so we have enough to keep us from harming ourselves, by elimination and avoidance.
Yet we can poison ourselves, and allow toxins in other ways,  particularly through our minds. When we think, our thoughts are made up of good and bad.  Our thoughts are affected by what we see, hear, do, experience, and sometimes those things that we see, hear, do and experience are negative, and we find it difficult to let go of them. 
They consume our thinking and poison our positive thought process.  They become insurmountable, and cripple us. ... but we entertain them at times; because we want to.  It's a little like drug abuse; addiction is the word, and the temporary pleasure it gives allows for a euphoric experience,  but it is impermanent and meanwhile the toxins are poisoning the body. 
In the end, it is difficult to do without.  You wake with the thought, you sleep, eat, drink, wash, work, play with the thought, it has become an addiction and though you try to eliminate the thought; you like it really, because it's pleasurable.   Does this sound familiar?.
So then, imagine your negative thoughts as a drug....how long before your mind becomes haggard, unhealthy, dark, confused; your ability to process good thoughts begin to deteriorate? because that is what happens. 
I wrote some while ago about T'njapela, (Phillipians 4:8)  I feel in our current climate where our minds are exposed and open to all sorts of information, primarily through the media and social net work, that we have to be reminded of those toxins and poisonous elements that are mind destroying...To help us a long the way, Titus 1:15 says: "To him that is pure, all things are pure, but to him that is defiled nothing is pure for even their very mind is defiled"
Romans 8:28 says: "For we know all things work together for good to them that love God" and  remember...
"Don't be conformed to (the thinking of The World) but be transformed with a  renewed mind" Romans 12:1
Do your best to get rid of the toxins, and refuse the poisons....set your mind free.

3

Apr

Christian in the Counselling Room

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Text Box: The Christian In The Counselling Room. Are you a counsellor? Are you a counsellor and a Christian? Do you work, or, have you worked with Clients who are Christian? Would you like to share your experience, whilst learning from others? The Christian In The Counselling Room is a CPD workshop designed for Counsellors to be interactive and informative.  What are our experiences, and how do they shape us as counsellors? Are our ethical principles and values challenged? How do we manage the feelings and thoughts? Where do we take them? How do I respond when my client swears, blaspheme, and condemn.  How does Rogerian Theory fit into all this?


These  are questions that you may have asked yourself as a counsellor,  who is also a Christian.  We know that the Therapy room can be an isolated environment for many counsellors, so if you think you are alone in your thoughts, you may be surprisingly enlightened.

The Workshop will be an opportunity to share, express and be supported, or in the true nature of Christianity - Fellowship……”but what if I’m not a Christian, but my client is? Can I still access this workshop”? ‘Yes of Course’, hence the title:  ‘Christian in the Counselling Room’ 



Date of workshop

Thursday  1st June 2017

Follow up session date to be arranged after the first workshop.



Cost of workshop

£65:00 (includes light refreshments) reduced fee for the follow up session.  Please note there will be a 10% cancellation fee if cancelled 24 hours before the workshop.

Time of workshop:  10a.m.  – 1pm



Please complete booking form and return by email, or send details of booking.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you on the 1stJune 2017 at 10, at the:

Village Learning Centre,

Browning Street,

Derby DE23 8DN.

There is a large free car park available for your use

  

Christian In The Counselling Room- Workshop Booking form

Payments to be made in advance to: Marvet Simpson

Account no:22972706sort code:07-04-36  please use your name as reference.

Confirmation of place will be sent once payment has been received.

Please email attendance form prior to attending so that CPD Certificates can be prepared.



Name in full as you would like it to appear on your CPD

certificate…………………………………………………………………………………………..

Contact Details: email:

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Date fee paid:………………………………….Reference………………………………….

Are you a Christian, or do you work with Clients who are Christians?

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What do you hope to get out of this/these, workshops?

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Would you be willing to engage in a role play?

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Contact details:

Email:marvetsimpsonsaved@hotmail.com

Telephone: 07530254639

 Please be aware that it is non-denominational and therefore open to all.

25

Mar

The Valley Experience

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Having travelled to Scotland on several occasions, one thing that stood out for me, were the winding roads that took us to the Highlands. Sometimes these roads seemed to lead into nothingness, other times we saw light, and life in the distance.  Sometimes these roads were straight, narrow, and high, other times it seemed that we had sunken into a valley, shaded with thick trees, and obscuring the light of the sky.  How dark they were, and quite uncertain. 
The valleys, though mysteriously attractive, prompted an unspoken haste to drive through them quickly.
Sometimes,  life is like a valley. What happens in a valley? more to the point what happens in your valley?
Amy, a young woman found herself in a valley. After being married for several happy years, hopelessly in love and faithfully committed to her husband, she was shocked to discover that for the last year he had been having an affair with her sister.  Amy's world was rocked, she wondered how she would get over this situation, if ever.  She realised that what she thought she had, a loyal loving caring and committed relationship was not that after all, and not only her husband, but the father of her children had left her life in pieces. What was she to do?  She found herself in a valley, what would now be the valley of decision; and that is where we find our selves at times. 
It can be related to anything, in Amy's case it was her relationship, her marriage, her family, dedicated years of investment.  In your case it could be an unwanted pregnancy, a major geographical move, a cut off from abusive family and friendship groups,  but something you have no control over, you have been forced into that valley, and how you will get out, and what you will do is unclear, and you might think that it is up to you only; or is it really? 
The valley roads to the  Scottish Highlands, leads somewhere, they do not stop in the middle of the valley, they take you to a clearing, and will keep you in that clearing until you reach your destination.
Although you may not know the final outcome, the shadows will clear. 
King David talks about the Valley experience in Psalm 23.  I remember watching a movie as a child, where  frightened victims of war  recited those words as they walked through thick darkness, anticipating a clearing and a brighter view....."Though I walk through the darkest valley, I will not fear" (NIV).
What ever your  valley experience is, know that God will take you through to the clearing, know that He will give you  peace that surpasses your understanding  (Philippians 4:7)....He will take you, lead you, comfort you
and carry you out of the valley.

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