Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they were naked and unashamed. But after they took the forbidden fruit – and everything changed forever for humanity – they realised they were naked, and were ashamed. At this point, they tried to hide from God…. Shame is something we’ve all felt at some… Continue reading You’re in full view, and it’s OK.
The desire to belong is common to us all. We are born wired for relationship, arms outstretched, clamouring for attention and a significant other to meet our needs. Even though our ‘sense of agency‘ or control grows as we develop as people – to the point where we’re no longer exclusively dependent on our mother,… Continue reading Five ways to build a sense of belonging
Perfect love. Is there any such thing? Human love, though delightful, is flawed, weak, imperfect. Human love grasps at perfection but never makes the cut. God’s love, however, is perfection entirely. God’s love changes a person’s life, and does something amazing. It casts out fear. It expels it entirely as we lift it, week-kneed, to… Continue reading The number one fear-buster
How valuable do you think you are? How much do you think you’re worth? Do you think you deserve the love of someone who was willing to die on your behalf? This verse reminds us that God paid a high price for us. The price was the life of his son, Jesus – the only… Continue reading Where to look when you need to know your value
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
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
I’ve been ‘seeing’ Jesus all my life – finding him in all kinds of ways. But he isn’t just wishful thinking, or a product of my imagination. He isn’t the ridiculous delusion some would claim him to be. I first saw Jesus in the stories read to me from the Bible at home, and the… Continue reading Have you seen Jesus?