Today is July 1st and on the first of the month I continue two important rituals that I have remarkably practiced for the past 20 years (I don’t think I’ve done anything for that length of time, at least nothing positive!).

The rituals that I have practiced are reading the chapter in Proverbs that correlates to the day of the month (the book has 31 chapters), and another one with seems obscure but it has helped me and hopefully others immensely:  Turning off the radio on the way to work in order to hear from God regarding the people and the encounters that I will have with them in my counseling profession.

“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance” – Proverbs 1:5 (TNIV)

I began this ritual of praying, listening and expecting to hear from God (and God has not let me down) because I want to be led to ask the right question, interpret the clinical testing data accurately, or make a balanced and thoughtful suggestion that is therapeutic for the person, couple or family that is seeking my assistance.  This is important to me and it is important to them; they deserve my best, and maintaining a conscious contact with God helps me to deliver on my end.

Believe it or not, the quiet moments in traffic, the quiet moments in the office sipping hot coffee and the quiet moments highlighting a book prior to my first session really help me to hear, focus, question, intuit, discern and decide what needs to be done.  I am thankful that I found a healthy ritual that works for me.

How about you?  Do you have healthy rituals that help you to be at your optimum at the beginning of the day?  If you do, continue to practice them: if it ain’t broke, no need to fix it.

If not, what do you think is the best way for you to be open to hearing from God, so that as a result of your engagement in your “ritual,” you are all the more prepared for the challenges of the day?  Study, reflection and meditation are the ones that help me, what could help you so that you are at your best?

I welcome your comments below or via email and your favorites, your retweets and your “+1’s” if you have a brief moment and find the information helpful. Again, it is my desire to provide the very best info for your consideration.

Thanks for visiting and please visit the other blogs drkenmcgill’s blog and Daily Bread for Life for additional information that could be helpful.

Dr Ken McGill

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About Dr Ken McGill

Dr. Ken McGill is an ordained minister and has been involved in counseling for more than 25 years. Dr. McGill holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion from Pacific Christian College (now Hope International University), a Certificate of Completion in the Alcohol and Drug Studies/Counseling Program from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Dr. McGill received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in May, 2003. Dr. McGill's dissertation focused on the development of an integrated treatment program for the sexually addicted homeless population, and Ken was "personally mentored" by dissertation committee member Dr. Patrick Carnes, a pioneer in the field of sex addiction work. Dr. McGill authored a chapter in the text The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, with his chapter addressing the homeless and sex addiction. Dr. McGill is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the States of Texas and California and Mississippi, and is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, through the International Institute for Trauma and Addictive Professionals (IITAP). Dr. McGill had a private practice in Glendora, CA (Aspen Counseling Center), Inglewood, CA (Faithful Central Bible Church), and Hattiesburg, MS (River of Life Church), specializing in the following areas with individuals, couples, families, groups and psychoeducational training: addictions and recovery, pre-marital, marital and family counseling, issues related to traumatization and abuse, as well as depression, grief, loss, anger management and men's and women's issues. Dr. McGill also provided psychotherapeutic treatment with Student-Athletes on the University of Southern Mississippi Football and Men's Basketball teams. Dr. McGill served as the Director of the Gentle Path Program, which is a seven-week residential program, for people who are challenged with sexual addiction, sexual anorexia, and relationship issues. Dr. McGill also supervised Doctoral students in the Southern Mississippi Psychology Internship Consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGill was inducted into the Azusa Pacific University Academic Hall of Honor, School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, in October, 2010. Dr. McGill currently works as a Private practice clinician with an office in Plano, Texas, providing treatment with people who are challenged in the areas mentioned above.

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