Giving Tuesday is November 28th
The Feeling of Thankfulness…
The Power of Gratitude. Spiritually. Clinically. Beautifully.
It was a crisp December afternoon in the woods. I watched my first-born stand under the wood arches and await his bride. As the tune of the song Gratitude began to strum, I watched my son gaze at his father and myself, his brothers, and his buddies as we walked toward him. I couldn’t help but notice his emotions welling up. His feeling of thankfulness and gratitude for the roles each have played in his life could not be contained. I and many others expressed after the wedding that there was a sense of euphoria and Sacredness that was present. Something occurred deep in our bodies AND deep within our souls. What was this depth of experience that was occurring? This awareness led me to more searching… more of an explanation… yearning for more and more of that type of experience in my life.
As I reflect on this beautiful wedding day…Thanksgiving… and Christmas approaching, there seems to be a calling out… an emphatic push to BE thankful; to GIVE thanks. As I sit in wonderment, noticing how I feel the power of these moments encircling gratitude in my life, and I hear the cry-outs to slow down and focus on thankfulness, I can’t help but think of my favorite class in my master’s program for counseling, Clinical and Spiritual Integration. We took clinically researched ideas and tested hypotheses and set those results next to spiritual, Biblical truths and principles to experience the complementary relationship of the two. As we immerse into this season of Giving Thanks, let’s look at Gratitude and the relationship between Spiritual and Clinical impact… and maybe explain the depth of that beautiful December day and ways for us to experience deep, Sacred joy on a regular basis.
Ali Couch, LPC
About Ali: Answering God’s call to serve the team and nurture our clients, Ali Couch, joined the Battlefield team in December 2013 as a volunteer. She completed her Masters in Professional Counseling through Liberty University in December 2015, and is working several days each week as a counselor in the Rome office.
Ali received her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary School in 2002. She married Sam Couch in 1998 and they have been blessed with four boys. Together they helped start a church plant in Orlando, FL serving as youth and children’s ministers, and moved to Rome for Sam to minister to families as a physical education teacher. Since living in Rome, Ali launched and directed the Fit 4 HIM Fitness Ministry for four years at Pleasant Valley South Baptist Church.
Ali’s daily inspiration for sharing God’s love, grace, and freedom with all she encounters comes from John 10:10… “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Her passion is for those hurting to begin the journey of healing by seeking Him and feel His comfort in healing and freedom of living the abundant life He has planned for us.
Battlefield's Team has a Thankful Heart
Back in July we had a short retreat to the mountains when many from our counseling team could get away for a couple of nights. We connected as a team and shared about this “Grounded in Gratitude” state we find ourselves. Because of faithful supporters we are able to minister and serve and rejuvenate as a team.
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