Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · The way we are

The desire to belong cost me myself

Have you ever been so desperate to belong that you’ve altered yourself in the process of trying? I have. I remember this particular group of people that drew me somehow. Its members were different to me, but they seemed really happy… well-connected. It made so much sense to be part of that group, because I… Continue reading The desire to belong cost me myself

C.S. Lewis · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

The power of a choice to change who we are

Choices are powerful. Even the little ones. We stand on the precipice of some choices knowing that, in a way, our life depends on them. Our future life, our destiny, our fate… will in some way be impacted by that single big choice, whether it’s who we marry, what country we live in, or which… Continue reading The power of a choice to change who we are

Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Why forgiveness is not a formula

I’ve never been good with equations or formulas – and I’m not just talking about the mathematical variety. I’m thinking more about those formulas you find in some Christian books whereby, if you read out a series of steps towards ‘freedom in Christ’ or ‘freedom from addiction’ and so on, you will have a good… Continue reading Why forgiveness is not a formula

Bible quotes · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Problems are guaranteed, but there’s hope

In this world we will have trouble. In this world we will have struggles. In this world there will be wars and fighting and betrayal and selfishness. In this world we will see heartache and tragedy and loss that impacts us deeply. Trouble and struggle and tragedy is almost guaranteed. But take heart! “I have… Continue reading Problems are guaranteed, but there’s hope

Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Do we need answers about suffering, or do we need a God who meets us there?

I’ve been struggling with the question of suffering for some time. I’ve read various books on the topic, some of which go so far as to imply that God is so ‘sovereign’ that he causes suffering, and others which deny God has anything to do with it. Some people claim suffering is caused by Satan… Continue reading Do we need answers about suffering, or do we need a God who meets us there?

Bible quotes · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

Sometimes we need to get a clue about the state of our hearts

Sometimes we’re clueless when it comes to our hearts. And by that I mean our motives. The things that drive our action or inaction. We might take stabs at the truth. We guess at why we did what we did; why we might’ve reacted so strongly… but sometimes it’s like we’re feeling our way through… Continue reading Sometimes we need to get a clue about the state of our hearts

Bible quotes · Friendship and love · Life and other catastrophes · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

Show some love and share the load

We were not made to do life alone – to go solo. We were designed to care about the people around us and lift their burdens in prayer to a God who loves them much more than we can. God has equipped us with everything we need to “fulfil the law of Christ” – which… Continue reading Show some love and share the load