Like many I’m sure, I have considered leaving my church. For anyone reading this who goes to the same church as me: panic not, I’m afraid you’re stuck with me for the foreseeable future. “The worship isn’t free enough” “The prayer isn’t often enough” “The talks arent applicable enough” “The service isn’t long enough” (you can … More Church, humans and grit.
Did you know that the bible never actually talks about forgiving yourself? It obviously mentions God’s lavish grace and forgiveness for us, and also mentions how we should forgive those who do wrong by us – but never us forgiving ourselves. For a while I’d been struggling with the concept of forgiving myself. Not with … More As if I’m free.
I’m a student. Automatically when I announce that little fact about myself, I’ve seen a flurry of presumptions, assumptions and stereotypes cross the mind of the person I’ve shared that with. I’m in full-time education therefore, I’m limited in my understanding of the ‘real world’. I can’t stand early mornings and am generally lazy. I … More Student Life: Is this the strangest life stage?
It’s the beginning of a new term for me, and my final year at uni has begun. Already I find myself tired, drained and in a continuum of low level stress. Each year of growing up brings extra dimensions of life into the picture, more people to care about, an ever nearing future to figure … More When prayer becomes just another thing on the to-do-list.
Self-loathing, comparison and self doubt are the easiest ways to steal from us the joy and unique blessings in our life. Comparison tells me that it doesn’t matter how much I appreciate something, but rather what someone else would think of it; It tells me to not be content unless I can think of no one … More Humility or just self-loathing?
I don’t know about you but I find it quite tricky to think about something for very long without really wanting to do something practical in the way of solving/resolving/fixing/sorting it. If I’m planning something or I’m thinking through a disagreement or I’m figuring out a problem, I want to be able to solve it … More To be seen and not heard
Ever felt like you’re observing what’s happening before your eyes and you have no permission to participate? I’ve felt like that quite often if I’m honest. From seeing an overwhelmed parent telling their child off in the supermarket, to seeing a friend make bad choices or even having someone close tell me something about myself … More A safe distance
Part two of this blog series comes from my wonderful, Norwegian, psychologist friend, Gry. Over the past two years of knowing this girl, seeing her at her worst and at her best, I can honestly say it’s been such a privilege to look into this topic together and brainstorm ideas with such a wonderful mind. I hope you … More Hidden Hurts Part 2: A call to transparency
In this two part blog, me and my dear friend Gry Apeland have looked into the mysteries behind the hidden topics within church and wider society. We want to share our thoughts on why, as church, we shy away from talking about so many of the struggles we see around us and, most of all, what we’re … More Hidden Hurts Part 1: The silence is deafening
This week I have been serving on a charity cafe at a Christian festival. It’s been so brilliant getting to work alongside such vibrant, passionate people and to have, in my breaks, such great teaching, worship, entertainment and rest. The blessings have been countless, the joy and community I have experienced will not be forgotten … More God is not too kind.