Changing My Definition of Good

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Like everyone else, I consider myself a busy person. When I’m in the middle of a project, being interrupted to deal with a problem or concern from someone else tempts me to think, “I don’t need this right now.” I see the interruption as a bad thing, and I believe I am being taken away from doing more important work. Continue reading

The Soul of a Child

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

It has been my privilege to counsel an 11 year old recently who has abuse in her past. While we often think that children need a different approach to counseling (and we certainly want to tailor our teaching and interaction to the understanding of the child), it’s my observation that children struggle with the same desires adults struggle with, they are lured by the same lies that adults fall prey to, and they find hope in the same source adults find hope – in our Lord and Savior. Continue reading

Harvesting Where I Didn’t Plant

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

As a counselor, it has often been my joy to watch people change and grow–and sometimes my sadness to see people remain stuck in habits of thinking and practice that lead to increasing hopelessness). In most of the situations where I get to watch those I counsel change and grow, others have been involved long before me, faithfully loving and walking alongside the person whom I now get to counsel. Continue reading

BCC Weekend Resource: Living for Approval

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

The BCC Weekend Resource

On weekends, here at the BCC we enjoy pointing you to excellent resources for your Christian life and for your biblical counseling ministry. Today we do so by posting the following blog by Dr. Amy Baker, which is excerpted from Why Do I Care? When Others’ Approval Matters Too Much (releasing Fall 2015 by New Growth Press). Continue reading

Never at Rest, Part 2

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Never at Rest Part Two

Learning to distinguish good from better, and better from best, is a skill that requires wisdom. And it is a skill that is required if we are to learn to rest in Christ. Continue reading

Never at Rest, Part 1

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Never at Rest Part One

Learning to distinguish good from better, and better from best, is a skill that requires wisdom. And it is a skill that is required if we are to learn to rest in Christ. Continue reading

I’ll Probably Be a Widow

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues--Ill Probably Be a Widow

You’re reading Part One of a multi-part Grace & Truth blog mini-series on Biblical Counseling and Women’s Issues. Men—you’d be wise to read these too—to learn more about a biblical understanding of women and about biblical women’s ministry. Today’s post is from Dr. Amy Baker on I’ll Probably Be a Widow. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Remedy (Part 3)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Remedy (Part 3)

A life ruled by our own desires and shaped by what the world tells us is perfection eventually becomes an exhausting life full of disappointment and frustration. In contrast, how radically different it is when the one true Lord rules our lives. When the true Lord rules our lives, we find that his rule is very different. In Matthew 11:28-30, this ruler invites you to come to him and have rest. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Root (Part 2)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Root (Part 2)

We’ve got to start asking questions, “What do I mean by perfect or right? Why do I want these things done perfectly? What makes perfection important to me? Where does God fit into all of this?” These won’t necessarily be easy questions to answer. Uncovering desires can often be difficult. Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Problem (Part 1)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Problem (Part 1)

What creates the frustration and unhappiness that comes with perfectionism is what lies under the surface and drives these behaviors—the motives, beliefs, desires, fears, anxieties, and goals that live in and rule the heart and mind. These beliefs and desires interfere with loving relationships with God and others. Happily, our beloved Savior offers to rescue us from these passions that create so much tension in our lives, and offers us instead joy and peace that are given in such abundance that they overflow. Continue reading