Life and other catastrophes · Psychology and mental health · Relating to God · Spiritual growth and healing

How coming to faith brings a peace like no other

When people come to faith in Jesus they often say they feel a peace they’ve never felt before. This verse in Isaiah talks about such peace, adding that “quietness and confidence” will also characterise the life of a Christian. That doesn’t mean the Christian life is stress-free (ha!), but when we put our trust in… Continue reading How coming to faith brings a peace like no other

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

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