JBN Counseling

Colorado Counseling and Jay Brandenburg Nau

JBN Counseling

Month: October 2020


Grace comes in many forms, sometimes it shows up in a smile, or the man in my office holding the elevator door. Sometimes it comes after a deep confession of hard things long held and embodied… The hard stuff we carry for so long that it becomes a part of us… Where we are wounded,


Stillness, silence, contemplation…. So much of my life has been lived in survival mode… Anticipating the next crisis, bill, struggle, or conflict… A brain always on, always thinking twelve steps ahead… This is what trauma produces. It creates all or nothing scenarios that keep the body activated or shut down. For me it leads to

“I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights. I live in the unshakeable kingdom of God. The kingdom is not in trouble, and neither am I.” James Bryan Smith

The idea that Christ himself, the God of all creation, the king of kings takes up residency in me, a sinner… The God of Angle armies chooses to live in me… Such a hard thing to wrap my mind around as I work through my day to day. The day to day seems chaotic, out

Hard is good!

Life can be hard! Hard is ok… it means that we are alive. Easy is a dream… it’s a way that is not real. Easy means we don’t have to be present. Easy means we are safe and held… the question is “what holds us?” I have felt the pain of loss, the reality that