Crystal Kershaw

Counselor

ABOUT

Crystal is a Christ-follower, wife, mother, counselor, and friend. She is passionate about connecting others with the truth of God's miraculous power and sustaining presence. Biblical counseling allows her the opportunity to see the gospel impact lives, and bring beauty from ashes. Crystal has a background in women's ministry and Christian Education, and is the founder of Spirit & Strength, a Christ-centered weight training ministry. She has authored a repertoire of studies and conferences on topics including authentic faith, overcoming anxiety, attaching to God, engaged parenting, and battling lies. Crystal counsels with a focus on women, anxiety, and adoption.

Crystal's blog pleasepassthemustardseeds. com, features faith builders for the real world. Crystal and her husband Jeff have been married 34 years, have three adult children, and one amazing grandchild. They make their home in Northeast Ohio.



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EDUCATION

BA (Honors English), Indiana University
MA (Pastoral Counseling), Liberty University

AREAS OF INTEREST

Anxiety, women's issues, parenting (adoption)

LOCATION

Remote

FEATURED RESOURCES

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams

I’ve never seen the house that stands down the long lane, but a small sign stuck by the side of its mailbox gives me pause. That sign simply reads, “The Boulevard of Broken Dreams.” It’s not a sign created by Green Day’s marketing team in homage to their song of the same name. No, this one is unique, and it looks homemade. Since I pass this house frequently, I noticed the owner took the sign down during the holiday season. But now, in the season of winter chill, it stands securely in the mud and grime.

Surpassing

I relish descriptive words, and the word surpassing is an excellent morsel. Surpassing applies to something that goes beyond, exceeding the constrictions of time and imagination. Humanity honors, and longs for that which surpasses normality.

Concatenation

Concatenation. When you learn a cool theological word like concatenation, you want to drop it in conversation all the time! Of course, there aren’t many contexts that concatenation fits right into. Throwing it around also sounds pretty pretentious, so I’ve contained my use of concatenation to sessions. As it represents a key aspect of growth in sanctification, it’s quite useful there.

Faith and Fish

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus throws down all kinds of golden opportunities for faith. His disciples witnessed many wonders before this conversation took place. The demon-possessed man who lived among the Gerasene tombs had been freed. A woman whose twelve-year struggle with an issue of blood had been healed through a faith-filled touch. Jairus, a ruler in the synagogue, welcomed his dead daughter back to life. Christ’s disciples had seen many miracles happen. Now Jesus invited them to be part of one.

Purpose with Many P’s

Purpose helps us move from the darkness of disease, trauma, loss, and heartache into the warm sun of God’s plan. It reminds us that each day we live God has accounted for. He keeps the plan, which involves people and perseverance, and leads us into something far deeper when we follow it, joy.

Secondary Enemy

Musing about my hoary alyssum struggle reminds me of a recent conversation with a dear counselee. She fought a fierce battle to overcome a troublesome pattern of sin in her life. It was a significant struggle, but she fought hard with the weapons of truth, humility, and faith.

There is a Cross

Crosses are places in our lives where we can give God great glory. Despite the pain and hardship they represent, we should keep on looking for them, picking them up, and through Christ, learning to carry them. Embedded deep in the texture of those crosses is life and hope.

Beautiful Scars

I often refer to it in counseling sessions, prayers, and conversations with friends and family members. The “peace that passes understanding” (Phil. 4:7) is Christian-speak that flows freely through my heart and mouth. Yet, it has always mystified me. How can peace be present without understanding? How can calm come through chaos, or serenity shine through sorrow?

Indecipherable

I often refer to it in counseling sessions, prayers, and conversations with friends and family members. The “peace that passes understanding” (Phil. 4:7) is Christian-speak that flows freely through my heart and mouth. Yet, it has always mystified me. How can peace be present without understanding? How can calm come through chaos, or serenity shine through sorrow?

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Direct Object

If we were to diagram the love Christ showed through his incarnational appearance in a manger and horrific death, we would draw a direct line from him to us. We are the direct object of his incredible descent into humanity, and his humiliation on a cross.

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