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?
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
We were not made to do life alone – to go solo. We were designed to care about the people around us and lift their burdens in prayer to a God who loves them much more than we can. God has equipped us with everything we need to “fulfil the law of Christ” – which… Continue reading Show some love and share the load
Ask me what my ‘life verse’ is, and I’ll point you to this one. It was one of the first verses I committed to memory as a child, because it gave me an instant dose of strength and courage when I felt afraid. And I’ve always been an anxious person. When the ‘mountains’ of school… Continue reading A life verse for scaredy-cats like me…
What’s your heart longing for right now? I mean, deep down… Are you longing for acceptance (from that guy, or that employer, or that friend)? Are you yearning for approval (from that teacher, or that girl, or that family member)? Or do you just want, desperately, to experience rest… (from the illness, or the chaos,… Continue reading Our longings must end in him, or they’ll keep sending us in circles
Ever read a Bible verse that just sinks into your gut like heavy cement? The impact is felt immediately, like a spear piercing your heart. You want to keep scrolling; or look away. Anything to sear your conscience. But the words sit there in your stomach, unwilling to budge. That’s how I felt when I… Continue reading A God that smooths out our rough edges
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