From Nashville: Praying For Our Parts

In Conservative Christians and IFS therapy, Couple therapy, Dr. Dick Schwartz, Evangelical Christian therapy, Internal Family Systems, Julie Honeycutt Internal Family Systems therapist, Mississippi Internal Family Sytems Therapy, Nashville Christian IFS, Psychotherapy, Tennessee psychotherapy, Uncategorized on June 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm

The IFS community first came together with the Evangelical Christian community back in 2003 in Jackson, Mississippi.

By Julie Honeycutt, LPC

Praying for our parts can be a centering style of prayer that keeps us from getting overwhelmed with emotion or distracting thoughts during prayer. While it is normal for our thought life to jump from one idea to the next with little to no warning of where our thought line is going, this normal occurrence can discourage people’s prayer life. Staying focused can be difficult.

Praying for our parts is a great alternative to praying from our parts, giving us an option to how we pray. Let’s be honest here, prayer is no easy discipline. Like any spiritual practice, if it doesn’t happen naturally or with ease, it can be tempting to avoid prayer. In my own prayer life, I’ve found that praying for parts brings a sense of leadership inside; my parts seem to feel taken care of when I pray for them, like I’m wrapping a warm blanket around them. As a result, I find that my parts gain perspective and are more likely to surrender to trusting in the Mystery of a Triune God whose grace and faithfulness is to provide for my every need. So, praying for parts helps bring focus, new perspective, and internal leadership.

Since we have an unbelievable number of parts, it can be helpful to begin prayers by asking for discernment of who needs praying for. Usually parts will jump up and let us know who wants attention however; I’ve found that those quiet parts can get neglected if we just pray for the ones in our immediate awareness.

This is not to say that praying from our parts is wrong or unhelpful. In fact, I think that when we pray from our parts, it’s a sweet way to be in relationship with a Savior who “welcomes all parts” and invites us into relationship with Him even when we’re broken and “blended”.

Psalm 55 found in the Old Testament Scripture is an example of praying from parts. It can be fun to detect David’s parts as he’s praying, seeing his exiles and his firefighters.

Julie Honeycutt, MMFT, LPC-MHSP, is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a designated Mental Health Service Provider. She received her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. Her post-graduate studies have been through the American Association for Pastoral Counselors, as well as over five years with the Center for Self Leadership specializing as a Level 3 Internal Family Systems therapist. Julie lives in Nashville and enjoys playing outdoors, hiking, biking, and reading.

One of the elements that make Julie unique is that she is the only Level 3 Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist in Middle-Tennessee. She also specializes in the integration of Christian spirituality and theology with the IFS model of psychotherapy. This model applies systems theory to the individual’s thought life helping clients be more intentional with their inner dialogue resulting in the desired changes.


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