Tag Archives: Jesus

Faith in Love….

Is faith just something that a christian has? Is faith something we all struggle with a little? Or is it just the “ignorant masses” that need faith as a crutch?

I have just started my second year of university. It’s a fascinating place to be, and there is so much to learn. Our world is a complex and beautiful place, and the people in it just add to that complexity. But, one thing that isn’t really “valued” in the academic world is the idea of faith. If there is no tangible scientific evidence to prove something, then it must not exist… Continue reading Faith in Love….

This is not a test!

These last few weeks have been topsy-turvy. The highs and lows of life as a woman, mother, student, daughter, and Jesus follower. How does one really deal with the emotionality of it all? Sometimes it is just by listening to Skillet at top volume (and dancing), and other days it is gritting my teeth and hoping that I can control the thoughts that continuously race through my mind. Continue reading This is not a test!

Blessed are the Self-righteous?

No, this isn’t from the same passage where Jesus talks about the poor in spirit etc, but this is what many believe in our churches. I don’t think this attitude is just in churches, but many of us who grew up in a church have felt the sting of it, and even indulged in it ourselves. Some of us don’t like to admit having a self-righteous attitude because if we have any awareness of what is really going on in the hearts and minds of people, we would know that we are in the wrong, not the one we are looking down upon.

What is self-righteousness? The online dictionary describes it as…”adjective: confident of one’s own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behaviour of others”. Continue reading Blessed are the Self-righteous?

Truth or manipulation?

“I tell women that they are beautiful as a form of manipulation”, my friend confesses to me this morning. “I don’t mean it, because it doesn’t matter to me, but I know it’s a form of control. I want to confess this to you, because Jesus has been showing me that as long as the body of Christ have issues with their earthly body, they will continue to struggle with the concept of how a church body should work” (slightly paraphrased, as I don’t remember the exact words).

Hmmm…. Continue reading Truth or manipulation?

Patience? What’s that?

“What do you love about Jesus?” was a question that my friend asked me yesterday. I had to think about that for a bit. These last few years I have learned about a new Jesus…not the one I grew up with, the one defined by man…but someone more infinitely beautiful. Someone who really loves. Someone who is real. Someone who is beside me at all times, even when I try to push Him away. “I love that He is patient” was my answer.

Yes, He is patient. And isn’t it marvellous that He is? Continue reading Patience? What’s that?

10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.

These last 9 months I have been privileged to serve in the ladies ministry program at our church.  It was a schooling that I didn’t expect.

10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.

1.   I am not as spiritual as I pretend to be.  Yes, we can have a spiritual “look” about us, and we can pretend that we know all the right answers…but I learned quite quickly that if I have someone asking me a question about Jesus, I better know Him really well myself.

2.   Being vulnerable is good and bad.  Opening up and talking about our own issues and mistakes opens up the hearts of the people listening…but it also makes you accountable to many.  As someone who has (and still have at times) a wall around them, those bricks come tumbling down after you cry a few times in front of a group of women.  It isn’t easy to keep putting those bricks back up.

3.  I learned that I am a quitter!   Continue reading 10 things I learned about myself…in women’s ministry.