I am human and as such I like to tick boxes. I want to ensure that I'm doing all that I need to do to please God, and if praying-by-numbers is the right way, then that's what I'll do. But I don't... I can't. I can't please God by doing religious things. He's not a fan of that kind of thing.
It is not proud or arrogant to trust in God's forgiveness and live joyful lives. He has washed our sin away. Why would we hang on to the sin He has discarded?
Where was I? Oh yes: The summer of 2011, married, seemingly a 'good' Christian, secretly in the throws of depression. As it turns out, unsurprisingly, my spiritual turmoil had led to Depression. Yes, with a capital D. I didn't realise it at the time though. All I knew was that I felt as though I … Continue reading When Joy Dissolved (Part 2)
I said I'd tell you whole story (or as much as I know) of how my joy and confidence in God died. So here it is: I can't tell you for certain when it began, perhaps it started before I was aware, but it was the Spring of 2009 when I first noticed a feeling of … Continue reading When Joy Dissolved (Part 1)
Alright, maybe it wasn't so sudden. Maybe this post should be called The Sudden Realisation of the Gradual Resurgence of Joy, but that's just an awkward title. It's a Sunday evening and I'm walking home, when I finally realise that my joy had returned. I'm walking home from church after a sermon that would normally leave me … Continue reading The Sudden Resurgence of Joy
I realised that if I was going to claim not to gossip, then I had better not gossip! It's a little thing called accountability: everyone who has heard me say "I don't gossip" is going hold me to that...
This is not a challenge to get more Facebook-friends or lose weight by only eating when you're not on Facebook and exercising while you are (though that might not be such a bad idea...). This is a challenge to try live without Facebook for a while and see if your life improves. When my baby was born … Continue reading The Facebook Challenge