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

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

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

Psychology and mental health · Schema Series · The way we are

SCHEMA 3: When emotional support is withheld

How’s your mental health? I’m interested to know how each of us can make our lives better by understanding the thought patterns that influence our behaviours and feelings about ourselves. This is Part Three in a series of blog entries on schemas: a term from psychology and cognitive science which describes an organised pattern of thought or behaviour. Schemas can help us… Continue reading SCHEMA 3: When emotional support is withheld