How often do you pray? And how? Is prayer a struggle for you? There are many ways we can approach prayer, according to Donald Whitney in Disciplines for the Christian Life. He says: We can simply pray with intention – and stick with it. We can meditate on scripture, drawing closer to God in the… Continue reading Five ways to pray with meaning
Discipline seems like such a dirty word. I hear it, and I think ‘blood, sweat and tears’. Forcing myself to comply to a rigid routine and schedule. Whipping myself into shape. And the concept of ‘spiritual discipline’ can be really offputting. But there’s a lot to be said for practices that help us grow in… Continue reading ‘Discipline’ should be freeing, not binding
Some people describe coming to faith as ‘inviting Jesus into your heart’. When I was younger I found this hard to picture. What does it mean to have God himself reside inside of us? Does he – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – actually take up residence in our bodies when we start believing in… Continue reading Have we shown ‘the ultimate house guest’ the door?
http://bible.com/111/isa.32.17.NIV Becoming a Christian doesn’t solve our problems overnight. In fact, walking with God and living his way can produce different kinds of challenges as we surrender our lives to him. But it does bring peace like no other. God quiets our restless hearts and gives us confidence in the future as we come to… Continue reading Peace. Quietness. Confidence.
You know the feeling. The ache. The sorrow. The grief. You feel compassion rising up, and you’re caught. You can’t unfeel something. You can’t unsee injustice… You can’t rub away the blackness. The empathy. The dark realisation… During my lunch-time at work I walk around the streets of Sydney’s Surry Hills. It’s a hub for brothels, and my heart breaks when I see… Continue reading Caught in compassion
http://bible.com/59/pro.16.9.ESV What plans and dreams and visions are formulating in your mind at the moment? Which direction would you like the ‘boat’ of your life to head? I find it so reassuring to know that although God gives me choices, and there are consequences of those choices, he is ultimately steering the ship. Even if… Continue reading God is steering the ship
When asked if they are creative, I think most people would say yes. You might not consider yourself an arty type that goes to the theatre, strums on a guitar, and takes photographs of sunsets, but I can almost guarantee there’s something you love doing that involves a creative process of some kind. You know… that… Continue reading Are you a creative person?