Wonderful Counselor

Whats_in_a_NameWhat’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? 

Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless. Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.

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For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor”

~Isaiah 9:6

As a longtime homeschooler, women’s ministry leader, wife, parent, and friend, I am often called upon to share counsel on various topics. While I truly enjoy encouraging and edifying those the Lord has brought into my life, I know there are limits to my abilities. Acknowledging that God is our Wonderful Counselor is such a comfort. I don’t need to have all the answers, I just need to point people to the One who does.

An important life lesson our children must learn is whom they can trust for wise counsel. I don’t want my children running to the world for advice, or seeking out immature peers for answers. Thus, a brief discussion on the topic of appropriate earthly counselors might be of benefit. Who should my children trust for counsel?

We might also wish to discuss what it takes to be a good counselor. Using Scripture, how are we advised to counsel others? When is it appropriate to offer counsel? To whom are we to offer counsel? (This is a great time to discuss gender appropriate counseling. Men would be advised not counsel women on various topics, and vice versa.)

For fun, let’s share THESE Charlie Brown comic strips. Explore the silly, often Charlie Brownwrong, tidbits of wisdom Lucy was constantly attempting to foist upon Chuck and friends. Before sharing Lucy’s misguided words of advice, we can ask our children what advice they would have given the person in need. Then, compare Lucy’s advice with our children’s. Finally, compare both with Scripture. Do their words align with the Word of God?

To dig deeper, we might consider writing our own ‘advice column’ like Dear, Abby. We can give the children several real-world problems. Then, have them research what Scripture says about the issues and write an appropriate response.

Before we end our time together, let’s spend a few moments in prayer. Let’s thank the Lord for His wisdom and advice, and the multitude of counselors He has brought into our lives.  Acknowledge His omniscience. Asking Him to continually speak to us, adding wisdom to knowledge.

How comforting is the counsel of a good friend. Better yet, is the wisdom of our Wonderful Counselor who is never wrong and always available.

🎄Time to Chime In: Who is your favorite character from the Charlie Brown comic series, and why?

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6 thoughts on “Wonderful Counselor

  1. You guys are on point about counselling. Response should include referral when it’s inappropriate or beyond our expertise. We’ve taken pains to teach our homeschoolers about how to identify safe and unsafe people. We’ll never get it 100% spot on, but our hope is that with what we’ve taught them, they will be empowered to make healthy choices with regards to this matter. {Favourite character: Snoopy, but Charlie Brown follows in at a close second.}

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