The start of a new year often brings us a fresh injection of hope. Even though our lives usually look very much the same on January 1 as they do on December 31, there’s a kind of ‘crossing over’ that occurs. We are symbolically farewelling one year, with all its trials and triumphs, and welcoming… Continue reading Crossing over with hope
What does ‘self-care’ mean to you? In my short, six-minute vlog below, I unpack health, wellness, and ’emotional hygiene’ – and chat about how we can set ourselves up to live a good life by doing self-care well. I discuss: How we can manage the range of feelings that come our way every day; Some… Continue reading VIDEO: How to do ‘self-care’ well in a crazy-busy world
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.” This verse from 1 Chronicles 16 reminds us to give thanks. Because God is good. And his love endures forever. (Wow, that was a hard one to unpack!) But seriously, how amazing are these words? How true it is that no matter… Continue reading Give thanks! God is good! His love lasts forever!
How skilled are you at setting boundaries? And what’s stopping you from saying no to others when you need to? In the first of a series of five-minute videos for Christian YouTube channel TLDTV, I discuss why setting boundaries can be so hard, and what we can do to lovingly assert limits in order to… Continue reading VIDEO: Setting boundaries in relationships
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
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
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?