Bible quotes · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are

The Father’s arms are open

Sometimes we’re tempted to think we have to somehow have it all together before we can approach God. That we need to be wearing our best clothes – in the spiritual sense. But this verse reveals a God who doesn’t reject us based on what we’re ‘wearing’ or whether we’ve done enough good things this… Continue reading The Father’s arms are open

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 · 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

Bible quotes · Life and other catastrophes · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are · Verses and prayers

A life verse for scaredy-cats like me…

Ask me what my ‘life verse’ is, and I’ll point you to this one.  It was one of the first verses I committed to memory as a child, because it gave me an instant dose of strength and courage when I felt afraid. And I’ve always been an anxious person. When the ‘mountains’ of school… Continue reading A life verse for scaredy-cats like me…

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

Our longings must end in him, or they’ll keep sending us in circles

What’s your heart longing for right now? I mean, deep down… Are you longing for acceptance (from that guy, or that employer, or that friend)? Are you yearning for approval (from that teacher, or that girl, or that family member)? Or do you just want, desperately, to experience rest… (from the illness, or the chaos,… Continue reading Our longings must end in him, or they’ll keep sending us in circles

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

A God that smooths out our rough edges

Ever read a Bible verse that just sinks into your gut like heavy cement? The impact is felt immediately, like a spear piercing your heart. You want to keep scrolling; or look away. Anything to sear your conscience. But the words sit there in your stomach, unwilling to budge. That’s how I felt when I… Continue reading A God that smooths out our rough edges

Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing · The way we are · Verses and prayers

No one wants to be bossed around

Often the word ‘command’ conjures up images of moustached dictators and stern school teachers. It speaks of power and authority, towering over weak-willed submission. And let’s face it – no one wants to be bossed around.  But when we think about obeying God’s commands, it’s different. Obeying God is not about bending our knee to… Continue reading No one wants to be bossed around