It is so easy to want to stay in shallow conversation. It is easy to give advice there; it is safe. It feels like if you go below the water line, you aren’t sure if you might drown! But with the help of the Holy Spirit, a person can invigorate and explore another’s interior world. The things that feel the most “new” to me are the self-need vs soul-thirst, and looking at our ruling passions. I’ve begun to “turn my chair” toward others, but I think I do still stay within the realm of the current problem, versus going beyond it and being an agent for the Spirit to work!
In reviewing the Ten Key Concepts of the Basic Model of SoulCare my heart and thirst for God was again stirred. My heart longs to be more like Jesus in the way that I relate to others, I long to know Him better and put His love on display to the world around me. I am continually challenged and convicted in asking myself the questions, “What am I motivated by at this moment?” “Are my ruling passions as I enter into conversation of the Spirit or Flesh?” My hearts desire is for Jesus to grow me and teach me more of His Divine nature that will release out of me a care, a love and a desire to represent Him well.
A journey with God and with the person-in-need, needn’t be a lonely journey. The lesson has rekindle once again, the joy of journeying with God and the other person through their situation. It’s a joy, a privilege and yet at the same time, trembling with fear – as God entrust the person to our care, and the person entrusts himself to us. With every ‘case,’ I grow, and the person grow.
The prayer Ephesians 3:16-20 was brought to mind as I type this response…
“I ask that out of the riches of His glory He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Then you, being rooted and grounded in love, will have power, together with all the saints, to comprehend the length and width and height and depth 19of the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do so much more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Feeling more inadequate than ever. Really need God to enable me!
I have been following these tenants for quite some time, due to reading Larry’s books, and personal experiences in ministry for years, and was blessed by attending one of Larry’s last SSD’s. The value of these ten concepts is invaluable in Soulcare. They are not only invaluable for the individual being administered Soulcare , but also for the person discerning what the spirit is telling both participants at the same time: dual growth, dual change, dual brokenness that brings both closer to God in relationship. The issues I have found in my life and spiritual walk is that I have found few church communities pursuing this journey, work places trying something similar for the wrong reasons with no reference to God or biblical basis, and not many who wish to adventure this path and feel the Holy Spirits call. I sometimes am frustrated by this, but then have recall, I have been blessed by a few who have ventured with me, though far and few between, but as the Lord wills. I have seen many miracles and changes with that few that I could not and would not change. Time of dancing with the Trinity i will not forget. The struggle is always real between first love and second loves and keeping these principles forefront in my mind as I journey helps mw open more space for the Holy Spirit to work.
Firstly ,take a step back and ask myself my motives for talking to this person, consider it a prevelege to be entering into this persons life, and then listen with curiosity. Stay humble at all times and remember my own “rottenness” Never be judgmental .Try to have a vision of this persons true potential when he or she becomes truly Christ centred
I find this model of soul care that Dr. Crabb presents, to be freeing. That when I am with a directee, I’m not trying to solve their problems, figure them out, psychoanalyze them, but rather to be with them, to discover them, below the false self and to explore their interior world. That this isn’t about coaching or counseling but rather a journeying- with- another, is exciting.
I also see how it would be very beneficial for those entering into soul care to have their own spiritual director, with whom they can ponder the stirrings, feelings, emotions they experience while offering spiritual direction to another.