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

‘The little things’ change lives

Her passion for cooking started with one aromatic meal, served up with love and a cheeky smile. Her love for her husband was rekindled after one thoughtful note, slipped under the table at dinner. Her desire to truly live again was sparked by one story of survival in a country far more turbulent. Her week was improved by one pot of… Continue reading ‘The little things’ change lives

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

This isn’t the first time I’ve been here…

This isn’t the first time I’ve been here. I hear you whisper the words as you stumble into the doctor’s surgery, asking for another prescription. This isn’t the first time I’ve been here. I hear you whisper the words as you enter the principal’s office once more to talk about the trouble your son is… Continue reading This isn’t the first time I’ve been here…

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

How to truly do good

What does it mean to do good to all people? What does it mean in our everyday life? I might be stating the obvious, but doing good starts with intending good towards others. Doing good starts with a posture of love – a willingness to value the people around you, starting with the individual you’ve… Continue reading How to truly do good

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

This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)

2017 is going to be the best year ever! 2016 was the worst year ever!!! In my attempts to achieve greater balance in my thinking and verbal proclamations in general, you will not hear me make either of these statements. Because my aim, at present, is to resist what the psychologists call “dichotomous thinking”. According to… Continue reading This is going to be the best year ever! (Or is it…?)

Friendship and love · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · The way we are

You are not the sum total of what others think about you

You are not the sum total of what you wear. You are not the sum total of the reading on the bathroom scales. You are not the sum total of the result you got in the HSC. You are not the sum total of texts you got today. You are not the sum total of… Continue reading You are not the sum total of what others think about you

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

Why it’s so important to have our needs met

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often portrayed in the shape of a pyramid with the largest, most fundamental levels of need at the bottom and the need for self-actualization at the top. The most fundamental and basic four layers of the pyramid contain the needs of esteem, friendship and love, security, and physical need. If… Continue reading Why it’s so important to have our needs met